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Thirst Gala honors local teachers

By AMY SNIDER SENK

A group of Corona del Mar High School students and teachers who are part of the school’s Global Studies Academy basked in the glory of the red carpet at the 8th annual Thirst Gala in Los Angeles on April 18.

Teachers Laura Mayberry and Kareem Captan were honored at the event as Volunteers of the Year for their leadership in helping students raise money to build wells to provide clean water throughout the world. About 50 students also attended the event, wearing black tie attire at the star-studded evening.

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(L-R): Laura Mayberry, Kareem Captan, Charisma Carpenter and Drake Bell

Mayberry, Captan and students also attended the gala last year after forging a relationship with the Thirst Project, an L.A.-based organization that is working to build a “socially conscious generation of young people who end the global water crisis,” according to the group’s website. Mayberry said the relationship began shortly after CdMHS launched its Academy of Global Studies program, which incorporates history, geography, language, a speaker series and more to develop students as “knowledgeable, engaged and competitive global citizens.”

The academy’s first speaker was Evan Wesley, a Thirst Project staff member, who described how better access to clean water can change the lives of villagers, particularly for women and children who no longer have to devote most of their time to lugging water and can instead work or attend school.

The students, fired up, began to raise money to build a well in Swaziland in Africa. The fundraising efforts began to take off, with freshmen outperforming sophomores and raising the bar, Mayberry said. The older students doubled down, organizing a piano recital and bake sale to raise money.

According to Mayberry and Captan, the students have raised enough money for four wells, and plans are in the works to take students to Swaziland in the next year or two to visit. “We’re making a global difference,” Captan said. “When the students see it with their own eyes, it’s very powerful.”


Stump the Stu

For whom the fountain flows

Stump the Stu 5.18

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Well, well, well…Stu thought this would be harder. Michele McCormack and Pam Smith came in early with correct guesses. The fountain is located at the entrance of Bayside Village, located at the corner of W. Coast Highway and N. Bayside Drive.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Police Files

Potential mailbox poachers arrested for residential burglary

Three men were arrested late Sunday night after the Newport Beach Police Department responded to a call concerning a “suspicious male” looking into mailboxes.

When the first officer arrived on-scene, he saw that the men had removed and concealed the license plate from the vehicle they were occupying (criminals often do this to avoid being identified during the course of committing a crime or leaving a crime scene).

Upon further checking, the officer noticed the car contained numerous burglary tools, gloves, a face mask, binoculars, an open container of alcohol, and a piece of mail addressed to a victim of mail theft in Long Beach.  

In the trunk, officers also located numerous items of jewelry.

Officers conducted a thorough field investigation and interviewed witnesses. They determined that the men had attempted to burglarize a home in the 400 block of North Star Lane.

Officers also contacted the victim from Long Beach whose mail was in the vehicle to confirm that it was stolen.

The NBPD arrested Bear Moe Smith, 21, from Albuquerque, Jamal Anthony Dawes, 24, Pecos, and Wayde Burton Land, 33, of Rosston. Each was charged with an attempt to commit a felony crime, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

Bail was set for each at $50,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


OC Press Club honors Tom Johnson with the Lifetime Achievement Award and recognizes best local media 

By LANA JOHNSON

On Monday evening, May 15, the OC Press Club recognized the best in media achievement at their annual awards dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort. 

Tom Johnson was the recipient of the Sky Dunlap award recognizing his long-time commitment to local journalism.

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(L-R): Roger Bloom, president of the OC Press Club; Tom Johnson, the Sky Dunlap award winner; and Barbara Venezia

Here are the award winners:

 

BLOGS

Best Entertainment/Culture Blog

FIRST PLACE: Nate Jackson (editor), Heard Mentality, OC Weekly

 

Best Lifestyle/Family Blog

FIRST PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Brad A. Johnson: Food & Travel

 

BROADCAST 

Best Broadcast

FIRST PLACE: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video

“Orange Catholic Foundation’s Conference on Business and Ethics”

SECOND PLACE: Matt Brown, Chapman University

“One Strong Teammate: Carter Ankeny”

THIRD PLACE: Matt Kollar, OC Weekly 

“The Donald Trump Rally: Orange Man Comes to Orange County”

 

PHOTO

Best News Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

SECOND PLACE: Richard Koehler, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

HONORABLE MENTION: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

 

Best Sports Photo

FIRST PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Feature Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Christopher Trela, Newport Beach Independent

THIRD PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

HONORABLE MENTION: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

 

Best Portrait

FIRST PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

SECOND PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Photo Essay/Slideshow

FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly

SECOND PLACE: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

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Meet Mr. Back Bay

Jack Keating

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Jack Keating has been the voice of the Back Bay for decades

Jack Keating has been the leading voice speaking on behalf of Back Bay in Newport Beach since the early ‘90s, picking up the mantle from Frank and Fran Robinson who led the citizens’ campaign to save the Bay through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

On Saturday afternoon, a large gathering of community leaders, donors and active volunteers with the Newport Bay Conservancy, as well as members of the Keating family gathered in front of the Peter & Mary Muth interpretive Center to see the Keating Family name being installed on the Van Sant donor wall. This was their way of saying “thank you” to Keating for his tireless efforts to protect and preserve the Bay, including his lead role in fundraising for the Interpretive Center, and the popular Vista Point viewpoint at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive.

Fittingly, the weather was beautiful and the view from the patio across the Bay…stunning.

For more information on the Newport Bay Conservancy, visit www.neewportbay.org.


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

For the love of boats: 4th annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival

I love boats. Big, small, fast, slow, sail, power – they’re all fabulous in my eye – 

I can’t get enough, and I never tire of the subject. One of my favorite boat names of all times: Navigo Ergo Sum – “I sail (navigate, travel by sea), therefore I am.” Brilliant.

So, it should come as no surprise that one of my all-time favorite annual boating events is our very own Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, coming the weekend of June 10.

(For purposes of full disclosure, I should mention that I am a member of the event committee, so yes, this week’s column is my shameless pitch to all of our StuNewsNewport readers on the finer points of this amazingly spectacular event – which has expanded quite significantly this year. More on that in a sec.)

On Saturday, June 10, more than 50 exceptional boats, both on land and in the water, will be on display at the Balboa Yacht Club, host of the annual festival, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

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Curlew schooner

This year’s event is gearing up to be the biggest and best to-date with expanded activities to include water taxi stops throughout the harbor, children’s activities at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, sailing and Sunday brunch harbor cruises, a boat parade and a sail-by.  

First, if you’ve never been to this family-friendly event, you are missing out – big time. Even if boating isn’t your thing, it is hard not to appreciate the superb craftsmanship and pure artistry on display: 50 exceptional wooden boats both on land and in the water. The Balboa Yacht Club pulls out all the stops with hospitality offering both shuttle service and admission to the event at no charge. Guests can leisurely peruse the boats throughout the docks and club grounds, while listening to live entertainment throughout the day, enjoy a no-host bar and delectable barbeque-style buffet and even vote for their favorite “People’s Choice” Award winners.  

Plus, there are exhibitors, artists, a silent auction (to benefit BYC’s Junior Sailing Program) and this year, there are boat rides…lots of them.

If all that isn’t enough, this year there are a slew of newly added activities and attractions including regularly scheduled complimentary water taxi trips throughout the harbor that will shuttle guests from BYC to various harbor destinations including the Balboa Bay Club and Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest (Fun Zone) where there will be a kids’ toy boat building pavilion and complimentary gallery tours of the hands-on, interactive exhibit the “Science of Sailing” (www.oceanquestoc.org). Throughout most of the day, I’ll likely be at Ocean Quest aboard the Mei Wen Ti, the authentic wooden Chinese Junk boat my father had built in China (www.mrwalt.com) that will be returning again this year and also be available for complimentary tours on Saturday. 

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Electra

But things get even better! On Saturday, the 100-foot, classic fantail vessel, Electra, which was built in 1929, will be available for complimentary tours throughout the day; and the legendary 82-foot schooner, Curlew, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to Noon.  

Tickets can be purchased online for three two-hour cruises aboard Curlew for Saturday – times at Noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m., for $65 per person, $40 ages 2-12. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be included.   

Finally, two special Champagne Sunday brunches are being offered onboard Electra for $80 per person – this is a terrific way to be able to purchase individual tickets not normally available for this vessel. Eighty seats will be sold on a first come, first-served basis, and she will traverse the length of the boat parade and sail by.   

Champagne brunch aboard Curlew will be available for only 30 guests at $80 per person.  Departure and return will be from Balboa Yacht Club, tickets can be purchased at www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.  

The remaining visiting wooden boats from the show will parade through the harbor from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – the course will wind around Balboa Island up the main channel to Lido basin, then disperse from in front of the Balboa Pavilion. A traditional sail-by will then be held from the Lido turning basin commencing at 1 p.m. featuring Curlew and other yachts in full sail through the harbor which will be able to be seen from most harbor-facing restaurants.  

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.

All together now: Navigo Ergo Sum!

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Avid boater, Lynn Selich is currently the Chair of the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and resides in Newport Beach. She is a contributing columnist to StuNewsNewport. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter’s financial past brings questions of qualifications

The fact that Councilman Scott Peotter defaulted on his Ports Streets home and was compelled to move back to Irvine is well known in the community. What is less well known is that after moving back to Irvine, Peotter defaulted on a $13.7 million commercial construction loan and was sued.

In this case, Peotter executed a Commercial Guaranty on July 20, 2006 for $13.7 million. This was used to refinance a prior loan and to fund construction activity. By 2009, Peotter defaulted on the loan. In court documents, he argued that he did not believe the Guaranty would actually be enforced and therefore he should not be required to pay back the loan. The building was sold at auction for $9 million, leaving the lender with a $5.1 million loss guaranteed by Peotter. In his own court filing, Peotter acknowledged that the amount of the loan far exceeded his own net worth and capacity to repay, yet, he signed it anyway.

California Bank and Trust sued and in a settlement, our councilmember has been making court ordered financial restitution in the amount of $1,666.67 per month for five years. No wonder he has maneuvered to collect four public paychecks from the city, Sanitation District, TCA, and Vector Control District. Every dollar of taxpayer income goes to fund his restitution requirements.

This record of poor financial decision-making, and failure to honor his legal obligations is highly relevant to Peotter’s service on the city council where he has taken the lead in promoting policies that could cost the taxpayers millions and result in taxpayer liability for millions more.

For example, he has proposed refunding debt in a way that would have increased costs by $20 million. He has promoted the sale of the old city hall site that would otherwise be a perpetual revenue generator for our Tidelands needs. He has advocated speculating with millions of taxpayer dollars in the stock market, and he facilitated the appointment of his politically ally to the Finance Committee, a person subsequently convicted of embezzlement. Because of him, the city sewer system operates at a structural deficit. Many of us have made financial mistakes, but with a record like Poetter’s, we cannot allow him to do to the city what he did to his own personal finances. Scott Peotter should be recalled, before it’s too late. Please go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Craig Sawin

Corona del Mar


Leigh Ann Tuohy, whose story inspired “The Blind Side”, headlines United Way breakfast

Orange County United Way hosted the 14th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast on May 10 at the Hotel Irvine, raising more than $400,000 to support initiatives targeting the education, income, health and housing challenges facing women and children in low-income communities in Orange County. 

Keynote speaker, Leigh Ann Tuohy, the mother whose story about unconditional love and commitment to the homeless son her family adopted and who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-winning movie “The Blind Side,” captivated the audience of the mostly female, 700 plus business and community leaders. 

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(L-R): JoAnn Albers, Leigh Ann Tuohy and Loreen Gilbert

“We were thrilled with the overwhelming support displayed at this year’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund breakfast,” said event co-chair, Loreen Gilbert, president, WealthWise Financial Services. “Since its inception, this annual event along with member contributions has raised nearly $36 million, all of which fund initiatives for at-risk women and children initiatives in the most underserved communities in Orange County.” 

Newport Beach philanthropist and co-chair JoAnn Albers, president, Albers Consulting LLC, noted that the added excitement of Tuohy along with former NFL players Vince Ferragamo (Rams, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers), Steve Beuerlein, (Raiders, Cowboys, Carolina Panthers) and LeRoy Irvin (Rams) gave an added boost of excitement to the event. 

“It was very gratifying to see a room full of professionals connect over the power of philanthropy,” Albers said. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband Sean were raising two children when they adopted a teenage foster child. They raised him, ensured he got a good education and encouraged his passion for football. That once homeless and hopeless 17-year-old boy would grow up to become NFL Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl Champion Michael Oher.

Their story was chronicled in the best-selling book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which was adapted into the film “The Blind Side,” starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock as Leigh Ann. 

“Each of us must recognize the full potential of individuals in our communities and to find value in those whom society has deemed valueless,” Tuohy explained. “Imagine if someone as valuable as Michael falls through the cracks, gets left behind. 

“What United Way is doing is making a difference because they’re helping people who could be the next best salesman, teacher, auto mechanic, and all they needed was a chance.”

To learn more about the Women’s Philanthropy Fund or Women United, visit unitedwayoc.org/get-involved/engage/women-united/#wpf.


Leadership Tomorrow alum gets the party started

BY LANA JOHNSON

The first Leadership Tomorrow Alumni Mixer was held at Il Fornaio in Irvine on April 25. Alums from as far back to 1989 were in attendance from the affiliated Newport Beach, Irvine and Tustin chambers of commerce.

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If you aren’t familiar with Leadership Tomorrow, here’s the 411. This is a nine-month program that meets once a month and learns about what rock and rolls our local communities and how business professionals from myriad industries get a “behind the scenes” look at what makes our towns tick – from government and justice to arts and education.

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I went through this amazing program in 2008 and had the privilege of being on the board of directors, helping to influence workshop agendas and their direction. The most wonderful thing about LT is the people you meet become your friends and colleagues for life.

