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Take Five: Vanis Buckholz, a “Points of Light” Bush honoree, reflects on recycling, volunteerism and the former president

By AMY SENK

When Vanis Buckholz of Corona del Mar was 7 years old, he learned about Earth Day at school and that same day started what would become a successful recycling business. He began collecting recyclables from friends, then expanded to collecting from local businesses, always donating a substantial percentage of his proceeds to the Project Hope Alliance. By the time he was 10, he’d been asked to make a presentation at a City Council meeting about his business, and he was named a Points of Light honoree by President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light organization. After the recent death of President Bush, and the tributes from around the world, I caught up with Vanis to ask about his memories of the president and for an update on his business.

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Vanis Buckholz

Q: I understand you wound down your recycling business when you turned 16. What are you most proud of, looking back at all you accomplished?

A: That’s a tough one. It could be that I was able to build something big and important out of nothing or that I was recognized by so many including President Bush’s “Points of Light” and the O.C. Youth Philanthropic award. But probably the thing that I’m most proud of was being able to help the underprivileged kids that are served by Project Hope Alliance. 

Q: You have always loved cars and once said you were saving for a Porsche. Tell me what it’s like to be a licensed driver and to actually race?

A: That’s true. It wasn’t easy, but I just kept saving up. Racing is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I got my first Go-Kart when I was 5 and then when my dad took me racing with him when I turned 8. I’ve been going to the race tracks with my dad ever since. He would let me drive his race car around the paddock area, and I’d even drive it on the track in between races. The name of our team is “Two Tools Racing” and my Uncle Steve is our Crew Chief. Driving a race car is incredible. Hard to explain how it makes me feel, but the speed and the sound are incredible; it’s really intense. There’s also a lot of training involved. You really have to focus and concentrate. I thought getting my driver’s license and being able to drive around on the streets would be way more exciting than it actually is. It’s kind of boring, but the freedom is great.

Q: What other activities are you involved in now that you are in high school?

A: I play basketball and volleyball for CdM. I really like both sports and the friendships I have with my teammates.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I’m not really sure. Maybe helping my mom with her real estate business or maybe running my own business. That would be great. I hope I’m still racing. I’d also like to try living in some other part of the country. Maybe Texas. I’d like to have a big house, big garage and a big yard. 

Q: You were honored by President GHW Bush as a Points of Light. How did you react to the news that he had passed away earlier this month at the age of 94? 

A: He had a great life. When I thought about how much he cared about serving and how much he accomplished, it made me appreciate my award even more.


Segerstrom Center welcomes back Bernadette Peters

Segerstrom Center Bernadette Peters

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Actress and songstress Bernadette Peters

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back acclaimed actress of stage and screen Bernadette Peters for one night only on January 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A three-time Tony Award recipient who most recently starred as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, Peters will perform a medley of Broadway songs including selections by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and many more.

Single tickets start at $49 and are now available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Holiday Organ Spectacular at Segerstrom

Let the holiday ring with the sounds of the organ as the musicians of Pacific Symphony join forces with the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the “Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert” with guest artist and host Todd Wilson. The evening features solos from Pacific Symphony musicians Barry Perkins, trumpet; Mindy Ball, harp; Joseph Morris, clarinet; Elliot Morreau, bassoon; and Dennis Kim, concertmaster.

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Todd Wilson is the guest artist at the Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert

Besides a grand repertoire of traditional organ works played by Todd Wilson, the musicians will also play a collection of classic holiday selections of both sacred and secular music from Ogarrd’s “Christmas Fantasy for Violin and Organ,” Bach’s Prelude on “In Dulci Jubilo,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah. Favorite traditional carols will include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” to name a few. To round out the festivities, the musicians will invite the audience members to join in the holiday celebration with a round of cheerful sing-along tunes: “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

The “Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert,” sponsored by Valerie and Barry Hon, takes place on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. As in years past, The Laguna Flutes will also be performing a pre-concert show in the lobby from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., performing holiday favorites, including a jazzy version of “Greensleeves” arranged by Robert Maddox.

Tickets for the “Holiday Organ Spectacular” start at $18.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


JWA announces winners in student art contest

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 29th Annual Student Art Contest, themed “My Dream To Fly”. Among 750 entries received from public and private schools across Orange County, students Yue Zhang from College Park Elementary School and Katherine Gasper from Santa Margarita Catholic High School were recognized as Grand Prize winners in this year’s contest.

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Their artwork, along with that of the other winners, is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Arrival Level behind Baggage Carousels 1 and 4) through January 7, 2019.

JWA implemented its annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. In 1996, the airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration in cooperation with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Congratulations to the winners and all the participating young artists.


Hershey’s Market closing for renovations

Hersheys Market closing exterior shot

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If you have driven by Hershey’s Market on Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue, you’ve seen the “store closing” sign in front. According to a store spokesperson, they are closing for renovations for a two-month period. 


Christ Church by the Sea invites all to Christmas Eve service

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Christ Church by the Sea invites all to experience Christmas Eve with their congregation on the Balboa Peninsula.

The special evening celebration will be held on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s charming sanctuary. The Christmas Eve service features carols accompanied by the pipe organ, a moment for children, an inspiring message and a candlelight closing.

Christ Church by the Sea is located at 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.christbytheseanb.org.


You Must Remember This: Our long forgotten amusement parks

By NANCY GARDNER

Some years ago I was going to a meeting at the IRWD [Irvine Ranch Water District], and as I drove by the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, I saw a most unusual goose waddling along the green. It obviously wasn’t a Canadian goose, the only kind I’d seen around here. As soon as I got home, I checked my Local Birds of Orange County to see what other geese were to be found. Brant? No. I went to my North American bird book. Nothing there. I went online and somehow I found it. It was an Egyptian goose.  How an Egyptian goose came to be on an Irvine golf course was a puzzlement, until I remembered Lion Country Safari.

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The beloved Egyptian goose

This was a wild animal park in Irvine, where the amphitheater was located. Opened in 1970, it allowed visitors close encounters with a variety of animals from the safety of their cars. My experience was driving around looking at a lot of animals snoozing, but there were obviously more active ones such as Frazier the lion. He was practically geriatric by lion terms when he arrived, but the new environment helped him get his mojo back, and he sired a dozen or so cubs before his death. There was also Bubbles the hippopotamus that escaped from the park three times. Imagine riding your bike along Laguna Canyon Road and suddenly confronting a hippo. Obviously, the forbearers of the Egyptian goose had straggled over from the park at some point and established themselves.

Lion Country wasn’t the only local theme park. Even closer to home, was the Buffalo Ranch off MacArthur at Bonita Canyon where the statue of a bison serves as a reminder. I remember going up there to participate in a couple of horse shows, so my memory is of a riding ring, not a bunch of burly animals, but they had a good-sized herd, and you could get a buffalo burger there, long before it became popular for the leanness of the meat. Escalating land values doomed the ranch. For a period it was the headquarters for William Pereira as he laid out the master plan for the city of Irvine and UCI...but all that remains now is the statue.

Another vanished venue was a short drive up the freeway – the Japanese Deer Park. They had a herd of small deer, a tea house and pearl divers. For the pearls, you bought a ticket and watched a woman dive into the water, harvest an oyster and present it to be shucked. You got to keep whatever pearl was inside. Mine was about the size of a mouse’s tooth – a baby mouse. A disease outbreak meant the deer had to be put down, and within a few years of its opening the Deer Park was gone. Others from that time like Marineland on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and POP in the Venice area also disappeared. Marineland was the first to have orcas. Theirs were Orky and Corky.  When the park closed Corky moved down to SeaWorld and became the first Shamu.

One park that didn’t disappear but has been completely transformed is Knott’s Berry Farm. I haven’t been in decades, but see from the ads that it’s a thrill-a-minute place, which is why I haven’t been there. Anything more than the Fun Zone Ferris Wheel is too much for me. For years, however, Knott’s was what its name said – a ginned up berry farm. I remember going there in the ‘60s. You parked (for free) beside a row of eucalyptus trees, walked across the street and had the choice of going to the restaurant for fried chicken and the purchase of a variety of berry preserves and pies, or visiting the ghost town, an Old West set up where you could go to the music hall with live entertainment or watch the reenactment of a stage coach hold up. They still have live entertainment and a Wild West show, but it seems like most people prefer being slung around a loop-de-loop at warp speed while upside down. Argh.

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


Chew for Charity luncheon raises $3,200

Forget about “ladies who lunch.”

The 40 women who make up “Chew for Charity”, a group that raises funds and awareness for nonprofit Waymakers, has been meeting monthly since 2007 and has raised more than $80,000 for Waymakers, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need.

And every contribution collected, lunch organized, detail buttoned down is all volunteer-driven.

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Maile Busby holds a present at the Chew for Charity monthly luncheon

On December 12, the latest Chew for Charity was held at Bayside Restaurant and raised $3,200 for Waymakers and the nonprofit’s youth shelters in Laguna Beach, Tustin and Huntington Beach. For nearly a decade, the guild has met monthly and has been known to raise up to $15,000 a year for Waymakers. In addition to regular lunches, guild members also help to sell tickets for Waymakers’ fundraising events, and advocate on behalf of Waymakers throughout the Orange County community.

Funds benefit Waymakers and each of its programs. Waymakers’ youth shelter programs represent the largest short-term shelter system for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Orange County. It has youth shelters in Laguna Beach (opened in 1979) and Huntington Beach (opened in 2006), and just last year opened a new shelter in Tustin. These youth shelters are part of Waymakers’ well-vetted Children’s Crisis Residential Program, designed to give youth ages 11-17 a safe alternative to living on the streets while receiving emergency services – including 24-hour supervision, counseling, tutoring and life-skills development in a home-like and supportive group environment.

With a total of 24 beds across all three locations, Waymakers serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

For more information, visit https://waymakersoc.org.


Stump the Stu

Is this SoCal reindeer looking for Santa’s sleigh?

Stump the Stu 12.14.18

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It looks like this reindeer was just too hard to spot, as no one was able to guess where it is prancing. 

You will find it at The Find Consignment on Pacific Coast Highway...a great place to shop for unique items.

A special thanks to Mary Pat Earl who snapped this photo and sent it to Stu.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes this is super easy as it has multiple locations around town.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 12.14.18

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Dixon is mayor, as O’Neill skips a turn…Peotter’s name has already come back up for 2020

TomJohnsonI did not attend Tuesday night’s Newport Beach City Council swearing in ceremony due to some medical challenges I’ve been battling recently. More to come on that later.

However, from the NBTV broadcast facility I did get the following: Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, who was expected to be named our next mayor, decided to forgo the post instead asking for the community to come together and join him in supporting another term for Diane Dixon. The hope was to reunite the council as they begin their new term.

The effort was approved unanimously.

O’Neill was then named Mayor Pro Tem. It was a classy and correct move by O’Neill.

O’Neill should get his term come 2020.

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The Duffy/Stoaks recount is underway. Marshall “Duffy” Duffield finished with 18,458 votes over Tim Stoaks with 18,422, a margin of 36 votes. However, keep the champagne on ice, as Susan Skinner and other Stoaks supporters are financing a recount.

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No question with the Joy Brenner/Scott Peotter race…20,514 to 15,696. Newport has now seen the last of Peotter. Oh wait, never say never. Peotter is already being rumored as a District 2 candidate for a possible open seat in 2020 for Brad Avery. But, 2020 is a ways off.


Twin sisters at Sage Hill School conduct coding class where education and technology rule

“Everyone should learn how to code. It teaches you how to think.”

–Steve Jobs

Hana and Miya Stauss, twin sisters who attend Sage Hill School, conducted a free coding class for OC kids in grades 3 - 8, held at their school on Friday, Dec. 7. The goal of this free event was to get students coding in one hour. These twin coders also have an app that won a national award.

We met up with Hana and Miya for a Q&A to find out a bit more about coding and what it offers.

Stu: Tell us a little bit about the class/workshop – i.e. when it began, the mission, objective, goal and how it was launched.

Hana and Miya: Last year, we founded OC Coder Sage, the school’s first coding club. The mission of the club is simple: to get everyone coding! Hour of Code Sage is just one of the events we host for our local community, with the goal of providing coding classes for kids in 3rd - 8th grades. This year was our 2nd annual Hour of Code and we are pleased to announce that we had 110 students from 40 different schools in the area attend our event. We taught four different coding languages in two, one-hour sessions: Scratch, Python, Ruby and Java. All the classes were taught by Sage Hill students.

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(L-R) Miya and Hana Stauss, twin sister coders

Stu: Did the both of you come up with this concept on your own? If so, what sparked the idea?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is a global movement in 180+ countries, serving nearly 690 million people. Every year, in the first week of December, schools, organizations and clubs all over the world put together free one-hour coding classes for their own communities. Although we are just one small footprint in a very global movement, we’re proud to participate. It is incredibly exciting to think that 690 million of us are writing lines of code simultaneously. (https://hourofcode.com/us)

Stu: How did you get the opportunity to teach this?

Hana and Miya: When we formed the club, we decided early on that we would host free coding classes to students in our Sage Hill community, as well as the larger regional community. Hour of Code is a natural fit with the mission of our Club.

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 (L-R) Standing: Jane Zuo, Joyee Chen, Miya Stauss and Hana Stauss

Sitting: Bella Kim, Susie Hao and Shauna Bahri at Sage Hill School 

Stu: Is this an ongoing class that you offer? If so, how often? And what are the dates of any future classes so our readers can participate?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an annual event. This year, we were given the opportunity to hold a special Hour of Code session for Sage Hill faculty, where we taught the teachers how to code. That was a very exciting and memorable moment for us. Typically, we host four, four-week sessions at school for Sage students throughout the school year. For every class, we recruit UCI grads to come to Sage to help teach our coding classes. What we’d love to tell you about, however, is our Girls Who Code classes that will start in January 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. We will be hosting 12 classes for 6 - 8th grade girls. It is really important for us to get more girls coding, because tech is an incredibly male-dominated field. Coding is an incredibly valuable skill set one can learn to break the technology gap. If you are interested in signing up, please register at http://bit.ly/gwcsantaana19.

Stu: Have you led or taught any workshops in the past on a different topic? If so, what were they? If not, do you plan to in the future?

Hana and Miya: We taught a one-week coding camp at Sage last summer. That was really fun. Some of those campers came back last Friday when they heard about the Hour of Code event. It’s pretty special and exciting to be building a community of coders as we host these classes.

Note: Hana was hired as a TA for Kode with Klossy (KWK) camps last summer,  where she spent four weeks in San Francisco and Los Angeles helping to teach the KWK camps. As Hana’s initial inspiration to code was through Karlie Kloss’ KWK camps, it was an incredible honor to be hired to TA Karlie’s camps.

Stu: Is this class/workshop done through any type of extra credit or community service-type program at Sage? 

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an event that is run through a Sage school club called OC Coder Sage. It is an event focused on serving the local community.

Stu: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Hana and Miya: We believe coding is a universal language. It touches every moment of our lives. Technology is driven by code – our phones, our laptops, our cars, the Internet – they are all strings of code. By 2020, 77 percent of jobs will require technical skills. That’s why we believe coding is the single most important language for everyone to learn. Specifically, we believe it is incredibly important for girls to learn to code. At the moment, women only comprise 20 percent of jobs in technology-driven firms, even though 85 percent of social media is utilized by women. Girls need a voice in how the future of technology develops, and we are determined to break down those barriers so that girls can have a seat at the Tech Table.


Perspire Sauna Studio to hold grand opening tomorrow

Infrared saunas are heating up the OC, and they’re here to stay. Welcome Perspire Sauna Studio at the Newport Bluffs Shopping Center, which is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 5 p.m., with food and festivities going until 7 p.m.

Mark Rutledge, the owner of the first ever Perspire franchise, has known first-hand the healing effects of infrared heat. Rutledge injured his back and neck in a rear-end car accident 15 years ago that intensified the wear and tear caused by G-forces from many years flying jets in the Air Force. Infrared heat allowed his spine to heal in ways other medical procedures couldn’t, and he now leads a normal and active life.

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Perspire Sauna Studio

Rutledge is committed to bringing the healing properties of infrared to Newport Beach and the surrounding communities. Relaxation, detoxification, aches and pain relief, burning about 400 calories in 40 minutes, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol while listening to music or watching TV are among the benefits – you have to try it to believe just how good it is, Rutledge says.

But Rutledge is also committed to providing more than amazing service; he is launching generosity as the focal point of his clients’ experience. As such, Perspire Newport Bluffs will donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation through an opportunity drawing at the grand opening. The foundation is a local charity giving 100 percent of its funds through grants directly to teachers of all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Anyone who enjoys a sauna session is automatically entered into the drawing for free (one per session per person). However, those wishing to donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation will receive more tickets and increase their chances to win the grand prize (three days, two nights on Catalina Island for two people), or other great prizes from within the Perspire Newport Bluffs studio. Winners need not be present at the drawing, but all participants must visit Perspire at The Bluffs before the grand opening to enter the drawing.

Perspire Sauna Studio is located at 1308 Bison Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.717.7588 or visit www.perspiresaunastudio.com.


NBPLF announces 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents its 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series, featuring renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics. The 2019 season features four experts – including Hanna Rosin, Richard Blanco, Amy Walter and Joel Sartore – from January to April 2019. The NBPLF, the nonprofit that funds valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorships of diverse literary, cultural and intellectual programs, hosts this high-profile series to provide the community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with great minds.

“Given the current climate and conversations in media, we are thrilled to invite the community to experience and learn from these relevant thought leaders in person,” said NBPLF Program Director, Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw.

The Witte Lectures Series, established by the Witte Family in honor of Martin Witte, is made possible through the support of generous donors. It encourages dialogue on relevant issues of our time. Members of the NBPLF receive advance notice and ticket purchase access for the events, among other benefits. Reservations are encouraged to assure access to this popular series.

This season’s renown speakers are:

NBPLF announces Hanna Rosin

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Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin: The End of Men and the Rise of Women on January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate where she has authored notable articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” “The Silicon Valley Suicides,” and “Murder by Craigslist.” Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. She is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? Be sure to mark your calendar for Hanna Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: How men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times.

NBPLF announces Richard Blanco

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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on February 8 at 7 p.m. and February 9 at 2 p.m. Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet and the first Latino immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of numerous award-winning works such as The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Blanco is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and has been a guest on numerous television programs as well as NPR. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the themes of his books center on the negotiation of cultural identity and place in society. Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world? NBPLF welcomes Blanco to this series.

NBPLF announces Amy Walter

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Amy Walter

Amy Walter: The Cook Political Report on March 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides non-partisan analysis of issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Over the past 19 years, she has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier and CBS’s Face the Nation. According to Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report, Walter’s “work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters.”

NBPLF announces Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore: Photo Ark on April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he said. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” Sartore and the Photo Ark are the subjects of the television series RARE, in which he documents some of the most endangered creatures left on Earth. In addition to National Geographic, Sartore contributes to Audubon, Geo, the New York Times and Smithsonian. He has authored several books, including Photo Ark: A World Worth Saving, and RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.

For information on tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, or call 949.548.2411. For information on membership visit nbplfoundation.org/content/Become-a-Member.html.


Kathi Koll talks about new book at NBPL

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll in a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room.

Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, will introduce her memoir Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Koll unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Kick-Ass Kinda Girl is her first book.

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Kathi Koll to share her new book on January 29

Koll has been committed to civic, community and healthcare organizations within and outside the U.S. for decades. She currently serves on the Hoag Hospital Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute advisory committee and on the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council board of directors. She has previously served on the board of trustees of Casa Cuna, an orphanage in La Paz, Mexico, the boards of UCLA Health Systems and American Ballet Theatre, and as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Koll is also an owner of the Koll Company, a real estate development firm founded by her late husband.

Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be used to support caregivers in need.

To read an excerpt of the book, visit www.KathiKoll.com.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3800, option #2.


Curiosity lies at the heart of newest
Segerstrom family shows

Awaken your imagination with celebrations of puppetry and music designed for theater lovers of all ages. Segerstrom Center for the Art’s 2018-19 Family Series continues with two charming shows, The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites on February 2 and 3, 2019 and They Called Her Vivaldi on February 16 and 17, 2019 in Samueli Theater.

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A scene from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites”

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, three stories from renowned children’s author Eric Carle come to life through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. They Called Her Vivaldi tells the story of a young musical prodigy as she encounters colorful characters on a quest to recover her magical hat. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is ideal for children ages 4 - 8. They Called Her Vivaldi is designed for children ages 7 and up. Both productions seek to inspire young imaginations, to create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater, and to be enjoyed and shared as a family.

Performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar are Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Saturday, Feb. 2 performance at 10 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance designed for patrons on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. The Sunday, Feb. 3 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted. Performances of They Called Her Vivaldi are Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. The Sunday performance will be ASL interpreted.

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A scene from “They Called her Vivaldi”

Tickets for both shows are $20 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available at 714.755.0236. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive one hour before the performance for free creative activities. The Center’s Education Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Segerstrom for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Human Kindness Club to hold celebrity golf tournament at Pelican Hill

Human Kindness Club (HKC), a local nonprofit charity organization dedicated to making a difference in the world by giving perpetually to those in need worldwide, is hosting the “Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament” on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the world-class Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, with proceeds supporting Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.

The Fairway to Heaven event will be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club’s pristine panoramic ocean north course, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every tee. After enjoying a day of golf (9 a.m. shotgun start), participants will be treated to an evening of inspiring speeches by celebrity guests, a sumptuous dinner, an awards ceremony with prizes for tournament winners, and a silent auction and opportunity drawing, among other highlights.

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Human Kindness Club outreach donating money and supplies to the fire refugee camps in California

“We are so excited to celebrate the awareness of the Human Kindness Club and share this fun-filled philanthropic experience with generous like-minded people,” said David Parrish, founder of Human Kindness Club. “Pelican Hill is absolutely beautiful. It’s the perfect setting for participants to play world-class golf with a dozen pro athletes and celebrities while supporting our mission. Together we will honor Wounded Warrior and help raise critical funds for Make a Wish to help make wishes come true for special children.”

Human Kindness Club was founded as a nonprofit charitable organization to give back to people in need and to do something great for the community. “The founders lived their life, have had their successful careers, and now they just want to give back to the community they love and make a difference in the world through perpetual giving,” Karla VandenBerg said. 

It’s the first time for Human Kindness Club to work with the Wounded Warrior Project and Make a Wish Foundation and through the Fairway to Heaven, HKC is offering participants an incredible opportunity to raise funds while having an unforgettable time.

“We decided to benefit Make a Wish because we all love kids; we all have kids. The founders of HKC have kids and love kids, and they have great hearts, so that’s why we decided to raise funds for them because we believe in making dreams come true,” VandenBerg said. 

Also, at the event, Human Kindness Club will be honoring Big Al who founded the Mongols, then turned his life around, and was awarded with two purple hearts. 

“We believe in Big Al, Wounded Warrior, and all the men and women in our military who bravely fight for our freedom with such pride and integrity; it’s good to give back to them and help them,” VandenBerg shared.

Human Kindness Club has supported 140 nonprofit charitable organizations over the years.

“Giving back and helping others is the best feeling I have ever had in my life through working for HKC. Helping someone and seeing the look in their eyes, the gratefulness, as they have tears come down, you can see into their soul and that’s a really cool thing,” VandenBerg said. “It’s nonexistent nowadays and many of those people have tons of possibilities. It’s nice they can tell someone else believes in them.” 

Participants will be vying to win top prizes that include a million-dollar golf shot giveaway, an all-expense paid trip for two to the Masters via a putting contest, a $10,000 cash giveaway and a 2018 Ducati Motorcycle, generously donated by Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach. 

“Plush swag bags, Mastro’s martinis and girls dressed as angels will add some sizzle to the Fairway of Heaven golf tournament. Golfing at Pelican Hill is like a dream, as this event will be a memorable experience, all while golfing with a celebrity. You can help make dreams come true and it’s all for a great cause,” VandenBerg said.

Celebrity golfers include actors Michael Dudikoff, Rick Ravanello and Kevin Sorbo, and former pro athletes Doug DeCinces, Byron Russell, Bryon Chamberlain, Mike Salmon, Ron Brown, Garry Templeton, Chris Hale and Ricky Ellis, to name a few. 

The cost is $380 per person and $1,500 for a team of four. Sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.humankindness.org. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorships for the Human Kindness Club Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament, contact Karla VandenBerg at 208.272.1578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pelican Hill Golf Club is located at 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe we are in the last weeks of the holiday season and the new year is fast approaching. It seems to be going extra fast for me, but then the past three months have been a whirlwind! During this time when we connect with family and friends, I am grateful to have been warmly welcomed by so many residents and businesses, as well as city employees. Newport Beach is a special and unique city and I feel incredibly privileged to now be a part of this community. I am looking forward to an exciting 2019.

Our last meeting of 2018 is on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and the primary focus will be the reorganization of the City Council, with the recognition of outgoing City Council, oath of office for newly elected members, and election of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Therefore, the other items on the agenda have been limited to consent calendar items, generally more routine in nature. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

The Regular Session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the following are items of note:

–At our last meeting, City Council requested the City Council L-6 Policy Update – Encroachments in Public Rights-of-Way come back with additional noticing requirements. This policy update was brought forward to better clarify the Planning Commission’s role and ability to waive City Council policy. The revisions now include a requirement to post the subject property at least ten days prior to the scheduled hearing.

–Per the Municipal Code, we adjust the Recycled Water Commodity Charge to reflect the City’s cost to purchase water from the Orange County Water District (OCWD) annually as needed. OCWD increased the cost to purchase recycled water from $1.69 per Hundred Cubic Foot (748 gallons) to $1.92 per HCF so we need to pass on this increase to our recycled water rate payers. The new rates will be effective February 1, 2019.

–The City has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Newport Beach Firefighters Association. The Tentative Agreement is for a three-year period and includes wages adjustments and increased employee contribution to CalPERS for the safety members. To promote greater transparency in the negotiations process, the Tentative Agreement is provided for public review and comment. The entire redline version of the Tentative Agreement is included with the staff report as Attachment A. The agreement will be presented for City Council consideration at the January 8, 2019 regular meeting.

The reorganization of City Council will follow at 7:00 p.m. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review was provided last week. In case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here.

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment.

Happy New Year!

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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P: 949.644.3001


Balboa Island Museum now open at its new location

Balboa Island Museum now open

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“Pavilion Color” by artist John Dunn

Balboa Island Museum has moved to 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island, in a historic building from the 1920s. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Private tours are available.

To become a member, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org/support1. Your tax-deductible donation enables the museum to fulfill its mission: To collect, preserve and promote the culture and history of Balboa Island and Newport Beach.


Second annual Holidays Around the World tomorrow, through the weekend

Second annual Holidays Argyros Plaza

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads on December 12 - 17. 

As American Ballet Theatre transforms the stage of Segerstrom Hall into the magical wonderland of The Nutcracker, outside, the Argyros Plaza will be alive with free multicultural performances, family activities representing beloved holiday customs and traditions, and an array of vendors to help you find the perfect holiday gift.

For a full schedule of each day’s events and activities, visit www.scfta.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa.


Newport Harbor holds “Dancing with the Staff” event

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) got the disco ball out and started it spinning on Thursday, Dec. 6 during “Dancing with the Staff,” an annual holiday dance event in the large gymnasium, with a capacity crowd in attendance.

This event has become a beloved tradition whereby members of the Dance Team are paired up with NHHS staff, competing for the coveted mirror ball championship title.

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Newport Harbor Dance Team and staff

Performances were by: Varsity & Junior Varsity Dance Team with teachers, counselors, aides and a security guard; Dance levels 1, 2, 3; Varsity Dance Team; NHHS Cheer; and for the first time, Newport Harbor Mini Dance Campers, comprised of 65 girls who attended a single day dance camp to learn a routine.

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Sixty-five young girls attended a one-day dance camp to learn a routine

The winning dance team was Team Ballin’ made up of Hallie Peplow, Ava Rosten and Lemar Warren.

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 (L- R) Winning Dance Team member Lemar Warren with Sean Boulton, principal of Newport Harbor High School

Organizers of the dance competition were Jamie Tanzer, NHHS dance director and Tara Olson, NHHS dance team coach. The show was designed to celebrate the love of dance amid the festive atmosphere of the holiday season, while supporting the arts. The NHHS Dance Team thanks all of its supporters who made this fundraiser such a success.


Exchange Club holds movie screening tomorrow night

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. To date, the participating eateries include: Blue Water Grill, Cowafornia Ice Cream, El Ranchito, Great Mex, Pizza Pete’s, Royal Thai and Sabatino’s. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets and a number of special prizes, including lunch with the Newport Beach Fire Department, a ride-a-long with the Newport Beach Police Department and a ride with Santa during the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

All profits from ticket sales and donations will benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90.

To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Regency Lido Theatre is located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Kids! Winter break is almost here...so head to art camp

Kids! Winter break is almost here

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Winter camp at Urban Arts OC is sure to bring out your youngster’s creativity

Urban Arts OC is offering a very “cool” winter art camp, geared to ages 4 and up, so come join the fun, as space is limited.

Schedule:

Week 1 – December 17 - 21

Week 2 – January 2 - 4, 2019

The camps run Monday through Friday with half day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for $55/day; and full day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for $75/day. There is a slight discount for purchasing a full week ($350), which includes five sessions total and can be used/split up however you would like over the break.

Snacks are provided. Pack a sack lunch. Dress for a mess, as youngsters will be using paint, clay and creating crafts.

Register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 9498.474.1552. For more information, visit www.urbanartsoc.com.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Suite L & O, Newport Beach.


ENC to hold information session on new nature preschool

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m., join Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and ENC Director Bo Glover for a free information session about the new ENC Nature Preschool.

Bierlich and Glover will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area.

ENC to hold building

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To donate to the ENC Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org/donate, or contact Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489 ext. 101, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities (food, beverages, etc.) for the information session, contact Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is an adult-only event.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. To register for the event, call Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Newport Dunes

On Monday, Dec. 31, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort welcomes a star-studded country music lineup for their second annual Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve celebration.

Kicking off the New Year in country style, nationally touring headliners A Thousand Horses will be joined by popular ‘90s rock-turned-country band Lit, along with local country favorites Redneck Rodeo and Temecula Road.

Celebrate New Years Eve

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A Thousand Horses headlines the country music lineup at Boots on the Beach

Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks and full bars, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. The event will take place in the 14,000-square-foot Bayside Pavilion tent with David Bugenske from Go Country 105 as host and DJ for the evening. Before the show, Kristen Ann, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves.

Come just for the concert, or make the evening extra special and enjoy dinner before the show at Newport Dunes’ picturesque waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The Boots on the Beach VIP dinner package offers seatings from 5 - 7 p.m. and includes a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with VIP concert seating.

For a more intimate evening out, dinner reservations are also available without the purchase of concert tickets, with a first seating from 5 - 7 p.m. for $65. Also offered is a festive second seating starting at 8 p.m. featuring a five-course dinner, party favors, live DJ and a Champagne toast to ring in the New Year on the bay for $125.

those choosing the VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner and Concert package, a three-course meal is included, with seating from 5 - 7 p.m.

Boots on the Beach Entertainment Schedule:

5 p.m.: Dinner at Back Bay Bistro/Concert Doors/DJ David Bugenske 

6:15 p.m.: Dance Lessons

6:40 p.m.: DJ David Bugenske

6:55 p.m.: Dance lessons

7:20 p.m.: Temecula Road

8:20 p.m.: Redneck Rodeo 

9:40 p.m.: Lit  

11 p.m.: A Thousand Horses

11:59 p.m.: Countdown to 2019 with a performance by A Thousand Horses, Lit, Redneck Rodeo, David Bugenske and Temecula Road. The event runs until 1:30 a.m.

Concert Pricing: 

Early Bird General Admission: $49

Early Bird VIP Seating: $99

Early Bird VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating Package: $159

For reservations, call 949.729.1144 or visit www.NewportDunes.com. To purchase concert tickets, visit www.TicketWeb.com. To make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at Back Bay Bistro, after purchasing tickets online, call 949.729.1144, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Stump the Stu

Is this SoCal reindeer looking for Santa’s sleigh?

Stump the Stu 12.11.18

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Whether you refer to this graceful animal as a reindeer or caribou, Stu knows this is the season that will keep it busy on one very special night. Where does this antlered beast reside?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu definitely has some readers who knew that this “R” logo leads to fine Italian cuisine on PCH in the middle of Corona del Mar Village – the landmark Rothchild’s. 

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson, Kelly Couzens, Vicky Hatfield and Wendy Kerr.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 12.11.18

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NBPD warns against rental scams

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, there has been a recent scam going around regarding rental property advertisements.

Here’s how it works:

A suspect posts a Craigslist For Rent ad with photos of a Newport Beach home that they pulled from an Airbnb ad. Once the victim starts corresponding with the suspect, the victim is sent a fake rental agreement and is instructed to wire money or deposit money into an account. Once the money has gone through, the suspect stops corresponding with the victim.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from these types of scams:

–Never wire or deposit money into an account of someone you have never met. Remember: wiring money is like giving someone cash – you will not get it back.

–Ask to arrange a tour of the property with the landlord or property manager before signing an agreement or transferring money. Legitimate landlords will be open to having prospective tenants check out the property.

–Beware of a landlord or property manager who only communicates via email and is ready to sign an agreement without any background information. Legitimate landlords want reliable tenants, and will want to make sure you check out before they rent to you.

–Do an internet search on the owner, real estate management company and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, it may be a scam.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.


CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk; parking changes might be on the horizon

By AMY SENK

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce hosted the 40th annual Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 2, with thousands of visitors wandering the length of East Coast Highway, up one side and down the other, sometimes venturing off on side streets to catch a band’s version of “Old Time Rock and Roll” or a holiday classic, or maybe heading down toward Bayside Drive where a beer and wine garden was set up behind temporary fencing.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Santa and dog

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“SoCal Santa” and his dog enjoying the Christmas Walk

You can learn a lot if you spend some time at the Christmas Walk, like which of your friends have talented children who sing and dance, and who has dogs that are patient about things like wearing reindeer antler hats. You can talk to business owners who have all the gossip about rising rents and possible new tenants that could be pushing out old businesses. 

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Three “elf gals” ring in the holidays

Sometimes, businesses that aren’t quite set up for a grand opening occasionally pop up at the Christmas Walk to tell locals about their plans. But Mama D’s still remains closed and no one was around to discuss when it might open. Reborn Coffee, however, was set up in front of their future shop at 2935 E. Coast Highway with samples of their product. The shop, a representative said, should be open in January 2019 – five years to the month after the former tenant, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, shut its doors.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Reborn Coffee

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Reborn Coffee set to open in January 2019

The funny thing about the Christmas Walk is that it tends to be very polarizing for locals. Some love it, dressing in colorful holiday suits or tiny little velvet Santa mini dresses. They bring their dogs in costumes and hit all the shops and vendors. Others can’t stand it – they think it’s too drunk and loud and over the top in a not great way. You almost always run into friends, though, and it definitely is the start of the holiday season for Corona del Mar.

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Meanwhile, the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (BID) board met for its monthly meeting on November 29, where the group discussed a parking study and decided to try to get the City Council to act quickly on one of the proposed changes – parking time limits on East Coast Highway.

The BID wants to increase the time limit from one hour to two hours, which would keep shoppers or restaurant visitors from parking closer to residences if they needed the extra 60 minutes. The BID also wants to work with owners of private lots to make spaces available to the public, and to reduce or modify city parking requirements to encourage new business development in the village.

City Councilman Scott Peotter, in his last BID meeting before leaving office, said that the group should consider drafting a letter with all three items mentioned, but that they ask for immediate action on changing the parking time limits.

“It’s not a recommendation, it’s an ask,” Peotter said. “They could change the signs tomorrow. You have a study that shows it would be utilized more if there were longer times. Make sure you attach the study.”

A draft of a letter to be sent to the City Council made the case for improved parking as a key to injecting some life into a faltering Corona del Mar economy.

“As you are aware, the BID in its advocacy role for the businesses in CdM is very interested in both the current and long term health of the CdM business district as it affects not only our direct constituents, the businesses, but also the adjacent residential neighborhoods and the city at large,” the letter said. “Like us, you have probably noted the fairly high number of vacancies in the shop fronts along PCH which is alarming given the overall health of the economy. The rise of online purchasing has changed the way people shop, and specifically changed the kinds of commercial uses they are likely to frequent in their neighborhood. We believe that one of the largest impediments to entry for more local friendly commercial uses is the current parking situation in the village.”

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


ARC Butcher & Baker to open later this month
in Cannery Village

ARC Butcher & Baker interior

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Furnishings for the interior were handmade by owner Marin von Blöm

ARC Butcher & Baker is gearing up to open its doors later this month. Acclaimed restaurateurs Marín and Chef Noah von Blöm are bringing a unique new culinary concept which will feature premium cuts of meat, fresh-baked bread, and family-style to-go offerings to Newport Beach’s historic Cannery Village.

Chef Noah von Blöm was recently named Chef of the Year at the 2018 Golden Foodies Award.

The dine-in menu will feature toasts, salads, streetwiches and classic entrees including a Baby ARC Burger, Steak n’ Potatoes, and Southern Fried Chicken & Biscuits as well as a curated list of beer & wine available by the glass.

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SteakNPotatoes, one of the many dishes available at the European-style butchery

Breakfast favorites from Restaurant Marín, the couple’s modern-day diner, which re-opened as ARC Pizza House in 2017, have been reimagined into mainstays on ARC Butcher & Baker’s menu.

ARC Butcher & Baker is located at 417 30th St., Newport Beach and will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.arcrestaurant.com.


Eight survivors of the Holocaust honored at Chanukah event

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Fashion Island held a public Menorah Lighting in honor of the Festival of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Fashion Island’s Atrium Garden Court, the largest community celebration of its kind in Orange County.

The celebration began with holiday musical performances by the Tarbut v’Torah day school choir and the musical group Orange Jews.

The community honored eight Holocaust survivors who bravely illuminated the world for the eight decades since Kristallnacht, the onset of the Holocaust. On November 9 - 10, 1938, “Kristallnacht,” also called “Night of Broken Glass,” Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. After this event, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse; Kristallnacht served as a tipping point, a sign that Nazi anti-Semitism was not a temporary predicament and would only intensify. These eight survivors serve as a beacon of hope, rising from the ashes of the Holocaust.

Eight survivors Ildi Good

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Holocaust survivor Ildi Good and children

The eight survivors were each introduced to the crowd by Steven Silverstein who recounted their incredible stories of survival. These accounts included spending time in labor camps, living in ghettos set up by the Nazis, being hidden by good and moral gentiles who themselves might have been killed for doing so, living in holes and scrounging for food for years, and escape under harrowing circumstances, all while not knowing if they would survive the next day. Some were but small children at the time. 

“These heroic and determined individuals not only survived the darkness, they went on to thrive and illuminate the world around them. They came to the United States to build successful families, businesses, careers and legacies, showing by example that the best response to hate is love, the best response to the desecration of the human and divine spirit is a greater devotion to faith and a higher code of behavior, the best response to evil is to increase acts of goodness and kindness,” said Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. “The lessons of the events of Kristallnacht must continue to be learned and taken to heart by all people of good conscience.”

Eight survivors Silverstein and Mintz

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Eight Holocaust survivors with Steven Silverstein and Rabbi Reuven Mintz are honored in front of the Menorah

Each survivor was accompanied onto the stage by a child to light a candle, a literal and figurative passing of the torch, the continuity of their inspiring flames, from one generation to the next. They all participated in lighting the Menorah, and then each received a memento of the occasion, a personalized Star of David Menorah.

Chabad Center for Jewish Life is working diligently to bring warmth, joy and light of Chanukah with gifts to as many people as possible throughout the eight-day holiday. Staff and volunteers are visiting and conducting programs at hospitals, senior centers, convalescent homes and foster homes, bringing the warmth and joy of the holiday to those who are not able to participate with the larger community.

Chanukah, a celebration for all time, is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the Holiday. “It is a holiday that enriches our lives and strengthens our tradition,” Rabbi Mintz said. “In ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place. Chanukah also transmits the universal message that ultimately goodwill prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.”


YMCA of Orange County receives $32,500 grant from Pacific Life Foundation

YMCA of Orange County, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening its community, recently received a three-year $32,500 grant from Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support the organization’s Before and After School Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which helps ensure Y programs are open to all regardless of their ability to pay.

The Pacific Life Foundation has been assisting the nonprofit through grants and volunteer efforts for more than 30 years, providing more than $340,000 in support of multiple programs since 1988. 

YMCA of Orange County group

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YMCA of Orange County’s Before and After School Child Care Financial Assistance Program provides low-income families in need access to childcare. The Y provides inclusive programs that support the needs and priorities of the child, the family and the school with real-life context to information learned in the classroom – creating experiences students need to succeed in the ever-changing world. These programs are specifically designed to support the whole child, building relationships and a sense of community.

Y afterschool programs allow students to engage in extended learning opportunities through daily physical and educational activities, STEAM, homework support and the arts. The core components of the research-based curriculum for all ages includes homework support, fitness & nutrition, science, art, culture, community outreach, literacy, diversity, and cultural awareness and enrichment clubs.

YMCA child care sites include Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Pomona, Diamond Bar and West Covina.

The Y also offers an Inclusion Program providing one-on-one support for children with special needs while broadening the experiences of all children in YMCA programs.

For more information about YMCA of Orange County, visit www.ymcaoc.org.


What’s Happening at Lido Village Books?

Ready for some holiday merriment? Join the fun at Lido Village Books on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., for Little Lido.

Together, the group will read Elise Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! There will also be live music and crafts.

Whats Happening at Santa

RSVP by 8 p.m. on December 19 at http://bit.ly/LLholidaycheer to enter a drawing for prizes. Must be present to win.

Afterward, enjoy discounts at participating stores in Lido Marina Village.

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Lido Village Books is partnering with the Glass Slipper Guild to donate new books for children at CHOC. Support the #carterstrongforever book drive by purchasing books at 10 percent off at the bookstore and dropping them into the donation box through Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Inside Edge Foundation for Education to feature Gary Quinn, bestselling author

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Inside Edge Foundation for Education will hold its breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club from 7 - 8:45 a.m. All are invited to participate.

The featured speaker is international bestselling author Gary Quinn. His book, The Yes Frequency, teaches how we have the potential to create exactly the life we want, and to experience extraordinary results. He shares his valuable insights and knowledge on how to obtain that extra edge with a worldwide audience via his self-help motivational books, audio CDs, TV and radio appearances, digital downloads, and numerous worldwide speaking engagements and seminars. Several of his recent books have become bestsellers and are acknowledged as essential tools for those seeking to improve their lives by enhancing the mind, body and spirit. Among his many clients are Academy Award winners, Grammy winners and Olympic Gold medalists.

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Gary Quinn is the featured breakfast speaker

Members from all over Orange County attend this early morning breakfast meeting. Non-members and guests are all welcome. Enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking, the speaker and music. The cost is $35 for first-time guests or $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month. Pre-registration is appreciated. Doors open, registration and buffet line starts at 6:45 a.m.; the meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m.

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a nonprofit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. It provides a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

For more information, contact Odile Nicolette at 714.366.7465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.insideedge.org.


On the Harbor: Special Harbor Commission meeting aboard the Balboa ferry

By LEN BOSE

Just in case you were wondering, I did attend the November 17 special meeting of the Harbor Commission aboard one of the Balboa car ferries. About 50 people were greeted to a cool crisp Saturday morning harbor tour, where six harbor commissioners reviewed their objectives for the coming year.

Public attendance was encouraging, yet questions were slim to none, and the whole tour felt a little rushed to me, missing some of the topics, that in my opinion, are important. But hey, let’s stay positive, because being negative really slows down an already slow process. 

Personally, I feel the city has a strong group of volunteers that form the Harbor Commission, and as a seat-of-the-pants sailor, I feel they all have a positive passion for the well-being of our harbor.

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Harbor Commissioner Don Yann reviews his objectives for the upcoming year aboard the Balboa ferry 

Among the items of importance in the coming year are the changes in Title 17 of the municipal code that covers our harbor. Most everything that governs our harbor is in Title 17, so whenever you notice public outreach meetings on this topic, be sure to attend and express your opinions. I will do my best to keep you updated along the way.

One very positive sign I noticed was that Harbor Commissioner Scott Cunningham has taken the helm regarding harbor dredging. This is an overwhelming task that deals with more than seven different government agencies, with an estimated cost of $22 million to complete. The money and the permits are the lower hurdles; where to place more than 200,000 cubic yards of unsuitable material is, comparatively, the high jump. Last time the city dredged less than 10 years ago, the Port of Long Beach was accepting these materials to fill in a new commercial port. I clearly recall staff expressing how difficult it would be if the city was unable to bring these materials into Long Beach for disposal.

On another positive note is the increased effort in code enforcement in the harbor, which has been overlooked for too long. If I heard Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs correctly, there will be added code enforcement in the harbor very soon. Like I have said before, my concerns are the continuity of the enforcement.

After the harbor tour, I went around to the different yacht clubs to gain an understanding of each club being required to complete a permit for events that exceed the harbor’s speed limit. Permits can be obtained up to six months in advance. I was unclear if this is for all regattas or just the events where vessels exceed the speed limit. Sailing events and yacht clubs will not be the only harbor users that require a permit.

I want to shout out to all the people who came up to me after the meeting and thanked me for writing my column. I do appreciate your comments and thank you all for your heartfelt remarks.

So, let’s wrap up the year by making sure you attend the Harbor Commission meeting at Marina Park on Wednesday, Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m., and if you can, arrive earlier for the study session that begins at 5 p.m., which will be focused on the Harbor Vision committee. As one of those under 30-foot boat owners, this topic is a big concern to me with the loss of so many smaller slips being eaten up by marina operators who would like to increase their marinas with large slips.

I also have some breaking news...the city has hired Kurt Borsting as our new Harbormaster. From a quick Google search, Borsting is coming from the City of Long Beach, where he has been the superintendent for Marine Operations. My sources indicate that Borsting will likely be attending the Harbor Commission meeting and be introduced there.

One last thing before I leave you, how many of you read The Log article by Parimal Rohit on November 11: “Duffy Boats founder narrowly loses re-election campaign?” Well, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, on Sunday morning, December 2, they certified that all ballots had been counted. In District 3, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield with 18,458 votes and 50.05 percent defeated Tim Stoaks, who garnered 18,422 votes and 49.95 percent, with Duffield winning by only 36 votes.

I had a chance to talk to Duffield that Sunday morning while walking the docks to congratulate him on his victory. He just said, “Yea, wasn’t that something,” and shook his head. I was not about to go on the record with him at that time, so we talked about Harbor 20 sailing and boat building. As far as I am concerned, this is fantastic news and wraps up a very constructive year for our harbor. More breaking news! It appears at the time of writing this there may be a recount. Very similar to being protested on the race course, looks like we might be headed to the protest room.

Sea ya

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.


NB City Council appoints new planning commissioner

Curtis Ellmore, a 31-year resident of Newport Beach and senior vice president of the Orange County offices of JLL, a commercial real estate firm, has been appointed to the Planning Commission by City Council.

According to Ellmore, “I feel I possess a unique sense of what it means to be a member of the Newport Beach community. As a third-generation city resident and having lived in Newport Heights, Beacon Bay and Corona del Mar, I am familiar with the character and culture of its neighborhoods and citizens.

NB City Council appoints Curtis Ellmore

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Curtis Ellmore was recently appointed to the Newport Beach Planning Commission

“At this point in my professional and personal life, I feel prepared to dedicate the time and effort required to be a valuable addition to the commission, and I welcome the opportunity to serve the City of Newport Beach in this capacity,” Ellmore stated.

In addition to his 15 years as a professional in the commercial real estate industry, he has been involved in two primary philanthropic initiatives through the Hoag Hospital Foundation over the past five years – the 552 Club and the Irvine Advisory Committee.

On September 25, former Commissioner Bill Dunlap resigned.


Kathi Koll talks about new book at NBPL

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll in a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in the Central Library Friends Room.

Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, will introduce her memoir, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Koll unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Kick-Ass Kinda Girl is her first book.

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Kathi Koll to share her new book on January 29

Koll has been committed to civic, community and healthcare organizations within and outside the U.S. for decades. She currently serves on the Hoag Hospital Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute advisory committee and on the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council board of directors. She has previously served on the board of trustees of Casa Cuna, an orphanage in La Paz, Mexico, the boards of UCLA Health Systems and American Ballet Theatre, and as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Koll is also an owner of the Koll Company, a real estate development firm founded by her late husband.

Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be used to support caregivers in need.

To read an excerpt of the book, visit www.KathiKoll.com.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3800, option #2.


Stoaks’ supporters seek recount

Stoaks supporters seek recount

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Supporters of Tim Stoaks are planning to request a recount on his behalf, as a result of the extremely close Newport Beach City Council race in District 3.

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield with 18,458 votes and 50.05 percent, narrowly edged out first-time City Council candidate Stoaks, who garnered 18,422 votes and 49.95 percent, losing by only 36 votes.

Recount proponent Susan Skinner is coordinating a fundraising effort to raise the count’s estimated $25,000 cost. Although the state of California doesn’t automatically conduct recounts in close races, losing candidates or any voter can request one if they handle the expense.

According to Jennifer McDonald, a representative of Line in the Sand, a group of concerned citizens who endorsed Stoaks’ candidacy, “Line in the Sand did not initiate and is not one of the organizers of the recount effort. Nonetheless, we do believe it’s justified in a race as close as the Stoaks-Duffy contest. Even with one of the most competent and highly respected registrars in the state, there is room for human error. A recount seems warranted with a margin of victory this slim.”


JWA posts October 2018 statistics

JWA posts October United plane

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) decreased in October 2018 as compared with October 2017. In October 2018, the airport served 907,191 passengers, a decrease of 2.5 percent when compared with the October 2017 passenger traffic count of 930,911.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.4 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 331.0 percent when compared with October 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in October 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In October 2018, there were 26,926 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), a 5.7 percent increase compared to 25,466 total aircraft operations in October 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.1 percent of the total aircraft operations during October 2018, increased 7.7 percent when compared with October 2017.

The top three airlines in October 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (304,995), United Airlines (146,262) and American Airlines (143,571).


Ina Garten...a beloved Barefoot Contessa 

By LANA JOHNSON

Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, is someone I have admired and whose cookbooks I’ve coveted over the years. For me to share an evening with her at Segerstrom Hall this past Wednesday evening amid a packed audience, truly solidified my perception: She really is as humble and genuine in person as I had imagined. She embraces cooking with humor and devotion, and in her words, “Cooking scares me, because there are so many variables, which is why I make simple recipes.” She tests every recipe for flavor and texture, making it over and over again until she gets it just the way she loves it.

Costa Mesa was the sixth stop on her Cook Like a Pro cross-country cookbook tour, in conjunction with Williams Sonoma, celebrating her highly anticipated 11th cookbook. On stage, she was joined by moderator, cookbook author and culinary instructor, Tori Ritchie, in a one-on-one informal interview, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of filming her award-winning TV show, Barefoot Contessa, from her barn in East Hampton, which is in its 13th season on Food Network; writing her bestselling cookbooks; revealing trade secrets and how she makes guests feel right at home, whether it be an intimate brunch with a few friends or a well-attended party; and celebrating 50 years of marriage to her adoring husband, Jeffrey, whom she says is always a great sport.

Ina Garten a beloved

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Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

A brief background on Ina:

In 1978, she worked in the White House on nuclear energy policy...and thought there must be more to life to experience. She saw a small food store for sale in the Hamptons at the end of Long Island, made an offer on it and two months later she was the owner of a 400-sq.ft. specialty food store, aptly named Barefoot Contessa. She grew her business into a food emporium, assisting customers on what to take home – from dinners to baked goods, realizing that what they wanted to cook was comforting, not fancy. In 1996, she sold the store to her employees, and in 2003, the new owners decided to shutter the doors. In 1999, Ina wrote her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, a bestseller, and has continued to author successful cookbooks filled with recipes that are easy, delicious and, yes, foolproof, so cooks at a variety of skill levels can enjoy making the recipes, and are put at ease while entertaining, so they can share the joy of food with family, friends and guests.

Following the interview, there was a Q&A where Ina answered questions submitted ahead of time from the audience.

For all of you home cooks, here are some fun things Ina shared:

–How do you salt? Early, so it seeps into the meat. There are a variety of salts. Have on hand Kosher (Diamond Crystal), Fleur del Sel (a finisher) and Malton’s, which lends a crunch...it’s great brushed with an egg wash on top of chicken pot pie.

–Favorite pantry items: California olive oil (prefers it over imports for its fruitiness); mustards, vanilla and quick cook pasta.

–Eggs. Ina uses extra large because a little more egg makes a cake batter better. But if you have large eggs, that’s fine, too. When baking, it’s important to bring eggs up to room temperature (as well as the butter).

–The one thing you tell new cooks. Wet vs. dry measures. Glass measuring cups are for ingredients you pour; Dry measuring cups are for ingredients you level off. Measure precisely and follow the recipe exactly to achieve the best results.

–With so many choices on the shelves, how do I know which brand is the best? Whether it’s chocolate (she loves Lindt’s bittersweet) or olive oils, buy several varieties, line them up and taste each to see which you like the best.

–A special Christmas meal. Ina and Jeffrey spend Christmas in Paris each year, where she can never get enough of the freshly baked goods. What’s on the menu? Roasted loin of pork with potato, apple and celery root puree; shaved Brussels sprouts; Béchamel or another fabulous cheese and tartine. And yes, store bought items such as baguettes are the way to go.

So what’s in store for Ina’s next cookbook? She said she doesn’t know yet, but she has been working on making the perfect Boston Cream Pie for the last six years...so that may be one of the recipes. Why is it called pie, when it really is a cake?

On a personal note, Ina was asked what her favorite movie is. She quickly replied, Mary Poppins Returns, and explained that it has a completely new story line and musical score that can’t be missed. Which led into Ina’s Food Network show, airing this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Titled “Cooking Like a Pro: Mary Poppins Show,” Ina hosts a Mary Poppins reunion sharing cooking secrets and making a British-style Sunday brunch for her friends who produced, directed and acted in the new movie. She shows Emily Blunt (who plays Mary Poppins) how to make roasted capon and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Jack) how to prepare haricot vert. In turn, Blunt shares her grandmother’s recipe for perfect roasted potatoes. As Ina would say....”How easy is that?”


Hoag presents The S Word documentary and suicide prevention workshop tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 8, Hoag Hospital is presenting the screening of The S Word documentary and a suicide prevention workshop from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The film chronicles one suicide attempt survivor’s mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. This powerful documentary puts a human face to a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. Suicide affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations and professions.

Hoag presents The S Word

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Schedule of Events:

9 - 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and refreshments

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Screening of The S Word

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Panel Discussion and Q&A that will include the director of the documentary, a suicide attempt survivor, a family member who has lost a loved one to suicide and professionals who have worked closely with individuals struggling with suicidal ideations.

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: How to Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Youth Suicide with the Orange County Department of Education Crisis Response Network

12 - 1 p.m.: Exhibition with Community Partners to include Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, Green Ribbon Club, Hoag Mental Health Center, NAMI, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Orange County Behavioral Health and the Ransom Foundation.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Melanie Nguyen at 949.764.6584 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Adolescents under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and registered for the event by an adult. 

This event takes place at Hoag Health Center Newport Beach, 520 Superior Ave., in classrooms 5 - 7.


Celebrate the holidays at the Seaside Gallery & Goods open house

Celebrate the holidays holly boughs

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This Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.  5 p.m., celebrate the holidays at the Seaside Gallery & Goods open house.

While shopping for those special people on your gift-giving list, guests will enjoy small bites and spirits. A Salvation Army bell ringer will be present from 1 - 3 p.m., with 20 percent of sales supporting the California Wildfires Victims’ Fund.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.


22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour lights up the Island this weekend

The 22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour takes place this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with eight uniquely holiday decorated bay front and Island homes, sure to spark the spirit of the season. 

22nd Annual Balboa Island

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This is a residence that is on this year’s Holiday Home Walking Tour

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.balboaislandNB.org. They are also available at the following Balboa Island stores: Crystal Rose, Fresh Produce, Island Home, Sunny Days and Sur Le Mer, all located on Marine Avenue, and Blue Springs Home on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. 

Holiday refreshments will be served the day of the event at these locations: Balboa Island Museum on Marine Avenue from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Royal Hen on Marine Avenue and the Huse-Skelly Gallery on Park Avenue from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for all your holiday shopping.

This event is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.


Stump the Stu

What’s this chef cooking up and where?

Stump the Stu 12.7.18

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It looks like this culinary wizard who cooked up something fresh and satisfying stumped our readers, except for one person.

Congratulations to Joe Stapleton who knew this baker works his magic in the kitchen at Moulin on Bristol Street. Joe shared that this is the perfect spot for morning meetings.

Stop by this charming patisserie that has been transformed into a Parisian Holiday Market throughout the month of December. The walls are filled with fine epicurean items sourced directly from France as the pastry case glistens with gilded pastries including large-format St. Honoré and sesame-fig tarts, as well as artisan foie gras with Jurançon. A curated wine selection will offer everything from robust, vintage Burgundies to a Nebuchadnezzar of Taittinger’s Brut Reserve. From floor to ceiling, the patisserie will be brimming with holiday baskets of all sizes filled with everything a true Francophile could ever dream of.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you can identify this “R” logo that leads you to a fine and memorable dining experience.

Good luck...or should we say – buona mangiata!

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday. 

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 12.7.18


Segerstrom presents a special evening with Pasek and Paul, creators of Dear Evan Hansen

Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly presents “Pasek And Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests,” an exclusive one-night-only event featuring the acclaimed Tony Award-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, on January 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Pasek and Paul wrote the music and lyrics for Dear Evan Hansen, the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Segerstrom presents a special evening

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(L-R) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

It will be a star-powered evening during which the audience will have a rare opportunity to get to know the personalities behind one of the entertainment world’s most celebrated creative partnerships through conversation and a Q&A. Joined by special guests to be announced later, audiences can also expect to hear selections from the pair’s esteemed volume of work which also includes Academy Award-winning compositions for hit films La La Land and The Greatest Showman.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Director of Musical Theatre Michael A. Kerker will moderate the evening, as he has for Segerstrom Center special evenings with Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and Barbara Cook. 

A limited number of VIP tickets of $1,000, $600 and $300 are available which offer opportunities to meet Pasek and Paul and include a donation to The ASCAP Foundation. There will be eight (8) $1,000 VIP tickets, which include prestige seating at the performance and seating at Pasek and Paul’s table during an elegant post-performance dinner in Segerstrom Center’s Leatherby’s Café Rouge. Twenty (20) $600 tickets include prestige seating for the performance and the post-performance dinner. Seventy-four (74) $300 VIP tickets include a pre-performance meet-and-greet with Pasek and Paul and prime seating at the performance. All VIP guests will receive an autographed copy of Dear Evan Hansen, the novel, written by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Single tickets start at $59 and are on sale now at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach election results certified

The Orange County Registrar of Voters officially certified on Sunday morning, Dec. 2 that all ballots cast in the 2018 local midterm election had been counted and that results were finalized. Seventy-seven point one percent of Newport Beach’s 55,975 registered voters cast their ballots for a total of 43,170. 