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At the mixer about 70 were there. Each received a glass of wine or beer. Appetizers included cheeses, risotto balls, bruschetta, artisan pizzas, meatballs and more. The photographer/videographer captured interviews. Current Leadership Tomorrow president Kristen Miller welcomed the guests and there were sign-up sheets for Alumni Committee, including the Guest Luncheon and Lobsterfest – events LT loves to be involved in.

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You can view images on Facebook and on the Leadership Tomorrow website at www.leadershiptomorrow.org.

If you haven’t gone through the program, I encourage you to do so. It’s a game changer.


Hoag names new director to develop tailored cancer treatment options

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has named Michael J. Demeure, M.D., F.A.C.S, M.B.A., F.A.C.E, to serve as Program Director of Hoag Precision Medicine, a new program focused on tailoring cancer treatment options for each individual patient. 

In his new role, Dr. Demeure will lead the strategy and development for the program, as well as identify new partners, develop a Hoag molecular tumor board and assess new software development.

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“We are honored to have Dr. Demeure lead the Hoag Precision Medicine program,” said Burton Eisenberg, M.D., Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair and professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This emerging approach for treatment will give clinicians a clear profile of a patient’s tumor genome abnormalities, and relevant information to offer more precise treatment options.”

Previously only accessible at large academic medical centers, Hoag Family Cancer Institute now utilizes precision medicine through genomic profiling, to hone in on the precise molecular abnormalities that create and sustain cancerous tumors. All tumors have molecular mutations in their DNA. By testing the molecular profile of the tumor cells, doctors can discover what mutations a particular tumor has and tailor a treatment specifically to that mutation. Currently, Hoag has applied this technique to provide targeted approaches to many different tumor types.

Dr. Demeure, a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon, has been in academic surgical practice since 1991. His recent positions include Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Ashion®; Professor and Director of the Endocrine and Rare Tumors Program in the Division of Integrated Cancer Genomics at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen); and Teaching Surgeon for the General Surgery Residency Training Program for Maricopa Integrated Health System. Dr. Demeure graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College and completed his surgical residency at the University of Arizona, where he also earned his MBA and later served as Professor & Chief of General Surgery. He completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery in Perth, Australia, and at the University of California, San Francisco. As an internationally recognized expert in cancer surgery and research, he has published more than 100 scholarly works.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Lighthouse Bayview Café unveils new seasonal-inspired dishes

Executive Chef Ryan Sumner at Lighthouse Bayview Café in Marina Park and on the waterfront is introducing new breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and beverage menus, with more than 25 new seasonal dishes inspired by Spring and Summer. So, let’s take a sneak peek on what you can expect on your next dining adventure there!

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Breakfast:

Egg White Frittata: sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, roasted tomatoes, parmesan cheese

Newport Omelet: pico de gallo, avocado, onions and peppers, pepper jack cheese. 

 

Brunch:

Heirloom Tomato Salad: burrata cheese, basil pesto, lemon vinaigrette, garlic bread crumbs.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos: grilled mahi-mahi, oregano slaw, pico de gallo, cilantro mayo. 

Lighthouse Wedge Salad: iceberg lettuce, tomato and bacon relish, gorgonzola dressing.

 

Lunch & Dinner:

Crispy Breaded Calamari: marinara sauce, house tartar, lemon.

Tuna Stack: ahi tuna, papaya relish, avocado, seaweed salad, chili ponzu sauce, wontons.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders: jicama slaw, pickled onions.

Crisp Brussels Sprouts: Spanish chorizo, balsamic vinaigrette.

Petite House Salad: spring mix lettuce, shaved carrot, cherry tomatoes, pecans, feta, house vinaigrette.

Chicken Caesar Salad: romaine and kale, house Caesar, white anchovies, parmesan herb croutons, red onions.

Slow Roasted Tri Tip Salad: little gem and arugula, heirloom carrots, pickled red onions, squash, chimichurri vinaigrette.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich: avocado mash, maple bacon, roasted tomato aioli, tomatoes, bibb lettuce, herb focaccia bun.

Oven Roasted Chicken Panini: pesto mayo, roasted tomatoes, provolone, arugula, ciabatta bun.

Mama’s Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf Sandwich: lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato mayo, ciabatta bun.

Seared Blackened Ahi Sandwich: bibb lettuce, sliced tomatoes, crunchy wonton, sweet chili mayo, brioche bun.

Short Rib Grilled Cheese: braised short ribs, muenster, smoked gouda on parmesan sourdough, tomato soup.

Prime Rib French Dip: hand sliced prime rib, horseradish white cheddar, red wine au jus, French roll.

Fish & Chips: house battered Alaskan cod, fries, tartar, lemon.

Grilled NY Strip: 10oz NY strip, mashed potatoes, frilled broccolini, baby carrots, demi-glace.

Pasta Primavera: slow roasted tomatoes, broccolini, sweet peas, parmesan, garlic olive oil sauce.

Fried Chicken: boneless chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, broccolini, buttermilk biscuit.

Chipotle Ketchup Glazed Meatloaf: mashed potatoes, sweet peas and carrots, gravy.

 

New Beverages:

Sparkling Summer Berry Refresher: red berry puree, sparkling lemonade, berry garnish.

Michelada: spicy clamato, Mexican beer, chili spiced rim, escabeche skewer.

Watermelon Jalapeno Spritzer: fresh watermelon juice, sparkling lemonade, jalapeno, watermelon wedge. 

Enjoy the unparalleled views of Newport Harbor from the Lighthouse View Café – it’s the perfect place for a waterfront twilight dinner. Reservations are available online and via OpenTable. 

Lighthouse View Café is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. www.lighthousenb.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Greer travels down wrong Street, loses in court

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Newport Beach City Council candidate Phil Greer lost in last fall’s election to Will O’Neill in the race for the District 7 seat.

First off, let me say that I think O’Neill has done a wonderful job on the dais, oftentimes leading the discussion on issues brought before the Council. He’s proven to me, and others, that he was the right guy, at the right time for the job.

That being said, I met and grew to like his opponent, Greer, during the campaign. 

This week, however, Greer lost again, this time in court. 

Let’s review. Former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street was ordered to pay more that $7 million back in 2010 for a trust he was accused of “mismanaging.”

According to court documents, Street was hired to liquidate a trust a number of years ago, but instead he was accused of using it for some elaborate outside expenditures during the eight years he managed it.

Greer defended Street in his case.

Following the loss in the case, Street turned the tables on Greer and sued him for malpractice. This week the Orange County Superior Court jury agreed with Street’s case and awarded him nearly $10 million from Greer.

Yesterday (Wednesday, May 17), I spoke with Greer. He was his usual optimistic, cheerful and humorous self. He seemed confident that an appeal would turn out a different outcome.

Phil’s biggest concern was for his wife, Arlene. Arlene has been a driving force on the Newport Beach Arts Commission, serving as chair, and an integral part of the community’s overall fabric. 

Greer has told me on numerous occasions that Arlene is the rock in his life and his most staunch supporter.

We’ll keep an eye out on this as it works its way through the appeals process.

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So what’s happening with the recall effort against City Councilman Scott Peotter? Well, the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter says they’re waiting for the City Clerk to finalize his approval of the petitions.

According to the group, “(We) have taken advantage of the time between when the petition was served on Mr. Peotter and now to develop our organization and are ready to burst out of the gates when the petition is given final approval. The response from the community in support of the recall indicates a grim reality for Mr. Peotter in terms of his future employment.”

Once again, we’ll try and keep you in the know.


Community turns out for Cook kidney plea

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(L-R): Bruce Cook, Carole Pickup and Jerry Mandel

The Balboa Bay Resort hosted a gala reception last weekend honoring Bruce Cook, who is in serious need of a kidney transplant. 

Cook is the BBR’s longtime editor of their magazine, The Bay Window.

The event was hosted by Carole Pickup, the matriarch of the family that owns the BBR. She created the evening in great part to encourage Cook to share his story and spread the word in search of a donor.

The event attracted a major turnout of support for the cause including VIP guests George and Julia Argyros, Patti and Jim Edwards, Sally and Randy Crockett, Viki and Jim Coufos, Alison and Kimo McCormick, Billy Grubman and Judy Whitmore, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Ernie Di Massa with Patricia Marshall, Lionel Crotin, Kathy and Jerry Thompson, Adrienne Brandes, Douglas Rowan, Susanne Lloyd and Christopher Lloyd Hayes, and TV host Peter Marshall and his wife Laurie.

After a short transplant awareness program, Cook joined the Jerry Mandel Band to perform songs from The Great American Song Book. 

Mandel is the former President of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center For The Arts) and current President of the Irvine Barclay Theatre.


SPON announces “Spirit of Newport” Contest winners

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1st Prize in the Image Category by Alan Buchanan

Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON), a non-profit organization that has been working since 1974 to protect the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach, announces the winners of their exciting citywide contest which challenged residents to “capture the spirit of Newport Beach” in five words or less, or in a photograph or drawing.

SPON’s Spirit of Newport Beach contest attracted high-quality submissions from across Newport Beach. There’s no denying that people appreciate the beauty and quality of life our town offers year-round to those who call it home.

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2nd Prize in the Image Category by Paul Malkemus

Three Contest jurors (Evelyn Hart, Tom Johnson and Steve Rosansky) were selected because of their long standing ties to the Newport Beach community and because they know the city as well as anyone. Working independently of SPON, they evaluated residents’ creative ways of depicting our very special city, and selected the following winners: 

 

Image Category (original photo, drawing or other non-video image) 

1st Prize: ($150 Gift Certificate): Alan Buchanan 

2nd Prize: ($100 Gift Certificate): Paul Malkemus 

3rd Prize: ($50 Gift Certificate): Madison Lugo 

 

Phrase Category (five words or less) 

1st Prize ($150 Gift Certificate): Linda Campbell (“Beauty and the Beach”)

2nd Prize: ($100 Gift Certificate): Pat Young (“Everyday is a Holiday”)

3rd Prize: ($50 Gift Certificate): Erin Reed (“Sunsets and Sailboats”)

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3rd Prize in the Image Category by Madison Lugo

Winner details, including phrases and images are available at http://SpiritofNB.org. Winners will be able to choose a gift certificate at a participating unique-to-Newport Beach business on SPON’s Treasures list at http://spon-newportbeach.org/treasures.

SPON with be celebrating its 43rd birthday on Saturday, June 24 at the Environmental Nature Center. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Newport Beach, Past, Present, Future.” They will be recognizing contest entries as part of the program. All past, present and future SPON members are welcome.

For more information on SPON, visit www.SPON-NewportBeach.org.


You must reminder this: What Santa Ana was and is

By NANCY GARDNER

When I was three, I was hoisted atop the bar at the Santa Ana Country Club where I performed Miss Polly Had a Dolly. I did not go on to become a child star either because there wasn’t a producer in the house or, more likely, I had already evinced my inability to carry a tune.

At that time, the Santa Ana Country Club was the only game in town. The Irvine Coast Country Club (now the Newport Beach Country Club) hadn’t been built, nor the newcomer Big Canyon. So why if you’re the only game in town would you call yourself the Santa Ana Country Club as opposed to a nearby glamorous, thriving beach town? I mean, no knock on Santa Ana, but that isn’t the first city that comes to mind when visiting Orange County. Today’s mind, that is. There was a period when Newport/Balboa was this rather raffish entity on the coast while Santa Ana was the preeminent city in the county. People might have a summer cottage in Newport, but they lived and worked in Santa Ana, particularly worked. If you were a professional person, that’s where you wanted your offices. If you were an attorney, it meant easy access to the courthouse. If you were a doctor, to St. Joseph’s (no Hoag, then), but even more than proximity it meant prestige. When I got braces, I went to Dr. McCarthy. His son Billy was in my class at school, so Dr. McCarthy lived in town, but he preferred his office to be in Santa Ana.

This was long before Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. There were shops in Newport, but the selection was small, so for serious purchases you went into Santa Ana, initially to Rankin’s on 4th Street. What I remember best is that when you paid the clerk for your purchase, the money was put in a cylinder which was then attached to a wire and sent off to the cashier. A quick minute or so later, back came the cylinder with your change. It was a system already several decades obsolete and may partially explain why the store eventually faded, but even if Rankin’s was no longer the place to go, a new store continued to bring us to Santa Ana. This was Buffum’s, on Broadway, which had a pretty good run until the changing demographics of the city and the county finally closed its doors.

Today, Santa Ana is still the administrative center of the county with various government entities located there, but if you’re a professional person, your choice of office location has shifted to Newport or Irvine. As for shopping, with all the stores in Newport you have to be really picky not to find what you want right here, but even if you felt the need to roam, Santa Ana would probably not be on your radar. As for Santa Ana Country Club – the diminished luster of its namesake has not diminished its prestige in the least. It’s sort of the grand dame of local country clubs. In thinking of the club, I thought about offering to resurrect Miss Polly Had a Dolly…and then I remembered Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Miss Polly’s dolly would be sick, sick, sick – and so would the audience.

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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.


Newport Hyatt Jazz Festival, June 2 - 4

West Coast Jam

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(L-R): Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and Norman Brown of West Coast Jam among the concert series headliners

Southern California’s scenic jazz festival will return to the Hyatt Regency June 2 - 4, and feature performances by a selection of the world’s top instrumental artists and riveting vocalists, sponsored by Bank of the West BNP Paribas.

Enjoy a star-studded line-up of talent musicians, delicious food and drink selections, and dancing on the lawn.

The entertainment line-up:

Friday night kick-off, June 2 with Euge Groove.

Saturday, June 3 with Vanessa Williams, David Sanborn, Bobby Caldwell, DW3 and Lindsey Webster.

Sunday closing day, June 4 with The O’Jays, West Coast Jam, Kandace Springs, Foreign Affair Tour and Jazmin Ghent.