Here are the Newport Beach City Council Member results:

District 4: Incumbent Kevin Muldoon with 24,227 votes and 67.90 percent, defeated first-time City Council candidate Roy Englebrecht, who received 11,456 votes and 32.10 percent.

District 6: First-time City Council candidate Joy Brenner with 20,514 votes and 56.65 percent, defeated incumbent Scott Poetter, who received 15,696 votes and 43.35 percent.

District 1: Incumbent Diane Brooks Dixon with 21,169 votes and 59.04 percent, won over Mike Glenn who received 14,688 votes and 40.96 percent.

District 3: In the hotly contested race that came down to the wire, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield with 18,458 votes and 50.05 percent, narrowly edged out first-time City Council candidate Tim Stoaks, who garnered 18,422 votes and 49.95 percent, losing by only 36 votes.

Newport Beach election Precinct Map

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Newport Beach City Council Race, District 3 precinct results

Here are the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Governing Board Member Trustee Area results:

Trustee Area 2: Incumbent Charlene Metoyer with 4,327 votes and 52.35 percent, won over first-time candidate Michelle Murphy with 3,938 votes and 47.65 percent.

Trustee Area 4: Incumbent Karen Yelsey with 7,706 votes and 68.53 percent, defeated first-time candidate Gina Nick with 3,538 votes and 31.47 percent.

Trustee Area 5: First-time candidate Michelle Barto with 6,053 votes and 62.54 percent, defeated first-time candidate Paul Hillson with 3,625 votes and 37.46 percent. (Barto will take over for departing trustee Judy Franco and is expected to be sworn in during the NMUSD board meeting on December 11.)

Trustee Area 7: First-time candidate Ashley Anderson with 3,226 votes and 64.8 percent, beat out two other first timers, Bertha Rodriguez with 999 votes and 20.03 percent and Diane “Dee Dee” Ruorock with 763 votes and 15.30 percent. (Anderson will take over for departing trustee Walt Davenport and is expected to be sworn in during the NMUSD board meeting on December 11.)

The general election recorded the highest midterm turnout in Orange County in nearly 50 years, according to a press release by Neal Kelly with the Orange County Registrar of Voters – second only to 1970 when the turnout was 76.3 percent.

Total turnout in the county for the November 6 election was 71 percent with 44.2 percent of voters casting their ballots by mail, 25.2 percent choosing to go to their polling place and 1.5 percent submitting their ballot in an Early Vote Center. By comparison, turnout in neighboring counties south of Santa Barbara had lower voter turnout compared to Orange County:

Santa Barbara: 67.2 percent

Kern: 54.5 percent

Ventura: 68.8 percent

Los Angeles: 57.3 percent

San Bernardino: 57.6 percent

Riverside: 54.9 percent

San Diego: 64.4 percent

Imperial: 47.9 percent

For more information, visit www.ocvote.com/results.


Chapman University Economic Summit takes place December 13

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics will hold its Economic Forecast Conference at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall featuring Dr. Jim Doti, president emeritus of Chapman University and Donald Bren Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics.

Hosted by the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, the reception begins as 2 p.m. with the conference taking place from 3 - 5 p.m. Topics to be covered include U.S. Forecasts (real GDP, employment, monetary aggregates, price indicators, housing and interest rates), and California and Orange County Forecasts (payroll employment, personal income, taxable sales, housing and construction activity).

General admission tickets are $185; Chapman alumni tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased at www.chapman.universitytickets.com.

Proceeds benefit the Chapman Scholarship Fund. Complimentary self-parking is available at the Park Center Garage and at the Center Tower Garage adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Pet of the WeekDog 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.”

Pet of the Week Potato

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MEET POTATO

Potato is four months old and also has a few brothers needing great homes. They are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

If you are interested in finding out more about Potato, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. 

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter 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.


36th Annual Spirit Run “Dash for Cash” school fundraiser

For 35 years, Spirit Run has benefited schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). Now, with Spirit Run’s “Dash for Cash” fundraiser, schools outside NMUSD can also share in Spirit Run’s fun and funds. “Dash for Cash” is simple. The more students, families and school supporters who register to run for a school, the more money the school raises.

Most of us are familiar with See’s Candies, wrapping paper and dine-out fundraisers. School supporters purchase from a business, and the business pays the school a percentage (typically 10 – 25 percent) of the amount supporters spent, keeping the rest.

36th Annual Spirit Run students

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Our Lady Queen of Angels students participated in a past “Dash for Cash” during Spirit Run

“Dash for Cash” is similar, but better. “Dash for Cash” schools earn a minimum of 25 percent, and as much as 45 percent. And, the percentage of registration fees the “Dash for Cash” school doesn’t receive benefits other children, not a for-profit business. Plus, “Dash for Cash” schools promote health, fitness and school spirit, as students and families run or walk together at Spirit Run.

Visit www.nmspiritrun.org to learn about Spirit Run’s 15 adult and youth running and walking events and its event day Youth & Fitness and Dog Expos. Visit School/Teams under the About Us page to download the “Dash for Cash” application. 

Spirit Run is an adult and youth road race and expo event celebrating its 36th year on March 17, 2019 at Fashion Island. Spirit Run is presented by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation called Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (“NMSRI”). NMSRI is managed by an all-volunteer board whose mission is to promote youth fitness and to donate Spirit Run’s net proceeds to benefit youth education and athletics. NMSRI wants to promote youth fitness throughout Southern California. It created “Dash for Cash” to spread Spirit Run’s fitness, and to share its funds throughout Southern California.


110th annual Christmas Boat Parade kicks off with Grand Marshal Albert Pujols, LA Angels first baseman

Three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series champion Albert Pujols will preside as Grand Marshal for the opening night of the 110th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Angels first baseman will be accompanied by his wife and five children aboard the Ohana Kai II to watch the festively and elaborately decorated yachts, sailboats and small electric boats twinkle on the harbor.

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including numerous waterfront restaurants and the 10.5-acre Marina Park. Festivities will begin in Marina Park at 4:30 p.m., with family-friendly activities including face painters, caricature artists, an LA Chargers football toss competition and food vendors. Onlookers will also be treated to a live musical performance by The Young Americans. On opening night, the parade will commence with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 6:15 p.m. from Newport Pier.

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A fireworks show on opening night from Newport Pier kicks off the festivities

Can’t make it on Wednesday, Dec. 19? The parade continues through Sunday, Dec. 23 with a designated Grand Marshal each night including:

–Thursday, Dec. 20 - A Salute to Hometown Heroes: Cheer on our local heroes, those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our communities, as they lead the evening’s festivities.

–Friday, Dec. 21 - The Young Americans®: Founded in 1962, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world. Dubbed as America’s Musical Ambassadors, they use the power of music, dance, performance, academics and cultural interaction to foster their mission.

–Saturday, Dec. 22 - A Celebration of Christmas Movies and Music with Olive Crest: Children and families of Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk children, bring holiday sentiments of family fun and the spirit of Christmas to life.

–Sunday, Dec. 23 - Corona del Mar High School Drum Line: The CdM Drum Line is one of the premier performing groups at Corona del Mar High School. It serves as a musical ambassador, performing regularly in pep rallies as well as at school and community events. A fireworks show will close out the parade.

110th annual route map

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Boat Parade route map with best public viewing spots

The parade sets the harbor aglow commencing at the tip of Lido Isle at 6:30 p.m. and finishing at the same site around 9 p.m. each evening. If you are interested in registering your boat in the parade (or your home for the Ring of Lights competition), visit www.christmasboatparade.com/enter. Registered boats and homes receive the Commemorative 2018 Parade Burgee Flag and Plaque and are eligible for prizes. Winners receive free tickets to the Awards Dinner & Auction on January 25, 2019 at the Fashion Island Hotel.

Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are Simple Green and Wells Fargo, and Community Sponsors are the City of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach, Inc., with marketing and promotional support from Newport Beach & Company.

For more information on the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, call 949.729.4400 and visit www.ChristmasBoatParade.com.


Hoag Breast Center named Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence

Hoag Breast Center is the first and only breast center in Orange County to be named a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence – the highest level of accreditation – by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ 

(NQMBC™). Recognized for the sixth consecutive year, Hoag Breast Center is just one of 57 facilities in the U.S. to receive this designation.

“We are proud of this prestigious designation and consider it to be both a tribute to the high quality care we deliver, as well as a mandate to continue to strive for excellence on behalf of our patients,” said January Lopez, M.D., director of Breast Imaging for Hoag Breast Centers.

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The NQMBC measures a breast center’s performance on select indicators such as timeliness of care for screening and diagnostic mammography, mammography call back rate, patient satisfaction, surgical care, pathology and radiation.

Hoag Breast Centers, in both Newport Beach and Irvine, offer comprehensive breast care services from prevention and screening to diagnostics and treatment.

Thanks to a gift from Circle 1000, Hoag was one of the first facilities in the state to offer Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) and is dedicated to providing patients access to emerging technologies to help diagnose breast cancer at its earliest stage. Donor support from the community also allowed Hoag to be one of the first hospitals in California to have a dedicated breast MRI unit.

Additionally, under the leadership of Melvin Silverstein, M.D., Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and medical director of Hoag Breast Center, Hoag has the largest database of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) clinical trials with more than 1,150 patients, the most cases for a single site in the U.S.

“IORT offers our patients a clinically effective, faster and easier alternative to whole breast radiation therapy,” Dr. Silverstein said. “We are able to reduce treatment to 30 minutes versus 30 days which means less repeat visits and physical discomfort, less emotional stress and the opportunity to immediately return to your daily life and routine.”

To find out more about Hoag Breast Center, visit www.hoag.org/specialties-services/breast-program.


BCYC inducts Bill Moffett as 2019 Commodore

At its annual meeting, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) announced longtime member and racer, Steve Moffett, will take the helm as its 2019 Commodore. Moffett joined BCYC in 2010 and has served on the board of directors for the past four years.

An active boater, Moffett grew up in Long Beach, learning to sail at just five years of age out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) and Leeway Sailing Club. He has owned and raced Sabots, FJs, J24s and Etchells. His sailing experience includes crewing on larger boats in races such as Congressional Cup, Transpac, Pacific Cup and many races to Mexico. He currently cruises his 46-foot sailboat named Tempest.

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Bill Moffett inducted as BCYC 2019 Commodore

“Becoming Commodore of BCYC is something I’ve been looking forward to all year,” Moffett said. “2019 is going to be a great year for BCYC and its members. We have lots of activities scheduled to appeal to racers, junior sailors and recreational boaters. We strive to offer engaging activities for members of all ages, boaters and non-boaters alike. After all, we are the friendliest club on the bay.”

During his years at ABYC, Moffett was actively involved as a flag officer, fleet captain of many fleets and chairman of almost every committee. He chaired racing programs, junior programs, facilities, long range planning and financial committees. He was very involved with the 1984 Olympic Sailing venues which were staged in Long Beach, and became Commodore of ABYC in 1994.

Moffett brings an extensive background in yacht club management and institutional organization. His broad sailing background will strengthen the racing, cruising and boating activities at BCYC, and his financial management skills will help ensure the continued prosperity of BCYC.

A graduate of CSU Long Beach with a degree in financial management, Moffett is owner of A Better Property Management Co., a real estate management company in Long Beach. He and his wife, Lauri, currently reside in Long Beach. They have four children and five grandsons.


Back Bay Bistro to host Brunch with Santa, Christmas Eve dinner

Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself at Brunch with Santa on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 22. Take photos with Santa in between trips to the sprawling buffet tables highlighting live food stations like cooked-to-order omelets and pancakes, and a dessert display featuring white and milk chocolate fountains. Add endless Champagne and mimosas for just $5 or a Bloody Mary carafe for $10. Brunch seatings are available from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $28 for adults and $13 for youngsters 10 years of age and under.

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For those who wish to dine out on Christmas Eve, Back Bay Bistro is hosting a gourmet, five-course Christmas Eve dinner highlighting seasonal sides, three succulent main course options and decadent desserts with seatings from 4:30 - 8 p.m. Celebrate the season in the festive waterfront atmosphere with gorgeous views of the Back Bay illuminated with holiday lights. The cost is $65 per person (tax and 18 percent service charge is not reflected in per person pricing).

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu:

First Course - Friese Salad and Blistered Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, blood orange vinaigrette

Second Course - Butternut Squash Bisque

Third Course - Venison Scallopini with parsnip and sweet potato mashed, red wine reduction or Striped Sea Bass with wild mushroom risotto, citrus chardonnay sauce

Main Course* - Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with mint jus, goat cheese polenta, mixed vegetables or Chicken Marsala with roasted fingerling potatoes, broccolini or Center Cut Filet of Beef with Point Reyes blue cheese sauce, au gratin potatoes and mixed vegetables

*Vegetarian option available upon request

Dessert - Chocolate Yule Log Cake or Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée

To make reservations, call 949.999.3170.

Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.NewportDunes.com/Bistro.


Stump the Stu

What’s this chef cooking up and where?

Stump the Stu 12.4.18

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It looks like this culinary wizard just cooked up something fresh and satisfying. Where is his kitchen and what type of food does he like to conjure up?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


You Must Remember This: Local heroines never to be forgotten

By NANCY GARDNER

Imagine how different our city would be if there was no Big Corona, if, instead of a long, sandy beach there were 50 or 60 houses. That’s what it would be like if it hadn’t been for Mary Burton. I never met Mary Burton, although I passed her house many times. There was a period when there were a number of the original redwood houses that early Corona del Mar pioneers built, but one by one the owners died, the heirs sold, the houses were scraped and something new took their place until finally there was only one – Mrs. Burton’s. When I read her obituary, I knew the writing was on the wall, and soon her cozy single house was razed, replaced by two edifices reminding us that we are no longer a community of beach cottages but a city of large, expensive houses. But that’s an aside.

Back to Big Corona. Citizens Bank of Los Angeles owned the beach and proposed building houses there. The state was interested in preserving the beach, and many residents, including Mary Burton, strongly favored that, but the city council turned the state away. They had been informed by the city attorney that the sale to the bank must go through. This seemed the end of the matter, but Mary Burton wasn’t ready to quit. She did some sleuthing and uncovered a relationship between the city attorney and the bank, one that raised a lot of questions. Instead of answering the questions, the city attorney made a quick skip. The council then rejected the bank in favor of accepting the state’s offer, and the beach was preserved – making Mary Burton a significant name in our city’s history. Something like that is not enough to get a house preserved, but we certainly shouldn’t let her name be forgotten.

Another city star was Isobel (Izzie) Pease. I actually met her. I must have been eight or so, since we were living in the Iris house. My childhood memory of Izzie is of a woman with white hair and blue eyes, a sleeveless blouse and a voluminous pair of long, blue shorts which she filled, being a rather large woman. She was also the Joanna Appleseed of CdM. Trees, she felt, were what would transform a rather barren area into a lovely community, and she set about getting trees planted. According to my father, she was quite firm in her manner. Her approach to a new arrival in CdM was not, “Will you be planting a tree?” It was, “What kind of trees are you planting?” When we look around at all the greenery, we can thank Izzie for a lot of it.

Fortunately, we haven’t stopped producing heroines. Jean Watt has been a singular voice for the environment in our city. She has founded a string of organizations – Stop Polluting Our Neighborhood (SPON), Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, Orange Coast River Park (OCRP), Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) – and has a knack for recruiting the right people to participate. She refuses to let losses discourage her, always focusing on the next step.

Evelyn Hart is another woman who has more than made her mark on the city. A very popular councilwoman and mayor, she joined with Jean in forming FONBAS and was the originator of Women in Newport, an annual lunch that brings together all the women who serve on the various city commissions and committees. She led the fundraising effort for the new Oasis where her various contributions to the city are recognized in the Evelyn Hart Event Center.

And finally, there’s Nancy Skinner. She and her husband, Jack, sounded the note about water quality long before it was recognized by most people, and there is not a water quality project in the city that doesn’t bear their marks. Like Jean and Evelyn, Nancy is politically active, and she brings a demeanor that reminds everyone of what things could be like if – no matter how much we disagreed – we treated each other with respect.

The nice thing about all three – their accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed. Their homes have not been designated historical monuments, but each has been named Citizen of the Year in recognition of their efforts to improve our city. 

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


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu definitely has some readers who knew the martini glass was the icon for a local eatery and bar – 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront above the harbor on Bayside Drive.

Congratulations to Charlie Ferrazzi, Jeff Reuter, Jerry M Murray, John Wortmann, Max Ukropina, Paul Blank, Tim Robertson and Wendy Kerr.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 12.4.18

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Carolers serenade shoppers, diners on Lido Deck

Carolers serenade shoppers

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Every Thursday through Sunday, enjoy Christmas music and carolers on Lido Deck from 12 - 3 p.m. at Lido Marina Village, 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach


Author Peter Nielsen to appear at Lido Village Books

“Every weekday, just before dawn, a commuter train full of business people pulls out of the train station in Santa Ana and rumbles toward downtown Los Angeles. In the ‘quiet car’ of the train is Peter Nielsen, a banker with on office on the 26th floor of a very tall building, near LA’s Union Station. He spends nearly all of his morning commute writing non-fiction true stories that take place all over the United States and in Central America, with wide-ranging themes and characters. Each of the stories is full of love, curiosity, generosity and faith.”

Interested in finding out more?

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Author Peter Nielsen

Come meet author Peter Nielsen, author of All That I’ve Seen – Failing Banks and Other Stories, this Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Lido Village Books. He will be doing a reading, Q&A and book signing. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.673.2549 or visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Duffy passes Stoaks, lead continues to grow

The Orange County Registrar of Voters has not completed counting the votes cast in the Newport Beach City Council race, so the totals change from day to day.

On Tuesday at 5 p.m., incumbent and current Mayor of Newport Beach Marshall “Duffy” Duffield passed Tim Stoaks in the District 3 Council race, after trailing Stoaks since Election Day by as much as six percentage points.

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Since Tuesday, Duffield has continued to grow his lead; he now leads Stoaks by 43 votes.

According to the Orange County Registrar of voters, there are just 2,725 ballots left to be counted countywide.

Stu News reached out to both candidates for comment and received the following statement from Stoaks:

“Win or lose I’m proud of the campaign I ran, and the support from volunteers and the community. I have no regrets.” 

Duffield did not respond to Stu News’ request for comment by publication deadline.


What’s happening at OCMA EXPAND-SANTA ANA?

OCMA EXPAND-SANTA ANA has some exciting new exhibits and events coming up. So check them out.

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Alan Nakagawa, “Little Saigon: Six Fields Generating, Field Trip #1”

Little Saigon: Six Field Trips Generating with Alan Nakagawa on Saturdays, December 1 and 15 at 11:00 a.m. Explore Little Saigon with artist Alan Nakagawa, visiting important cultural sites while discussing the complexities of cultural tourism. As an outsider to this community, Nakagawa seeks to understand how one can learn about a new place, and if there is a correct approach to this kind of exploration. Whether you visit regularly, or have never been, come share your perspective.

December 1: Field Trip #2NGUOI VIET Daily News, 14771 Moran St., Westminster. Come walk down Little Saigon’s media row and talk about the importance of the written word and media in this community, as you draw and paint what you see.

December 15: Field Trip #3The Institute of Vietnamese Studies, 15355 Brookhurst St., Westminster. Visit one of the centers of academic study of Vietnamese culture. There is much to learn. All are welcome! RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cinema Orange: More Art Upstairs

Film Screening and Discussion: Cinema Orange: More Art Upstairs on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. For three weeks in September, beer-fueled debates in the bars of Grand Rapids, Mich. are not about sports and politics, but art. More Art Upstairs follows four accomplished artists as they compete at ArtPrize, a populist experiment that is challenging the art world’s hierarchy by giving the public the power to decide who will win almost half of the $500,000 in prize money. Stay for the post-film discussion about the relevance of contemporary art to our local community with filmmaker Jody Hassett Sanchez, Grand Central Art Center Director and Chief Curator John Spiak and artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz. Dessert and coffee reception to follow. Seating is limited. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at 5 p.m. on the day of the screening. Presented in partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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Valentina Jager, “the face, the mouth the back,” 2018: site-specific installation, tissue paper

Now on View at OCMA EXPAND-SANTA ANA through March 17, 2019. View exhibitions by contemporary artists Kathryn Garcia, Valentina Jager, Alan Nakagawa, Ni Youyu, Mariángeles Soto-Díaz and Rodrigo Valenzuela, plus Forsaken Utopias: Photographs from the OCMA Permanent Collection.

OCMA EXPAND-SANTA ANA at South Coast Plaza Village is located at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. For more information, call 714.780.2130 or visit www.ocmaexpand.org


Magical Christmas Boat Parade begins
Wednesday, Dec. 19

Magical Christmas Boat Parade Marina Park

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Marina Park, an ideal family venue for watching the Christmas Boat Parade

On Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m., locals and visitors alike are invited to enjoy opening night of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from a variety of public viewing locations, including numerous waterfront restaurants and the 10.5-acre Marina Park.

Festivities begin in Marina Park at 4:30 p.m., with family-friendly activities including face painters, caricature artists, an LA Chargers football toss competition and food vendors. Onlookers will also be treated to a live musical performance by The Young Americans.

The parade will commence with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 6:15 p.m. from Newport Pier. This year’s Grand Marshal is Albert Pujols, three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series Champion.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is presented by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

For the best viewing locations, a parade route map and rundown on the schedule of events, visit www.christmasboatparade.com and www.visitnewportbeach.com.


A bunch of boats, Santa Claus and church: How did we get here?

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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Fireworks during the Christmas Boat Parade light up the sky

Newport Beach celebrates the Christmas holiday in a big way! There is a Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights, Roger’s Gardens’ Christmas Fantasy, the Christmas tree lighting in Fashion Island, Corona del Mar’s Christmas Walk, plus thousands of competitive displays of noel on individual homes and businesses. We worship the birth of Christ, await Santa Claus and his reindeer, eat, shop and hold holiday parties. December in Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions is a month for families to emphasize religious prayer, candle lighting, singing of carols, as well as the more secular gift giving and feasting.

Children embrace Christmas through stories of a big-bellied man with white whiskers and magical powers. Stores and malls are packed with emotional buyers purchasing everything from toys to food, clothes to gadgets and cars to homes, in an annual attempt to make lives of their loved ones perfect. Churches, temples and places of worship enjoy their greatest annual attendance as families return to their religious roots.

How did all of this come about in our beloved Newport Beach? That story begins thousands of years ago and long before Christmas was around.

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A local Indian woman and child

Our oft-forgotten Shoshone Indians traveled to Newport for its mild weather, beautiful beaches and abundance of game. They were later named Gabrielinos by the Spanish during their years of toil at Mission San Gabriel.

The Gabrielinos lived in Laguna Canyon, the Back Bay and along the Santa Ana River all the way to its delta. Their main religious belief revolved around nature and the bounty provided them by mother earth. A single god named Quaoar or “The Giver of Life” was worshiped within a ceremonial enclosure called the yuvar. Religious gatherings and sand paintings were a common way to honor Quaoar. Fourth graders at Newport Beach Elementary School used to duplicate these “sand paintings” on the beach when studying these important native inhabitants.

Christianity came to the region in 1769 with exploration by the Spanish. Gaspar de Portola traveled from San Diego to Los Angeles with a stopover in Orange County.  Cristianitos Road in southern San Clemente is the location where the first Christian baptism of a Native American child took place.

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Mission San Gabriel

The Franciscan Friars soon followed and were responsible for modernizing California and converting the native population to Christianity. To help “spread the word,” California’s El Camino Real was built and extended from San Diego all the way to Santa Rosa. This 600-mile highway had 21 well-placed missions that were built a single travel day apart. Junipero Serra was the most famous of the preaching Friars spreading the doctrine of 13th century Catholic Francis Assisi. Our local San Juan Capistrano Mission was founded in 1776 and served the entire Orange County region.  Diseases and a cruel and demanding lifestyle proved deadly for the Indians of our region.

One of the earliest of the “newer” religions came with a group of followers of Joseph Smith. In 1880, these Latter-day Saints traveled from Utah, establishing a colony in the east end of the Laguna Canyon, bringing with them the first local dentist.

Newport Beach’s first church was homeless. Founded by an opportunistic ex-Baptist preacher named Issac Hickey, his teachings took place in the “Greenville Section” of the harbor. Known to be “well-watered,” it was home to the side-wheeler steamer under the command of Captain Abbot. This promised land was coined the Gospel Swamp by skeptics and non-believers.

By 1895, the Newport Methodist Church was established by a gentleman named “Roy.” He inaugurated Sunday School services, which resulted in some loosely organized religious activity. The 22nd Street Round Pavilion was the site of the first organized religious meeting in 1909. Methodists, under the leadership of John Gabrielson, met upstairs in the old City Hall in 1912. Jailed prisoners shouted complaints during hymn singing, which led to a move to the old Balboa Theater building.

Also in 1909, The Balboa Chapel and its Episcopal services were held in the Balboa Pavilion. By 1917, the church edifice arose on a lot donated but Marian A. Coons and was eventually moved to its present location across from Newport Elementary School.

The building on Mrs. Coons’ lot was later rented to Mr. Soto, where he ran a curio shop. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Soto was shipped off to a Japanese internment camp and never heard of again. The property sold in 1940 and opened up as the Blue Room which served liquor. The Methodist Church opposed this and delayed issuance of a liquor license. Today it is part of the municipal parking lot near the Balboa Pier. By 1930, Methodist membership had risen to 90 followers.

In 1916, the Christian Science Church initially met at the home of Judge Leo Goepper at 813 East Bay Front. Recognized by the Mother Church of Boston while meeting in the Women’s Civic League on Palm Street, it eventually built its Reading Room and First Church of Christ Scientist of Newport Beach in a building at the foot of the Lido Isle Bridge. Typifying the changes in modern day Newport Beach, it has become a site for high-end condos.

By 1923, the Los Angeles and San Diego Catholic Diocese constructed the first Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at its oceanfront location at 1441 West Balboa Blvd.   Prior to that, Services were held at the Neimeyer home on East Bay Front.

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St. James Church

In Christmases past, Newport Beach’s old churches made Christmas a very special day for all residents and included the incorporation of the now world-famous Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights. In our Christmases present, every part of Newport Beach is represented by a house of God enabling the celebration for all the December celebrations.

If you drive Newport Beach today you will find places of worship for practically all of the world’s religions. Along Camelback or Bison streets, you’ll see the new trend of mega-churches. The older and simpler days of churches bouncing from house to house, to empty building to theaters is not totally gone but the large religious edifice is definitely the latest trend. Residents today can worship in their own neighborhoods, or find religious peace in neighboring Costa Mesa and Irvine.

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A decorated Christmas tree celebrates family traditions

Be sure to celebrate Christmas 2018 in grand style – one that is appropriate for the most “Christmasy” city in Orange County. Gather with family, friends and children to watch the incredible boat parade, eat the finest of fine foods and attend one of the many holiday and Christmas Eve services at any of the local churches.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and share your good fortune for living in Newport Beach by sharing with others in need.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Whimsical watercolor paintings delight at JWA

When inspired by a place, thought or dream, watercolor artist Nancy Caldwell’s ideas begin to emerge, and her lively and colorful ‘mental play’ doodles start to flow. An exhibit of her innovative artwork style that she calls “Play Drawing Paintings” of fun and fanciful objects, shapes and places, are on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space now through December 13.

“Nancy Caldwell’s creative and vibrant watercolor paintings are sure to delight visitors and residents alike,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “As you travel through John Wayne Airport, take a moment to enjoy her imaginative creations.”

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“Waiting for Godot” by artist Nancy Caldwell

As a young child, Caldwell always knew that she wanted to be a painter when she grew up. Through the course of her watercolor study and practice painting in a variety of styles, Caldwell’s unique and artistic work stemmed from having doodled and day-dreamed her entire life. Inspirations for her creations occur at the most unexpected times and may relate to real places.

Her artwork has been featured in Watercolor Artist magazine, Ones to Watch (December 2015) and in numerous juried exhibitions including the Oceanside Museum of Art/National Watercolor Show, Orange County Fair and California Watercolor Association.

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“Sunday’s Best, San Miguel Mission” by artist Nancy Caldwell

Caldwell’s watercolor art exhibit can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

To learn more about Nancy Caldwell’s work, visit her website at www.necaldwell.com.

The upcoming Community Focus Space Program features photographer Joel Brown (December 14 - January 16, 2019) and painter Dennis Carrie (January 17 - February 14, 2019).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Exchange Club holds movie screening for charity

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The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets.

All profits from ticket sales and donations will go to benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90.

To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Regency Lido Theatre is located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Donations being accepted to spread holiday cheer

The City of Newport Beach is supporting the Spark of Love Toy Drive and Operation Christmas to make the holidays brighter for underserved children, teens, military members and their families.

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Spark of Love Toy Drive

The Newport Beach Fire Department is participating in the 26th Annual Firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive campaign, which runs through December 24. Interested community members can drop off new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment or gift cards at all Newport Beach fire stations, Lifeguard Headquarters, the Newport Beach Central Library and Civic Center Revenue Department.

In Orange County, the Spark of Love combines efforts with several agencies to form the Orange County Toy Collaborative. These agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to Orange County children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season. 

For more information about the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Spark of Love efforts, contact Mariah Stinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.644.3361.

Drop-off Locations:

–Balboa Peninsula Fire Station #1, 110 East Balboa Boulevard

–Lido Fire Station #2, 475 32nd Street

–Fashion Island Fire Station #3, 868 Santa Barbara Drive

–Balboa Island Fire Station #4, 124 Marine Avenue

–Corona del Mar Fire Station #5, 410 Marigold Avenue

–Mariners Fire Station #6, 1348 Irvine Avenue

–Santa Ana Heights Fire Station #7, 20401 Acacia Street

–Newport Coast Fire Station #8, 6502 Ridge Park Road

–Lifeguard Headquarters, Base of the Newport Pier, 70 Newport Pier

–Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue

–Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Revenue Bay 1A (Note: Civic Center will be closing for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m.) 

Operation Christmas

The Newport Beach City Clerk’s Office has partnered with Operation Christmas to bring holiday cheer to California’s military personnel and their families. New, unwrapped children’s toys, new or used DVDs for the troops and gift cards will be collected at City Hall on the second floor of Bay E and at the OASIS Senior Center until 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20.

For 10 years, Operation Christmas, a program organized by Yellow Ribbon America (www.yellowribbonamerica.com) has supported more than 300,000 members of the armed services and their families. 

For more information on Operation Christmas, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 949.644.3005.

Drop-off Locations:

–Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, City Clerk’s Office, Bay 2E

–OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar


TOPSOCCER Skills Clinic tomorrow

TOPSOCCER

On Saturday, Dec. 1 the City of Newport Beach and the Recreation & Senior Services Department will be holding a TOPSOCCER Skills Clinic for athletes with special needs at Bonita Creek Park.

Check-in is at 9:30 a.m. and the event takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine.

It is free to participate and the day includes: lunch and a giveaway. The clinic is coed for ages 5 - 18, and all skill levels are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present the entire time.

For more information and to register, go to https://bit.ly/2ynsBax, call 1.657.378.8606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bonita Creek Park is located at 3010 La Vida, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

All footprints lead to...

Stump the Stu 11.30.18

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Step by step...what’s at the end of these footprints?

Three of our readers guessed correctly, and knew this centennial legacy pathway leads to the labyrinth showing the history of Newport Beach at McFadden Square by Newport Pier. It was installed after our centennial celebration in 2006. The labyrinth surrounds a copper globe that has pictures from Newport Beach’s past.

Congratulations to Barbara DeGroot, Don Webb and Tom Iovenitti.

A special thank you to Kristie Hemstreet who snapped this photo and sent it in.

Join in as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community. The clue appears on Tuesdays and the answer on Fridays, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you can identify this cocktail logo representing a lively watering hole that will ring in some holiday cheer. 

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 11.30.18

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Orange County Conservation Corp receives $10,00 grant

The Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) has announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Peter and Ginny Ueberroth Family Foundation, based in Corona de Mar, to support education and employment services for disconnected youth.

Orange County Conservation Corp Ueberroths

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(L-R) Ueberroth Family Foundation board members Ginny Ueberroth, Vicki Booth and Peter Ueberroth

“The Orange County Conservation Corps is honored to receive this grant from the Ueberroth Family Foundation,” said Katharyn Muniz, CEO of OCCC. “These funds will provide employment, training and educational services to Orange County’s hardest-to-reach and neediest segment of our young adult population, with a focus on youth in Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Buena Park and La Habra’s lowest income neighborhoods.”

Now in its 25th year of operation, OCCC creates a safety net and career pathway for at-risk young adults (ages 18 - 25) residing in Orange County who have dropped out of school by creating both career and workforce development programs. OCCC also provides academic support, leadership development, mentoring and education in order to help corps members attain their high school diplomas. Through its services, corps members gain hands-on work experience and develop important life skills and the value of saving our planet by protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s natural resources by working on conservation and environmentally driven projects.

For more information on the Orange County Conservation Corps, visit www.hireyouth.org.


ENC to hold winter nature camps

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present Winter Nature Camps in three sessions: December 17 - 20, December 26 - 28 and January 2 - 4, 2019. Full day camp is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and half day camp is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nature Adventure Camp is for campers in grades K - 6 and Little Naturalist camp is for campers ages 3 - 5.

During Winter Nature Camp, campers will participate in educational, age appropriate hands-on activities. Adventures within the Nature Center will increase their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world.

ENC to hold winter nature camps

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“This Winter Camp marks one full year since the ENC introduced Little Naturalist Camp,” said Sue Bierlich, ENC nature preschool director. “Our Little Naturalist Summer Camp filled up within a few days of opening registration, so we are looking forward to a full Winter Camp. I’m so thankful that parents are just as excited as we are to immerse their children into nature at an early age, when it is most important.”

A recent survey found that on average, children now spend only 12.6 minutes a day on outdoor activity compared with 10.4 waking hours being relatively motionless watching TV or on computer screens. Another study found that 50 percent of preschoolers lacked even one outdoor play session per day.

“We are raising a generation of sedentary kids who would rather sit on the couch with a cell phone or game controller than be outside armed only with a stick and their imagination,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Spending time outside in nature helps children develop spatial awareness and motor skills. It even helps their vision.”

Visit www.encenter.org for more info about Winter Nature Camps.

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


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Hanukkah or Chanukah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2 and continues through sundown on Monday, Dec. 10. Every year, Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, a month in the Hebrew Calendar.

Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. The event occurred when Jews rose up against Greek-Syrian rulers in the Maccabean Revolt and drove them out of Jerusalem.

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

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To mark their victory, Jews wanted to reclaim the temple and light its menorah, but only found enough pure olive oil for one day. That one-day supply lasted eights days and is considered a miracle in the Jewish faith.

To celebrate, Jews light one candle each evening on a nine-branched menorah. The ninth candle – the shamash (“helper” or “attendant”) – is used to light the other eight.

Special blessings are recited, often to a traditional melody, before the menorah is lit, and traditional songs are sung afterward. Menorahs are also placed prominently in houses, often in windows. Playing with tops called dreidels and exchanging gifts are other Hanukkah traditions to celebrate the holiday.

Given the holiday’s link to oil, traditional dishes are often fried in oil, too. Potato pancakes (latkes) and doughnuts (sufganiyah) are among the most popular food items, while children enjoy receiving gelt (money or wrapped chocolate coins).

Wishing you and yours a blessed Hanukkah.


Celebrate the Boat Parade at the American Legion

Come experience a rare opportunity to attend a holiday event at the American Legion, which is typically open to “members only.” In the spirit of the holidays, join them on one of the nights when the award-winning annual Christmas Boat Parade will be showcased in spectacular Newport Harbor.

The festivities kick off Wednesday, Dec. 19 and run through Sunday, Dec. 23. They are already sold out for Saturday night!

Celebrate the Boat Parade

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The American Legion will host family-friendly Christmas Boat Parade festivities, open to all

There will be more than 200 boats and yachts artfully decorated and dressed for the holidays. Many vessels will have cheerful holiday music and carolers on board, with boaters waving to the crowds onshore and wishing all a happy holiday. It’s truly an evening of fun for the entire family, so make your reservations now. Proceeds benefit the American Legion’s military and veteran programs.

Here are all the details:

–Theme: Mexican Christmas Fiesta

–Dinner Buffet Menu: Tacos, rice and beans, chicken tortilla soup, hot dogs, quesadillas, pan dulce (Mexican pastries) with two types of agua fresca (fruit flavored water), coffee and tea

–Seating: Community seating on the patio

–Entertainment: Carolers on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Mariachis on Friday evening.

–Face painting each night for the kids to enjoy

Cocktails: No host bar for adult beverages and a $10 corkage fee for wine only.

–Times: Doors open at 4 p.m.; Dinner starts at 5 p.m.; and the Boat Parade passes this viewing location around 6:45 p.m.

–Parking: Street parking or the Newport Beach trolley. Check the Visit Newport Beach web site for pick-up locations and information at www.visitnewportbeach.com.

–Arrive early to secure the best parking options. Dress warmly for this event on the patio for great viewing of the Parade.

–Reservations: Highly Recommended; call 949.554.4914.

–Donations: Adults $29 and Children 10 and under $12. Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible and most importantly, the proceeds go to help our troops, veterans and their families.

The American Legion is located on the Balboa Peninsula at 215 15th St., Newport Beach.


22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour lights up the Island

The 22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour takes place on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with nine uniquely holiday decorated bay front and Island homes. These residences are sure to spark holiday cheer.

22nd Annual Balboa

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Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at www.balboaislandNB.org. They are also available at the following Balboa Island stores: Crystal Rose, Fresh Produce, Island Home, Sunny Days and Sur Le Mer all located on Marine Avenue. Will call tickets will be available to purchase and pick up at the Balboa Island Museum located at 210 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour.

Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for all your holiday shopping and refreshments.

This event is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association


WISEPlace presents a special evening with Jane Fonda

WISEPlace presents “An Evening with Jane Fonda” on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort.

The special evening event will raise funds for WISEPlace’s “embrace” initiative – a new program aimed at expanding their current facility to include 30 permanent supportive housing units for homeless women in Orange County.

WISEPlace presents Jane Fonda

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For the last 30 years, WISEPlace has transformed the lives of more than 7,600 homeless women here in Orange County.

Academy Award-winning actress, producer, activist and writer Jane Fonda will be the keynote speaker, along with a Q&A. Guests will also hear a testimonial from Jenny, a WISEPlace program graduate who overcame homelessness and addiction to become a successful businesswoman and an inspiration for others. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

For tickets and sponsorships, email Eileen Padberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-jane-fonda-tickets-51158074177.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hendershot at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.542.3577, ext. 123.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Wake Up! Newport to feature special program

On Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m., Wake Up! Newport will feature a special program with Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan as the guest speaker.

Our fire chief will be addressing: “Teaming Up to Battle the Blaze.” This discussion will include how fire departments work together to battle the California fires, and how Newport Beach is prepared. The devastation of the Woolsey and Camp Fires has brought firefighters from all over the country to work with one another. Come learn how departments team up, the logistics of combining forces and the challenges presented by fires of this magnitude. Also, find out how Newport Beach is prepared for such tragedies, and what to do to minimize their impact should they occur.

Wake Up Newport Chip Duncan

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Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

Duncan began his career in 1986 as a seasonal firefighter for the California Department of Forestry (Cal Fire). He is a 32-year veteran of the fire service, with 31 years serving the Newport Beach Fire Department. During his time here, he has worked as a firefighter, fire paramedic, fire captain, fire battalion chief, assistant chief of fire operations and now fire chief.

Breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free to the public, but reservations are requested for food planning and seating. Walkups will be welcome on a space available basis. The event is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Wake Up! Newport takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

All footprints lead to...

Stump the Stu 11.27.18

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Step by step...what’s at the end of these footprints?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Stoaks and Duffy are neck and neck, District 3 Council race to go down to the wire

Stoaks and Duffy

From ocvote.com

As of Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m., Tim Stoaks leads incumbent and current Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield in the District 3 City Council race, although only by 24 votes. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, 21,800 ballots countywide are left to be counted; it is unknown how many of these are Newport Beach voters. Results will be updated daily at www.ocvote.com at 5 p.m. (except on Sundays and holidays) until all votes have been counted.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu definitely has some cinemagoers, but this one tricked most people who guessed the Port Theater or Regency Lido Theatre.

Congratulations to Carol Strauss, Jim Kaminsky and Mary Ann Hemphill who correctly guessed Edwards Big Newport 6 in Fashion Island. They know their marquees.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 11.27.18

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Segerstrom Center presents free events on Argyros Plaza

Ring in the holiday season on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with a blend of free performances and events in December at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. While American Ballet Theatre transforms the stage of Segerstrom Hall into the magical wonderland of The Nutcracker, outside, the Argyros Plaza comes alive with the beauty and spirit of the season.

The Second Annual Holidays Around the World festival will turn the Plaza into an international crossroads from December 14 - 23. All are invited to experience different cultures and traditions while enjoying international performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and lots of free holiday fun.

Segerstrom Center presents

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Courtesy of www.scfta.org

Sprinkled throughout the month are live performances showcasing some of the best and brightest local musical talent. It all begins with the music collective Santa Ana Social Club on December 5, followed by a festive performance from Trombone Christmas on December 8, guitarist Nelson Cade III on December 9, and the soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Roderick Chambers on December 29. 

Entertainment Lineup:

Live from Argyros Stage: Santa Ana Social Club on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from
6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Before spending an evening with culinary icon Ina Garten inside Segerstrom Hall at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a free performance by the Santa Ana Social Club. A collective of Southland musicians who transcend genres with their creative collaborations, singer-songwriter Miguel Pulido leads this group with original material and an eclectic style that will make you feel every note.

Live from Argyros Stage: Trombone Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 8 from
6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Get in the spirit of the season as Trombone Christmas takes the Argyros Stage with anywhere from 25 - 40 trombones performing holiday music. Founded by George Roberts, Bones West (seasonally known as Trombone Christmas) is an open membership, volunteer community music group. Its purpose is for advancing trombone performance and fellowship through rehearsal, public performance and clinics.

Live from Argyros Stage: Nelson Cade III on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Enjoy holiday hits and timeless favorites with an acoustic set by singer-songwriter Nelson Cade III. His crisp guitar playing and charming vocals will light up the Argyros Plaza with cheer for all to hear. Then, delight in the sounds of a music legend with a ticket to see Johnny Mathis inside Segerstrom Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Second Annual Holidays Around the World on December 14, 19, 20 and 21 from 4:45 - 7 p.m., December 15 an 22 from 4 - 7 p.m., and December 16 and 23 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. While a magical Nutcracker comes alive in Segerstrom Hall with American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, outside, the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transforms into a cultural crossroads for the Second Annual Holidays Around the World festival. Before every evening performance of The Nutcracker, the Plaza will be bustling with the sights and sounds of holiday traditions and customs from all over the globe. Enjoy professional and local school performing groups from throughout Orange County, folk storytelling, arts & crafts, cookie decorating and a cocoa bar (for a nominal charge), nightly snowfall and much more holiday fun. Plus, come aboard the Center Express Train on a magical ride around the Segerstrom Center campus on Sunday, Dec. 16 and 23, or visit furry friends at the petting zoo on Saturday, Dec. 15 and 22. 

Live from Argyros Stage: Roderick Chambers on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a magnetic performance by singer-songwriter Roderick Chambers. His soulful vocals and smooth musicality draw upon his R&B roots to create a perfectly mellow mood that leaves you wanting more. Then, take in John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas Tour inside Segerstrom Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Pacific Chorale celebrates the holidays with two concerts and a gala

In December, Orange County’s Pacific Chorale gives voice to the holiday spirit with two contrasting concerts: “Carols by Candlelight” at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach and “Tis the Season!” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The first of the two “Tis the Season!” performances will be followed by the Chorale’s annual Holiday Gala fundraising dinner, “Imagine, Inspire, Create,” at The Center Club, located just across the Julianne & George Argyros Plaza from the concert hall.

Pacific Chorale performance

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Holiday Schedule:

Carols by Candlelight: A magical evening of traditional carols and classical Christmas works presented by a chamber choir of Pacific Chorale’s professional singers in an intimate candlelit setting.

Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

Conductor: Robert Istad, Artistic Director

Featuring: Members of Pacific Chorale - David Clemensen, piano and Jung-A Lee, organ

Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach

Tickets: From $25 - $70. Call 714.662.2345, or visit www.pacificchorale.org

Musical Selections:

Once in Royal David’s City – arr. David Willcocks

The Wexford Carol – arr. Michael McGlynn

Ríu Ríu – arr. Michael McGlynn

Of the Father’s Love Begotten – arr. Molly Ijames

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen* – arr. David Willcocks

Gloria from Mass for Double Choir – Frank Martin

Es ist ein Ros (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming) – Michael Praetorius/Melchior

Vulpius

Magnificat – Arvo Pärt

Noé, Noé! Pastores cantate domino – Guillaume Bouzignac

O Little Town of Bethlehem* – arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Huron Carol – arr. Sara Quartel

The Flight – Richard Causton

Let My Love Be Heard — Jake Runestad

Virga Jesse floruit – Michael Austin Miller

Angels We Have Heard on High – arr. Benjamin Harlan

Lobet den Herrn from Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225 – J.S. Bach

Dona Nobis Pacem – Bob Chilcott

* sing-along selection 

“Carols by Candlelight” is sponsored by Trish O’Donnell, in loving memory of John O’Donnell.

Tis the Season!: This popular family holiday extravaganza in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a seasonal favorite. Artistic Director Robert Istad leads Pacific Chorale, the Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus (Lori Loftus, Founding Artistic Director and Conductor) and the brass and percussion of Pacific Symphony in a concert of traditional carols, holiday favorites, and new surprises, including a visit from Santa Claus.

Dates & Times: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.

Conductor: Robert Istad, Artistic Director

Featuring: Pacific Chorale and Members of Pacific Symphony - Carl St.Clair, Music Director and Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus - Lori Loftus, Founding Director

Location: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets: $29 - $140. Call 714.662.2345 (Pacific Chorale) or 714.556.2787 (Segerstrom Center), or visit www.pacificchorale.org

Musical Selections:

A Christmas Gloria – Gary Fry

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – arr. David Willcocks

Sussex Carol – arr. Ian Crawford

Angels We Have Heard on High – arr. John Rutter

Ave Maria – Felix Mendelssohn

Welcome Yule! – B. Wayne Bisbee

Northern Lights – Ēriks Ešenvalds

Personent Hodie – arr. Will Todd

Trinity Te Deum – Ēriks Ešenvalds

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas – John Williams

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

The Christmas Waltz – Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Johnny Marks

Jingle Bells – arr. David Willcocks

Dormi, Dormi, bel Bambin – arr. Valerie S. Crescenz

Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi

This Endris Night – Z. Randall Stroope

Ave Maria – Franz Biebl

Silent Night – arr. Roger Wagner

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – arr. Arthur Harris

Joy to the World – arr. Mack Wilberg

Encore: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah – George Frideric Handel

Holiday Gala: “Imagine, Inspire, Create” is the theme for Pacific Chorale’s 2018 Holiday Gala, continuing the celebration on into the evening following the Saturday performance of “Tis the Season!” Chaired by Susan Lindley, this black tie-optional evening will feature a short ribs holiday dinner (fish and vegetarian options also available), holiday entertainment, and an auction featuring trips and special experiences.

Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Event Chair: Susan Lindley

Location: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa

Tickets: Single tickets are $300 per person. Table sponsorships and syndicated tables are available. Contact Rachel Van Skike at 714.662.2345 for more details.

Pacific Chorale gratefully acknowledges its generous sponsors:

Platinum Season Sponsor - Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons; Silver Season Sponsor - Charles and Ling Zhang.


Newport Beach Foundation Distinguished Citizen Program application deadline is this Friday

The Newport Beach Foundation Distinguished Citizen Program application process is closing this Friday, Nov. 30 – so don’t miss out!

If you are interested in learning more about the key components that form the foundation of our city, you won’t want to lose out on this opportunity.

A limited number of people will be chosen for the program, and the application is for consideration for the January 2019 class. Classes for accepted applicants begin on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, and will be held every Wednesday following throughout January from 6 - 8 p.m.

Here’s the rundown of distinguished speakers appearing:

January 9 – Newport 101 (Friends Room in Newport Beach Central Library)

a. Mayor with the State of the City

b. Homer Bludau – previous Newport Beach City Manager (City Charter & Council/Manager Form of Local Government)

c. Grace Leung – Newport Beach City Manager (Harbor and Airport)

d. Leilani Brown – City Clerk (Boards, Commissions and Committees)

January 16 – Human Resources/Legal and Public Safety (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Aaron Harp – City Attorney

b. Barbara Salvini – Human Resources Director

c. Jon Lewis – Police Chief, Newport Beach Police Department

d. Chip Duncan – Fire Chief, Newport Beach Fire Department

January 23 – Finance, Library, Parks/Beaches, Business (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dr. Fred Navarro – Superintendent, Newport-Mesa School District

b. Tim Hetherton – Library Services Director

c. Laura Detweiler – Director of Recreation & Senior Services

d. Mario Marovic – Newport Beach Business Leader

January 30 - Finances and City Planning (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dan Matusiewicz – Director of Finance

b. Seimone Jurjis – Community Development Director

c. Dave Webb – Public Works Director

d. Mark Vukojevic – Utilities Director

e. Graduation – Distinguished Citizen Recognition & Presentation of Completion

To apply, visit www.nb-foundation.org/distinguished-citizen/.


CdM Chamber to hold holiday networking luncheon

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual holiday networking luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the legendary Five Crowns Restaurant. Check-in and networking take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; the program and lunch are from 12 - 1:30 p.m. This is sure to be a sell-out.

What’s on the menu? Enjoy traditional rock salt roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, creamed spinach or corn and Yorkshire pudding. A vegetarian alternative is available.

CdM Chamber to hold holiday gal with gift

Adding to the festivities are: a holiday performance by guitarist John Scott Evans, a Santa gift exchange* and visit from Santa Claus, networking, self-introductions and a cash wine bar. Valet parking is available for $6, and there is street parking.

The cost is $40 for CdM Chamber members, or $45 for non-members. Advance reservations only prior to Thursday, Dec. 10.

To RSVP, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 949.673.4050 and go to www.cdmchamber.com.

*Please bring a wrapped gift or gift certificate/card with a maximum value of $20 if you would like to participate in the Santa gift exchange.

Five Crowns Restaurant is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Airing out city hall: CdM’s new city councilwoman prepares to take office

By AMY SENK

Joy Brenner moved to Corona del Mar at the age of 15 to a house on Marguerite Avenue, near where it dead-ended at Fifth. She helped select the school colors and mascot for the then-new Corona del Mar High School and was part of its first graduating class. And next month, on December 11, she’ll be sworn in as the newest District 6 City Council member.

“My first priority is opening up the doors and windows at City Hall,” Brenner said. “Everything we can legally share with the public, we should share. It’s the public’s business.” A frequent message on her campaign trail was the importance of filling committees and commissions with informed and passionate community members – then listening to them, and any other public feedback before considering a Council vote. She said she’s had a lot of practice listening while on the campaign trail.

“We went to every event, I didn’t say no to anything,” she said. “Two or three or five events in a day. Fourteen forums.”

Airing out city hall Joy Brenner

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Joy Brenner will represent District 6

Her campaign began, she said, when she was collecting signatures to recall Corona del Mar’s current City Council representative, Scott Peotter. She would go door-to-door, talking to people about their concern. “Our citizens actively put the good of the city first,” she said. “They were vehemently about wanting a change.”

The campaign was long, and in the end it was ugly. Fliers were mailed that tied Brenner to George Soros, Hilary Clinton and Cory Booker, all stemming from an ActBlue donation that Brenner made because, as she puts it, “I was not happy with Trump.” Emails and Nextdoor postings also went on the attack. On election night, Brenner watched returns at a party with other candidates. “We just had a ball,” she said. In the end, according to the latest voter records, updated yesterday (Monday) at 5 p.m., Brenner won with 56.7 percent of the vote. Candidate Tim Stoaks, who campaigned alongside Brenner at many events, is ahead of Mayor Duffy Duffield but only by 24 votes.

Peotter took office in 2014, replacing Nancy Gardner, who was a longtime CdM resident. Like Gardner, Brenner’s ties to CdM run deep. She moved to town with her family during her freshman year of high school and played baseball with friends on the land that now is the OASIS Senior Center, while her father fought against a project that would have built a freeway running along Fifth Avenue. She was part of a leadership group that worked with the new principal of Corona del Mar High School to pick out the new school’s colors and Sea King mascot, and was in the first graduating class. And because her class was first, when she started their junior year, they were more or less the default seniors because no class was ahead of them.

She helped found the Corona del Mar Residents Association group and was its president; she was involved in the city’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission. A few years ago, she founded Friends of the Corona del Mar Library, which advocated for not only saving the small branch but improving it with amenities that modern library users want. The new library will open this summer.

If there’s a plaque with council members named – which there traditionally is with new city buildings – Brenner’s name will be included. “Isn’t that cool?” she said.

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


Pet of the WeekDog 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.”

Pet of the Week Ebbie

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MEET EBBIE

Ebbie is a spayed bunny and has a microchip. She is very sweet and easy to handle. She would do great as a friend for another bunny.

If you are interested in finding out more about Ebbie, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. 

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter 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.


Pacific View to hold Celebration of Life Candlelight Service

Pacific View to hold candles

On December 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m., Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary will hold a Celebration of Life Candlelight Service. The program begins with a presentation of photos that will be shared in memory of loved ones. If you’d like to participate in the photo presentation, bring a copy of your photo to the Pacific View office or send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following the presentation and candlelight service, guests are invited to hang an ornament of remembrance on the “Trees of Life.”

Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary is located at 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.644.2700.


Pacific Symphony serves up Tchaikovsky’s holiday hit with a side of jazz

Pacific Symphony’s initial December concert hints at holiday celebrations to come with a program entitled Holiday Classics: Nutcracker Sweet, taking place on December 6 - 8. Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Markus Groh as soloist opens the program. The rest of the program includes Vaughan Williams’ majestic work for string orchestra, “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis” and selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker alongside arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

These concerts include image magnification for audiences to get a closer look at the music making projected onto big screens in the concert hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., with a preview talk hosted by Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. This program, sponsored by the Michelle F. Rohé Distinguished Piano Fund, is presented by the Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation, The Westin South Coast Plaza Costa Meza, PBS SoCal and Classical KUSC. Tickets start at $25.

Pacific Symphony Tchaikovsky

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The concert opens with pianist Markus Groh performing the Second Concerto of Brahms, a composer with whom he has a strong affinity. Berliner Morgenpost commented that “Markus Groh plays straight, just as God and Brahms instruct him…Groh now ranks at the top of the German tradition, worthy heir to Backhaus, Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Kempff.” Groh was the first German musician to win the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1995 and since then, his remarkable artistry and astonishing technique have confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world. Sharing the same birthday with Alfred Brendel, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maurizio Pollini, Groh has proven himself worthy of their company.

The second half of the program opens with the sublimely contemplative “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The work is inspired by the music of the English Renaissance and resembles an Elizabethan-age fantasy.

Next up, the concert celebrates the festive music of The Nutcracker. Before the premiere of The Nutcracker in 1892, Tchaikovsky released an eight-piece collection from the ballet called the The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 that awed audiences for centuries with classics like “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers.”

In 1960, Duke Ellington’s recording company asked him what he wanted to record next. Ellington’s colleague Billy Strayhorn, who was a classically trained American composer, suggested he do a jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” became the swinging “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “The Dance of the Reed Pipes” is transformed into the sassy “Toot Toot Tootie Toot.” The beloved “Waltz of the Flowers” is transformed into a jazzy “Dance of the Floreadores.”

Music Director Carl St.Clair conducts Pacific Symphony in a swinging Nutcracker that alternates between Tchaikovsky’s original dances and the Ellington/Strayhorn jazz arrangements. This swinging Nutcracker will be a Pacific Symphony first and a sweet treat for the holidays.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


Orange County Community Foundation holds annual meeting, assets grow to $378 million

More than 600 philanthropists and business and community leaders discovered how giving can impact their communities during Orange County Community Foundation’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Addressing the sold-out event at Hotel Irvine on November 14, OCCF President Shelley Hoss announced that foundation assets grew to $378 million during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

“We’re pleased to announce that OCCF has granted more than $300 million to philanthropic causes in Orange County, across the nation and around the world in the last five years alone,” Hoss said. “Our work is fueled by the passions of the individuals and families we work with, along with corporate partners and community leaders.”

Orange County Community Foundation Mussallem

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Keynote speaker Mike Mussallem, chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, with Orange County Community Foundation President Shelley Hoss

For the fourth consecutive year, OCCF grants and scholarships reached nearly $79 million, placing OCCF in the top two percent in grantmaking among nearly 800 U.S. community foundations.

The event kicked off with a special performance by Orange County’s own Voices of Hope Children’s Choir from Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. 

The Annual Meeting featured keynote speaker Mike Mussallem, chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences. In a powerful address, Mussallem described how he combines passion and purpose to create game-changing impact.

“It’s important to look for opportunities to bring strategy and focus to support causes that are close to your heart,” Mussallem said. “Working with OCCF, we’ve collaborated with and been inspired by others, multiplying our efforts and learning from successes and opportunities for growth in order to drive lasting results across Orange County and beyond.”

Founded in 1989, Newport-Beach based Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org.


JWA September stats show increase in passenger traffic year over year

JWA September stats

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) increased in September 2018 as compared with September 2017. In September 2018, the Airport served 856,688 passengers, an increase of 0.4 percent when compared with the September 2017 passenger traffic count of 853,545.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 0.7 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 306.9 percent when compared with September 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in September 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In September 2018, there were 27,987 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 14.0 percent increase compared to 24,550 total aircraft operations in September 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 71.6 percent of the total aircraft operations during September 2018, increased 19.3 percent when compared with September 2017.

The top three airlines in September 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (300,356), United Airlines (134,098) and American Airlines (128,663).


Join ENC’s Primitive Skills Society

Join ENCs Bo Glover

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Each month locals are invited to gather to learn and work on different primitive skills at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) during the Primitive Skills Society. Participants end each meeting with a light meal cooked over the campfire, meeting and developing friendships with great like-minded people.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., led by ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. Invite your friends if you think they’re into cool stuff!

Society Members are members of ENC, and have paid an annual fee ($120) entitling them to attend these monthly meetings at no cost. For more information on membership, visit www.encenter.org. To pay the annual fee, contact Lori Whalen, ENC assistant director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.645.8489, ext. 103.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung    

Happy Tuesday everyone! Our next meeting is tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

The Study Session begins at 6 p.m. with a couple of proclamations and a presentation. There will be an update on the Summer Trolley Program, including a brief review of the operations this past summer and potential recommendations for future operations.