Tickets: VIP, $100 single day pass for Friday; VIP, $150 single day pass for Saturday or Sunday. General Admission, $120 two-day weekend pass for Saturday and Sunday; General Admission, $65 single day pass for Saturday or Sunday. The festival is rain or shine. An International Food Court includes vendors serving eclectic cuisine. Purchase tickets at www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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1960 Photograph of Amelia and Greg in Amelia’s restaurant

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Mixed media artwork inspired by ecosystems and networks displaying at JWA 

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A series of mixed media artworks by artist Richelle Gribble are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) continuing through June 15, as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These paintings, drawings and prints may 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 Claim Carousels 1 and 4.

Gribble explores life at every level of living systems to examine and reveal intricate and substantive interdependence. By visually revealing structural patterns and characteristics between cross-disciplinary networks, the distinctions between social, biological and technological networks blur into one integrated system – the connected Earth.

“Richelle Gribble’s passion for art, science and the natural environment is evident through her work,” said Airport Director Barry A. Rondinella. “The public is fortunate to enjoy Orange County ecosystems illustrated by a talented and accomplished artist.”


Letter to the Editor:

McCaffrey Wrong About Peotter

Bob McCaffrey, the political boss of Team Newport, recently wrote to the Daily Pilot in support of Scott Peotter.

We last heard from Bob when he acted as a shill for Dave Ellis and Peotter’s disgraceful efforts to deny residents the right to referend the Museum House project. Bob filed a Fair Political Practices Commission complaint against project opponents that was quickly rejected as being without merit.

Bob shares Peotter’s high rise vision for our city.

McCaffrey and Ellis control Peotter and use his vote to enrich themselves and their cronies. For example, Peotter voted for $500,000 in fee cuts to mostly out of town mooring holders.

Bob McCaffrey considers Peotter a “Fiscal Conservative”.

Fiscal conservative Bob? Peotter changed the rules so that a person who would later be convicted of embezzlement could be put on the finance committee. He wants to speculate in the stock market with our tax dollars and his refunding scheme would have cost us $20 million more. He also collects pay checks from four public agencies.

Adult in the room? With Peotter’s name calling, insults and bizarre videos of him vandalizing the civic center park that is the last word to describe him. Add to that his continued inability to follow our laws, including the ongoing investigation by the FPPC over his campaign law violations.

As for debt, Peotter himself has defaulted on a $13 million loan and even lost his own house due to financial mismanagement.

And Keith Curry is one councilman, how did he block the initiatives of the four vote Team Newport majority? I guess pointing out embarrassing facts and being able to do math was too much for Scotty and Team Newport.

You may want to pay closer attention Bob, last week your boy Peotter appeared in the paper playing and supporting Pickle Ball and last Tuesday he flip-flopped and now wants to support the Corona del Mar Library and Fire Station. I guess he is feeling the heat from the recall. Go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Lori Morris

Balboa Peninsula


Kids! Come to Mariners Library to read to new furry friends

Youngsters will have a unique opportunity to share a book with an attentive pup on Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library.

Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids) and in conjunction with the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, kids ages 5 - 12 can practice their reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Their BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as a story is read to them.

According to Susan Groux, director of programs, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, the reading sessions are approximately 10 minutes. “I pick the books that are all dog-related,” Groux said. “BARK has a suggested reading list on their website, so I use many of those selections as well as adding in some of my own favorites.”

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Brenden reads to a new furry friend, who listens quietly

“In our first session, which took place February 5, we had 40 children read and expect the same this time,” Groux shared. “We had an autistic child and a child who was trying to overcome their fear of dogs attend last time, and both spent a happy amount of time reading to a dog! This is just the second time we’re offering this program, and we hope to offer it quarterly.”

Each dog has a bookmark with his/her picture and information on it, and that is given to the reader when they finish their session. Breeds that will be participating again include Miniature Poodle, German Shepherd, Labradoodle and Australian Shepherd.

According to a study at UCI (February 2010), kids in reading dog programs increase their reading skills by 12 - 20 percent over kids not in a reading dog program. Because BARK’s volunteers are certified as therapy dog teams, they can also visit hospitals, nursing homes and other locations.

BARK began in 1997 by founder Josie Gavieres. Groux met her through their affiliation with animal rescue, and knew she wanted to bring the reading program to Newport Beach.

Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries throughout California.

Spaces are still available and the event is free of charge. To make a reservation, visit www.nbplfoundation.org. The reading session will take place at the Jorgensen Community Room, Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.548.2411. For additional information on BARK, visit http://barkdogs.org/.


John Wayne’s birthday celebration begins with photo exhibit

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Newport Beach City Arts Commission has announced John Wayne Enterprises will present “John Wayne – On Set with the Duke,” an exhibition of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton at the Newport Beach Central Library from May 26 to September 5, 2017.

Opening on May 26, which would have been Wayne’s 110th birthday, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family.

Curators for the exhibit are Amy Shepherd by Laurie Kratochvil. The duo will talk about the photographs and their significance at a special visual presentation on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room. Shepherd is vice president of John Wayne Enterprises and the executive director of the John R. Hamilton Archives; Kratochvil is a photography dealer, appraiser, consultant and the former director of photography for Rolling Stone magazine and InStyle magazine.

The images selected for the exhibition are from the collection of John R. Hamilton, a photojournalist who achieved fame as a special photographer on films. He worked on some 77 films, many of them epic westerns starring Wayne. His photographs herald back to the golden age of Westerns and evoke a sense of timeless grandeur.

More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found on the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.

Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


John Wayne exhibit to open at Balboa Island Museum

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(L-R): John Wayne and Captain Bert Minshall aboard the “Wild Goose”

John Wayne Enterprises will present a curated show of images and memorabilia that showcase the Duke’s life at home. Hosted by the Balboa Island Museum, the exhibits features images of John Wayne at this house in the Bay Shores neighborhood, on his boat the “Wild Goose” (still docked here in Newport Beach) and enjoying life around Southern California and the Pacific coastline.

Opening on Friday, May 26 on what would have been Wayne’s 110th birthday, this temporary exhibit lets visitors get a sense of how he interacted with the place many of us still call home.

Included will also be a selection of Wayne memorabilia and a brand new Newport Beach capsule collection with proceeds benefitting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and the Balboa Island Museum. On display through Labor Day weekend, stop by to view “John Wayne – At Home in SoCal, 1920 - 1979.” Admission is free and the display is curated by Amy Shepherd and Bonny Taylor.

Balboa Island Museum is located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Call 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org.


Get ready to have your best year in sales

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Networking Luncheon Speaker Series taking place Wednesday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Featured speaker Christi Mottola, president of Corporate Capital Growth Associates (CCGA), will delve into power presentations for success.

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Participants will learn the top 10 speaking tips from the pros, the must-haves in creating a powerful investor presentation, how to captivate your audience, proven techniques for overcoming the fear of speaking, how to hook them with your story and how to develop the “perfect pitch” that sells. 

Mottola is a mass communications specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the strategic public relations, investor relations, marketing and advertising arena. As managing partner of CCG global investor relations and president of Christi Mottola Ent., Inc., she has represented a wide range of private and publicly held multi-million dollar and billion dollar corporations in various industries including healthcare, biotech, consumer products, technology, fashion, food and entertainment. She is also a published writer, media personality and strategic business coach.

Cost: Members with reservations, $30; members at the door, $35. Potential members, $35. Includes lunch and free parking; bring your business cards and marketing materials to display.

The luncheon takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club,1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

Register at or by calling 949.729.4411.


Fancy Nancy High Tea Parties to benefit SCFTA dance, music programs for youth with disabilities

Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser is throwing two summer High Tea Parties to support Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The fun and fancy fundraisers will be held on June 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Glasser’s San Juan Capistrano home.

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Fancy Nancy to hold High Tea Parties

Inspired by the Fancy Nancy Tea Party book, guests will enjoy English tea and tasty treats, crafts and fabulous face painting, a posh dress-up trunk and photo booth, interactive playtime activities and essential etiquette games. Glasser will conduct tours of her art studio where she creates Fancy Nancy and her private Fancy Nancy Museum.

Fancy Nancy the Musical star Jillian Batt will perform songs from the show. À la Fancy Nancy is the attire of the day – children are encouraged to wear their favorite princess gowns, tiaras, opera gloves, boas and glittering accessories. Nothing is too fancy!

Fancy Nancy’s affinity for tutus and dance prompted Glasser, a former professional dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, to host these special Fancy Nancy High Tea Parties to benefit Segerstrom Center’s School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The school’s classes are inclusive and designed for children with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, audio and visual impairments and other complex needs as well as children that are developmentally typical. Children explore their full physical and social potential through dance, movement, music and creativity. They have fun while exercising and improving balance, coordination and confidence through personal and social growth.

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased by visiting www.scfta.org/fancynancy.aspx. To learn more about Fancy Nancy and the Fancy Nancy books, visit www.fancynancyworld.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Who’s going to help Bruce Cook find a kidney?

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Saturday night I was invited to a truly special event at the Balboa Bay Resort. It was an evening celebrating Bruce Cook.

Most people know Cook. He writes the Bay Window magazine for the Resort, is a noted society columnist around town and is just generally regarded as a wonderful guy. 

Saturday night Bruce sang, while accompanied by the Jerry Mandel Band, to a packed house in the Ballroom at the BBR.

The room was packed with the who’s who of Newport Beach.

To be honest, though, the people really weren’t there for Bruce’s singing or Jerry’s saxophone playing, although it was very good.

You see, Bruce Cook needs a kidney, and he needs it soon. The evening, hosted by BBR owner Carol Pickup, was to bring attention to Bruce’s dilemma.

Nephrologists Eric Wechsler, M.D., and Kambiz Vahabzadeh, M.D., from Southern California Kidney Associates, were on hand to discuss the transplant procedure for donors.

Colleen Coleman, M.D., was also there. You might remember her from earlier this year when she made news after donating one of her kidneys to a Hoag Hospital anesthesiologist, Brian Dunn, M.D.

Coleman, herself a surgeon who’s very familiar with the transplant process, said she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”

Today, some 93,000+ people are on the kidney transplant waiting list. Some estimate the wait to be some five-plus years.

So in the meantime, Cook heads to dialysis three days a week for four hours each time. He deserves better.

In 2004, I needed a kidney. My brother stood up and volunteered his. It worked. I was lucky. No wait…no dialysis.

And, I believe, if asked, my brother would do it again, too.

Hopefully, through Carol Pickup’s support of Bruce and the word getting out, Bruce, too, will get lucky.

All he needs is a match.

If you want to try, give Southern California Kidney Associates a call and let them steer you down the path.

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Sometimes, I just screw things up. Following last week’s City Council meeting, I reported that Councilmen Brad Avery, Scott Peotter and Jeff Herdman voted in the minority for the “roundabout option” on the Bayside Drive issue to slow down traffic. 

I was wrong and Avery reminded me of it, thankfully.

“Along with Scott and Jeff, I voted for the three-lane option, not the round-about option,” Avery wrote. “There is quite a difference between this and the four-lane option. Reducing to three lanes would have markedly made a difference in traffic calming. It would also look much better for the area, and overall make it more enjoyable for pedestrians and those on bikes. All of this without decreasing speed limit or flow.”

“However, things will be just fine with the four lanes; our fortunate lives in Newport Beach will go on!”

The vote that evening favored an updated four-lane option.

Great, now I feel better.


On the Harbor: Meet avid big boat racer Manouch Moshayedi

By LEN BOSE

Back in 2000, I received a phone call from a perspective client asking me if I would be interested in listing his IMS 50 “M-Project.” Knowing the boat and where she was berthed I was ringing the doorbell, within the half hour of hanging up the phone with Manouch Moshayedi. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to find a buyer for M-Project, although I was able to meet a person who had a newborn passion for big boat racing.

Moshayedi attended Cal State Fullerton from 1979 - 1981 and received a degree in structural engineering. He moved to New York and worked there in the field of engineering and construction project management until 1987; at the same time he attended Long Island University and received a MBA in corporate finance.

He married in 1983 and came back from NY with his wife and two daughters to Newport Beach in 1987. “I started sailing that year when my father in law who is an avid sailor came to visit in the summer,” Moshayedi said. “I then crewed on multiple boats, mostly in Beer Can races and small local races. I bought my first boat, Black Jack (a MacGregor 65’) in 1991.

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Rio 100, Sharon Green

“After sailing the boat for four years, I took about four years off and then I bought an IMS 50’ called M-Project in 1998. I sailed M-Project for four years and retired from sailing for seven years as I had taken my electronics business (Simple Technology) public in the year 2000, and was quite busy at work. In 2012, I purchased my first TP52 (RIO), In 2013, I purchased my second TP52, a Botin-designed boat and participated in the Super Series in the Mediterranean. This was by far the most enjoyable racing I had done. Very close racing at a very high level.”

Today, Moshayedi spends his off time racing two of the most recognizable yachts on the West Coast of the U.S. – Rio 100 and Rio 52; Rio 100 is a 100-footer that was

refitted in 2014 by Cookson Yachts in New Zealand. This boat was redesigned with one thing in mind and that was to win the Transpac Barn Door trophy. This trophy is awarded to the first boat to finish with only manually powered systems – no stored power, no canting keel, no water ballast, no daggerboards, no electric winches, and no hydraulic rams. Rio 100 completed this task in its first Transpac in 2015. She will be on the starting line again this year with the intention of overtaking the Barn Door time record set by Hasso Plattner’s “Morning Glory” of six days 16:04:11 set in 2005.

To get a better feel on how one organizes a two-boat sailing program with more than 16 crew members alone on the race to Hawaii, I asked about his team’s organizational chart and who does what. Both Rio 100 and 52 have one captain and that is Keith Kilpatrick, who grew up in Newport Beach. Kilpatrick maintains both boats and keeps them prepared for the season’s scheduled events. He also arranges for the crews’ hotel rooms, ships provisioning, preparing meals and delivering the boat home. Kilpatrick is a friend and has, for as long as I can remember, been a key fixture in Newport Beach boats that have made it to the Grand Prix level of yacht racing.

My next question to Moshayedi was what is the most important part in doing well in the Transpac race? “The most important part of the race is preparation that Keith always does a great job of making sure everything is as it ought to be,” Moshayedi shared. “Preparation and getting to the start line with confidence that everything has been double checked and we can finish the race barring any unforeseen incidents is probably the biggest challenge of the Transpac race.”

Moshayedi went on to explain his next project the Pac 52 fleet. “In 2015, my friend who owned a 2005 TP52, decided to upgrade his boat and after talking to me, he decided to build a new turbo TP52, which is called FOX. Knowing how enjoyable riding these boats are and how frustrated some of the owners were with the current rating systems, I spoke to quite a few and convinced two of them to also build or buy turbo TP52s. Two owners decided to build new boats ‘Invisible Hand’ and Bad Pack’. At the same time, I also ordered my PAC 52, Rio. We all sat around with our boat captains, designers and tacticians and came up with a schedule of regattas and a set of rules for our fleet of PAC 52s.”

You will have a chance to see these Pac 52s when they compete here in Newport Beach in the debut of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s One Design Offshore Championships June 9 - 11. It is my understanding that the boats will be berthed at the Sea Scout Base and OCC Sailing Base where the public can view these new Grand Prix racing machines. Extra attention will be given toward social media outlets with daily video releases during the regatta. For all the information about this new one-design fleet, go to www.pac52class.com.

Sea ya

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


Police Files

Bus monitor arrested for carrying concealed weapon

Newport Beach Police arrested Daryll Michael Bernard, 22, from Versailles, last Thursday at 7th Street and Balboa Boulevard for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. 

A dirk or dagger is considered a straight knife that can be used to stab and seriously injure someone. When questioned by police he then presented false identification.

Bernard listed his occupation as a bus monitor. 

Bail was set at $20,000 for the felony charge.

Bicycle violation leads to bigger arrest in Newport Heights

A Yorba Linda man was arrested shortly after midnight last week in 400 block of Kings Road carrying a dirk/dagger (straight knife) and burglary tools with the intent to commit a criminal act. 

Police originally encountered Paul Gordon Benjamin, 37, riding a bicycle with a headlight violation and also discovered additional violations of identity theft and possession of stolen property.

Bail was set at $20,000.


Stump the Stu

Testing your fountain of knowledge

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First of all, it’s not the fountain of youth because if it were you’d see Stu plopped right down in the middle. The question is where is it?

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, May 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Susan Merritt and Peter Kote, speaking on The Role of a Trustee & Executor. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. Media Lab Open House. Staff will provide an overview of the VHS conversion stations, Lynda.com access and other specialized resources. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Coding for Kids!, May 16 at from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? This is a special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. No registration is required. Geared for ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech – Resume Building Tech, May 16 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Drop-in Beachy Crafts, May 17 from 2 - 5 p.m. Make crafts inspired by the beach, but without the sand! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-7. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa. 949.644.3076.

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LEGO “Block” Party, May 17 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Library Live presents Stephanie Danler, author of “Sweetbitter”, May 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. The debut novel garnered international attention just one week after its release. Danler’s work has appeared in Vogue MagazineTravel and LeisureBon Appetit and O Magazine, to name a few. Hailing from California, Danler wound up working in the fast-paced and often chaotic Manhattan restaurant life before enrolling in graduate school at The New School, where she wrote Sweetbitter whose backdrop is that very experience in New York City. Light refreshments provided by baker & olive, Corona del Mar Plaza. Book sales and signing. Tickets: $20-$25. No refunds or exchanges on any tickets. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

2nd Annual Book Appraisal Clinic, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reserve a spot to bring your collectible books and other works on paper to be appraised by rare book specialist, Greg Jung, from San Francisco’s PBA Galleries. This event is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library. An appointment is required and must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify morning or afternoon. There is a four-item limit per membership. Free for all Friends of the Library members. Non-members, $10 or sign up for a special $10 yearly membership and entrance is free. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Backhausdance to perform on the Civic Green, May 20

Dance on the Civic Green, May 20 at 2 p.m. Backhausdance will present an engaging, interactive and entertaining outdoor performance for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Supported by the City Arts Commission. Free admission and parking. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Hudson hones his verbal skills, as he reads to a furry listener

Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Reading to Dogs, May 21 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Share a book with a furry friend. Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story. Reading spots are limited, so sign up early. This activity is open to school-age children, 5-12 years old. There is no charge for this event. Reservations: www.nbplfoundation.org. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Black Canary Strings

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Sunday Musicale: Black Canary Strings, May 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Blending sophisticated classical selections with the creativity and passion of jazz, Black Canary puts a different twist on the world’s greatest music. Black Canary is a contemporary improvising string ensemble that combines their varied and timeless repertoire of classical, jazz, pop, folk, world music in an acoustic or electric setting. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 22 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Steve Bemis and Peter Kote, speaking on Case Study & Review. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Claudia Helen Kawas, May 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 90+ Study and Memory Disorders. Claudia Helen Kawas, M.D. is Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine. Dr. Kawas’ work is concentrated on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, in the determinants of successful aging, longitudinal and clinical pathological investigations, clinical trials, and most recently, studies in cognitive and functional abilities of the Oldest Old (over 90 years of age). No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consumer Reports. Learn about using the Newport Beach Public Library subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, a valuable publication containing consumer product testing, research and reviews. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Photoshop & Lynda.com, May 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. Photoshop and Lynda.com. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Wahoo’s Wing Lam and Family, The Journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the incredible story of the Lee family spanning more than half a century and across half the globe. Their journey begins in Mainland China and winds its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they open the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Their story is filled with hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine. Yet through it all, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence. The stories of the Lee family will fill you with laughter and possibly a few tears, as well. Come and find out how John Wayne helped to put Shanghai Pine Garden on the map (and experience a rare treat of Mr. Lee singing the Chinese opera song that Wayne enjoyed so much). This free lecture is presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 24 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Rene Magritte

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Beyond the Canvas: Rene Magritte, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 104: Probate Records, May 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Probate records often contain valuable genealogical data, including names and relationships of family members, death information, ages, and residences, among other helpful information. This class will investigate wills, probates, estate records, and guardianship records to learn why these court records must not be overlooked when conducting genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

John Wayne

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, May 26 and continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring OverDrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in you pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Water works taking place in Lido Village

A City contractor will be replacing existing, deteriorated cast iron water mains, water services, fire hydrants and other related items in the Lido Village area.

Water main work along 32nd Street began on Monday, May 8, 2017 and will last for approximately two weeks. Various lane closures will be in place.

Normal working hours are limited to 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In order to shorten the construction duration and minimize the impact to the community, traffic restrictions at and adjacent to the work locations will be required on days that work is to be performed. Parking along the frontage of your business will be closed off. “No Parking, Tow-Away” signs will be posted warning that vehicles parked within the construction area will be towed away on work days. We request that you observe these restrictions and any other traffic controls in the area.

Exercise caution when driving and/or walking through the construction zones. Additionally, heavy equipment and construction materials tend to attract the interest of small children. Please instruct children to stay clear of all construction activities to avoid the potential for injury. Most importantly, notify them of any problems so that they can respond accordingly. Your cooperation in making this project successful is greatly appreciated.

Should you have any questions or concerns, call Roger Betten, Contractor 714.412.2700; Mike St. Clair, PW Project Inspector 949.466.7628; or Alfred Castanon, PW Project Manager 949.644.3314.


Stump the Stu

Check it out…we got a wave of responses

Stump the Stu 5.11

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For those of you who went to the Newport Boat Show in Lido and noticed the same wall art we did, congrats to Adrienne Salyer, Camille Howarth, Katie Machoskie and Michelle McCormack for your correct answers. You all know your community. The wall art is one of several that adorn Lido Marina Village.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Police Files

Intoxicated woman kidnaps infant off beach

Brenda Lee Wenzel, 56, of Huntington Beach, was arrested last Friday by the Newport Beach Police Department for kidnapping.

Wenzel was at the beach with an infant child and the child’s mother. While the mother was swimming, Wenzel left the beach and took the child with her.

She later arrived at a store and employees there contacted NBPD because Wenzel was acting odd. When officers arrived they found Wenzel visibly intoxicated.

The mother also contacted NBPD after realizing that her child was missing, and was put in contact with Child Protective Services, who had taken over supervision of the infant.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Mesa man with heroin fights with police injuring two

Daniel Marc Golden, 26, of Costa Mesa, was arrested on multiple charges of battery on a peace officer, possessing narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, obstructing and resisting a peace officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance by the Newport Beach Police Department.

NBPD was called to a local fast food restaurant in the 700 block of West Coast Highway for a man (later identified as Golden) behaving oddly.

Officers responded and encountered Golden visibly under the influence of narcotics and acting erratically. Under questioning, Golden became combative and a struggle ensued.

Several officers subdued Golden, however, two received injuries during the struggle.

Once Golden was under control, officers located heroin and methamphetamine in his possession. Additional narcotics paraphernalia was located in his vehicle.

Bail for Golden was set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

The Monster Builder | Continuing through June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon. Directed by Art Manke. Performances on the Segerstrom Stage; suitable for high school and above. Post-show discussions on May 17 and 23. 

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Van Goghs Pink Peach Tree

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Paint Workshop | May 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Paint Van Gogh’s Pink Peach Tree in the Pelican Courtyard. No experience is necessary, and all the tools are provided. Participants will be painting with acrylics on 11” x 14” x 14” canvas panels. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Instructor: Jessica Byrne of Painterly Events. Cost: $55.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Nancy Martin Trunk Show | May 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nancy Martin Jewelry Design, returns to Seaside Gallery and Goods for a one-day Trunk Show, just in time for Mother’s Day! Martin’s feminine and sophisticated jewelry is inspired by cultures that trade along the ancient Silk Road. View the latest designs from this Certified Gemologist. The event is free.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Michelle Bendetti

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Michelle Bendetti of Bramble Candles conducts her candle making workshop

Candle Making Workshop | May 13 from 1 - 3 p.m. Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles and a member of the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective, will walk participants through the candle making process from start to finish. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. 

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Food Trucks and Family Fun | May 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more; Friends (members) are free. Offered the third Thursday of each month, the entire family will enjoy delicious food trucks, no host bar and fun games in the Gardens…in the back parking lot off Dahlia and 3rd avenues. Play Twister, Giant Jenga, bean bag toss and more. Why cook at home when you can spend a wonderful evening picnicking in the Gardens?

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | May 19 - June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, 2-year-old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough, and when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’s time for drastic measures. Performances on the Julia Argyros Stage. Directed by Robin Larsen. Recommended for grades K-6.

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Painted Garden

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The Painted Garden is an interactive, multimedia show that engages youth in the audience

The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO | May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $20. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies. Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance for free creative activities. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Happy Hour Yoga | May 26 at 6 p.m. Fee: $10, Friends; Non-Members, $20. Offered the last Friday of each month, Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist leads a special after-hours Yoga class in the Gardens, which is hosted by a different community partner each month. Enjoy an hour of flow Yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel; three-person minimum. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Celtic Women

Award-winning Celtic Woman to dazzle audiences with their Irish music

Celtic Woman | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. VOICES OF ANGELS showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album. This live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and the magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! Performances take place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Anaheim Ballet #NOFILTER | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. This unique unfiltered ballet performance takes place in an intimate and immersive audience setting. Dancers display world-class athleticism and artistry demanded by the ballet art form, but without the safety net of curtains or a backstage. The audience will be immersed in the lives of ballet dancers and leave inspired by these artistic athletes. This #NoFilter performance includes a repertoire of both classic and contemporary pieces in a one act presentation. Highlights include the legendary Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes,” Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg’s powerful “Rwanda Remembered,” and several dynamic classics re-interpreted for this unique event. Multimedia presentations will give the audience an even deeper peek into the creative process. The performance takes place at Samueli Theater.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange County School of the Arts Season Finale | May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. This dynamic finale performance will showcase the school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of the school’s conservatory programs will be featured. As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, OCSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school, celebrating 30 years, offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, and participate in one of the top high school academic programs in Orange County. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele | May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County for an enthralling evening of jazz, pop and funk. One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, he redefines ukulele music – performing everything from traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of popular hits like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The performance takes place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

47th Annual M.A.C.Y. Awards | May 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $20. During this special celebratory event, you will see 20 - 25 of the best school musical performances from the past year with 44 local high schools and students, (1,700 to 1,800), who will be awarded for their musical theater performances. Two top students will be chosen to compete in “The National High School Musical Theater Awards” in New York. The $100 tickets help support scholarships. $85 will be tax deductible. The M.A.C.Y. Awards, founded in 1969 is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. It is the oldest judging organization of its type in the nation. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

The Monster Builder | Continuing through June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon. Directed by Art Manke. Performances on the Segerstrom Stage; suitable for high school and above. Post-show discussions on May 17 and 23. 

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Food Trucks and Family Fun | May 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more; Friends (members) are free. Offered the third Thursday of each month, the entire family will enjoy delicious food trucks, no host bar and fun games in the Gardens…in the back parking lot off Dahlia and 3rd avenues. Play Twister, Giant Jenga, bean bag toss and more. Why cook at home when you can spend a wonderful evening picnicking in the Gardens?

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | May 19 - June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, 2-year-old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough, and when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’s time for drastic measures. Performances on the Julia Argyros Stage. Directed by Robin Larsen. Recommended for grades K-6.