For the Regular Session at 7 p.m. the following are items of note:

–We will begin out of order with a public hearing on the Proposed Assessment District No. 113, which is proposed to be formed for undergrounding utilities on West Balboa Island between North Bayfront, South Bayfront and Agate Avenue. This item is taken out of order so the ballots can be counted and results announced before the end of the meeting. This is the second undergrounding project for which the City will take on the construction management, rather than SCE, to reduce costs. If the district is formed, the design is estimated to be completed in December 2020, the bond sale to finance the project will occur May through July 2021 and construction work will take place August 2021 through September 2022.

–Under the Consent Calendar are two items amending Titles 1 and 17 of the Municipal Code, related to the Harbor Department and Speed Limits in the Harbor. Subsequent to the review and approval of these amendments by City Council in October, inconsistencies and clerical errors were found. In order to be clear and transparent with these amendments, City Council directed staff to bring the code changes back for reconsideration. The substantive changes remain the same.

–Also, under the Consent Calendar is a professional services agreement for Environmental Services Associates to prepare an environment impact report (EIR) for the proposed 275-room hotel project at the Newport Dunes Resort. As many of you know, there is a long history to this project and the entitlement for the hotel comes from the 1983 settlement agreement. The EIR is one of many steps for this project to move forward, including a Planned Community Development Plan, Conditional Use Permit, Traffic Study and Coastal Development Permit.

Community Program Grants for FY 2018/19 are on the Consent Calendar. The allocation of $40,000 is recommended to be distributed amongst 14 organizations that serve the City’s residents and benefit our residents’ quality of life. Additionally, a continued allocation of $25,000 to the Balboa Island Historical Society and $10,000 to the Newport Beach Historical Society is recommended.

–On Current Business is the Award of Contract for Bayside Drive and Jamboree Road/Marine Avenue Improvements. This project follows extensive community outreach and discussion and review of design alternatives by City Council. This project includes pavement rehabilitation, traffic calming, beautification, pedestrian and bicycle access, and maintains the four-lane roadway for the entire length of the Bayside Drive portion of the project. Construction is anticipated to be completed in May 2019. I would also note that this is one of six infrastructure rehabilitation/improvement projects with award of contract or notice of completion on this agenda. A very busy and productive Public Works staff.

–A Professional Services Agreement with Anchor QEA for Planning/Engineering Design and Support for the Lower Newport Harbor Dredging Program is also on Current Business. City Council and staff have been actively working with the Federal Government to designate the Lower Bay dredging project as a current federally funded project. These efforts have paid off with the Army Corps of Engineers funding the first $150,000 of an approximately $23 million effort, thereby officially designating the project as “active”, a significant milestone for procuring future federal funding. To increase our competitiveness for these federal funds, we are proposing to complete all of the necessary pre-project tasks so that the project can be shovel ready by the end of 2019.

–Finally, the appointment of a new Planning Commissioner to fill an unscheduled vacancy is on the agenda. Four applicants will be considered by the City Council. The term for this vacancy expires June 30, 2020.

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review was provided last weekIn case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here.

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung, City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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949.644.3001


Family Fun Night at Marina Park

Family Fun Night at Marina Park

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SAVE THE DATE: Enjoy this holiday season at Marina Park on the harbor. On Friday, Dec. 21 from 5:30 - 8 p.m., bring the whole family for a fun night, and spread a warm blanket down on the sand. Christmas Boat Parade viewing takes place at 6:30 p.m. with festivities including dinner and fun for kids.

The cost is $15 for kids and $25 for adults

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


Teenage classical crossover sensation joins Pacific Symphony

After becoming a sensation on YouTube, Jackie Evancho went on to audition for America’s Got Talent, sweeping the competition at only 10 years old and capturing the hearts of millions. This early success propelled her career to what it is today at just age 18. Among her six albums, she has produced two Christmas albums, Heavenly Christmas and Someday at Christmas, including a performance during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. a few years ago, and a special Christmas performance back on the America’s Got Talent stage in 2016.

Teenage classical crossover Evancho

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Songstress Jackie Evancho

However, this holiday season, she will sing merry and bright tunes as she joins Pacific Symphony in their annual Christmas Pops concert on December 14 - 15 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with Symphony favorite Albert-George Schram as guest conductor and featuring Richard Cook on the bagpipes. Evancho will be performing hits from her last Christmas album, the holiday classics you know and love, as well as Broadway tunes from what Evancho calls the “New American Songbook.”

This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 Pops, a series of five concerts that celebrates “popular music’s most enduring favorites,” sponsored by The Westin, PBS SoCal and K-Earth 101. Single tickets for Christmas with Jackie Evancho begin at $46.

As an American crossover singer who sings both opera and pop, Evancho is the youngest solo artist to obtain a platinum status reaching in the top five in the U.K. and then in the U.S. with her first full-length album, O Holy Night, that sold a quarter of a million in the first week. Her success of three million of gold and platinum albums sold, with all of her seven albums hitting number one on the Billboard Classical chart and being the youngest solo artist to perform in Lincoln Center, has led her to appear twice on Billboard’s list of “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21.” The momentum of O Holy Night later propelled the success of her first album under Sony Music, Dream with Me produced by David Foster.

With what started as a child’s fascination of Phantom of the Opera, in addition to her solo music and duets with Tony Bennett, Plácido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti and Joshua Bell, she has headlined three PBS specials and appeared in the film The Company We Keep, requested by her co-star Robert Redford in 2013.

Evancho is currently working on her newest and eighth album, after releasing her latest album Two Hearts a little more than a year ago. While Two Hearts merges her love of pop hits and classical crossover Italian songs, her new album will feature contemporary songs from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, Greatest Showman, Wicked, Rent and Spring Awakening.

While in between touring and recording, Evancho is continuing her education and being immersed in the creative community in New York, surrounded by her family in Pittsburgh.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


Upcoming events at OC Fair & Event Center include Winter Fest and annual dog show

Events happening now through December include the annual Winter Fest OC, Shoreline’s holiday classic dog show, and the last Fight Club OC and Gem Faire events of the year.

Here’s the lineup:

November 28 through December 12: Magic Trees – Christmas Tree Lot

Pick from the freshest of trees at the annual lot, open daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. while supplies last. You will also find wreaths, garlands and holiday décor. Free admission and parking; tree prices vary.

Upcoming events Christmas trees in snow

November 30 through December 2: Gem Faire

Fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more at manufacturers’ prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. Hours: Friday, Nov. 30, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $7 general admission, children 11 and younger are free. Admission is good for all three days; parking is $8. www.gemfaire.com 

December 2: StanceNation SoCal

Indoor and outdoor car show in the Los Alamitos building, OC Promenade and Lot I from 1 - 6 p.m. Cost: $25 general admission, $30 early entry (12:30 p.m.); $50 team/crew registration; $55 individual car registration. www.stancenation.com

December 6: Fight Club OC

Boxing and MMA together on the same night, inside the same ring from 7 - 10 p.m. Happy Hour specials from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost: $60 admission; parking is $8. www.fightcluboc.com

December 8 and 9: The Holiday Classic Dog Show

The Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association hosts its annual all-breed conformation and obedience show from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission; parking is $8. www.shorelinedfa.homestead.com

Upcoming events dog show

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December 17 through December 20: Share Our Selves Annual Adopt-A-Family Program

The Adopt-A-Family program connects donors with more than 1,500 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools. This is the program’s 49th year. Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission for all volunteers and staff. www.shareourselves.org/aaf

December 20 through January 6, 2019: Winter Fest OC

SoCal’s ultimate winter experience is returning, blowing in tons of family fun and date night charm. The fest features a winter wonderland of attractions, including a 150-foot ice tubing slide, snow play, ice skating, rides, nightly fireworks and more. Hours vary. Pricing varies depending on package and day; parking is $8. www.winterfestoc.com

Upcoming events snowflakes

December 20 and 21: Holiday Bazaar at O.C. Market Place

The Market Place hosts a special Holiday Bazaar featuring shopping, Santa and specialty foods and drinks from 2 - 8 p.m. The event will also get you into the opening days of Winter Fest at a discounted rate. Cost: Admission is $5; parking is $8. www.ocmarketplace.com

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary honors veterans with Wreaths Across America

Pacific View Memorial Park wreaths

Remember the fallen...honor those who serve...teach our children the value of freedom.

On Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m., Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona del Mar is the only mortuary in Orange County participating in Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit remembering fallen U.S. veterans at the holidays. Support is needed to help in sponsoring 1,500 wreaths needed to honor our local veterans and/or volunteer to lay them on their graves.

You can make a difference by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, and inviting friends and family to help through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes, and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

For more information on how to sponsor a wreath and/or volunteer, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/14751/Overview/?relatedId=17801.


Pacific Chorale joins Pacific Symphony for a moving prelude to Christmas

Pacific Chorale performance

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A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio – with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus – provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy. Awe-inspiring sounds of praise ring out as Pacific Symphony is joined by Pacific Chorale for the triumphant annual holiday celebration, “Handel’s Glorious Messiah,” celebrating the birth of Christ.

 “Messiah,” a holiday tradition across the world, has been performed for more than 275 years, but with each new conductor, orchestra and soloists, it becomes a fresh and newly invigorating experience. This year Christopher Warren-Green mans the podium to lead the Symphony along with the Chorale and a host of globally distinguished soloists, including the soprano Klara Ek, counter-tenor David Trudgen, tenor Nicky Spence and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch. Full of brilliant choral writing, “Messiah” energizes its audience and leaves them singing, “Hallelujah!”

“Handel’s Glorious Messiah” takes place on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $44. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


“Shop Small Saturday” tomorrow

Shop Small Saturday shopping bags

Tomorrow, November 24, get a jump on your holiday gift giving by supporting our hometown and shopping at local small businesses during “Shop Small Saturday.”

The money you spend goes back to supporting your friends and your community.


OC MADE set to launch 10 businesses at OC Market Place on Small Business Saturday

How often do 10 businesses launch in one day? The American Dream is alive and well thanks to OC MADE – a four-week program culminating on Small Business Saturday at the OC Market Place – offered through a partnership between the Orange County Market Place, the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Four weeks ago, these entrepreneurs were selected through an in-depth interview process guaranteeing that talent and perseverance would meet opportunity. Since then, they’ve developed and prepared their idea-driven ventures to impress the flocking OC population. These 10 vendors have made it all the way through this transformative program, and they’re ready to start selling for the first time ever. And to top it off, most of them are offering promotional discounts.

OC MADE set to launch speakers

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(L-R) Mike Daniel and Greg Bell, with the Small Business Development Center

Tatiana Colunga, owner of Sol Artesano USA, an OC MADE vendor, shares what it feels like to participate in such a pivotal event: “This is an excellent program supporting startups; I learned valuable information including how to analyze market research, cost and price products, successfully manage booth operations and so much more. I can’t wait to launch!”

For many people in the OC area, this is an exciting opportunity to not only support local small businesses, but to gain access to a variety of exciting goods and services that are just now hitting the market. Everything offered has been researched, honed and most importantly, SBDC approved. SBA’s Orange County/Inland Empire District Director J. Adalberto Quijada added that, “The OC MADE program has been an incredible opportunity to support our local small businesses and showcase their tremendous impact on our local economy. We applaud the efforts of these businesses and are honored to continue supporting their success. The launch of OC MADE on Small Business Saturday is significant because of the impact this day brings to communities and small businesses alike by keeping dollars in the community and supporting local jobs. It also signals the start of the holiday shopping season for many small businesses.”

It’s a great opportunity for OC locals and expert shoppers to have fun, peruse and possibly locate something they love for a great price. These businesses are primed and supported for take-off, and when that happens, you can bet the price tags will take off too – so get out there and see what you can find.

Here’s a list of the booths you’ll see this Saturday in Row G at the Market Place:

–Sol Artesano USA – Handcrafted gifts and faux stained glass, all made in OC.

–C&B Craft Corp – Handmade leather bags and belts from Columbia.

–Shahbaz Collection – Modern clothing trends inspired from a cultural mix of Western designs and Eastern silhouettes.

–The Green Ferns – 100 percent organic, locally made skin products.

–Dancynmoon Ranch Designs – Handmade jewelry, pottery, yarn work and more.

–Hairy Deck Pro Hawaii – Surf supplies and beachwear with a bit of Hawaiian flavor.

–TP Food Processing – Asian sauces and soup pastes made with fresh ingredients right here in the U.S.

–Chic Fashion – Women’s apparel that is most definitely chic.

–The Knot Spot – An array of handmade macramé, fiber art and dreamcatchers.

–VDA Life Changing Services – Transform your mind and body with the best personal life coaching support.

Come to the OC Market Place this Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, to Shop Small®, buy big and support your community. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Row G complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. featuring local elected officials and area partners. Everyone is invited, so bring your friends and family for the photo opportunity and get your shopping done early. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.ocmadelaunch.eventbrite.com.


Kurt Elling sings Christmas

Get into the holiday spirit when Segerstrom Center presents “The Beautiful Day” – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 and 9 p.m. 

Declared by the New York Times as the “standout male jazz vocalist of our time,” Grammy winner Kurt Elling headlines the Center for two performances in Samueli Theater, singing a repertoire of songs from his new holiday album, The Beautiful Day.

Kurt Elling sings Christmas portrait

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Kurt Elling

According to Elling, “I knew I didn’t want to make a ‘religious’ record, just as I knew I didn’t want to make a standard, swingin’ jazzy Christmas. I’m trying to expand my consciousness and embrace the goodness of the season, and I want to include everybody. For me, Christmas is a time of consideration, of pondering mysteries.”

Inventive and fresh, this special program reimagines the sounds of Christmas, mixing traditional carols decked out in new arrangements with songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats. Elling wraps the universal themes of hope, light, wonder, mystery and goodwill in musical packages full of delightful surprises.

Tickets start at $69, and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Samueli Theater is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


KidWorks’ Foundation luncheon raises in excess of $750,000

The 2018 KidWorks’ Foundation for Success (FFS) Luncheon, held Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana, raised more than $750,000 to help fund after-school education and leadership development programs conducted by the nonprofit headquartered in central Santa Ana.

A record-breaking 440+ guests attended the annual event that raises the majority of the after-school program budget for academic enrichment, tutoring, leadership development and college readiness programs at the KidWorks Dan Donahue Center.

KidWorks Foundation luncheon Steve Craig group

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(L-R) Steve Craig, Terry Donahue, Mike Harrah, David Pyle and Pat Donahue

The prestigious 2018 Dan Donahue Leadership Award was presented to Steven L. Craig, who is president and CEO of Craig Realty Group, a factory outlet shopping center development firm founded in 1995 in Newport Beach that operates 14 outlet centers in nine states, including the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, Outlets at Barstow and Outlets at San Clemente, which is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor shopping and dining destination in Orange County.

“We were honored to present this very special award to Steve in recognition of his longtime support of KidWorks’ youth and families,” said David Benavides, KidWorks’ executive director. “His service to KidWorks as a board member, chairman of the Advisory Council and past chairman of the annual luncheon is exemplary. His vision and leadership have elevated the annual luncheon to a whole new level, which has been so important as it raises the majority of KidWorks’ annual after-school program budget.”

“Dollar for dollar, it’s clear that KidWorks makes the biggest impact on the lives of Santa Ana youth,” Craig said. “Our future is tied to their future – these young people will grow up to be our fellow neighbors, friends and leaders. With KidWorks, the results speak for themselves.”

The legacy of late KidWorks benefactor Dan Donahue continued at the event with many of his namesake Uncle Dan Bears available for purchase to help fund KidWorks’ programs. This year, the popular soft, stuffed teddy bears were wearing T-shirts featuring the universities and colleges KidWorks students are currently attending. At KidWorks, 100 percent of high school seniors graduate on time and 100 percent go on to attend a college or university.

Keynote speaker Cory Hahn is a highly touted Mater Dei High School baseball player who was paralyzed from the chest down sliding into second base as a freshman at Arizona State University in 2011. In recognition of his unwavering spirit despite his grave injury that ended his dream of playing Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Hahn in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, and two years later the team named their annual 34th round draft selection the “Cory Hahn 34th Pick.” After graduating from ASU in 2014, the D-backs hired Hahn in the organization’s scouting department where he serves as Coordinator of Professional Scouting.

Hahn’s motivational message of overcoming adversity credited a team of doctors, friends, family and colleagues who rallied around him to lend their support. He likened this to the many KidWorks donors and supporters who attended the luncheon and stressed the importance of them partnering with KidWorks to help our students achieve their dreams.

The Foundation for Success luncheon would not be possible without the generosity of its presenting sponsors: American Career College, West Coast University, Caribou Industries, Heidi & Ruben Mendoza, Bank of America, Craig Realty Group and Steven L. Craig. Other key sponsors were Donahue Schriber, and the Gregory and Stacey Brown Family Charitable Fund.

Since its inception in 2007, KidWorks’ annual Foundation for Success event has raised more than $6.5 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.”


Gondola Adventures cruises to a new location, merges with Gondola Company of Newport

Gondola Adventures gondola

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After 25 years at their current location, Gondola Adventures is cruising into a new dock at the corner of Bayside Drive and East Coast Highway, just under the bridge. Its new address will be 200 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

With the new location comes a new cruise route, new canals and new residents, who will enjoy being serenaded by the gondoliers wending their way around charming waterfront neighborhoods.

Merging with Gondola Company of Newport will establish two divisions within Gondola Adventures: the Casual Cruise division, which boasts American-built rowing gondolas cruising for 50-minute experiences, and the Upgraded Cruise division, which offers authentic, imported Venetian gondolas with cruises that can include appetizers, desserts, and even full three and four-course meals. Gondola Adventures is partnering with 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront Restaurant to provide gourmet gondola meals.

“We are excited to be able to introduce our gondolas to the beautiful canals surrounding Linda Isle, Harbor Island and the back side of Balboa Island,” said Gondola Greg, lead gondolier. “We hope residents will enjoy cheering ‘She Said Yes,’ with newly engaged couples and toasting anniversaries and birthdays as the gondolas cruse by.”

To book a cruise aboard any of the 15-boat gondola fleet, visit www.gondola.com.


Innovation, ingenuity and inspiration exemplified in surfing, sailing exhibit at JWA

By Marisa Unvert

Very few individuals will have as much impact on a sport as Hobart “Hobie” Alter did for water sports. He not only revolutionized surfing, and was at the epicenter of what would eventually become a multi-billion dollar industry in Southern California, he also expanded the adventure of sailing with his invention of the Hobie Catamaran.

Innovation Hobie Alter

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Hobart “Hobie” Alter

From now through Spring 2019, the history of Hobie Alter’s life and legacy will be on display in John Wayne Airport’s Vi Smith Concourse Gallery. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C, and in the free-standing display cases across from Gate 14.

The exhibit includes a comprehensive narrative of Hobie’s early beginnings, from creating the first polyurethane foam surfboard in the late 1950s to the opening of his surf shop in Dana Point, which ultimately established “surf lifestyle” apparel, and through his invention of a beach launchable catamaran in 1968 and the multi-colored sails in the 1970s. 

As exemplified in the exhibit, Hobie impacted, influenced and created the worldwide surf and water sport culture of today.

For more information, visit www.hobie.com/about-us/. To learn more about JWA’s Arts programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Stump the Stu

Lucky ducks?

Stump the Stu 11.23.18

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Stu thinks these ducks are pretty lucky and undisturbed, as only two readers guessed where they are swimming. Congratulations to Charles Davison and Don Webb who knew that these content waterfowl live in the courtyard fountain adjacent to C’est Si Bon on Riverside Drive.

A very special thank you to Paul A. DeRidder for snapping and submitting this photo.

Join in as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community. The clue appears on Tuesdays and the answer on Fridays, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


ENC to hold special December events

In December, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is offering some special events you and your youngsters won’t want to miss.

Here’s the rundown:

ENC to hold special December events Tiny Naturalists

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Tiny Naturalists is a six-week series geared to Parent and Me time

Tiny Naturalists: Winter Wonderland: December 3 through January 21, 2019

Join ENC Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for unstructured “Parent and Me”-style classes on the ENC grounds. Each week, participants will hike out to a different habitat along the trails, set up a big blanket and relax with their babies in the shade of the forest canopy. Parents will get to know one another while the babies experience “tummy time” and free play outdoors. Each session will end with storytime and a song. This is a six-week series taking place from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The program is geared for moms or dads and babies 3 - 9 months. Strollers are discouraged; baby-wearing devices are encouraged. Registration and pre-payment is required.

ENC to hold special December events Little Naturalists

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Little Naturalists will listen to “One Bear Lost,” make bear masks and play a hibernation game while exploring their outdoor surroundings

Little Naturalists – One Bear Lost: December 4

Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 - 5-year-olds and their adult guardians. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery, and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. Parents remain with children at all times. Join in the exploration as One Bear Lost by Karen Hayles and Jenny Jones is read. Children will learn about different types of bears and play Mama Bear, Baby Bear Match. Young attendees will make their own bear masks and play a hibernation game. Pre-payment is required.

ENC to hold special December events Harmonie and Luna

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Harmonie and Luna the Owl to visit during Reading in the Redwoods

Reading in the Redwoods – Owl Moon: December 9

Join in the fun of a very special Reading in the Redwoods event at 9:30 a.m. on December 9. ENC Animal Ambassador Luna the Owl will be on hand to meet guests. Enjoy the classic nature-themed book Owl Moon under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Afterward children and their adults will spend some time with Naturalist Harmonie and Luna the Owl to learn more about owl adaptations. Guests will also dissect owl pellets, and make their own owls to take home using recycled burlap coffee bean bags donated by Kean Coffee. Pre-payment is required.

For more information on each of these activities and to register, visit www.encenter.org

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


CdM Flower Street Artisan Marketplace to raise funds for victims of recent California wildfires

Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 - 8 p.m., for the second annual Flower Street Artisan Market Place, occurring at Mark Patterson Fine Jewelry in Corona del Mar. Sponsored by JG Editions Fine Art (represented by Jillian Gabrielli) and Mark Patterson Fine Jewelry, a percentage of the event’s sales will benefit those affected by the recent California wildfires.

Attendees are in for some very special experiences. Ceramic bowls handcrafted by Josette Patterson, creative director of Mark Patterson Fine Jewelry, will be filled with a delicious soup prepared by Chef Yves Fournier of Sapphire Laguna, paired with a baked item by Elyssa Fournier of Mixed Bakery. All proceeds from this “Kindness Bowl” event will be donated to the fire victims.

CdM Flower Street Artisan Marketplace

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Handmade ceramics by artisan Josette Patterson

In addition, Mark Patterson Fine Jewelry will be giving 20 percent of any jewelry sales and Josette Patterson will be donating all proceeds from the sales of her ceramics to www.calfund.org/wildlife-relief-fund/. All other artisans attending will be encouraged to give to a charity of their choice.

Mark and Josette Patterson are both jewelry designers and have been collaborating for more than 35 years. They started in New York City in 1983 and came back home to California in 2007. Josette has also been making ceramics and sculptures since 1990 as a creative outlet.

The Flower Street Artisan Marketplace was the brainchild of Jillian and Josette, with the idea of showcasing the many talents of local artisans in our community. This year, the event will be offering handcrafted items including goat milk soaps, soy-based candles, stylish apparel, hand-painted totes, specialty baked goods, unique kids’ wear and wood-crafted home goods, to just name a few. There is no entry fee.

For additional information, contact Josette Patterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.612.8505.

Mark Patterson Fine Jewelry is located at 3425 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.markpatterson.com.


Wondrous waves at The Wedge 

Wondrous waves splash

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Surfer Blaze Roche feeling thankful for the brilliant blue waves in Newport Beach


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you can identify this dazzling Newport Beach beacon that beckons the young and older alike just by viewing a partial image of the sign.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 11.23.18

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November proclaimed Adoption Awareness Month in Orange County

The Orange County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 2018 as Adoption Awareness Month in Orange County and presented a resolution to the Social Services Agency and Miguel and Raquel Alcantara for their significant contributions to support and mentor adoptive families in Orange County.

The Alcantaras received a proclamation on behalf of adoptive families in Orange County from the Board of Supervisors for their work as resource parents, educators and advocates. Miguel and Raquel Alcantara began the process of becoming resource parents in 2014 and ultimately became adoptive parents. 

November proclaimed group

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(L-R) Supervisors Michelle Steel and Lisa Bartlett, Chairman of Board of Supervisors Andrew Do, SSA Director Anne Bloxom, Raquel and Miguel Alcantara and OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer

The Alcantaras now have two adoptive children, all the while continuing to foster other children through County of Orange Social Services Agency. In addition, they serve as mentors to many of the biological parents who are working to reunify with their children. 

The Alcantaras also assist with the Foster Care Auxiliary, Club Mom and Dad, and support the training of new resource families to help them understand the challenges and rewards that come along with adoption.

“Adoptive parents help provide the safe, loving and nurturing home these children need to thrive and grow,” said First District Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “We thank all Orange County adoptive families like the Alcantaras for their compassion and commitment to helping our community and ensuring a brighter future for our youth.”

“We are grateful for the care and compassion that Miguel and Raquel Alcantara, and all adoptive parents, provide their children,” said Vice Chair and Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson. “Today we recognize the Alacantara family, on behalf of all Orange County adoptive families.”

The theme of this year’s National Adoption Mont, In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices, focused on the importance of empowering youth voices. When teenagers with experience in foster care – whether they have reunified with family, achieved permanency with an adoptive family or entered adulthood independently – share their stories, their unique insights can inspire their peers and prospective adoptive families. 

The number of finalized adoptions in Orange County is growing. From July 2017 to June 2018, 338 adoptions were finalized, representing a nearly 30 percent increase from the prior fiscal year. Orange County continues to lead the way in uniting children with their forever families.

For more information on becoming a Resource Family, call 888.871.KIDS or visit www.oc4kids.com.


Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery presents Christmas at the Vineyards, December 9

Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery is having its first Christmas at the Vineyards on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 3 - 9 p.m. The event is open to the public 21 years of age and over for a rare occasion for guests to visit the winery, which is typically booked out for private events.    

Newport Beach Vineyards wine cave

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Get in the Christmas spirit at Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery

The special event will offer Christmas carolers throughout the vineyard, a singing Santa, miniature donkeys, light food stations and Christmas desserts along with wine to enjoy.

Tickets are $60 per guest all-inclusive. To purchase tickets, call 949.645.2200.

Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery is located at 2128 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.nbwine.com.


Countdown to CdM Christmas Walk

The 40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk, a Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce event, takes place in just nine days. Come out and celebrate the holidays with your neighbors on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Countdown to the CdM Christmas Walk snow

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Festivities include the Newport Beach Fireman’s Grill in the Banderas parking lot with hotdogs for $2 and water/sodas for $1; an opportunity drawing with more than $15,000 worth of local prizes benefiting the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots – purchase locations include the Banderas lot, Golden Spoon, Rose Bakery & Café and Albertsons with tickets one for $1, 11 for $10, and 25 for $20; share the Joy of Christmas with needy children nationwide with the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves’ Toys for Tots drive – bring an unwrapped toy to the drop-off boxes, and toys are also available in the Village at the Wee Loft at 3331 E. Coast Highway and at Bandera’s parking lot (or bring toys to the Corona del Chamber office at 2855 E. Coast Highway, Ste. 101 in advance of the Walk); Beer & Wine Garden in the lower Bandera’s parking lot with $10 admission – premium tap beers are $5 and wine & Champagne are $5 while you enjoy a special performance by Pinch Me Band; retailers will be open for all your holiday shopping needs offering merchant promotions throughout the business district; more than 12 signature bands offering live entertainment; restaurant tastings; celebration parties; kids’ entertainment including snapshots with Santa, bouncy houses, bungee jumping, holiday characters, a petting zoo and more; unique vendor exhibits in the popular vendor faire at the center stage; and performances by high school and community organizations.

For more information and to purchase presale opportunity drawing tickets, visit www.cdmchamber.com.


Pet of the WeekDog 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.”

Pet of the Week Nick

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MEET NICK

Nick is a 2-year-old Chihuahua Pekingese mix who needs a loving home. He loves to play with other dogs.

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, the shelter receives owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Nick, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. 

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter 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.


Sage Hill School graduates named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Forbes Magazine has published its annual 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders and rising stars, and two alumni from Sage Hill School have once again made the list – Carolyn Witte and Luke Droulez. This marks the 5th and 6th alumni from Sage Hill to be named to the magazine’s prestigious list, which was created less than a decade ago.

“Sage Hill School has only been open since 2000 and having six students named to various Forbes 30 Under 30 lists in the eight years the magazine has been publishing them is a testament to the innovative work we are doing here,” said Head of School Patricia Merz.  “We are so proud of the range and scope of our graduates’ work.”

Sage Hill School graduates Carolyn Witte

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Carolyn Witte, Class of 2008

Carolyn Witte, Class of 2008, is honored this year in the Consumer Technology category. She co-founded the women’s healthcare startup Tia, a “for women by women” company that “helps users tap into a network of health experts in order to be their own patient advocate and get meaningful healthcare through the app and location in New York,” according to the Forbes website. Prior to founding Tia in 2016, Witte was a team lead at Google’s Creative Lab where she worked on the redesign of the Google logo and developed the Gboard keyboard.

According to Sage Hill School President Gordon McNeill, “Carolyn was an integral part of the Sage Hill community during her four years at Sage Hill School. Named by her peers as one of the most ‘balanced’ (banner award) students at the school, along with always doing incredibly well academically, Carolyn was involved in varsity soccer, newspaper, peer counseling and was a lead student ambassador. What I remember most about Carolyn was her belief that anything is possible and to see her succeeding with Tia, where women can act as their own healthcare advocates, seems apropos.”

Sage Hill School graduates Luke Droulez

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Luke Droulez, Class of 2007

Luke Droulez, Class of 2007, is honored in the Retail & Ecommerce category.  He is the Chief Marketing Officer and very first hire for Parachute Home, a home essential brand based in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, “the once online-only store is now on track to open 20 retail locations by 2020 and raised $30 million in Series C funding earlier this year,” according to Forbes.