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Painted Garden

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The Painted Garden is an interactive, multimedia show that engages youth in the audience

The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO | May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $20. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies. Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance for free creative activities. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Happy Hour Yoga | May 26 at 6 p.m. Fee: $10, Friends; Non-Members, $20. Offered the last Friday of each month, Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist leads a special after-hours Yoga class in the Gardens, which is hosted by a different community partner each month. Enjoy an hour of flow Yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel; three-person minimum. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Celtic Women

Award-winning Celtic Woman to dazzle audiences with their Irish music

Celtic Woman | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. VOICES OF ANGELS showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album. This live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and the magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! Performances take place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Anaheim Ballet #NOFILTER | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. This unique unfiltered ballet performance takes place in an intimate and immersive audience setting. Dancers display world-class athleticism and artistry demanded by the ballet art form, but without the safety net of curtains or a backstage. The audience will be immersed in the lives of ballet dancers and leave inspired by these artistic athletes. This #NoFilter performance includes a repertoire of both classic and contemporary pieces in a one act presentation. Highlights include the legendary Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes,” Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg’s powerful “Rwanda Remembered,” and several dynamic classics re-interpreted for this unique event. Multimedia presentations will give the audience an even deeper peek into the creative process. The performance takes place at Samueli Theater.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange County School of the Arts Season Finale | May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. This dynamic finale performance will showcase the school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of the school’s conservatory programs will be featured. As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, OCSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school, celebrating 30 years, offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, and participate in one of the top high school academic programs in Orange County. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele | May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County for an enthralling evening of jazz, pop and funk. One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, he redefines ukulele music – performing everything from traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of popular hits like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The performance takes place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

47th Annual M.A.C.Y. Awards | May 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $20. During this special celebratory event, you will see 20 - 25 of the best school musical performances from the past year with 44 local high schools and students, (1,700 to 1,800), who will be awarded for their musical theater performances. Two top students will be chosen to compete in “The National High School Musical Theater Awards” in New York. The $100 tickets help support scholarships. $85 will be tax deductible. The M.A.C.Y. Awards, founded in 1969 is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. It is the oldest judging organization of its type in the nation. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

Courtesy CHOC Children’s

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602, www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

PebblesandBamBam

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Animal Shelter

MEET PEBBLES AND BAM BAM

These fur babies are siblings and 8 weeks old. Pebbles is a Linx Point Siamese and her brother is a Grey Tabby. They are spayed/neutered, have their first vaccines and are microchipped. They will be available this Saturday, May 13.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


PADRE fashion show expected to raise more than $300,000

Parker Bohannon

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Parker Bohannon, age 4, was diagnosed at 3 years of age with Type 1 diabetes

Organizers of the 28th Annual PADRE Fashion Show, a nonprofit based in Newport Beach and Orange, helping children and teenagers and their families cope with the struggles of living with Type 1 diabetes, has announced the May 13, Saturday night event is sold out. More than 800 attendees are expected at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach.

“This is our third year co-chairing this event and we are excited to be part of it again,” said Shana Baker (Irvine), who serves as President of the PADRE Board of Directors and co-chairs the Fashion Show with Ann Schoeff (Huntington Beach).

The PADRE Foundation serves more than 2,500 families diagnosed with Type 1, and Baker said the Fashion Show is expected to raise more than $300,000, which will help support PADRE’s 75 free educational classes, including new psych/social sessions, camps, programs and events throughout the year.

PADRE will be honoring Dr. Kevin Kaiserman, a PADRE Board member, with the prestigious Cathie and John Haretakis Founder Award for his continuous support of PADRE and dedication to help children and families manage their diabetes. Kaiserman lives in Manhattan Beach.

Peggy Scoggin, RN, MSN, CDE, will receive the Champion Award for her more than 30 years of dedicated service supporting children living with Type 1. Scoggin residents in San Bernardino.

1999 Miss America Nicole Johnson, Ph.D, who also lives with Type 1, will serve as host of the Fashion Show, the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The Fashion Show will feature PADRE children and teens performing in a choreographed extravaganza reflecting the theme of “Deep into the Blue,” joining professional models on the runway and displaying the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s, in an empowering evening that exhibits the depths in which PADRE supports those living with Type 1 diabetes.

Through the fundraiser, PADRE hopes to help keep childhood special for the PADRE children, who must endure daily needle pricks to test their glucose, receive insulin shots, maintain diet and exercises changes, and live with the constant risk of medical crisis.

PADRE is a nonprofit agency that provides education and support programs for children, teens and families impacted by Type 1. PADRE provides more than 100 classes and events each year to help individuals strengthen their ability to manage the many complex aspects of diabetes self-care. A disease of the endocrine system, it also impacts the body’s vascular system, and thus almost every organ in the body. Without proper control during their early years, diabetes can lead to serious complications later in life. PADRE seeks to make life better for families suffering from diabetes, regardless of their location, ethnicity or economic status.

The PADRE Foundation was founded by a group of parents who recognized the need in Orange County for education, resources and support for families who have children with diabetes. Today, PADRE serves more than 2,500 pediatric patients annually from throughout Orange County and neighboring counties. As an independent nonprofit organization in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange and the Hoag Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center in Newport Beach, PADRE is dedicated to serving the community through its free diabetes education programs, which are designed to improve diabetes self- management and health outcomes of young participants, as well as strengthening of family functioning and coping skills.

For more information, call 714.509.8330 or visit www.padrefoundation.org

or www.padrefoundationshow.org.


NMUSD to offer online driver’s education class

Online Driver’s Education registration begins on Tuesday, May 22 and will close when it is full. Class will begin on May 29 after 3 p.m. and ends on June 18 at 3 p.m. 

The State of California requires individuals to spend 30 hours studying Driver’s Education before you can get your learner’s permit. This online driver’s education course lets you study at your own pace, on your schedule, any time of the day or night. 

Drivers ed

This course sets the foundation for behind-the-wheel Driver’s Training and is in accordance with the guidelines set by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Each course accommodates 150 students for registration. The course is offered two times a year. 

Upon successful completion, students will receive a DMV-approved certificate of completion. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District does not offer Driver Training, otherwise known as behind-the-wheel instruction. 

All students must be 15 years or older on the day the course starts and have internet access to enroll. All communication will be delivered by email.


Look who is going to lead the CdM 5K race warm up

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Courtesy of CdM Chamber of Commerce

If you haven’t registered yet…join the popular Corona del Mar Scenic 5K race/walk that meanders through the village’s charming streets with beautiful ocean views on Saturday, June 3.

Here’s the rundown: Men’s 5K at 7:55 a.m., Women’s 5K at 8:20 a.m.; 2-Mile Walk at 8:50 a.m.; Youth 2-Mile at 8:45 a.m. and Kids’ 1K Dash at 9 a.m.

And look who’s leading the race stretch and warm up at 7:30 a.m.! It’s the runner from Orangetheory Fitness.

To register, prior to June 2, visit www.cdm.chamber.com. You can also do a walk-in registration at Newport Beach Civic Center (Community Room), 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. On race day, which begins at 6 a.m., go to Ocean Boulevard and Heliotrope and add $7 to registration fees (except for the Dolphin Dash).


Linda Isle’s Sharkey Start

By DUNCAN FORGEY

The sun crested over Saddleback Mountain on a warm summer morning in 1962. Two local boys rowed their mast-less grey dinghy, Serious Too, through Newport Harborʻs comfortable morning air. The dayʻs supplies included fishing tackle and bait (hand-picked black barnacles from the Genoa dock), Mom-made sandwiches, Laura Scudderʻs Potato Chips and several bottles of Nesbittʻs Orange. In the bow, they stuffed one large beach towel, and a never-to-be-used tube of sun block. The boat was “ship shape” and ready for the dayʻs adventures. Shark Island, to the south, was their destination for a day of swimming, halibut fishing and battles with imaginary pirates.

Those care-free days have long since faded into nostalgia, and black and white photos boxed in the garage. Shark Island is now home to some of Newport Beachʻs most elite and powerful residents. The days of halibut fishing are long gone, since fishing the bay has become unpopular. There are, however, other activities on this horseshoe-shaped island, now known as Linda Isle. Named for Linda Irvine; Linda is also Spanish for beautiful.

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Beautiful indeed! One hundred and seven large waterfront properties, (one more, if you include one at the base of the islandʻs bridge). Each site created so all the homes have water frontage and are capable of sustaining a large dock. In the early 1970s, builders Higson Construction, Ivan Wells and Don Koll built speculative homes utilizing the creative minds of architects like David Miller, I.E. Kephart and Herbert Brownell.

Jim Higson told me the project was not an immediate hit. Lots were slow to sell due to leased land requirements and high down payments placed on them by the owner of the land, The Irvine Company. It was not until the 25 percent upfront costs were lowered that sales began to pick up. Finally, creative developers were able to jump into custom home building suitable for such a gracious setting. Ralph Williams, one of Southern Californiaʻs most renown autos dealer seen daily on local T.V. was an early resident.

Marshall Duffieldʻs family, including current City Councilman Duffy Duffield, inventor of the famous electric boat, remembers his dad buying leases to four parcels and building four new homes for $75,000 each in construction costs. Three were for speculation and one became their family home.

Bill Grundy, son of Gordon Grundy (Newport Beachʻs first resident physician and a local hero for containing the 1918 influenza pandemic) was the initial sales manager for Linda Isle. He often talked about working out of the current clubhouse, utilizing a small dingy and a Grand Banks 32 powerboat to show prospective clients the various site locations from the water.

Original pricing was $100,000 and up depending on size and location. Ground leases ranged from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Most of the original homes have since been torn down, rebuilt or dramatically remodeled. The bigger new homes are more contemporary and built to take advantage of natural light and views with massive windows.

Linda Isle, known for its privacy, is protected by a natural moat and a manned guard gate. Property prices have increased exponentially over the past five decades making it some of most valuable real estate in the city.

Like several other neighborhoods built in the 1950s and 1960s, Linda Isle residences sat atop Irvine Company land forcing owners to pay monthly rents. Hard work and several years of negotiations headed by The Committee of 4,000 eventually released homeowners of this burden.

The Committee of 4,000, a group of influential homeowners waged a heated battle against the powerful Irvine Company, dedicated to force the sale of the land. The homeowners prevailed in time to realize future spurts in appreciation.

Local resident Barbara Amstadter, a leader in this movement, remembers the long negotiations. Homeowners argued the leases decreased the values of their homes, made it difficult to obtain financing, created hardships for fixed income families, and jeopardized future owners with potential lease increases. Amstader gives Donald Bren credit for seeing these issues and helping in the process.

Take a Duffy electric boat to the back channels of Linda Isle and you will see no one fishing the halibut holes. They have been replaced by aging baby boomers relaxing on their patios with their grandchildren, drinking toddies and eating hors dʻoeuvres. Boats have grown so big over the years, that views not only include rigging but in some cases hulls and cabins of monster power yachts.

Shark Island has radically changed from a useless sand spit, housing only shore birds and big dreams of little kids to Linda Isle with pirates Blackbeard, Henry Morgan and Anne Bonny being replaced by modern day swashbucklers made up of inventors, developers and entrepreneurs.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Free eco movie screening tonight

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The Newport Beach Central Library will be hosting a free screening of the documentary film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” tonight (May 11) from 7 to 8:45 p.m. 

See what happens when Jeb Berrier, a regular American man and soon to be father, makes a pledge to stop using single use plastic bags and more at the grocery store.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world.

The event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room and is free to the public.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

Zinque, a charming waterfront bistro

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Dine alfresco on Zinque’s outdoor patio

When I went down to Lido Marina Village recently to view the Newport Boat Show, I discovered Zinque! This charming bistro commands amazing waterfront views.

It was an iconic culinary hangout from Abbot Kinney in Venice and Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood that brought its European vibe, food and wine selection to Lido Marina Village in late summer of 2016. The eatery offers waterfront patio seating and chic interiors featuring a sweeping wine bar perfect for enjoying Zinque’s menu and wine offerings.

The street-side takeout counter offers coffee from the world-renowned roasters of La Colombe. Zinque is a must-visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention meeting at one of the most picturesque bars in Newport. Try the tartines and tasty brunch items.

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Samplings from the menu

And, after you dine, check out all the cool boutiques, and youngsters will enjoy sailing a boat in the fountain.

Zinque is open Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. - 2 a.m
.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. It is located at 3446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. Call 949.612.7259. www.LeZinque.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Traffic, parking and pasta sauce…it’s just another week

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Most of the discussion at last Tuesday’s (May 9) Newport Beach City Council meeting centered on the traffic issues facing Bayside Drive between East Coast Highway and Jamboree Road.

Following a number of accidents on that stretch of road, Bayside Drive residents urged the Council to make appropriate changes to slow down traffic.

Several concepts were discussed, including 1) do nothing 2) modify the lane widths and add medians that studies show slows traffic, 3) change the road from four lanes to three (two in the direction away from Balboa Island and one coming to) and 4) change the road to two lanes with a roundabout at the Harbor Island intersection.

At the end of the night the Council voted 4-3 to modify lane widths and to add medians. City Councilmen Brad Avery, Jeff Herdman and Scott Peotter all voted against the idea, instead all favoring the roundabout concept.

Speaking of traffic issues, residents in the Finley Tract at the entrance to the Peninsula, came to the Council seeking parking relief. New development around the old City Hall site and around the Lido Marina Village has caused an influx of parking in their area.

The Council supported their concerns and authorized staff to assess establishing a Residents’ Preferential Parking Zone and then return to the City Council for final action. 

There are 164 residential units in the Finley Tract.

One issue that will need to be determined along the way is any Coastal Commission issues with a new parking plan that might limit public access to the beaches.

Finally, last night’s television news (Wednesday, May 10) showed an abundance of great white sharks swimming along the Orange County coastline very close to shore.

One area they won’t be in is at the mouth of the Santa Ana River where an 1,800-gallon sewage spill occurred earlier this week.

The beach has been closed “until further notice” from the Talbert Channel in Huntington State Beach to Highland Street in Newport Beach

As for the sharks, I’m glad I’m a golfer instead of a surfer. It just seems a lot safer and I can deal with water hazards on the course.

BTW, join me Sunday for my StuNewsNewport radio show on KOCI radio, 101.5 at 11 a.m. Happy to have Steve Schirripa of The Sopranos television program joining me.

If you don’t remember, Steve played Bobby Baccalieri, one of Tony Soprano’s “goombas.”  Some of his other credits include The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). 

Steve is an actor, producer, author and voice artist, but rumor has it that one of the subjects we’ll discuss is Uncle Steve’s (Pasta) Sauce.

Should be fun.


Celebrate John Wayne’s birthday his way

Wild Goose

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Celebrate John Wayne Day on May 26, the anniversary of the legendary star’s birthday, with an exclusive event aboard his former yacht, The Wild Goose. 

Hear an intimate performance by Wayne’s granddaughter, Jennifer Wayne’s band, Runaway June. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails prepared with Duke Bourbon. 

Proceeds in large part will go to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. 

There will be a meet and greet with Jennifer Wayne and Captain Bert Minshall, Wayne’s former Captain, with an opportunity to purchase an autographed book, “On Board With the Duke”. 

There will be informal tours of Wild Goose and the Wayne Family staterooms as well as photographs with the wax figure of John Wayne on loan from Madame Tussaud’s of Hollywood. 

There are very limited tickets for this exclusive event. The price is $195 per person (tax, service charge and landing fee apply). Call 888-HORNBLOWER for reservations. 

Boarding begins at 6 p.m., followed by cruising from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hornblower is located at 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Artwalk coming to Balboa Island

Balboa Island Artwalk

Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. The Artwalk is the premier showcase for local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season.

This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. 

Performing musicians include Gary Gould, Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose and the Rick Sherman Duo. 

Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, May 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Michael Simon, speaking on IRA & Retirement Plan Distributions. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn to search the Reference USA database to search for jobs and to find information about businesses, consumers and residents. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop, May 9 at 6 p.m. Marketing is War! How the Small Guy Beats the Big Guy by Being Better Not Bigger. Learn to search the Reference USA database to search for jobs and to find information about businesses, consumers and residents. 

Register at the library web site. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – The History of Recording Technology, May 9 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Shelter by Jung Yu bookcover

Book Discussion Group, May 10 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Shelter” by Jung Yun will be shared. About the Book: Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes and he’s compelled to take them in. “Shelter” leads readers through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Attendance is welcomed, even if you have not read or finished the book! This is free and no reservations are required. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGOS

LEGO “Block” Party, May 10 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Genealogy Resources 103: Immigration Records, May 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. With nearly 50 million people having immigrated to the United States dating back to the colonial era, immigration records provide a key link to tracing your lineage in your ancestor’s country of origin. This class will delve into passenger lists, naturalization records, citizenship records, and border crossings to help discover your family’s immigration story and further your research beyond the borders of the United States. 

Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, May 11 from 7- 8:45 p.m. Free Movie Screening. See what happens when Jeb Berrier, a regular American man and soon to be father, makes a pledge to stop using single use plastic bags and more at the grocery store. Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes – single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Bunnies & Books

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4th Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival, May 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hop on over for the kids’ event of the season. Enjoy storytime, games, arts & crafts, face painting, StoryWalk and other outdoor activities on the Civic Green. Save-Some-Bunny Rabbit Rescue is planning to attend again and they will be bringing some rabbit friends! Admission is free and reservations aren’t required. Sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Storytime takes place in the Central Library Friends Room. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Susan Merritt and Peter Kote, speaking on The Role of a Trustee & Executor. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. Media Lab Open House. Staff will provide an overview of the VHS conversion stations, Lynda.com access and other specialized resources. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Coding for Kids!, May 16 at from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? This is a special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. No registration is required. Geared for ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech – Resume Building Tech, May 16 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Seastar with Cherrios

Drop-in Beachy Crafts, May 17 from 2 - 5 p.m. Make crafts inspired by the beach, but without the sand! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-7. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa. 949.644.3076.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 17 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Library Live presents Stephanie Danler, author of “Sweetbitter”, May 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. The debut novel garnered international attention just one week after its release. Danler’s work has appeared in Vogue MagazineTravel and LeisureBon Appetit and O Magazine, to name a few. Hailing from California, Danler wound up working in the fast-paced and often chaotic Manhattan restaurant life before enrolling in graduate school at The New School, where she wrote Sweetbitter whose backdrop is that very experience in New York City. Light refreshments provided by baker & olive, Corona del Mar Plaza. Book sales and signing. Tickets: $20-$25. No refunds or exchanges on any tickets. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

2nd Annual Book Appraisal Clinic, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reserve a spot to bring your collectible books and other works on paper to be appraised by rare book specialist, Greg Jung, from San Francisco’s PBA Galleries. This event is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library. An appointment is required and must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify morning or afternoon. There is a four-item limit per membership. Free for all Friends of the Library members. Non-members, $10 or sign up for a special $10 yearly membership and entrance is free. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Dance on the Civic Green, May 20 at 2 p.m. Backhausdance will present an engaging, interactive and entertaining outdoor performance for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Supported by the City Arts Commission. Free admission and parking. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Reading to Dogs, May 21 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Share a book with a furry friend. Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story. Reading spots are limited, so sign up early. This activity is open to school-age children, 5-12 years old. There is no charge for this event. Reservations: www.nbplfoundation.org. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Black Canary Strings

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Sunday Musicale: Black Canary Strings, May 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Blending sophisticated classical selections with the creativity and passion of jazz, Black Canary puts a different twist on the world’s greatest music. Black Canary is a contemporary improvising string ensemble that combines their varied and timeless repertoire of classical, jazz, pop, folk, world music in an acoustic or electric setting. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 22 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Steve Bemis and Peter Kote, speaking on Case Study & Review. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Claudia Helen Kawas, May 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 90+ Study and Memory Disorders. Claudia Helen Kawas, M.D. is Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine. Dr. Kawas’ work is concentrated on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, in the determinants of successful aging, longitudinal and clinical pathological investigations, clinical trials, and most recently, studies in cognitive and functional abilities of the Oldest Old (over 90 years of age). No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consumer Reports. Learn about using the Newport Beach Public Library subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, a valuable publication containing consumer product testing, research and reviews. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Photoshop & Lynda.com, May 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. Photoshop and Lynda.com. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Wahoo’s Wing Lam and Family, The Journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the incredible story of the Lee family spanning more than half a century and across half the globe. Their journey begins in Mainland China and winds its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they open the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Their story is filled with hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine. Yet through it all, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence. The stories of the Lee family will fill you with laughter and possibly a few tears, as well. Come and find out how John Wayne helped to put Shanghai Pine Garden on the map (and experience a rare treat of Mr. Lee singing the Chinese opera song that Wayne enjoyed so much). This free lecture is presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 24 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Beyond the Canvas: Rene Magritte, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 104: Probate Records, May 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Probate records often contain valuable genealogical data, including names and relationships of family members, death information, ages, and residences, among other helpful information. This class will investigate wills, probates, estate records, and guardianship records to learn why these court records must not be overlooked when conducting genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, May 26 and continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Overdrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in you pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


You must reminder this: My Uncle Hodge

By NANCY GARDNER

Early on in my council career, I was invited by the then-Chief of Police to visit headquarters, something he did with all the council members, but I’m quite sure my visit was unique. Entering the inner sanctum, there was a wall lined with photos of previous Chiefs, starting with the most recent. Imagine my surprise to get to the end of the pictures and see a photo of my Uncle Hodge. He was chief for almost 30 years, so why was I surprised? Well, as I indicated in another column, things were a little different in the old days. Gambling was against the law, but there was hardly a store in Balboa that didn’t offer at least a slot machine. Every so often there would be a convenient call from the county sheriff that he was coming down. When he made his tour, all the gambling paraphernalia had disappeared, and he could go away and say with all sincerity that he saw no evidence of gambling in Balboa. That gives you a flavor of the slightly different culture in which Rowland Hodgkinson – Uncle Hodge, to me – was performing.

Uncle Hodge

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Aunt Marion and Uncle Hodge

Everything was going along swimmingly for Uncle Hodge, career-wise, when some pesky federal agent showed up with a few questions, mainly how Uncle Hodge maintained the lifestyle he did on the salary he earned. Apparently his answers were unsatisfactory, so as they did with the much larger figure of Capone, the feds went after Uncle Hodge for income tax evasion. Came the trial, and things were not going well for my uncle. How to explain all that extra money if he was, as he insisted, an honest public servant? And then the defense called his wife, my Aunt Marion, to the stand, and she calmly unreeled a story about her visit to China years before where she had moved from province to province, taking advantage of the different exchange rates and building up a tidy fortune – the money that augmented her husband’s salary. The jury took one look at her pearls and white gloves, her impeccable aplomb, and acquitted. Whether they would have been quite so credulous if they had known that she was once arrested for trying to smuggle diamonds into the country, that she had lived in the Hollywood Hills where she was the mistress of a man who owned an eponymous shoe chain, that she was in Paris when Hemingway was immortalizing it, in Berlin when Isherwood was doing the same, and had been married three times before she met Hodge – but like any successful adventuress, she looked the part of a lady, and that was enough to tip the scales.

Meanwhile, the rather casual ethical culture of the city was changing, and before the trial even started, Hodge was encouraged to retire, which he did. After the trial, he took a security post in Turkey for several years to let things calm down before returning to the city for a time, and then moving to Guadalajara where, ironically, his closest friend was a retired FBI agent.

Given all that, I was a little surprised to see Hodge’s picture, but I guess I shouldn’t have been. It was all so long ago that nobody in the building knew anything about him other than his name, and I’m not sure they knew that. And after all, there’s no reason for his picture not to be there. He did serve the city a lot of years, and there’s nothing on his record to disqualify him – thanks to some white gloves and pearls.  

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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.


Stump the Stu

As was proven at the recent Newport to Ensenada…

Local sailors would agree it’s true. Where’s the wall?

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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

Stump the Stu 5.8

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Russo and Steele auto auctions coming to the Dunes

Camaro Coupe

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Mark your calendar for June 2-4, when Russo and Steele Automobile Auctions comes to Newport Beach. The three-day auction-in-the-round with more than 400 cars will take place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina.

For more information, call 602.252.2697 or visit www.russoandsteele.com.

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


Rackauckas to speak at CdM Chamber event

Tony Rackauckas

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will be the featured speaker at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon on May 16.

Rackauckas will discuss how recent laws could impact our local community and offer insights on criminal sentencing and details of Prop 47, 57 & AB 109.

Check-in and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with the lunch and program following at noon. The cost for Chamber members is $30, while the cost for non-members and community friends is $40.

The luncheon takes place at Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

For reservations go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050. The deadline is May 11 and no payments will be allowed at the door.


Police Files

Elderly victim on Kings Road bilked of $3,000,000

Police took a report of elderly abuse last Wednesday morning after an elderly victim residing on Kings Road informed them that $3,000,000 was missing. 

A combination of forgery, fraud and embezzlement were used to take the money according to the daily crime log. 

Boat Captain arrested for possession of stolen property

A Newport Beach man, who lists his occupation as a boat captain, was arrested on Wednesday, May 3 for receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950.

Michael William Barry, 36, was arrested in the 400 block of Holmwood Drive and charged with violation 496(A) of the Penal Code outlined as a “person who buys or receives any property that has been stolen or that has been obtained in any manner constituting theft or extortion, knowing the property to be so stolen or obtained, or who conceals, sells, withholds, or aids in concealing, selling, or withholding any property from the owner, knowing the property to be so stolen or obtained, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year”

Bail was set at $20,000.

Scroll down for Police Beat with more crimes & arrests in Newport


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Mickey

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET MICKEY

This little guy is an 8-year-old Rat Terrier. He is good with other dogs and people. Mickey is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His sister was adopted, so now it’s his turn to find a wonderful home.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4-5 dogs and 7-8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. They had a booth at the three-day OC Pet Expo, April 28 - 30, with great results. The shelter adopted out three dogs and 11 kittens!

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

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.8

This old car was photographed on Marine Avenue, even though the handwriting reads Marine Street.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Letters to the Editor:

Why recall…why now, former Assemblywoman tells why

Recall of an elected official is a serious issue: a decision that should not be made lightly or without serious forethought. The Recall of Scott Peotter is a serious matter and is a worthy effort. Those of us who have had the privilege of holding public office understand that it brings the responsibility of adhering to a higher standard, a standard that Peotter is unwilling or unable to meet. He has clearly demonstrated this a number of times, embarrassing himself and putting the city at risk with his decisions.

He refuses to respect the law and was forced to read an apology at the City Council meeting for violating the Brown Act, a tenet that city councils are required to follow.  

Peotter attended a public gathering in Costa Mesa and disclosed confidential information about city business and made statements that could have exposed the city to liability.

He has violated the municipal code related to the correct use of the city seal; and continued to do so even after being reprimanded twice by his fellow council members.

Peotter is currently under investigation by the State of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission over violating campaign contribution limits. He failed to report or return contributions in excess as set by State law.

He endorsed the use of racist Farsi language campaign signs that were not properly identified as required by law. Other candidates in the race condemned the racist signs.

Scott Peotter refused to enforce the campaign contribution limit laws against his ally, Lee Lowrey.

He supported the appointment to the city’s Finance Committee of a man accused and convicted of embezzlement.

Mr. Peotter’s actions demonstrate a defiant disregard of the laws of this State. It speaks to his lack of respect and common sense in adhering to standards that we all live within. His actions demonstrate that he is untrustworthy and self-serving.

Why no…Peotter has demonstrated time and again that State laws don’t apply to him and he has failed to understand City issues. He made a motion to refinance the City bonds at a so-called savings. His proposal would have cost the City hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

This recall must occur now. If we delay until 2018, Scott Peotter would be involved in two budget cycles and will have the opportunity to do our City great harm with his thoughtless decisions.   

The decisions he has made clearly show that he is defiant and does not uphold the city goals and directions. He is not guided by what is in the best interest of this community.

He moved to Newport Beach because he couldn’t get elected in Irvine. Newport Beach deserves an upstanding councilman with integrity, who respects the constituency and cares about the good of the community.

Peotter – by his actions has proven – he is not fit for public office in Newport Beach!