“Luke Droulez always showed his passion for math, science and technology while at Sage Hill,” McNeill noted. “What was most interesting about him, however, was his creative approach to the life of the school. As one of the elected Student Council Activities Directors, he always brought his unique style to school-wide events and was never shy about being himself and leading with his quirkiness. Witte and Droulez are joined by four fellow alumni who have made the Forbes list in past years: Lisa Conn (‘06, Law & Policy in 2017), Jeff Cruttenden (’05, Finance in 2016), Mark Ramadan (’04, Food & Wine in 2012) and Matthew Schlicht, who has made the list twice (’06, Social & Mobile in 2012 and Games & Apps in 2013).

Merz added that, “Having two more graduates of Sage Hill School named to this list speaks volumes for our school. The education these individuals received as students has profoundly impacted their lives and success, and we look forward to educating the next generation of leaders.”

For more information about Sage Hill School, visit www.sagehillschool.org.


On the Harbor: Sailing down the coast during the Baja Ha Ha rally...magical

By LEN BOSE

Over the end of October and the first part of November, I joined Chris Killian aboard his Lagoon 41 Derive for the 25th running of the Baja Ha Ha cruisers rally down the Baja coast. The Ha Ha starts in San Diego with a party and ends in Cabo San Lucas with a party. In between, there are two stops: one at Turtle Bay and the other in Bahia Santa Marina, and yes, the Ha Ha is no friend of your liver – it’s a “RALLY.” That was the battle cry aboard “Derive” for the next 10 days...“It’s a Rally.”

When I first stepped aboard Derive, the skipper Killian was very concerned that I would have difficulty with the concept of cruising and that we wouldn’t be racing. Killian would repeatedly remind me, “We are cruising, leaving the rat race behind us.” I just kept thinking, we are sailing down to Baja and I am going to see what this cruising catamaran can do. As we provisioned the boat, I started to look at the weather closely, and we would be cruising because there was no forecasted wind down the Baja coast.

On the Harbor Sailing down the coast Turtle Bay

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Photos by Richard “Grand Poobah” Spindler

The Baja Ha Ha fleet in Turtle Bay

I then shifted into plan B, which was “while cruising, do as the cruisers do.” Killian and I headed to the sendoff party that was located in the parking lot of the San Diego West Marine. During our walk, Killian explained that the organizing authority of this rally is the Grand Poobah and his many helpers. We were headed to a Halloween costume send-off party, so I started looking for a person with a tall blue furry hat on with water buffalo horns coming out the sides that said, yabba-dabba-doo. What I found was a 6’4”+ surfer with a tall black top hat, black jacket with tails, short pants and flip-flops.

I knew he was the original publisher of the sailing magazine Latitude 38, which he had sold a couple years earlier, and owned one badass looking catamaran that appears to be doing 20 knots just at anchorage by the name of Profligate. The next day, the rally started with the Poobah breaking the silence on VHF channel 69 to start the rally. We are cruising, so we were running a little late and turned the corner around the Shelter Island Customs dock into the main San Diego channel and that’s when it hit me...all 156 boats were lined up in the parade with crews in costumes and large smiles. We were off to see the wizard and start our 800-mile tour and powered out the channel. By the time most of the fleet was just outside of Point Loma, the Grand Poobah informed us it was a rolling start and wished us all good luck in our cruise and fair winds. He and his crew were heading offshore in search of more breeze aboard Derive, while I was moving around the boat like a big dog locked in a small house, as the skipper turned off one engine and cut the boat RPMs by half. Killian laughed and said, “We are cruising Len and we have 320 miles to go and just enough fuel to make it at this speed.” I looked back out to sea and decided that our 5-knot VMG straight at the make made more sense than heading out 50 miles looking for wind.

The night was pitch black with every star in the universe looking down on us, with a light show of shooting stars racing across the sky by the minute. All 156 boats had their running lights and steaming lights on, and it looked like a long string of white lights reaching across the horizon behind us and in front of us. The white lights in front of us were the ones bothering me, and I kept wondering how they got so far in front. I am a strict believer in no alcohol while underway at sea, and each time I looked down at the chart plotter and noticed our 5 knots speed over ground, I would rub my face and felt like I was going through rehab.

I took a deep breath and convinced myself there were more lights behind us. By the time the rally had reached Cabo San Lucas, I realized that if I was racing, we would have turned around halfway through the first night. As I became one with the cruising lifestyle, I was pondering the thought that this was the 25th Ha Ha with more than 3,000 boats entering this cruise and 10,000 souls completing this pilgrimage.

This Poobah dude has done as much for our sport of boating, than Hobie Alter or Roger MacGregor. While in Cabo, I walked up to Richard Spindler, the Poobah himself, and asked for an interview. Spindler is constantly being surrounded by the cruisers and his volunteers with questions just as if he was working on the floor of a stock exchange during the rally. I was extremely surprised when he said “Yes, let’s meet at the party in a couple of hours and walk off to where it is quiet, whatever it takes.”

Spindler was born in Berkeley and went to school at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley. “At first I was a surfer, then I developed a hole in my eardrum and it was recommended to me that I stay out of the water. Well, that really did not work for me, so I started sailing a Flying Dutchman in the estuary. The first time I saw God was when four of us took the Dutchman into the Bay while it was blowing 25 knots and the water was at 55 degrees. The mast broke when we flipped the boat.” Putting his head down and shaking it as if he was still counting his blessings. I never found out how they made it back to shore. He just said yep, clicked his head to the side and moved on to the next question.

Spindler has been very successful at observing things in the marine business, then tweaking them and making them better. He started with the “Sea of Cortez” sailing week and had 150 boats entered in 1982 which lasted for five years. “Then a Mexican fellow decided to commercialize it and it all went to pot. That’s what happened when I could only work one week into the event each year while running Lat. 38,” he said.

In 1990, Spindler had noticed the Long Beach Yacht Club’s cruise down Baja and felt that it was a little too complex for the vast majority of the cruisers. “What was needed, was the antithesis of a yacht club event. Cruisers do not need a large formal dinner banquet or race committee at a finish line. Just keep it simple, with a few rules, yet keep it safe,” he said. It also helped to have the largest distribution of any other sailing magazine on the planet and Spindler sold the event from his heart. “My whole thing in life is to watch people have fun with their boats,” he said. I have been selling in the marine industry for 28 years, and I’ve admired and respected his love for our sport.

On the Harbor Sailing down the coast Grand Poobah

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The Grand Poobah Richard Spindler at the Turtle Bay softball game

When I asked Spindler what was his favorite part of the rally, he replied, “Love the party on the Bahia Santa Maria hill...it’s so surreal. The fabulous sailing moments and all the people using their boats. I’m very, very proud of the Ha Ha.”

Another feature to the Ha Ha that sticks in your mind is the VHF & SSB Net or broadcasts that occur throughout the day. How Spindler keeps his cool through all the traffic is beyond me, while orchestrating the organizational part of the broadcast. While in Turtle Bay, a cruiser asked if he should buy fuel there. In his typically blunt yet good-natured style, he replied, “Well I am not sure how to answer that, do you need fuel? There are not a lot of choices here, I’m not sure how to answer this.” Another one was this lady with a deep Norwegian accent that came on the radio, with panic in her voice, to find out where everyone had gone on the second night. “Ha Ha cruise. Ha Ha cruise, where did everyone go? I didn’t see anyone on my A.I.S., so what happened? Where is everyone? Over.” Fortunately, a voice came down from the stars and calmed the panicked boater by explaining how the fleet spreads out and your A.I.S only goes out so many miles. My favorite was an elderly voice asking the Poobah if she can bring the dog to the beach. The Poobah replied that there really is no enforcement on the beach, and if she kept the dog on a leash and it didn’t bite anyone it would be okay. In which she replied, “He’s an old dog and doesn’t have any teeth.” The Poobah came back with a deep laugh and said, “It kind of sounds like me; we should be fine on the beach.” The radio net is a huge part of this rally that gives people a source of insurance that’s easy to understand and comforting enough to sleep through the night after a problem is solved.

When asked why boaters should do the Ha Ha? Spindler said that there is safety in numbers, yet the bottom line is to have fun with your boat.

I then asked how he replies to the questions of safety in Mexico? “You have people that do the Ha Ha that tell me they feel safer in Mexico than many of our inner cities. Mexican people are so nice and so warm, yes, there are troubled places, but we know where they are.”

How does the rally help the locals? “We don’t change their lives, but I have such good friends watching the kids grow up in Turtle Bay and Mag Bay that I meet for one or two days for the last 25 years. Those big burly guys running the pongas, we have known them from when they were in diapers and they know we have known them since then. It’s just really special. It’s kind of like New Year’s Day or the Fourth of July for them.”

Spindler sells boating better than anyone I have ever met, and if you’ve never cruised Mexico, sign up for the Baja Ha Ha next year. Power and sailboats are welcome, and then you can say you did it. It’s a memory you will keep for as long as you live. Have fun, enjoy your boat and check out of the rat race. I strongly recommend it! Also, should this story make it to someone from the National Sailing Hall of Fame, I nominate Richard Spindler for the class of 2019. In my opinion, he has earned the recognition.

Sea ya 

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.


2019 OC Fair theme, special promotions announced

The 2019 OC Fair theme celebrates the county’s agricultural roots and invites fairgoers to enjoy “Acres of Fun.” This is the third year of a three-year initiative to focus OC Fair themes on agriculture. The 2017 theme was “Farm Fresh Fun,” a nod to agriculture products. “Free Your Inner Farmer,” the 2018 theme, saluted all the people involved in raising and enjoying the fruits of agriculture. The 2019 Fair theme focuses on land and the environment.

2019 OC Fair announces theme piggies

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Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

“We are very excited to show our guests how to have ‘Acres of Fun’ this summer at the OC Fair,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We love showcasing agriculture and educating the public about our rich heritage – it’s our mission and our passion. I look forward to having a great Fair that helps fund our community give-back programs and provides terrific family fun.”

The official theme was presented to the OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors. Michele Richards, VP of business development, shared the concept and artwork at the board meeting.

The OC Fair staff is working with concessionaires to offer new value-priced menu options in 2019 in addition to the $3 Taste of the Fair specials.

Other popular discounts and promotions will be back, including the opening day Free Till Three deal, the Read and Ride program for children and We Care Wednesdays offering free admission and a carnival ride to fairgoers who bring donations for local nonprofits. There will also be seniors days, kids days and discount days for carnival ride wristbands. Admission for veterans, members of the military and children age five and younger is always free. A full list of deals and discounts will be posted on the OC Fair web site.

The Fair will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to midnight, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, July 12 - August 11, 2019.

The 2018 OC Fair attracted 1,470,636 guests, breaking the previous record set in 2011. The Fair also broke the single-day attendance record when 86,334 fairgoers arrived on Saturday, July 28. This year, some 1,500 seasonal employees worked at the Fair and a similar number will be hired in 2019. Employment opportunities are posted at www.ocfair.com/jobs.

OC Fair Super Passes, which provide admission to all 23 days of the Fair, are slated to go on sale Friday, Nov. 23 at the lowest prices that will be offered, $30 for general admission and $23 for youth and seniors. Prices will increase on March 1 and again on June 1, 2019. Super Passes come with two-for-one discounts on select shows at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena along with discounts on food and an offer to purchase additional Fair tickets for only $10. The passes are sold at 

www.ocfair.com/superpass.

Announcements for Fair entertainment have begun and tickets go on sale starting Saturday, Dec. 1 for Pacific Amphitheatre concerts, Action Sports Arena shows and acts coming to The Hangar. For more information, visit www.pacamp.com.

Concessionaires are now cooking up new concoctions to reveal at the 2019 OC Fair; details to come.


Human Options receives $25,000 grant

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, received a $25,000 grant from the Newport Mesa Chapter of the National Charity League. The grant will help repair, maintain and refurbish the emergency shelter and transitional housing for individuals or families in a domestic violence situation seeking shelter.

At the Human Options emergency shelter, women and their children receive safe shelter and are able to receive individual and family counseling with a skilled therapist, participate in life skills and parenting classes, and work with professional staff who assist with moving families to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Legal advocacy services are also available. Children of all ages participate in the children’s program where they receive age appropriate counseling and therapeutic activities.

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Women and their children who have completed a domestic violence shelter program can apply for Second Step, Human Options’ transitional housing program. Here, women regain their independence by participating in educational and job skill building activities as well as continuing counseling and case management sessions. Children have the opportunity to participate in the children’s programs and have access to after-school tutoring.

In 2014, 82 percent of women completing their transitional housing program increased their income and 90 percent secured permanent housing.

Human Options reached more than 20,000 community members through education and prevention last year, provided more than 480 individuals and families with a safe home through the emergency shelter and transitional housing program, served 1,400 individuals through community-based programs, and responded to more than 6,500 callers providing immediate crisis support, information and referrals through the 24-hour hotline. 

For more information about Human Options, please visit www.humanoptions.org.


Menorah Lighting ceremony at Fashion Island

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On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m., come celebrate Chanukah during the Fashion Island Grand Menorah Lighting ceremony in Atrium Garden Court honoring Holocaust survivors, near Barnes & Noble.

An event for the whole family, there will be Chanukah crafts and entertainment by the TVT Children’s Choir, balloon animals, face painting, dreidels & doughnuts, and gifts and treats for youngsters. Bring an unwrapped gift for the community toy drive.

For more information, call 949.721.9800 and visit www.jewishnewport.com.


Holiday happenings at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is hosting a variety of events this holiday season...and there’s something for everyone.

Schedule of Events:

Christmas Tree Lot – One of Southern California’s premier locations to pick top-of-the-line pines, Newport Dunes receives their trees from Salem, Oregon in weekly deliveries through December 23. The best looking, healthiest trees are handpicked and delivered within 16 hours of being cut, given a second cut upon arrival and immediately placed in stands with fresh water. Sip complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while browsing hundreds of beautiful trees, as well as fresh wreaths, garlands and poinsettias. Christmas accessories will also be for sale, such as ornaments, hats, mistletoe, cards, lights and more. Newport Dunes Tree Lot offers delivery as well as free parking for Christmas tree shoppers. Santa will be visiting the tree lot on November 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The tree lot is open daily 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Runs until trees are sold out. Attendance is free. To contact the tree lot directly, call 949.279.4507.

28th annual Lighting of The Bay – The kick-off celebration begins Friday, Nov. 23 from 3 - 8 p.m. featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities to welcome the holiday season. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase. Attendance is free.

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Brunch with Santa – Bring the youngsters and come have brunch With Santa Claus. He is taking a break from toy making and supervising his elves to enjoy brunch with lucky children. Get your photos taken with Santa and tell him your holiday wishes. Takes place at Back Bay Bistro on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. To make reservations, call 949.999.3170.

Newport Dunes UnpluggedFeaturing Nirvanish, Memory Lane and Great Pumpkin, enjoy A Tribute to Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 - 10 p.m. Purchase advance tickets online at www.ticketweb.com, or visit www.newportdunes.com, prior to making your dinner table reservations. After purchasing your tickets (VIP & General Admission), make reservations at Back Bay Bistro by calling 949.729.1144. Dinner sold separately. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Heartbeat City – Join this special celebration, A Tribute to the Cars, and “Let the Good Times Roll,” on Friday, Dec. 28 from 8 - 10 p.m. Named for one of the Cars’ biggest selling albums, Heartbeat City faithfully re-creates the look and sound of the band. They dress in the period-correct ‘80s style of the Cars and, being accomplished musicians, their sound is amazingly close to the real thing. Seeing Heartbeat City is as close as you can come to seeing an ‘80s Cars concert. Get your tickets early to this memorable show at Back Bay Bistro, as it’s sure to be a sell-out. Visit www.newportdunes.com for tickets, and for more information, call 949.729.3863.

Back Bay Bistro and Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort are located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Exchange Club holds movie screening for charity

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The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival, and for the first time in the 27 years the Exchange Club has been hosting this event, there will be a question and answer session with the producer of the film immediately following the showing.

A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets.

All profits from ticket sales and donations will go to benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90.

To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Regency Lido Theatre is located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


ENC to hold Artisans Marketplace

ENC to hold

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting its 5th annual Artisans Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 50 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, ceramics, candles, soaps, art, clothing and more. Adding to the festivities will be music and food.

“Purchasing from locally owned businesses has a positive impact on the economy and supports local communities,” said ENC Assistant Director Lori Whalen. “The Artisans Marketplace gives guests the opportunity to shop for unique gifts while spending time in nature instead of at a shopping mall.”

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.

For more information, visit encenter.org/visit-us/artisan-marketplace.

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


Spirit Run thanks you with a race registration discount and “Dash for Cash”

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Spirit Run is thankful for many things, especially health and fitness and you. Time is running out to save with Spirit Run’s Thanksgiving discount. Save 20 percent on a single adult or youth entry when you register by Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Enter code THANKYOU at checkout when you register for the 36th Annual Spirit Run, taking place on Sunday, March 17, 2019. To register, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/registration/.

The race is also giving thanks for youth fitness with the return of “Dash for Cash,” the perfect way for all schools and high school sports teams to share in Spirit Run’s fun and funds. With “Dash for Cash,” the more supporters who race for a school or high school team, the more the school or team raises. To sign up for “Dash for Cash,” visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners/.


Santa arrives at Fashion Island

Santa arrives at Fashion Island

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Santa is waiting to see the little ones and hear their holiday wishes in his custom-designed house on the Atrium lawn in Fashion Island. It provides a wonderful photo opportunity too!

While you’re there finding the perfect gifts for those on your gift-giving list, stop by the magnificent Christmas tree in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

For visiting hours with Santa continuing through December 24, go to www.shopfashionisland.com.

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Ambassadors offer warm welcome at JWA

By Cheryl Waters

Are you interested in serving people by making their travel experience a pleasant one? Approximately 60 Volunteer Ambassadors who are local Orange County residents and experts in customer service provide John Wayne Airport guests and travelers alike with a warm welcome by answering questions about directions, airlines, gates, rental car services and more.

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(L-R) Volunteer Ambassadors Stu Silbaugh, Dana Hunter and John Emerson

“I find John Wayne Airport a very comfortable place to volunteer,” said Dana Hunter, Volunteer Ambassador. “Volunteering at the airport has helped me to grow in interacting with the public, and I encourage others to try it. Each day is different, and I hope to be a positive moment in a person’s day.”

Another aspect that Hunter appreciates are the friendships with fellow volunteers and regular travelers she’s cultivated. Her service exemplifies the extraordinary guest experience provided at John Wayne Airport. Her commitment and enthusiasm are evident when she reports to her post at 5 a.m. and utilizes her language skills in French, Spanish and some Arabic to communicate and assist guests from throughout the world. Whether you have a question or are looking for a warm welcome, feel free to keep an eye out for Hunter and the entire team of Ambassadors the next time you’re at John Wayne Airport.

The Ambassador Program was established in 1998 to assist and provide friendly service to the now more than 10 million passengers traveling through the airport each year (approximately 28,000 a day). Volunteers serve a four-hour shift twice a month and are easily spotted by their sharp red blazer or vest, khaki pants, white shirt and “May I Help You?” button. A volunteer’s work experience and career provide a foundation of helpfulness and professionalism to their role. Benefits include discounts on airport meals, free parking in a secure employee lot, volunteer recognition, specialized training and participation in airport events.

If you’re interested in applying to join the ranks of this team or know of someone who would make an enthusiastic Volunteer Ambassador, contact Volunteer Program Specialist Joel Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.252.5296. To learn more about the program, visit www.ocair.com/communityrelations/volunteer/default.


Stump the Stu

Lucky ducks?

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Where is this fountain located that these lucky ducks are swimming in?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Where are all those Stu readers who can’t get enough sushi? Well, just Ralph Dillon answered correctly, and knew these charming characters can be found at The One Newport Beach restaurant located on the premises of Newport Beach Golf Course at 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Congratulations Ralph!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Project Independence announces 2019 schedule for confidence-building adventures

Project Independence is a 40-year-old nonprofit organization based in Costa Mesa that helps adults with developmental disabilities find jobs, develop friendships and live independently. It recently announced the 2019 events that will comprise its popular Access2Adventure program.

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Underwriters of the program include the Newport Beach-based Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation and the Costa Mesa Foundation, which underwrote a Catalina Island Conservancy tour.

Next year, the group will visit the Art of Strength Fitness facility in Irvine to learn about fitness and eating nutritiously, experience the freedom of flight at the iFly indoor skydiving center in Ontario, voyage to Catalina Island and back, root for the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, visit with the LA Chargers and more.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support programs for people with developmental disabilities. 

“We thank our donors for helping to underwrite a program that allows our clients to enjoy experiences that so many of us take for granted,” said Project Independence Director of Development Todd Eckert of Balboa Island. “We encourage others to get involved in the fun.”

To donate, contact Todd Eckert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.549.3464. For additional information, visit www.proindependence.org.


You Must Remember This: Topless?

By NANCY GARDNER

Some months ago, a man called and asked if I would speak at a monthly men’s luncheon. He wanted me to talk about the history of the city from the perspective of a longtime resident. I agreed. The night before, I was at the Speak Up Newport candidate forum, and two different men came up to me, said they understood I was speaking to this group the next day, and hoped that the men attending wouldn’t give me too hard a time.

Since I wasn’t going to be talking about politics, I didn’t give it much thought. I arrived at the time noted, and as I entered, several men came in with bottles of wine.  Then more men arrived with more bottles. In fact, everyone that came brought a bottle.  They proceeded out to the restaurant terrace where all the wine bottles were opened and everyone seemed to try every one. Seeing the amount of wine consumed, I began to see why there might be a little badinage, no matter how bland the topic. After about 40 minutes, the terrace closed and we went in to lunch, where there was more wine on the table, and I did my little talk. I am pleased to report that although they were a more boisterous group than one often confronts, they couldn’t have been more pleasant.  After lunch, with a different wine for each of the three courses, they adjourned back to the terrace to smoke cigars and...drink more wine. 

It reminded me a bit of the tales of Amigos Viejos. This was a luncheon group started by my father, Les Steffensen and others with the point being not to have a point.  Amigos didn’t even bother with the camouflage of a speaker. They were there to drink and have fun, period. We could usually tell when it was an Amigos day, because my father came home early and napped.

It was all men, so I never witnessed anything, only heard occasional tales. One of their big things was once or twice a year to take what they called the trip to nowhere.  This was always a surprise to the members. The officers would select some remote site for the luncheon, put everyone on a bus, and off they would go. Obviously, there was a full bar in the bus. On one occasion, they were well underway to their mystery destination when they came across a young lady who was hitchhiking. Since they were a drink or two into the day, there was a unanimous shout to give her a ride. She got on the bus, thanking them profusely for the favor, and then, seeing the bar, she said the least she could do in response to their kindness was to be the cocktail waitress for the remainder of the trip. With that, she took off her blouse, and they had a topless waitress.  Of course, she was a plant, but it gives an idea of the kind of high jinks they would get into. It was also pretty characteristic of that moment in time when topless was in.  Topless waitress, topless shoe shine – whatever the occupation, if a top could be removed it was. Local designer Rudi Gernreich went so far as to create the topless bathing suit. (They’re called trunks, Rudi, and men had been wearing them for years.)    Eventually the craze died. I guess the titillation didn’t compensate for the errant bosom slopping in your drink.

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


Segerstrom Center’s “Dear Evan Hansen” will host digital lottery

Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich has announced that the show will host a digital ticket lottery when it comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, January 1 - 13, 2019, offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets per performance. The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance and will be accepted until 9 a.m. the day before the performance. Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two tickets at $25 each. The ticket lottery will continue for every performance. All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.

Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup. Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Additional lottery requirements can be found at www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen.

Segerstrom Center's Dear Evan Hansen

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Ben Levi Ross and Jessica Phillips star in the First American Tour of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Regularly priced tickets start at $35.75 and are available for purchase now at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556. 2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 12 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.scfta.org/accessibilityinformation. All performances will be held in Segerstrom Hall.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). 

Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by The Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

In addition to winning six Tony Awards, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The show’s original cast won a Daytime Emmy Award for “Best Musical Performance on a Daytime Talk Show” for their April 2017 performance of “You Will Be Found” on NBC’s Today Show, only the second Broadway show in history to win that category. 

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at No. 8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A Deluxe Album of the 

Grammy-winning cast recording, with six bonus tracks including “Waving Through a Window” performed by pop star Katy Perry, was released digitally by Atlantic Records on November 2, 2018. 

A special edition coffee table book authored by Levenson, Pasek and Paul, Dear Evan Hansen: through the window (Grand Central Publishing/Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors. 


Seaside Gallery & Goods holds special trunk show

Seaside Gallery & Goods holds

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Elizabeth James in Jaipur, India

Elizabeth James of Pacific and Rose Textiles just returned from Jaipur, India and spent days scouring the local markets to bring home items to sell at a trunk show at Seaside Gallery & Goods.

The event takes place in the Pelican Courtyard tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. James is also going to be doing a block printing workshop from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To purchase tickets to her workshop, visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave. # 100, Newport Beach. For more information, go to www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.


RockStars of Art Gallery to hold meet the artists events

RockStars of Art Gallery Jim Warren

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Artist Jim Warren painting “The Doors”

RockStars of Art Gallery in Corona de Mar has some exciting events planned for this weekend.

Legendary artist Jim Warren will be appearing live at RockStars of Art Gallery along with a collection of his fine art on Friday, Nov. 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. Come meet the artist and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine. He will also be appearing on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12 - 4 p.m.

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“Hedy Lamarr” by artist Andrea Tarman

In addition, on Saturday night, Nov. 17, local artist Andrea Tarman will be presenting “Rock Stars of History,” from 7 - 10 p.m. She will be unveiling a new collection of paintings featuring people that have disrupted history and made a big difference...so come find out who they are.

RockStars of Art Gallery is located at 3555 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.877.2192 or visit www.rockstarsofart.com.


JWA shares Thanksgiving holiday travel tips

By Tricia Landquist

As the year-end holiday travel season quickly approaches, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to screen more than 25 million guests at airport security checkpoints across the United States making it one of the busiest Thanksgiving travel periods on record. Passengers visiting John Wayne Airport (JWA) between Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 19, and the Sunday after Thanksgiving will experience higher than normal passenger traffic. 

JWA shares Thanksgiving holiday

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“During this busy holiday season, visitors to John Wayne Airport will experience the same friendly staff, superior guest amenities and a safe and secure environment they rely on,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Wherever you are traveling to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable trip.”

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 security screening checkpoints. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre® 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. To learn more about Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags and other travel trips, visit the www.tsa.gov.

–Traveling with food tip: If you can spill it, spread it, pump it or pour it, the TSA considers this item a liquid and it should be packed in your checked bag.

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

Parking at John Wayne Airport

–Demand for parking is expected to be high. The Airport recommends passengers consider using all available parking options: 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.

–Curbside Valet Parking is available for $30 per day and is located on the Departure (upper) Level between Terminals A and B, or in front of Terminal C.

–Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C are located adjacent to and directly across from the Riley Terminal at a rate of $2 per hour and $20 per day, with the first 15 minutes being free for those dropping off and picking up passengers. The Main Street Parking Lot located at 15132 Main St. in Irvine is available for $14 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Riley Terminal every 15 minutes.

–Travelers should plan ahead and visit the Parking Availability section on www.ocfair.com prior to arriving at the Airport or call 949.252.5200 to inquire about real-time parking availability.

Passenger Pick-Up/Drop-Off

–Guests utilizing ride apps Uber, Lyft and Wingz for pick-up services should be aware of new pick-up locations in parking structures A2, B2 and C on the Departure (upper) Level. Ride app drivers will continue to drop off passengers on the Departure Level at curbside.

–Drivers picking up passengers are encouraged to utilize the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or the two-hour parking spaces located on the lower level of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C. Access to the Terminal parking structures is available from the Departure (upper) Level only.

–Color-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy. Column 14 is also a designated JWA Yellow Cab pick-up location for Terminal C.


Inside Edge Foundation for Education to feature Karen Heath Clark’s Mediterranean adventures at breakfast meeting

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Inside Edge Foundation for Education will hold its breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club from 7 - 8:45 a.m., and the community is invited to participate.

Inside Edge Foundation Karen Heath Clark

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Karen Heath Clark is the featured breakfast speaker

The featured speaker is author Karen Heath Clark, a local attorney who spent the best years after retirement sailing the Mediterranean in a small boat. After retiring from the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP of Newport Beach, where she worked as a partner for 25 years, Clark began the best period of her life. She will speak about her eight-year adventure traveling on a 39-foot trawler from Spain to Eastern Turkey and back, through France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and North Cypress. Not an undertaking for the faint hearted, she and her husband faced potential disaster daily, yet survived to tell the story. Her book, Mediterranean Summers: How a Man, a Woman and a Dog Spent Eight Summers Sailing the Ancient Sea in a Small Boat is available at the Newport Beach Library.       

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The author/retired attorney will share her adventures aboard a trawler over an eight-year period throughout the Mediterranean

Members from all over Orange County attend this early morning breakfast meeting. Non-members and guests are also welcome. Enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking, the speaker and music. The cost is $35 for first time guests, $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month.

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a nonprofit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. It provides a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

For more information, contact Odile Nicolette at 714.366.7465, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.insideedge.org

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Calling all Leadership Tomorrow alumni to upcoming mixer on December 4

Calling all Leadership Tomorrow

Calling all Leadership Alumni to a relaxing mixer where you can reconnect on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Balboa Yacht Club.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers, live music and a no host bar. Admission is $10.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Leadership Tomorrow has included powerful leaders and citizens throughout Orange County. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with your fellow esteemed alumni.