Assemblywoman Marilyn C. Brewer, ret.

Newport Beach

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Rush believes in free speech and Scott Peotter

I caught a recent story in a competing publication (Wall Street Journal) reporting on a survey conducted of Yale University students testing their opinion on the value of free speech. Yale is hardly a bastion of right-wing thought. It’s one of America’s most prestigious and liberal institutions.

I was mildly surprised to learn that 72 percent of the students “opposed speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty” while 16 percent favored the idea.

Juxtapose this on the intolerant few that want to recall Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter. Peotter is an outspoken fiscal and social conservative that has riled up those opposed to his views. They’re willing to waste $500,000 of YOUR TAXPAYER money on a special recall election when Peotter is already on the ballot next year.

I firmly believe that in these times of political correctness that Peotter has the right to express his views – that’s free speech.

Even the intellectual elite and Yale seem to agree.

Bob Rush, former Assembly candidate

Newport Beach


Hoag announces 2017 Nurse of the Year

Hoag Nurse of the Year

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(L-R): George and Julia Argyros with 2017 Nurse of the Year, Mary Jane Nicolas Morimoto

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced its 2017 Nurse of the Year as part of the organization’s National Nurses Week celebration. This year’s recipient is Mary Jane Nicolas Morimoto, MSN, RN, ACNS BC, CNS, CCRN-CSC, a Coronary Care Unit/Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit nurse.

Morimoto was selected as Nurse of the Year for her role as a patient advocate to improve care and outcomes. Going above and beyond the call of duty, she holds herself and her peers to the highest standards of evidence-based practice while delivering excellent patient care.

 “The RNs at Hoag are an incredible team and we are honored to recognize Mary Jane Nicolas Morimoto as our 2017 Nurse of the Year,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D, MSN, RN, senior vice president, clinical operations and chief nursing officer of Hoag. “She’s a wonderful role model for her fellow nurses and dedicated to the patient-centered care that Hoag provides on a daily basis.”

Caring for patients at Hoag for more than 19 years, Morimoto is a Clinical Ladder IV nurse and active on several multidisciplinary committees within the organization focused on optimizing patient outcomes and performance improvement. Known for her tireless commitment to her patients and fellow nurses, she is a nursing instructor at California State University, Long Beach and a former recipient of the DAISY Award, a national recognition for the work nurses do for patients every day. She was also the recipient of a scholarship from Hoag to pursue her BSN in 2009.

Julia Argyros, nationally acclaimed philanthropist and devoted Hoag donor who along with her husband, George, have donated $10 million in cumulative giving to establish the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence at Hoag, attended the annual Nurses Day celebration at Hoag to help honor Hoag’s dedicated nurses and celebrate the impact they have on patient care. The Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence provides funding for continuing education scholarships for Hoag nurses.

“Last year, Hoag awarded a record 460 scholarships to Hoag nurses and to date this year we have awarded 360 scholarships,” Martin said. “Thanks to the Argyros Family Foundation along with many other donors, we are able to continue investing in nursing education and help Hoag fulfill its commitment to develop, attract and retain the best and brightest nurses seeking the highest level of education.”


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

Courtesy CHOC Children’s

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Guest Column

Gary Sherwin

25 years after the LA riots…Gary Sherwin asks:

How do you promote a city that’s burning?

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach & Company President & CEO Gary Sherwin

Much has been said this past week during the 25th anniversary of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, obviously one of the most socially turbulent periods in the city’s history.

In addition to the discussion on race, justice, police brutality and other pertinent issues, another challenge presented itself that doesn’t get discussed much in reflecting upon those challenging months. And that was: How do you promote a city that was under siege and literally burning?

At that time, I was serving as the chief media person for the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, which promoted the city as a wonderful tourism destination. My job was to work with media around the world to develop stories that would highlight the amazing attributes of the City of Angels. I was the Minister of Good News.

I was early in my career and I loved working with media from across the globe to create stories you read in travel sections and entertainment programs. It was LA baby, the entertainment capital of the world, and I loved it.

That is, until April 29, 1992, when we stood in our conference room in a high-rise in downtown LA and watched the verdicts come in on the Rodney King trial in Simi Valley. As the multiple non-guilty verdicts came in, we looked at the TV and no one said a word. After the judge dismissed the jury, we all left the room and returned to our offices.

We all knew what was next.

The media depicted a community on edge in South Central. In less than an hour, my assistant came in and said simply, “Well, it’s started.” I returned to the conference room and watched the beginning of the civil unrest. Within an hour and a half, the smoke was so thick outside our offices; we could barely see the Bonaventure Hotel across the street. Downtown was packed with cars jamming the freeway entrances to escape.

Meanwhile, we had work to do. We knew there were thousands of visitors from around the world who were staying throughout the city and like us, they would probably be frightened and unsure of what to do. They also couldn’t get out of town, since shortly thereafter Los Angeles International Airport was closed due to smoke making take offs and landings hazardous.

We set up a “war room” and established communications with police and fire. Faxes, (then a dependable form of communication) was our chief means of communication between the city’s entire visitor industry and us.

We determined at that point we were now in the business of providing crisis communications to our visitors and tourism stakeholders, which also included theme parks, cultural institutions as well as hotels. It was non-stop with 15-hour days and for the first couple of days, I’d almost swear we were the only business operating in downtown. Coming into work was eerie with literally no one on the streets beyond law enforcement.

One day on my way into work, with nary a car on the Harbor Freeway, a sight that I will probably never see again, a police officer stopped me and asked why I was out and about. I told them about my work and he pointed to a fire just off the freeway with an admonishment to be careful since they were seeing widespread gun use on overpasses.

After the crisis died down in the days ahead, we still had a dilemma, how do you promote LA now? The California dream of sunny days and carefree lifestyle was not only an illusion now, but it was highly inappropriate. We couldn’t dismiss the issue that caused the civil unrest but we couldn’t condone it either. We had to walk a messaging tightrope of sensitivity while still expressing faith in the future of the city. And, oh yes, the key visitor attractions remained unharmed and you could still come for a visit if you really wanted to.

Worrying about the effect on tourism in a crisis like that seems petty until you realize that tourism is the lifeblood of much of LA and the people who would be hurt the most had jobs in many of the affected areas. In addition to neighborhoods being burned, an economic price was about to be felt that made a bad situation even worse.

Remember that 54 people died in the unrest, 2,000 people were injured and 862 buildings burned to the ground.

Subsequently, our team in LA literally dispatched people all over the globe to tell the LA story and to try and give some perspective on what happened. I was assigned to Mexico City with a map of the city and red dots highlighting the specific points of the fires. (Hey folks, look at how far the fires were from Disneyland!)

Our goal was not to minimize what happened or dismiss it. Our job was to try and minimize the economic fallout and protect jobs; a mission that was essentially ignored as LA tried to look inward and to find out how we got here.

I’d like to think that our efforts made a bad situation a bit better economically, but when you see 24-hour coverage of your city burning with inflammatory headlines screaming on newspapers around the world, you question how you counter program all of that.

Nonetheless, I did dozens of live TV and radio interviews as well as print and it was an awkward message to convey that LA was open for business and visitors could have a great time when there was such underlining tension throughout the city. Truth be told, most of the areas visitors did usually frequent, except parts of Hollywood, were unaffected physically by the unrest. But we had to trend carefully as to not isolate parts of the city and create an image of “dangerous” and “safe.”

More than a year a half later, we were still involved in crisis recovery. But what took the unrest off the radar was something else entirely. 

The 6.7 Northridge earthquake hit in the early morning of January 1994. In fact, I was in New York City to meet with the media about the civil unrest recovery efforts. That morning before I left for the press event, I got a call from my office to cancel the day’s activities. I had to get home to discuss collapsed freeways and impacted visitor attractions. 

We weren’t talking civil unrest anymore but much to our exhaustion, our crisis communications continued.

Gary Sherwin is the President and CEO of Newport Beach & Co./Visit Newport Beach


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

On Nueve de Mayo, the Newport Beach City Council will meet for both a 5 p.m. Study Session and a 7 p.m. regular session. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like.  

Study Session starts at 5:00 p.m. has two main items:

Council’s second look at the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2017-18. This is the blueprint for construction projects large and small that are planned for 2017-18. It also includes one-time expenses, like a planned Update of the General Plan, that fit better in the CIP than in our other budget document, the Budget Detail. By the way, both documents are posted online now and can be viewed here. The CIP includes things like water mains, sewer repairs, road repairs, park upgrades, and a lot more. 

Much of our CIP items come from detailed “master plans” that usually describe upgrades planned for specific functions (like water, sewer, streetlights, and more) over 10 to 20 years. We’ve been working recently on a Harbor Master Plan – at the request of our City Council – that would better outline what our short- and long-term harbor obligations are. So, this would address sea walls, dredging, amenities, and more. This too will be a part of the Study Session discussion on Tuesday.  

Regular Session is at 7:00 p.m. The items worth noting are:

Getting right to the “big deal” of the evening, Bayside Drive. This last came to the Council in November 2016, with a general preference by the Council to look at something with a roundabout at Bayside and Harbor Island Drive. But as more community members have weighed in, our Public Works staff has reviewed other options. Those include:

Not changing anything, but just doing our planned repavement job (Option Zero? J)

Option #1 - Staying with four lanes total, but narrowing the lanes slightly to allow for limited traffic calming measures, such as medians and landscaping and a better bike lane.

Option #2 – The option with a roundabout at Harbor Island Drive and Bayside. This uses one lane in each direction to approach and leave the roundabout, with the staying one lane in each direction until Bayside restaurant and the shopping center.  

Option #3 -- A “three lane” option, whereby if you are going westbound, you have 2 lanes in your direction. If you are going eastbound between Harbor Island and the pedestrian crossing which is just past the homes, it’s one lane. The traffic counts on the road show that the road’s capacity would be OK with this. This option likely provides more traffic calming than the four-lane alternative.

You will want to read a lot more about all of this issue. There are a LOT of opinions about it (we often say we have 85,000 traffic engineers in town J). Please read the staff report and related attachments. 

And allow me one gentle bit of commentary. Many people have weighed in on this issue. By and large, people offer friendly comments. But this issue has been very polarizing, too. Folks who live on Bayside say there is no way to make the road safe except with a roundabout. Folks who live on Balboa Island say, “There isn’t a problem here, so don’t change it so that there IS a problem.” Both of these statements are on the extreme side of the debate. Our roads are safest when we drive safely and conservatively – and without distractions. We can engineer improvements to the road that help here, but there is nothing better than a safe driver observing the speed limit. Whatever is decided needs to involve as much of the community as possible (as well as our good Public Works engineers), dialoguing in a civil way that recognizes that even though someone may disagree with you, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong (Dave dismounts well-used soapbox).

Council will again consider establishing a temporary (summer) anchorage area in Newport Bay, up near Lido Marina Village (i.e. the Turning Basin).

Residents in the Finley area (across from the Old City Hall at the start of the Peninsula) have asked the Council to consider initiating a resident-only parking permit program in their small neighborhood. As it stands today, some of the employees who work across the street in Lido Marina Village appear to be using the residential streets to park. While this is legal (these are public streets), it’s certainly a new issue and problem for the folks who live in the Finley neighborhood. Residential parking permit programs within the Coastal Zone don’t have an easy go of it – it will be challenging to get full approval should it be called up to the Coastal Commission. But we are trying to be creative in seeking the best solutions to this new parking problem. 

Today’s Random Note:

I will reiterate here again that NextGen has arrived at John Wayne Airport. Forgive the duplication from 2 weeks ago, but I’ve gotten a lot of calls about this issue (most folks saying, “Why didn’t I know about this?”). So, we are now in Week Nine or so of the FAA’s implementation of NextGen in our community. NextGen made more precise flight paths from JWA (and nearly 2 dozen other airports in Southern California). On April 27th, the FAA moved the second half of JWA’s departures on the NextGen paths. Generally, these track the historic patterns of flights from JWA. Please know that we will follow this closely to ensure that the community’s overall goals are met. However, the FAA always has the final determination on where flights go. As I noted before, if you ever want to talk NextGen with me, I’m happy to do so – just call.    

As always, thanks for reading.  Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Paddling, running and riding in an electric cart…it’s all exercise

TomJohnson

Okay, we can all agree that this past weekend wasn’t “Chamber of Commerce weather.” The overcast cloudy skies, cold wind and threats of rain would force most people to stay indoors, right?

Not here in Newport Beach. In spite of all of that, people still got out, in droves. Saturday, of course, was the Standup for the Cure at the Newport Dunes & Waterfront Resort.

Hundreds of stand-up paddle boarders filled the surrounding beaches and the Dunes’ lagoon. While most were draped in pink long sleeve shirts promoting the event, few seemed discouraged with the weather. 

Of course, the event supported the efforts of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Elsewhere around town was also the OC Marathon. The party started Friday with a check-in event and expo at the Orange County Fair & Events Center.

Saturday was filled with kid races in the morning and the Wahoo’s 5K in the late afternoon. Thousands of runners of all ages participated throughout the day.

Winners were Ben Ledoux, 11, from Mission Viejo, in the Boys 10 & older age group; Jadyn Zdanavage, 12, from Irvine, in the Girls 10 & older.

In the Wahoo’s 5K, Hunter Bliss, 34, San Diego, came in first among 891 runners with a time of 16:01. Ashlee Powers, 23, from Newport Beach, won the women’s 5K with a time of 17:27 (1,393 women participated).

Then came Sunday and the 13th Annual US Bank OC Marathon and the OC Half Marathon.

In the “big” race, Jose Madera, 25, from Santa Ana won the Men’s with a time of 2:31.44. He won by two-and-a-half minutes over Juan Paredes, 27, of Los 

Angeles.

On the women’s side, McKale Montgomery, 32, of Chandler, AZ, won at 2:54.40 and some eight minutes ahead of runner-up Kimberly Hicks, 39, of Vista.