To make your reservation, visit www.leadershiptomorrow.org/alumni-mixer/.

With picturesque harbor views, Balboa Yacht Club is located at 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. Street parking is free.


Stump the Stu

Chuggin’ toward the barn...

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Stu thinks Stump is just getting too difficult for our readers! No one guessed that

this colorful mural leads to Irvine Ranch Market on Irvine Avenue in the Back Bay Center, known for its helpful butcher department, stop-in deli for a quick lunch or dinner and a produce department that is overflowing with the freshest fruits and veggies. Not to mention the vast selection of cheeses.

Join in as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community. The clue appears on Tuesdays and the answer on Fridays, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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


World Affairs Council of Orange County to host dinner for retiring Congressman Ed Royce

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Congressman Ed Royce

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) has organized a special dinner and conversation with retiring Congressman Ed Royce to take place on Monday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Congressman Royce will take guests “Around the World in 60 Minutes.” This event will provide Congressman Royce with the opportunity to reflect on his years in office and give his take on the challenges and opportunities our country faces in the years ahead. Royce serves California’s 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. His public service includes 36 consecutive years in both the California State Senate and the US House of Representatives.

Since January 2013, Royce has served as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is one of our nation’s foremost representatives to foreign governments around the world, and is a strong advocate for American foreign policy. Immediately prior to becoming chairman of the committee, he served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Royce has a strong history of public service. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law as a California State Senator and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. He has been a strong proponent for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. The law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime.

The cost is $130 for WACOC Members, $150 for non-members. A Table of 10 is $1,500.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.worldaffairscouncil.org, or call 949.253.5751.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


Pacific Symphony presents “Nutcracker for Kids”

Come join Pacific Symphony for a special treat this Christmas season – the “Nutcracker for Kids.” Conducted by Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Roger Kaila, this concert will include an assortment of sweet selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”; ballerinas from Orange County’s acclaimed ballet company, Festival Ballet Theatre; actor James McHale; a grand finale sing-a-long; and a visit from the jolly man himself – Santa Claus. Performances for “The Nutcracker for Kids” will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. at Pacific Symphony’s winter home – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. 

Pacific Symphony presents Nutcracker

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This concert is a part of the 2018-19 “Family Musical Mornings” series that consists of five 45-minute concerts designed for children aged 5 - 11, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank. At each concert there is a “musical carnival” that encourages children to “test drive” instruments, interact with members of the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Youth Orchestra Ensembles, and participate in themed crafts. Activities start at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers. The remaining concerts in the series include “The Magic Flute – Opera for Kids” on January 12, 2019, “Lunar New Year for Kids” on February 9, 2019 and “Intergalactic Adventures” on April 13, 2019. Packages for the series range from $48 - $147 with a choice of a time and a second option for seating. Individual tickets for “Nutcracker for Kids” range from $45 - $76. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Actor James McHale has performed with Pacific Symphony on the previous family concert, “King Arthur and the Dragon’s Lair,” and wrote and directed for Pacific Symphony’s Class Act Youth Concert, “Beethoven: Trials to Triumph.” He graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Theater Arts Performance and studied at the Michael Chekhov Association and The Actor’s Center, based in New York City. As a resident artist at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim, McHale has appeared in “In a World” and “Middletown,” in which he won Outstanding Performance for a leading role for the 2017 Stage Scene LA Award. He is also known for playing the title role in “Hamlet,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” “Dogfight,” “Samsara,” “Maple and Vine” and “The Laramie Project.” His recent credits include the musical “Once” at the Lamb’s Players Theatre and “Much Ado About Nothing” at The Old Globe in San Diego.

Festival Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company led by Salwa Rizkalla. Founded in 1988, the company is comprised of professional and international dancers that presents both classical and contemporary works including “The Nutcracker,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “Giselle,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Secret Garden,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “The Firebird.” Throughout their seasons, the Festival Ballet Theatre puts on free dance performances among an array of venues such as libraries, school and museums in order to diversify and bring dance to everyone. In 2001, Festival Ballet Theatre won the Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year by Arts Orange County, and in 2014 presented Rizkalla with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu wants you to think of a new business that’s recently joined the Newport Beach community. So, we’re giving you a clue: A dining establishment where you can eat on premises before or after you work up an appetite.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Get in the holiday spirit at Newport Dunes

Get in the holiday spirit

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Kick off the holiday season at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Friday, Nov. 23 with the grand opening of the Christmas Tree Lot beginning at 10 a.m., and stay for the 28th annual Lighting of The Bay kick-off celebration beginning at 3 p.m.

As one of Southern California’s premier locations to pick top-of-the-line pines, Newport Dunes receives their trees from Salem, Oregon in weekly deliveries through December 23. The best looking, healthiest trees are handpicked and delivered within 16 hours of being cut, given a second cut upon arrival and immediately placed in stands with fresh water. Sip complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while browsing hundreds of beautiful trees, as well as fresh wreaths, garlands and poinsettias. Christmas accessories will also be for sale, such as ornaments, hats, mistletoe, cards, lights and more. Newport Dunes Tree Lot offers delivery as well as free parking for Christmas tree shoppers. Santa will be visiting the tree lot on November 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The tree lot is open daily 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Additionally, join Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Friday, Nov. 23 from 3 - 8 p.m. for the 28th annual Lighting of the Bay kick-off celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities to welcome the holiday season. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase.

Attendance at the tree lot and Lighting of the Bay are free.

To contact the tree lot directly, call 949.279.4507. For more information about the tree lot and Lighting of the Bay, visit www.NewportDunes.com.

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council candidate will return to ring for next battle

TomJohnsonBoxing promoter and City Council challenger Roy Englebrecht has already climbed off the mat and is preparing for his next battle in the ring following last week’s loss to Kevin Muldoon.

First off, in the council race for District 4, Englebrecht was pummeled by Muldoon, who took some 67.3 percent of the vote.

Not wanting to stay down for long, Englebrecht yesterday announced the lineup for the upcoming Fight Club OC card in The Hanger at the OC Fair & Events Center, planned for Friday, Dec. 6.

Four undefeated boxers highlight the event. For more info, go to https://socafights.com

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This in from the District Attorney Tony Rackauckas race: He appears to have lost to longtime opposition Todd Spitzer. The tallies as of last night had Spitzer with 396,262 votes (53.3 percent) to Rackauckas with 346,890 (46.7 percent).

According to Rackauckas, “In the coming weeks, the office will be working with the new administration to transition the operations in a smooth and efficient manner. During this process, it is important for us to maintain the high level of work and focus on public safety. We have achieved great things together and we will continue to do so.”

To me personally, Rackauckas was very good with the larger, more prominent cases, but has failed cities by dramatically impacting their local communities.

Neither has conceded yet. However, you can carve in Spitzer, it’s done.

City council winners are Diane Dixon for District 1, Tim Stoaks in District 3 continues to maintain a 300-400 vote differential over Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Joy Brenner beats Scott Peotter in District 6, 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent, and earlier we discussed Muldoon.

Other winners in the NMUSD Board races appear to be Ashley Anderson, Michelle Barto, incumbent Karen Yelsy and another incumbent Charlene Metoyer.

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The OC Fair theme was announced yesterday as Acres of Fun.” The Fair will run July 12 - August 11, 2019.

“We are very excited to show our guests how to have ‘Acres of Fun’ this summer at the OC Fair,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We love showcasing agriculture and educating the public about our rich heritage – it’s our mission and our passion. I look forward to having a great Fair that helps fund our community give-back programs and provides terrific family fun.”

According to Kramer, “The 2018 OC Fair attracted 1,470,636 guests, breaking the previous record set in 2011. The Fair also broke the single-day attendance record when 86,334 fairgoers arrived on Saturday, July 28. This year, some 1,500 seasonal employees worked at the Fair and a similar number will be hired in 2019.


Crystal Cove Conservancy celebrates 22nd Annual

Beach Tree Lighting with a visit from Santa

The community is invited to join Crystal Cove Conservancy for its 22nd annual holiday winter family festival and tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 1. The celebration will feature Orange County’s only “on the beach” holiday tree and runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Tree lighting will be at approximately 5:15 p.m., after sunset.

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Crystal Cove adorned beautifully with holiday décor 

Crystal Cove Conservancy, the nonprofit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, will host their 22nd annual complimentary all-day family event in the Crystal Cove Historic District. The Historic District will be decorated with traditional mid-century décor to bring the holiday magic to Crystal Cove.      

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. The excitement builds when Santa arrives from the North Pole and makes his grand entrance on the shores of Crystal Cove at 4 p.m. Family photos can be taken with Santa and/or on the sand in front of the tree.

At dusk, the tree, adorned with mid-century ornaments, will be lit with twinkling lights. Décor will reflect the vintage character of the Historic District’s time period between 1935 and 1955, transforming the seaside cottages into a seasonal display of magical lights, vintage decorations and giant candy canes. 

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Orange County’s only “on the beach” holiday tree will be lit at dusk

“The holiday magic is alive at this memorable event. Join us for a family photo, cookies and hot chocolate, the sunset or get a start on your holiday shopping list with locally made gifts. Crystal Cove’s glistening colored lights and mid-century decorations welcome all to enjoy a little peace during the busy holiday season,” says Crystal Cove Conservancy President & CEO Alix Dunn. “From all of us at Crystal Cove Conservancy, we want to give thanks to our many members, supporters and the local community for making our mission possible here at Crystal Cove State Park.”

Strolling carolers, Mesa A Cappella from Costa Mesa High School under the direction of Jon Lindfors, will join the event at 3 p.m., and complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and The Beachcomber Café will provide home baked goodies. Guests are encouraged to wear their holiday sweaters and festive wear. 

Guests can park at the Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway or at the Pelican Point lots north of the Historic District lot for $5 per hour or for a maximum of $15 for the entire day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.50 each way. Additional shuttle service will also be available from the Pelican Point parking lots (P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4). Carpooling or car services like Uber or Lyft are recommended as the Los Trancos parking lot usually fills to capacity.

Crystal Cove is located at 8471 North Coast Highway.


City of Newport Beach reaches agreement with California River Watch

Over the past decade, the City of Newport Beach (City) has invested millions of dollars to protect and improve local water quality. The City is proud of these efforts and has been recognized for these endeavors by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay and the Orange County Coastkeepers.

To ensure water quality, the City utilizes a multi-pronged approach including operating its own wastewater collection system, participating in water quality research, investing in water quality improvement programs and projects like the Delhi Channel Diversion Project and the “Water Wheel” trash capture device, and having staff dedicated to working with local, state and county water quality experts and local nonprofits. Newport Beach is also one of only a handful of cities in the area that owns and maintains sewer laterals, an added responsibility and cost to ensure the system is maintained properly.

Despite having one of Orange County’s most aggressive and ongoing water quality improvement programs, the City’s wastewater operation does, on occasion, have minor spills. The City recognizes that any spill is a problem, no matter how small or big, and staff works hard to prevent them from occurring. Newport Beach also has to contend with spills that occur upstream, in other jurisdictions’ systems, because it often travels down the San Diego Creek and Santa Ana River toward the bay and local coastline.

To continue its efforts to improve water quality, the City has decided to settle some claims related to some minor spills that go back as far as 2013, because defending against these types of lawsuits is expensive and the City would like to see its limited fiscal resources spent making Newport Beach’s water quality even better.

Overall, the City’s focus on the environment and its efforts over the past decade have produced measurable results and made a striking difference in the health of the Newport Bay. Over the years, the City has spent millions of dollars on programs and projects improving water quality. In fact, certain City beaches have earned an honor roll ranking on Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card.

Annually, the City spends more than $3.5 million on operations, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater system and is proud that its wastewater collection system operation is among the best in the area. The City looks forward to continuing to implement policies, programs and projects that improve the water quality and habitat of Newport Bay and the ocean.

Note: During Tuesday’s closed session on November 13, the City Council voted to enter into a settlement agreement with California River Watch. Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill motioned to approve the item, Council Member Brad Avery seconded the motion, which passed 6-0 (Council Member Kevin Muldoon was absent).


Chabad Center for Jewish Life invites you to a Menorah workshop

Chabad Center for Jewish Life

The Chabad Center for Jewish life located in Newport Beach invites the community to a Menorah workshop at The Home Depot on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 2300 S. Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa.

The event is free, but RSVP to https://bit.ly/2D483ae to reserve your Menorah kit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 949.721.9800, or visit www.JewishNewport.com.


CdM Chamber to hold networking event at The Bungalow

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The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is holding a winter networking event at the downstairs fireside patio of The Bungalow restaurant on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join community friends and neighbors for some holiday cheer and music from a vocalist while indulging in gourmet appetizers amid a festive atmosphere. The evening includes one glass of complimentary wine (then $5 thereafter).

The event is free for CdM Chamber; the cost for non-members and community friends is $20. Valet or street parking is available. Enjoy a faster check-in with an advance reservation. Register at www.CdmChamber.com.

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The Bungalow restaurant is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Ho! Ho! Ho! Tree lighting ceremony and arrival of Santa at Fashion Island

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The Young Americans will perform on Friday and Saturday nights at the annual Fashion Island tree lighting ceremony

Ring in the holidays with the family at Fashion Island this weekend, Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., with the annual tree lighting ceremony, taking place in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, enjoy a 25-minute live musical show by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, a magical snowfall, and of course, the highly anticipated lighting of the tree.

Seating can be reserved starting at 7 a.m. each event day. Blankets and/or small lawn chairs (no more than six inches from the seat to the ground) are permitted. First come, first served seating is available as of 7 a.m. Following the tree lighting, the little ones can visit with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes, and take a photo to capture the moment. Santa will be in his custom-designed house on the Atrium lawn.

For visiting hours with Santa from November 16 - December 24, go to www.shopfashionisland.com.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some great feast suggestions

It 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!

Farm to Fork Back Bay Bistro

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Back Bay Bistro welcomes you to a buffet on the bay

Back Bay Bistro – Thanksgiving Buffet on the Bay and Thanksgiving To Go

The festive gourmet buffet features a carved-to-order station with slow roasted turkey breast, New York strip, honey baked ham and confit turkey dark meat with walnut stuffing, cranberry relish and au jus, herb gravy and creamy horseradish; hot sides selections include grilled salmon and crab cakes, lamb navarin (stew) and rice pilaf, shallot boursin mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, green beans and roasted corn on the cob, creamed spinach and sweet winter peas, cornbread and assorted rolls, and butternut squash and apple soup. There are also fresh salads. Desserts include pies, bread pudding and a chocolate fountain. You can also order from a to go menu showcasing chef custom-rubbed whole turkey; sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, cranberry relish, walnut stuffing, cream corn; and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. The complete dinner to go serves 4 - 6 and costs $155.

The buffet is served Thursday, Nov. 22 with seatings at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and 2 - 4 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults (add $5 for Bottomless Champagne & Mimosa), and $25 for children 10 years and under. (Tax & service charge is not reflected in per person pricing.) For Thanksgiving To Go, call 949.729.3800 by November 21 to place your order. Pick up is at the Back Bay Bistro Valet Station.

For reservations, call 949.729.1144 and visit www.newportdunes.com/bistro.

Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Current Coastal Cuisine at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel – Thanksgiving Buffet with Three Seatings

This buffet serves up a bevy of delicious choices from the carving board with your choice of herb roasted turkey, maple glazed ham or slow-roasted rib eye; salad and cold food display; hot food display; pasta station; and breakfast station, along with a selection of artesian breads and decadent desserts. Seatings are available on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $48 for adults, and $18 for children (3 - 11 years of age). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 949.955.5612. Thanksgiving Feast To Go is also being offered. For 4 - 6 people: 12 lb. turkey with all the trimmings a choice of one dessert - $155; For 8 - 12 people: 25 lb. turkey with all the trimmings a choice of two desserts - $255. Honey baked ham is offered at an additional cost. (Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 18 and can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Service charge is additional.)

For more information, visit www.marriott.com.

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel is located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. 

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Enjoy a bountiful brunch at Fashion Island Hotel

Fashion Island Hotel – Bountiful Brunch

Served in the Fashion Island Hotel Ballroom, the brunch offers an irresistible cornucopia of traditional holiday dishes prepared and served in elegant style to be enjoyed with favorite celebratory beverages. From the Farmer’s Market are little gem cobb salad, roasted root vegetable winter salad, brussels sprout slaw, California cheese and charcuterie, and fresh fruit and berries. From the Ranch, selections include free range turkey with all the fixings, whole roasted crispy pork belly, wood plank roasted salmon and more. There will be scrambled eggs, seafood stew, chicken pot pie, shrimp cocktail and crab legs. There’s an assortment of individual pies – pumpkin, cherry, apple cinnamon, Boston cream or pecan. Dessert shooters are a special final touch – orange cheesecake, chocolate crémeux and others. Also, mini pumpkin donuts will be made on the spot.

Everyone will enjoy live music and children’s craft activities for a day that’s made for the whole family. The cost is $80 per adult, and $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities (free for children four and under) Brunch is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 949.760.4913 for reservations.

For more information, visit www.fashionislandhotel.com.

Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive.

Five Crowns – Seasonal Menu Offerings at the Restaurant or in Your Own 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.

Dinner is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For reservations, call 949.760.0331. For those opting to spend the holidays at home, Five Crowns offers a traditional Thanksgiving to-go menu. To make reservations or to purchase a to-go dinner, call 949.760.0331.

For more information, visit www.lawrysonline.come/five-crowns.

Five Crowns is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

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

Inspired by traditional favorites, the three-course dinner starts with an artisan bread basket and pumpkin butter for the table. For the first course, choose either a Fleming’s chopped salad or lobster bisque. A hearty main course follows with mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with savory turkey gravy and fresh cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce (dark meat available upon request) or sliced beef tenderloin with Cabernet demi-glace (+$15) served with housemade sage and brioche bread stuffing, and green beans and onions. Sides to share include butter-mashed sweet potatoes and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Dessert choices include pumpkin cheesecake or apple crisp. A special refreshing cocktail is the Fireside Rye for $15.

A kid-friendly meal features fresh fruit, Fleming’s chopped salad and the same entrée choices and sides as the adult menu. Dessert is either pumpkin cheesecake or an ice cream sundae. On Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving menus are offered beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $49 for adults, and $19 for children 12 years and under. For reservations, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com or call 949.720.9633.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 455 Newport Center Drive. 

Hornblower – Champagne Buffet Brunch on the Harbor

Celebrate your day of thanks during a two-hour brunch cruise on Thursday, Nov. 22, which includes unlimited Champagne and mimosas, a carving station with tri-tips in a house marinade and California turkey, a bakery station, farm fresh salads, seafood station, hot breakfast entrees and sweet treats and live music aboard a festively decorated yacht.

Brunch Cruise: Boards, 11:30 a.m.; Cruise, 12 - 2 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.  (Tax, service and landing fee may apply.) To book by phone, call 949.631.2469.

For more information, visit www.hornblower.com.

Cruise departs from Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Highway. 

Farm to Fork Oak Grill

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Pumpkin pie...the perfect ending to a memorable meal at Oak Grill

Oak Grill at the Fashion Island Hotel – A Thanksgiving Feast

New Executive Chef Brittany Valles will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving repast at Oak Grill this year. She and her team will be preparing a mouthwatering four-course dinner including a First Course choice of Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Figs with Prosciutto or Wild Rice and Root Vegetable Arancini. Course Two selections are Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Baby Kale Salad. For the Main Course, guests choose among Roasted Turkey, Beef Filet, Maine Lobster or Carolina Gold Rice and Wild Mushroom Risotto, all with accompaniments. Desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz are either Pumpkin Pie with burnt cinnamon ice cream, Apple Pie with fresh bay leaf ice cream or Cranberry Sorbet with maple whip. The cost is $90 per adult, and $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities (free for children four and under). Dinner is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 4 - 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at www.opentable.com/oak-grill or by calling 949.760.4920.

Fore more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com.

Oak Grill is located at 690 Newport Center Drive. 

The Bungalow – A Three-Course Meal

In a warm, cozy seating, this Corona del Mar landmark invites you to a memorable dining experience. 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: $49 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: $59 per guest.

Tier 3 – Prime bone-in rib eye and Northern Australian lobster tail. Cost: $69 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. 22 from 1 - 9 p.m. For reservations, call 949.673.6585.

For more information, visit www.thebungalowrestaurant.com.

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

Farm to Fork The Mayors Table

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A special family-style Thanksgiving at The Mayor’s Table

The Mayor’s Table at Lido House – A Special Family-style Dinner

Lido House’s Executive Chef Partner Riley Huddleston created a special family-style dinner for guests this Thanksgiving. To start, enjoy crab and caviar deviled eggs, a roasted beet salad topped with hazelnuts and pears, and Thanksgiving Waldorf –pomegranate, celery root, kale, walnuts and apples. For the main dishes, indulge in herb roasted turkey or fall spiced braised short ribs with an array of tasty sides including traditional stuffing, apple wood smoked potatoes and gravy, roasted fall squash, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and cranberry and quince jam. As a final course, savor the sweets including pumpkin pie with vanilla cream and bourbon pecan pie.

Want leftovers? Guests will leave with a turkey sandwich, cranberry quince jam and gravy to take home and enjoy the next day. For those who book a cottage this Thanksgiving, contact your social curator for special Thanksgiving in-room dining. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on OpenTable, or by visiting www.lidohousehotel.com. Dinner is served on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 3 - 10 p.m. CThe cost is $75 for adults and $50 for children. Pricing incudes leftovers offering.

Lido House is located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.

Farm to Fork The Resort at Pelican Hill

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A brunch buffet in the Pelican Hill Resort ballroom centers around classic dishes

The Resort at Pelican Hill – A Decadent Ballroom Brunch

With breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, enjoy brunch in this luxurious resort’s ballroom. Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray will create a brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $128 per adult and $65 per child under age 12, prices exclude tax and service charge. Serving Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. For reservations, call 877.563.5102.

In addition, Pelican Hill is offering three additional Thanksgiving dining experiences:

–Andrea Ristorante: Enjoy a rustic Tuscan holiday menu in the dining room or on the ocean-view terrace. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 4 - 10 p.m. for $145 per adult, $205 per adult with wine pairing.*

–Pelican Grill: Chef Marc presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., plus the Pelican Grill Bar features live entertainment, on Thursday, Nov. 22 for $120* per adult, $180* per adult with wine pairing and $60* per child.

–Coliseum Pool & Grill: A classic California breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. From 12 p.m. - 10 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 22, a Thanksgiving à la carte dinner menu features turkey specials, with breakfast buffet for $60* per adult and $30* per child. 

*Pricing excludes tax and service charge.

For more information, visit www.pelicanhill.com.

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

Farm to Fork The Winery

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A three-course Thanksgiving dinner awaits at The Winery

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – A Traditional Turkey Dinner with Harbor Views

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner or one of Chef Yvon’s creations on Thursday, Nov. 22. A special three-course dinner starts with your choice of roasted butternut squash bisque, The Winery house salad, pumpkinand ricotta ravioli, Scottish smoked salmon or organic heirloom tomatoes and fresh burrata. Main choices range from traditional maple glazed free range turkey to king salmon, Maine scallops and jumbo wild white shrimp, grilled beef flatiron steak or maple glazed Kurobuta pork chop. End your memorable meal with a choice of streusel pumpkin pie or vanilla bean crème brulée with a fleur del sel cookie. The cost is $64.95 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and served from 12:30 - 8 p.m. For reservations, call 949.999.6622.

For more information, visit www.thewinerynewport.com.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 

Waterline at Balboa Bay Resort – Relaxed Ambience on the Waterfront

Experience a very special three-course dining experience masterminded by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom...amid relaxing harbor vistas. Start with a multigrain baguette with maple and pecan butter served to your table. First choice options are carrot soup with fried chickpeas or razor clam salad. Entrees to pick from include citrus marinated turkey breast and leg, beef wellington or Alaskan halibut. Finish with pumpkin pie or chocolate torte. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Call 949.630.4145 for reservations and pricing.

For more information, visit www.balboabayresort.com.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

Ciao Vincenza!


Variety honored annual list of 10 Actors to Watch with a star-studded reception, bestowed awards

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of this famed event, Variety, the entertainment industry bible, partnered with Newport Beach Film Festival to bestow industry honors to 10 Actors to Watch at a swank reception held at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach on Sunday, Nov. 11.

 “Visit Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Film Festival have been proud to partner with Variety over the past five years to host their 10 Cinematographers and 10 Brits to Watch. Adding a third celebration further solidifies our strong partnership and shared support of and love for great films and the talent that brings those films to life,” said Gregg Schwenk, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival. 

Variety honored annual list Winstead and Domingo

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Variety Festival Fall Honorees Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colman Domingo

 “Additionally, it’s serendipitous timing that this year marks the 10 Actors to Watch 20th anniversary and coincides with the kick-off of Newport Beach Film Festival’s year-long celebration of its own 20th anniversary.”

The reception began with the celebrities walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with the media and meeting attendees. Guests were treated to an outdoor brunch with refreshing libations, amid Pacific Ocean vistas. The program and awards ceremony, taking place in the ballroom, included a Q&A with the 10 Actors to Watch.

2018 10 Actors to Watch:

Zazie Beetz – An Emmy nominee for Atlanta, Beetz stole scenes in Deadpool 2 and will reprise the role of Domino in the X-Force spin-off. She will next be seen in Noah Hawley’s Pale Blue Dot and The Joker.

Gemma Chan – Currently on screens in Crazy Rich Asians, she’ll be seen opposite Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots and in next year’s Captain Marvel.

Elsie Fisher – The breakout star of Bo Burnham’s indie hit Eighth Grade, Fisher has been earning raves since the movie’s Sundance debut.

Variety honored annual list Golding and Chan

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Henry Golding and Gemma Chan star in “Crazy Rich Asians”

Henry Golding – Making his film debut as the leading man of Crazy Rich Asians, Golding also stars with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in September’s release of A Simple Favor.

Russell Hornsby – Previously seen on Broadway in Fences and the film adaptation, Hornsby will appear this year in The Hate U Give and Creed 2.

Anthony Ramos – A member of the original Hamilton Broadway cast, Ramos appears opposite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born and in the film Monsters and Men.

Cailee Spaeny – The actress-singer will be seen as Jane Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, opposite Jeff Bridges in Bad Times at the El Royale and as the young Lynn Cheney in Adam McKay’s untitled biopic.

Marina de Tavira – Soon to be seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, de Tavira recently appeared in the series Ingobernable for Netflix and Falco for Amazon.

Variety honored annual list Wright and Washington

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Letitia Wright and John David Washington during the onstage panel discussion in the Pelican Hill Ballroom

John David Washington – Starring in the lead role of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmen, Washington can be seen in David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun and Monsters and Men.

Letitia Wright – The actress quickly became a fan favorite as Shuri in the Marvel films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and is Emmy nominated for her role in the Black Mirror episode Black Museum

Note: Presented by Executive Editor Steven Gaydos. Profiles of the talent appear in the magazine’s February 13, 20183 issue and on www.Variety.com.

Newport Beach Film Festival Fall Honorees:

Colman Domingo – Artist of Distinction: The If Beale Street Could Talk and Fear the Walking Dead actor is also a writer, director and producer whose early career included a stint in the circus as an aerial web artist.

Variety honored annual list Topher Grace

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Topher Grace, recipient of the Artist of Distinction, poses on the carpet

Topher Grace – Artist of Distinction: He recently landed the role of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Artist of Distinction: This year, this talented actress took on one of her most challenging roles as a troubled standup comedian in All About Nina.

Variety honored annual list Schwenk Forster Sherwin

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(L-R) Gregg Schwenk, CEO & Executive Director, Newport Beach Film Festival; Robert Forster, recipient of the Icon Award; and Gary Sherwin, President & CEO, Newport Beach & Company

Robert Forster – Icon: While he’s played scores of roles over the years, earning an Oscar nomination for Jackie Brown and appearing in the recent reboot of Twin Peaks, Forster sees his latest film What They Had as a standout. During his illustrious career, he’s worked with talents including John Huston, Quentin Tarantino, Alexander Payne and David Lynch.


The Great Plein Air Art experience comes to Crystal Cove

The Great Plein Air Art

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Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with the help of Crystal Cove plein air artists Alan Nowell and Laura Rosenkranz. The Cove will be sparkling with holiday decorations.

Let your inner artist out on Monday, Dec. 17 (Alan Nowell, Instructor) and Wednesday, Dec. 19 (Laura Rosenkranz, Instructor) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Each five-hour class is limited to 12. The cost is $85 for the general public and $70 for Conservancy Members.

Classes take place at Cottage #13 (The Beaches Film and Media Center) in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. To register, visit www.crystalcove.organd click on EVENTS.


Purchase your Christmas tree, holiday decor and help support CdM Basketball

Purchase your Christmas tree

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Corona del Mar Boys Basketball is holding a Christmas tree fundraiser and is seeking your support. Reindeer Forest Tree Farms in Oregon is supplying the trees and holiday décor. Orders need to be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 21 and can be picked up on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  in the CdM High School front parking lot.

Choose from Noble or Douglas Fir trees with sizes from five to nine feet tall (all have been hand-selected for their shape, color and health). They are fresh, as they will be delivered within 48 hours of being cut. In addition, there are wreaths, garlands and other holiday décor for purchase. Sales will also benefit Trees for Troops, as Reindeer Forest Tree Farms has provided more than 100,000 Christmas trees to military families since 2005.

Order your tree and décor and view the selections online at www.cdmbasketball.com/trees, then return your payment to any CdM Boys Basketball player via mail. All information is available on the website. If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Editor’s Note: If you are a Newport Beach/Corona del Mar organization selling Christmas trees and holiday décor for a fundraising effort, please send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can share it with our readers.


Segerstrom Center presents Bridges: Connecting Cultures

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting the first event in a new series, Bridges: Connecting Cultures, featuring “South Korea to Puerto Rico with Art, Music, Food and Fun.” The series will be an annual event designed to help build cross-cultural bridges. Each year will feature customs and traditions, food, music, visual and performing arts that represent the diversity present in Orange County. This first event will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 2 - 6 p.m.

Bridges: Connecting Cultures vividly represents the Center’s commitment to creating opportunities for the many wonderful cultures and communities to discover, appreciate and enjoy Orange County’s unique diversity.

Segerstrom Center presents Bridges

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Orange County is home to the second-largest Korean population in the U.S. During this first event, “From South Korea to Puerto Rico,” the Center will highlight South Korea and the profound influence Korean culture has in our local community and celebrate Puerto Rico’s multicultural heritage, and its resilience and resolve in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The day’s festivities include live performances from Korean American Youth Performing Artists, Korean Classical Music and Dance Company, OC Kpop Academy, Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection, a bomba and drumming demonstration from Taller Bula and the OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, as well as a collaborative finale where both cultures take the stage and create music together.

Also joining the day is the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW), a nonprofit organization that promotes the equal participation of Puerto Rican and all other Hispanic women in the educational, social, economic and political life in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NACOPRW will have a resource booth throughout the day and host children’s activities alongside the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center.

Attendees will enjoy the family photo booth as well as hands-on fun for all ages with a Korean calligraphy station and Puerto Rican arts and crafts. Food trucks will be on hand to offer samples of each culture’s cuisine, with the Bulgogi Truck serving Korean-style fusion and the Triple Threat Truck serving authentic Puerto Rican street food. 

Live Performance Schedule (subject to change):

2 - 2:15: Opening remarks 

2:15 - 2:45: Korean American Youth Performing Artists 

3 - 3:20: OC Kpop Academy 

3:35 - 3:45: Taller Bula & OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center bomba and drumming demonstration 

4 - 4:40: Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection 

5 - 5:20: OC Kpop Academy 

5:30 - 5:50 Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection & Korean Classical Music and Dance collaborative finale 

Check www.scfta.org for further updates.

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Violinist Philippe Quint returns to Pacific Symphony

Violinist Philippe Quint

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Philippe Quint to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Two spectacular guest artists from seasons past return to Pacific Symphony: Rune Bergmann, the acclaimed Norwegian conductor who joined the Symphony last October with Rachmaninoff’s formidable Symphony No. 2, and Philippe Quint, the Russian violinist described by BBC Music Magazine as “truly phenomenal.”

Quint joins Pacific Symphony under Bergmann’s baton to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, in a program bookended by the Overture to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and Nielson’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” a piece composed against the backdrop of the first World War.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15 - 17, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Single tickets start at $29. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


What a wild ride for CdM’s No. 1 Lakers fan: Catching up with Desi Engle

By AMY SENK

Eight years ago, Corona del Mar rallied around Desiree Engle, the self-proclaimed No. 1 Lakers fan, to collect money to send her to Boston for the NBA Finals. “Baby! love my town,” Desi said at the time, her long braids swinging with purple, white and gold ribbons. She asked for tips to help fund the trip, and 10 hours later she had enough for a plane ticket, a game ticket and more – all from CdM customers who knew no one deserved to fly to Boston for the game more than Desi.

Three years later, the juice shop where she worked, CeFiore, shut its doors at 2801 E. Coast Highway. Desi kept going to Lakers games, sitting in Section 313, but she began to work in Costa Mesa. She still lived in Corona del Mar, so you’d see her on her daily long runs, decked in Lakers gear, high-fiving and waving to friends who honked or yelled her name.

What a wild ride for

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No. 1 Lakers fan Desi Engle

But then, in 2014, the seizures started. She was in Dallas (for a Lakers game, naturally) and staying with former CdM customers when she said she woke up on the floor, her phone smashed beside her. She thought she just passed out because of exhaustion combined with the excitement of a road trip. But others followed. She was diagnosed with epilepsy related to concussions she received as a youth soccer star. She replaced her Lakers mobile with a Lakers scooter when she no longer could drive. The seizures kept coming, and she faced a lifetime of medication or surgery.

It was a dark time, she says now. A woman accused of being drunk and drugged hit her on her scooter near her Flower Street apartment. She eventually was hospitalized and had the brain surgery. Her beautiful braids were gone, replaced by a huge scar. She lost her CdM apartment. But she had the Lakers.

“I just stayed positive,” she said. “That’s half the battle. And I have the Mamba System. I’m focused. I believe in myself.”

Desi, a huge Kobe Bryant fan, credits him with giving her the best advice of her life. “He looked me square in the face and said, ‘You have to own this surgery and kick its ass. What you’re going through – it makes jump shots look hard for me.’”

When she made it back to see a live Lakers game after surgery, Desi said she was given a hero’s welcome. “A season ticket rep showed up, gives me a hug,” she said. “Then they took me to a center court seat. My first day back, and I was sitting next to Floyd Mayweather. About a week out of the hospital, I was out running.”

Getting back to normal has been hard post-surgery, but things are settling down. In October, Desi began working as a barista at Bruegger’s Bagels at 2743 E. Coast Highway. Her old regular customers from the juice place have been finding her there, making the Kean Coffee drinks and catching up on all things Lakers and CdM.

“I lost everything – license, job, car – but I’m back.”

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In other CdM news, city contractors will be performing emergency storm drain work this week through Friday at Goldenrod Avenue and East Coast Highway. The work, which will be intermittent in the area, will occur between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will mean traffic restrictions and no-parking signs. According to an email from Public Works Director David Webb, the work will be concentrated near the bank at the northeast corner of Coast Highway and Goldenrod.

“While recently video inspecting various storm drains, we discovered that a segment of this particular storm drain in Coast Highway, which consists of a fairly old corrugated metal pipe we inherited from Caltrans, was in pretty poor shape,” the email states. “With the condition of the pipe and winter fast approaching, we want to address this concern sooner than later.”

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 11.13.18

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Looking at the Balboa Island Bridge from Promontory Point. Little Balboa Island and the Grand Canal can be seen to the left. The dirt road is a part of Jamboree Road. The automobiles appear to be circa 1930s.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


National Philanthropy Day® honors Michelle Wulfestieg

Michelle Wulfestieg, founder and executive director of the Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), the leading nonprofit for non-medical hospice care, will be honored with the National Philanthropy Day® Outstanding Founders Award on Thursday, Nov. 15, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Orange County (AFP-OC). The AFP awards program honors innovators in philanthropy, and places Wulfestieg in good company with past winners that include Donald Bren, Bruno Serato and the Segerstrom Family.

“Serving the dying has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Wulfestieg said. “It has taught me the importance of making each moment count and to truly value the people around you.” 

National Philanthropy Day

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Michelle Wulfestieg

To date, SCHF has served more than 2,500 terminally ill children and adults. Most often, patients seek help with basic needs, such as groceries and utility bills. But for Wulfestieg, a two-time stroke survivor herself, no request is too large. She has reconnected distant family members, hosted birthday parties and a wedding for patients, and granted spectacular final wishes, like meeting favorite celebrities. Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, and the Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball team are only a few of the celebrities that have collaborated with Wulfestieg to make her patients’ dreams come true.

Recently, she initiated a campaign to build Orange County’s first Omega home, called the Heavenly Home Project, which will serve as a live-in residential care facility for those at the end-of-life regardless of their ability to pay.

“The terminally ill in our community face incredible challenges. These are our families, coworkers, veterans and other professionals, our immigrants and our homeless. They are our neighbors, and we have an incredible opportunity to help support them.

“Wulfestieg has been so successful in leading SCHF because she values purpose. Purpose is empowering. It defines us. Diagnosis does not,” said Michael Uranga, board president of SCHF.

Chronicling her personal journey in her award-winning autobiography, typed with one hand, is Wulfestieg’s All We Have Is Today: A Story of Discovering Purpose. The hospice expert has also collaborated with Showtime to produce a documentary series Time of Death, which offered an intimate look at hospice patients’ final days and how they and their families cope.

Wulfestieg, who is a Newport Beach resident, will accept her award at the 33rd annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon, which will be held at City National Grove of Anaheim. Attendees will include more than 900 distinguished community philanthropists, influential business leaders, supporters and media.


Childhelp Nashville Nights gala raises more than $460,000

Anyone wanting to spend a fun-filled evening in Nashville found just that at Childhelp’s Fall Gala, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Resort at Pelican Hill. “Nashville Nights” co-chairs Susan Hill, Kristen James and Pam Pharris organized the Orange County Chapter’s 5th annual gala, where guests enjoyed live music by The Arnie Newman Band; whiskey tasting sponsored by The Macallan; and gambling, dining and dancing. Live and silent auctions and the grand prize opportunity drawing provided opportunities for everyone to contribute toward stopping child abuse and neglect. And contribute, they did – the event raised more than $460,000.

Childhelp Nashville Nights event co chairs

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(L-R) Susan Hill, Kristen James, Pam Pharris, event co-chairs

Generous event sponsors and donors included Jacquie and Michael Casey, Cleo A. Bluth Foundation, Christine Bren, Patricia and Brent Ford, Lil and Bill Knight, Erna Minkoff and the Minkoff Family, Cable Family Foundation, Becky and Gary Cooper, Janet Phelps, Michele and Jim Yang, Becky and Zlatko Zadro, along with Childhelp national board members, George Argyros Jr. and his wife Shannon, Patti Edwards and her husband Jimmy, and Joe Ciolli and his wife Ivy. On hand were Childhelp celebrity ambassadors – NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka and from Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his wife Peta Murgatroyd.

Childhelp Nashville Nights mens committee and auctioneer

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(L-R) Men’s committee chairs Mark Adams and Bud Pharris flank auctioneer Jake Krone

After the pre-party drinks and appetizers, guests were seated in the transformed ballroom for dinner and the evening’s program. Chapter President Julie Adams welcomed everyone and called on the Men’s committee chairs, Mark Adams and Bud Pharris, to present the “Benevolent Heart Award.” This year’s awardees were the chapter’s youth auxiliary, WINGS. This group of approximately 60 7th - 12th grade students holds fundraising events, organizes annual carnivals at the Merv Griffin Childhelp Village in Beaumont, Calif. and creates WINGS Clubs at their schools throughout Orange County, all to support the lifesaving programs and services provided by Childhelp. They say that they’re just “kids helping kids,” but in just three short years they have proven just what a truly amazing group of students they are.

Childhelp Nashville Nights George Argyros et al

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(L-R) Childhelp national board member George Argyros Jr., Shannon Argyros, Ivy Ciolli and Childhelp national board member Joe Ciolli

As dessert was served, the energetic live auction began with auctioneer Zack Krone enticing robust bidding as guests competed to win one of the nine items offered. First up was the diamond-encrusted guitar necklace, a perfect homage to the Nashville scene. Additional live auction items included the Ultimate Macallan Party for 10, Pelican Hill Getaway, Catalina Island Adventure, Private Dinner for 12 prepared by Chef Yianni, Luxury Big Bear Getaway, VIP NASCAR and IVI Vision Experience, and an Exceptional Liquor Cabinet. Last minute add-on items included a private jet to Las Vegas plus a special VIP package. The highlight of the live auction was the heated bidding for the opportunity to attend Childhelp’s Diamond Jubilee “Drive the Dream” Gala. This event will celebrate 60 years of Childhelp and includes exclusive invitations with Childhelp founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Childhelp Nashville Nights Maksim and Peta

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Childhelp celebrity ambassadors Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his wife Peta Murgatroyd

At the conclusion of the live auction, guests moved on to line dancing, led by Kristal Lynn, and gaming. To close the gala, celebrity ambassadors Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd drew the ticket for the grand prize and presented it to winner Sepi Tabai. 

Event committee members included Iris Asbury, Linda Burns, Christine Bren, Nancy Cardin, Lynn Dowers, Susan Earlabaugh, Patricia Ford, Kelly Haugen, Christine Johnson, Jennifer Kite, Katherine Meredith, Diana Miner, Alison Moriarty, Tami Smith, Gina Van Ocker, Shan Vincent and Joy Whitlock-Estrada. Men’s committee members included Scott Amling, Matthew Blake, Jay Burns, Mike Haugen David James, Paul McDonald, Chris Miner, Patrick Moriarty, Mark Simon, Brett Smith, Alix Vincent and Zlatko Zadro.

Childhelp is proud to report that for each dollar expended, more than 92 cents is invested into serving children in need of their program services, which include three group homes in Costa Mesa and the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont.

For more information on Childhelp, visit www.childhelp.org.


Small Business Weekend comes to OC Market Place

Shop Small® at the Orange County Market Place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 - 25 during Small Business Weekend. Hosted by Spectra, managers of the Orange County Market Place and members of the American Express Corporate Supporter Program, Small Business Weekend will offer free rental space to small, local businesses* and free admission to all patrons coming to shop.

In the spirit of the vision behind the program sponsored by American Express® to “celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special,” the Orange County Market Place is designing this weekend to support the small and local businesses in and around Orange County. By offering a free* single space, vendors can have an opportunity to showcase their products and services to the community at large in a relaxed and open-air market environment.

In addition to hosting diverse vendors and products, the Orange County Market Place provides live entertainment and delicious food and beverage offerings at multiple concession stands. New this year, patrons can participate in the Passport Program to win one of five $100 shopping spree prizes at the OC Market Place.

Vendors interested in participating and receiving a free* rental space can find more information at www.ocmarketplace.com, and complete the application form found here. Applications must be received by Wednesday, Nov 14 to complete the approval process to participate.

*Vendors must not have sold at the OC Market Place within the last 12 months in order to receive the free space promotion.

Orange County Market Place operates every Saturday and Sunday of the year except during the Orange County Fair in July/August. It is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Where are all those Stu readers who love Italian cuisine? Well, it was just Tom Iovenitti who answered correctly, and knew the cursive “il” was part of the il Barone Ristorante sign – an Italian trattoria at 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, adjacent to Plaza Newport. Congratulations Tom...or should we say Tommaso!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 11.13.18

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Stump the Stu

Chuggin’ toward the barn...

Stump the Stu 11.13.18

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Where would you find this colorful mural that leads to what awaits behind these doors?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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


Segerstrom Center announces November lineup of free events on Argyros Plaza

From live music to multicultural celebrations, November brings a diverse array of free events to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with something for everyone to enjoy. 

Segerstrom Center announces Argyros Plaza

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Scheduled Lineup:

Live from Argyros Stage: Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Quintet on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor performance before the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra’s vibrant production of Don Quixote in Segerstrom Hall. Known for its consistent superior quality of performance, the group performs concerts, presentations, and is in competitions throughout the West, including the renowned Coleman and Monterey Chamber Competitions. 

Third Annual Center Salutes Our Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join a day of celebration in honor and support of local veterans and active-duty military personnel. This fun afternoon of music and camaraderie features live performances by the Darden Sisters and the Mud Bug Brass Band, as well as the opportunity to assemble care packages and write a personalized postcard for active members of the military. 

Live from Argyros Stage: Joni Llamedo on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 - 7:20 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. Before the Broadway hit Waitress take in the stylings of local artist Joni Llamedo. Born and raised in Hawaii, Llamedo is a singer-songwriter whose aloha spirit flows through her acoustic and soulful sound. 

Bridges: Connecting Cultures from South Korea to Puerto Rico on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 2 - 6 p.m. Bridges is a new outdoor series that will take place throughout the year on the Argyros Plaza. This community event is designed to highlight the role that the arts play in creating bridges between cultures. Celebrating the rich diversity of Puerto Rico and South Korea, the event highlights the food, music, visual arts and 

dance. The day features performances from Korean American Youth Performing Artists, OC Kpop Academy, Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection, Taller Bula and others, as well as a collaborative finale where both cultures take the stage and create music together.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. www.scfta.org


Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces children’s casting for The Nutcracker, nine from Newport Beach, Corona del Mar

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced casting of 48 young dancers in American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker performed December 14 through 23 in Segerstrom Hall. Forty students from the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center, plus eight additional talented young dancers from Orange County, will perform alongside the world renowned ABT company, in this classic holiday show.

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Nine youngsters from Newport Beach and CdM have been cast in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ The Nutcracker

The opportunity to perform in this production and others in the Center’s International Dance Series is one of the very special benefits of studying in the ABT Gillespie School. Classes follow the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, giving young students the finest professional training possible and unparalleled access to renowned dance companies and performing arts experiences.

There are two casts of Principal children’s dancers, including Lani Mefford and Isabella Martino as Clara, Kellan Hayag and Chase Rogers as Nutcracker Prince, Lodi Salvatore and Vinnie Winderman as Fritz, and Andrew Dove and Logan Cooper as Little Mouse. ABT Principal casting includes Hee Seo as Clara, the Princess and Cory Stearns as The Nutcracker Prince on opening night, December 14. Additional casts include Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland, Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, Christine Shevchenko, Aran Bell, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Blaine Hoven and James Whiteside.

In addition, numerous other youngsters have been cast to include eight from Newport Beach: Megan Bartz, Matisse Braun, Ava Joseph, Owen McLarand, Alexandra Orradre, Ophelia Owens, Stella Stulik and Brooke Treska. Juliet Grbacz from Corona del Mar has also been cast.

For a complete listing of children cast members, visit www.scfta.org.

The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to a magical score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky that will be performed live by Pacific Symphony. 

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 and are now available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Winter Fest OC to arrive at the OC Fair & Event Center...so let it snow

Winter Fest OC snowflakes

Save the Date: SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Experience is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center from December 20, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Blowing in tons of family fun and date night charm, enjoy these activities: Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot, eight-lane mountain of ice tubing slide; Snow Play & Slides with real snow blown in daily; all-new SoCal Dickens Village with entertainment, dining and shopping; Nightly Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration with fireworks and snow flurries; Festival of Lights Walk-Through with two million lights; Live Tribute Bands, Magic Shows and Cartoon Character Meet & Greets; Ice Skating; the World’s Largest Light Up Walkthrough Ornament...and more.

Ticket prices vary and are available online at www.winterfestoc.com/tickets. Parking is $8 (not available online). Hours of operation vary.

For more information, visit www.winterfestoc.com, or call 657.333.2520.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Wyland Foundation 25th anniversary and fundraiser

The Wyland Foundation is holding a 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser. Taking place on Saturday, Nov. 10, the event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach from 5:30 - 10 p.m., and all are invited to attend.

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Enjoy fine dining, live musical performances, one of OC’s premier live and silent auctions and live paintings by Wyland.

Schedule of festivities:

–4 p.m.: VIP only Back Bay Reception

–5:30 p.m.: Check In/Registration

–6 p.m.: Silent Auction

–7 p.m.: Dinner

–7:30 p.m.: Live Auction

–8:15 p.m.: Dr. Ken Caldeira, Stanford University, will share his latest discoveries on coral reefs, climate and our changing environment.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Michael-Anne Vasquez at 949.643.7070, ext. 271, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Order tickets online at www.wylandfoundation.org/celebration. Tickets start at $325. Suggested attire is a little dressy, a little casual. All proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation programs for clean water and a healthy ocean.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Moulin to open French catering and antique store next to Newport Beach flagship

Laurent Vrignaud, the visionary proprietor behind Moulin, will open a French antique store adjacent to Moulin in Newport Beach. The antique store, located at 1000 N. Bristol St., will open a few doors down from Moulin in Plaza Newport in December, and double as a meeting space for prospective catering clients.

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Moulin’s antique store will showcase vintage French furnishings

“For the past 20 years, I’ve been sourcing unique vintage items from France, some of which have been used to furnish Moulin in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach,” comments Laurent Vrignaud who, in addition to his antique store, is currently developing Moulin’s third location. “Moulin is about creating connection through the authentic bistro experience. Our antique store will showcase furnishings that allow people to create that same vibe in their own home.” 

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Moulin proprietor Laurent Vrignaud

The antique store will focus on “Art de la Table” and will offer a curated collection of vintage French finds sourced from various markets across France including the famous Les Puces in Paris. Focusing on brands like Maison Gatti, Tolix and Fermob, the store will carry a variety of vintage furnishings and metal signage similar to those at Moulin. Everything at Moulin and the antique store has been hand-selected by Vrignaud on his frequent trips back home to France.

With the expansion of its pastry team, Moulin’s catering program has tripled in 2018. To meet the high demand for catering inquiries, the antique store will also serve as a meeting space for prospective catering clients.

In addition to its antique store, Moulin in Newport Beach will celebrate the holidays with two special events in November and December.

Beaujolais Nouveau – Thursday, Nov. 15

Join Moulin in celebrating the release of the highly anticipated 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau. Best enjoyed young, its simultaneous distribution contributes to the hype of its release. The wine is made entirely from Gamay grapes handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France, bottled just weeks after harvest. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests can enjoy an all-you-can-drink Beaujolais Nouveau with Moulin’s classic Entrecôtes Frite (pan-fried steak and fries) dinner for $39. Reservations can be made by calling 949.474.0920.

Parisian Holiday Market – December 1 - 31

Named one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Food & Wine, Moulin’s Newport Beach patisserie will transform into a Parisian holiday market for the month of December. The walls will boast fine epicurean items sourced directly from France as the pastry case glistens with gilded pastries including large-format St. Honoré and Sesame-Fig Tarts, as well as artisan foie gras with Jurançon (white wine from the South West of France). A curated wine selection will offer everything from robust, vintage Burgundies to a Nebuchadnezzar of Taittinger’s Brut Reserve. From floor to ceiling, the patisserie will be brimming with beautiful holiday baskets ($49 - $259) of all sizes filled with everything a true Francophile could ever dream of.

For more information, visit www.moulin.com.


Inside Edge Foundation for Education to feature Dr. Marissa Pei at breakfast meeting

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Inside Edge Foundation for Education will hold its breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club from 7 - 8:45 a.m. All are invited to attend.

The featured speaker is Dr. Marissa Pei who will be speaking on her book Eight Ways to Happiness. Pei is a consulting psychologist to Fortune 500 Companies for 25 years, and an on-air personality of a syndicated talk radio show in its sixth year, “Take My Advice, I’m not Using it: Get Balanced with Dr. Marissa.”

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Dr. Marissa Pei is the featured breakfast speaker

Pei has received many awards for her work, including the Asian Heritage Award, Business Person of the Year Lotus Award, Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Iconic Woman of the Year, which she received at the Women’s Economic Forum in India.

Pei’s work has been featured in Inc. and Forbes. In addition to authoring Eight Ways to Happiness, she is a Life Balance coach, singer/songwriter, and a retired professor at the Anderson Graduate School of Management UCLA. She is a single mom raising two teenage girls, and races sailboats for fun.

Non-members and guests are all welcome. Enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking, the speaker and music. The cost is $35 for first-time guests or $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month.

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a nonprofit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. It provides a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

For more information, contact Odile Nicolette at 714.366.7465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. www.insideedge.org


Speak Up Newport presents program with Newport Beach City Manager

Speak Up Newport will present its monthly program on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at a different venue this month only – the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. The evening kicks off with a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m., followed by the program with a Q&A from 6 - 7 p.m.

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The featured speaker is Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung, who became city manager on September 4. Leung has spent her first two months on the job establishing relationships, learning city projects and programs, and getting to know the organization she now helms and the community she serves. Her talk will cover goals for her first 90 days on the job and for the coming year, and she will provide updates on key city initiatives and projects.

Leung came to Newport Beach with more than 20 years of experience working in local government. Most recently, she was the acting city manager in the City of Irvine, and previously worked for the cities of Sunnyvale and Long Beach.

There is no charge to attend this meeting and the public is invited; reservations are not necessary.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


NBPL to hold writing workshops with acclaimed local author 

Newport Beach Public Library is launching a series of writing workshops with Newport Beach acclaimed author Anne Cleeland beginning January 31, 2019. The five-part series will cover key elements of writing and publishing a book, with topics such as Creating Memorable Characters, Editing Tips, Writing Mysteries/Romantic Suspense and How to Approach New York Publishers.

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Newport Beach author Anne Cleeland

Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers. She also writes a historical series of stand-alone books set in the Regency period. An attorney by trade, Cleeland’s been reading mystery and romantic suspense since her Nancy Drew days, and especially loves Agatha Christie and the other Golden Age British mystery writers. In her popular Acton and Doyle series, two of Scotland Yard’s finest, Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair (Lord Acton), take readers on a captivating journey to solve a chilling string of high-profile homicides. With more than a dozen books to her name, Cleeland will share her knowledge and advice on writing techniques and strategies as well as tips for getting a book published.

Schedule for the workshops:

January 31 – How to Write a Book: A Basic Primer

February 28 – Creating Memorable Characters

March 28 – Finding Your Nemo: Editing Tips

April 25 – Writing Mysteries/Romantic Suspense

May 30 – Query and Pitch: How to Approach New York Publishers

All of the workshops will be held in the Sword Meeting Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach beginning at 7 p.m. The workshops are free to the public. Participants must register at www.newportbeachlibrary.org/events for each session they wish to attend, but don’t need to register for all five sessions. Registration will be limited to 20 participants.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Christmas Boat Parade announces Grand Marshal

Three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series champion, Albert Pujols, will preside as Grand Marshal for the opening night of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Angels first baseman will be accompanied by his wife and five children aboard the Ohana Kai II to watch the festively and elaborately decorated yachts, sailboats and small electric boats twinkle on the harbor.

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Newport Beach & Company

A spectacular fireworks show will take place from Newport Pier on opening night, December 19

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including numerous waterfront restaurants and the 10.5-acre Marina Park. Festivities will begin in Marina Park at 4:30 p.m., with family-friendly activities including face painters, caricature artists, an LA Chargers football toss competition and food vendors. Onlookers will also be treated to a live musical performance by The Young Americans. On opening night, the parade will commence with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 6:15 p.m. from Newport Pier.

Can’t make it on Wednesday, Dec. 19? The parade continues through Sunday, Dec. 23 with a designated Grand Marshal each night including:

–Thursday, Dec. 20 – A Salute to Hometown Heroes: Cheer on our local heroes, those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our communities, as they lead the evening’s festivities.

–Friday, Dec. 21 – The Young Americans®: Founded in 1962, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world. Dubbed as America’s Musical Ambassadors, they use the power of music, dance, performance, academics and cultural interaction to foster their mission.

–Saturday, Dec. 22 – A Celebration of Christmas Movies and Music with Olive Crest: Children and families of Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk children, enjoy the holiday sentiments of family fun, bringing the spirit of Christmas to life.

–Sunday, Dec. 23 – Corona del Mar High School Drum Line: One of the premier performing groups at Corona del Mar High School, it serves as a musical ambassador, performing regularly in pep rallies as well as school and community events.

Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are Simple Green and Wells Fargo, and Community Sponsors are the City of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach, Inc., with marketing and promotional support from Newport Beach & Company.

For more information on the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, visit www.ChristmasBoatParade.com.


Calling all Elves...to the CdM Christmas Walk

The 40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk has a call for volunteers to share in the fun throughout CdM Village on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Calling all Elves

If you would like to meet new people in a festive atmosphere, the Corona de Mar Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill the following volunteer positions with many shifts available:

–Event Set-Up 

–Hot Dog Sales

–Ushering & Welcoming Vendors & Sponsors 

–Beer & Wine Garden Servers 

–Beer & Wine Garden I.D. Checks 

–Beer & Wine Garden Ticket Sales 

–Chamber Booth – Welcome & Drawing Ticket Sales

–Event Breakdown

Volunteers will be located at the lower Bandera Restaurant parking lot, at 3201 E. Coast Highway.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.cdmchamber.com, or call 949.673.4050.


The Mom Made Market returns to OC Fairgrounds

Supporting mom-made businesses, the Mom Made Market Orange County is back for its third year at the Orange County Fair & Event Center. On Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., come check out more than 150 local mom businesses.

In addition to a weekend of shopping, food and fun, Santa will be stopping by for free photos from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on both days.

The event takes place in The Hangar. General admission is $5; the event is free for children 12 years of age and younger. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.themommademarket.com.

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


The ultimate cocktail war...for a great cause

The ultimate cocktail war

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Join in the fun at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar for “Cheers for Literacy,” when USC vies against UCLA during the ultimate cocktail war.

The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. when celebrity bartenders battle for the most cash tips. Proceeds benefit Literacy Project, helping at-risk children learn to read.

Meet the celebrity bartenders:

Team USC – Stephanie Argyros, president, The Argyros Group and Mike Salmon, partner, Madison Street Partners will stir and shake it up from 6 - 7 p.m.

Team UCLA – Tim DeCinces, real estate broker, Pacific Sotheby’s and Cory Brandt, sales executive, Granite Escrow will concoct your favorite libations from 7 - 8 p.m.

Admission is any contribution you can make by supporting the bartenders. For more information, call 949.721.1319.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Newport Beach plaque displays city treasures

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Stump the Stu readers had some interesting information to share about this Newport Beach Historical Society plaque. This particular plaque was photographed at the Goldenrod Footbridge in Corona del Mar, courtesy of Debi Doolittle. According to Ron Hahn, Maintenance & Operations Supervisor with the City of Newport Beach, the plaque was installed a few years ago by his city concrete crew employees.

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But wait! It doesn’t stop here. According to Tom Anderson, Don Webb and Joe Stapleton, these treasured plaques can be found throughout the city including on Balboa Island at the Ferry crossing, in Newport Center at Santa Barbara Drive and Jamboree Road, on the wall at The Cannery of the Pacific Seafood restaurant, at Balboa Pavilion, the Kerckhoff Laboratory in Corona del Mar and at the entrance to the Dory Fishing Fleet.

Thank you all for knowing our fair city so well.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

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