In the half marathons, Jordan Chipangama, 28, out of Flagstaff, AZ, won the men’s with a time of 1:07.13 and Birdie McCarey, 28, San Diego, won the women’s in 1:17.12.

Nearly 6,900 runners participated in the Half.

Next up on runs/walks around town is the always-popular CdM Scenic 5K put on by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on June 3. Runners can now sign-up by going to www.cdmchamber.com/events/corona-del-mar-scenic-5k/.

If you see me there it’ll probably be on the sidelines. After letting myself fall out-of-shape more than ever this past year, I went to see my cardiologist last week just to make sure I’m not going anywhere.

I told Dr. (Richard) Haskell that I was going to “start getting back into shape with some exercise.”

He asked “what my plans were?” I said, “walking and golf.”

Haskell chuckled and said, “golf is an activity, not an exercise.” He pointed out that most golfers don’t “require a shower” after a tough round…that’s the difference between an activity and some exercise.

In spite of what he said, I’m getting in my electric cart this week and going out to exercise. Let me know if you want to join me.


Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival coming May 13

Save the Date: On May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., hop on over for the kids’ event of the season – the 4th Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival. Enjoy storytime, games, arts & crafts, face painting, StoryWalk and other outdoor activities on the Civic Green.

Bunnies

Save-Some-Bunny Rabbit Rescue is planning to attend again and they will be bringing some rabbit friends! Admission is free and reservations aren’t required. This event is sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Storytime takes place in the Central Library Friends Room.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Call 949.717.3800.


Bike and pedestrian safety operations planned for May

The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on three days this month: Monday, May 8; Wednesday, May 17; and Monday, May 22. 

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities. 

bicyclists

Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.

Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 14 fatal and 422 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include 2013, 2014 and 2015). In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. We encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. The message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Best day of the year at Harbor View

By AMY SNIDER SENK

The best day of the year at Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar isn’t the first day of school or the even the last day – it’s Carnival Day, held for the past nine years on the Friday before Spring break. That’s when the upper-grade students cap off a month of fundraising efforts with a student-organized carnival, complete with homemade games, prizes, music and snow cones.

Girl with bucket

Photos Courtesy Amy Snider Senk

This brave girl prepares for a bucket of water to get dumped on her head

“Do you want to throw a water balloon at us?” asked Teagan Brown, 11, a sixth-grader, to a duo of nodding third-graders. “Do you want to dump a water bucket on us?”

Teagan and her friends created a spin-the-wheel game, where the grand prize was a chance to drench the girls for three tickets a try. Nearby, there were trivia games, where students punched through tissue paper for a question, as well as face painting booths, and fishing and bowling games.

Spin the Wheel

Students enjoy Spin-the-Wheel, a game they made by hand

A few boys were gathered around an elaborate set-up involving miniature plastic hockey sticks, a tiny volleyball net and a small soccer goal.

The annual carnival is the school’s final Team Kids event, following a month of weekly projects organized by students. This year, the students collected books for a school in Compton – almost 2,300 books, according to Principal Todd Schmidt. They also organized a canned food drive, a sports equipment drive for students in Guatemala, and a towel and blanket collection for a local pet rescue center. The money raised from the carnival will be donated to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Team Kids founder Julie Hudash attended the event on April 7. Studies have shown that only 25 percent of kids feel valued, she said. “Team Kids is about kids feeling significant, and as a result, making better choices.” The program has grown to 12 cities on two coasts, she said, with 100,000 kids contributing $500,000 in funds and resources for charities they themselves choose. The organization is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Students in fourth through sixth grade organized the Harbor View events, including the carnival, which was open to the entire student body. With the exception of a professional dunk tank, the games were all handmade. Students clutched fistfuls of tickets for a chance to eat a donut hanging from a string, fish for candy, or throw water on each other. Whipped cream games have been banned, Schmidt said, at the request of the school’s custodian.

On Friday, students milled through the carnival and set up on the lower playground of the campus. Some had pink or purple hair, or painted faces. Many were drenched. The line for snow cones grew as candy wrappers flew. 

Boy and hanging donut

Youngsters try their luck at munching on donuts hanging mid-air

“I like the carnival,” said Ethan Piper, a 10-year-old in fourth grade. “A lot. In fact, I’m going to play this game again.” Then he handed over tickets and began to munch on a powdered sugar donut hanging mid-air.

In previous years, Harbor View students raised money for Special Olympics, Japanese earthquake relief and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

“The kids love it,” Schmidt said. “I love it. It is the best day of the year.”

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

An American in Paris

Photo by Matthew Murphy

An American in Paris – Nick Spangler and the An American in Paris Touring Company

An American in Paris | Continuing through May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Harry Potter

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Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Film Festival calls it a wrap…award winners in

NB Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced the winners of the 2017 Festival. The Festival wrapped up its eight-day run with the Southern California Premiere of The Exception starring Christopher Plummer, Lily James and Jai Courtney at the Lido Theater with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza. 

The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated outstanding contribution to global cinema at a special event during the 18th annual Festival at the Balboa Bay Resort on April 22. Additionally, the Festival’s selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened more than 350 films, representing 50 countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. 

2017 AUDIENCE AWARDS:

Feature Film – Don’t Tell

Foreign Film – Sami Blood (Sameblood)

Documentary – I’ll Push You

Action Sports – Under an Arctic Sky

Art, Architecture + Design – The Gamble House

Family Scales: Mermaids are Real

Short – Speechless

Music – Man in the Camo Jacket

2017 JURY AWARDS

Best Film – Moon Dogs

Best Actor – Jack Parey Jones – Moon Dogs

Best Actress – Olivia Cooke – Katie Says Goodbye 

Best Director – Len Collin – Sanctuary

Best Cinematography – Marden Dean – Boys in the Trees

Best Documentary – City of Joy

Best Screenwriter – Wayne Roberts – Katie Says Goodbye

SHORT FILMS

Best Narrative Short Film – Enemies Within

Best Documentary Short Film – Refugee

Best Animated Short Film – Second To None

2017 FESTIVAL HONORS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 

Directing – Doug Nichol – California Typewriter

Feature Film – Axis – Aisha Tyler, Director

Feature Film – Score: A Film Music Documentary – Matt Schrader, Director

Acting – David Tennant – Mad To Be Normal

Acting – Sam Elliott – The Hero

Acting – Seána Kerslake – A Date For Mad Mary

Acting – Olivia Holt – Class Rank

Screenwriting – Rick Darge – Zen Dog

Ensemble – Heart, Baby – Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jackson Rathbone, Shawn-Caulin Young, Keir O’Donnell, Justice Leak, Shaun Brown, Ritchie Montgomery, Dana Gourrier, Quinton Aaron, Jamie Kennedy, Michael Badalucco, Abraham Benrubi, Big Freedia, Marcus Lyle Brown, Jay Huguley, Ann Cusack, Rick Shapiro, Gary Grubbs, Kerry Cahill, Tom Proctor

Foreign Film – Cardboard Gangsters

Cinematography – Aerial Ireland

Editing – Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

SHORT FILMS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 

Filmmaking – The Spa 

Filmmaking – Feeding Time 

Filmmaking – The Boy by The Sea (De Jongen Bij De Zee)

Foreign – Night Dancing 

Documentary – The Legendary Jerry G 

Animated – Ropes in Life (Cuerdas en la Vida)

Breakout Performance – Wang Nan – Bao

Music Video – Kolshik

Attendance at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival was on par with last year’s record attendance of 50,000 people. The 18th annual Festival had the largest participation of International filmmakers and showcased films from more than 58 countries with delegations attending from Australia, Germany, Ireland and Canada.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

OC Marathon | May 6 - 7 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this event allows runners to choose between a full marathon, a half marathon or a 5K. Tickets: $100, $90 and $30.

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

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

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

Courtesy CHOC Children’s

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Laura Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

Celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14 with a special dining experience

By LANA JOHNSON

LanaJohnsonSMTreat your Mom to a memorable meal to thank her for she does every day of the year. Here are some dining suggestions the family can enjoy together. Make reservations early, as they book up quickly.

21 Oceanfront – This premier oceanfront steak and seafood establishment is serving a special brunch as you take in sweeping ocean views from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starters include bay shrimp louie and salmon tartar to entrees such as steak frites and crab cakes eggs benedict. Then finish with a chocolate flourless cake, apple tart or seasonal fruit sorbet with berries. Imbibe in a glass of house Champagne or a mimosa. Children’s menu. Cost: $75 per person. For reservations, 949.673.2100. www.21oceanfront.com. 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach.

Macarons

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Macarons are a featured Mother’s Day brunch selection at Pelican Hill Resort

Andrea - At Pelican Hill Resort, Chef Jonah is creating a prix fixe lunch and dinner tasting menu from noont to 10 p.m. featuring the freshest, most flavorful ingredients of the season. Cost: $125 per person. For reservations, call 949.467.6800. www.andreanb.com. 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Back Bay Bistro - A gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable atmosphere from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are seafood, crepe, smoked fish, pancake and carving stations, cooked to order omelets, hot off the skillet selections, a salad bar with composed salads and fresh fruit, and a dessert display. Cost: $75 for adults (includes bottomless Champagne and mimosas) and $35 for children 12 years of age and under. For reservations, 949.729.1144. www.NewportDunes.com/bistro. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Coliseum Pool & Grill - At Pelican Hill Resort, indulge in poolside dining while taking in panoramic ocean vistas. Chef Oscar will be creating an extraordinary breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon, followed by a la carte lunch specials. There will also be a beverage menu created specifically for Mom. Cost: $65 for adults, $30 for children, ages 5 - 12 and complimentary for youngsters ages 5 and under. For reservations, 949.467.6800. www.coliseumnb.com. 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Potato Leek soup

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Potato Leek Soup is on the Mother’s Day dinner menu at Five Crowns

Five Crowns - Executive Chef Anthony Endy will be preparing special brunch and dinner menus. Brunch offers a robust selection of starters including the pride of the crowns salad, crab and avocado mash and a lobster bisque. Mains introduce whole wheat granola pancakes, a grilled mahi quinoa salad and eggs florentine or benedict. The Mother’s Day dinner menu starts with choices of the Tuscan Caesar salad, potato leek soup or shrimp cocktail. Mains showcase the lobster tail, seared Icelandic salmon, Colorado lamb chops, beef steak Neptune, and a shrimp mushroom and artichoke risotto. Multiple selections will be offered on both the brunch and dinner menus including prime rib of beef, prepared in the traditional manner, a selection of complimentary and seasonal side dish options, and desserts including crème brulee, C.C. Brown’s hot fudge sundae and English trifle. Brunch will be served 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; dinner from 4 - 8 p.m. Cost: Special holiday menus are a la carte. For reservations, 949.760.0331. www.thefivecrowns.com. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Fleming’s - Offering a three-course brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu offers something for everyone, including Fleming’s savory signature eggs benedict to sweet cinnamon apple brioche French toast. Cost: $47.95 for adults; and a three-course children’s menu for $18.95.

Scrambled Eggs

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Creamy scrambled eggs are among the brunch offerings aboard the Hornblower

Hornblower - Enjoy a mouth-watering buffet, free-flowing Champagne and live entertainment as you sail Newport Harbor during a two-hour cruise. Three cruising times from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $75.95 per person. All cruises depart from Hornblower South, 2341 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For reservations, 949.646.0155. www.hornblower.com/NewportBeach.

Muldoon’s – Offering Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner with its 42nd annual celebration. The three-course brunch starts with fresh fruit or their renowned split pea soup. Select from 16 of their most popular brunch/lunch entrees from eggs benedict or corned beef hash to crab louie and seared ahi. Dessert: a hot fudge sundae with Mrs. See’s toffee or Irish berry trifle. Enjoy $8 mimosas, plus bloody marys and Irish coffee. Cost: $26.95 for adults, children 10 years of age and younger, $12.95. Serving 10 a.m. -  3 p.m. Dinner starts at 3 p.m. with four courses for $28.95. For reservations, 949.644.4110. www.muldoonspub.com. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Oak Grill - Enjoy the sun-filled outdoor deck, when Chef Peter prepares a special brunch. Stations include build-you-own omelettes, on the water selections including an oyster bar, fresh crab legs and ceviche, the farmers’ market serving Mediterranean pasta salad, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, and the chef’s carving corner. For youngsters, there are chicken tenders, hot dogs and quesadillas. Don’t miss the Sweet Tooth station. Bottomless mimosas. Serving 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $90 for adults, children 5 - 12, $25. Under four years of age, free. For reservations, call 949.760.4920. www.oakgrillnb.com. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Pelican Grill - At Pelican Hill Resort, enjoy quintessential California cuisine from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Be treated to unparalleled Mother’s Day specials. For al fresco dining with spectacular ocean views, request a terrace table that the whole family will enjoy. Cost: $115 for adults, $55 per child, ages 5-12. For reservations, 949.467.6800. www.pelicanhillnb.com. 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Rothchild’s Restaurant - Offering a three-course brunch starting at 10 a.m. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. Brunch cost: $44.95. For reservations, 949.673.3750. www.rothchildsrestaurant.com. 2407 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Roy’s - Serving a three-course brunch, the menu includes one-of-a-kind Roy’s benedict featuring filet mignon or crab cakes among other delightful choices. Every brunch comes with a choice of appetizer and Hawaiian malasadas (sweet fried dough balls) with a trio of dipping sauces. Cost: Starting at $36; a children’s menu is available for $13. For reservations, 949.640.7697. www.roysrestaurant.com. 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The Bungalow - They will be serving two courses during their Champagne brunch. Start off with a basket of freshly baked assorted muffins. First course selections include lobster bisque, heirloom tomato salad, Bungalow salad or fresh fruit cup. Entrees range from eggs benedict to grilled king salmon. For an additional $5 you can choose the roasted prime rib of beef or New York strip with eggs. Dessert selections include chocolate soufflé cake and vanilla bean crème brulee. For an additional $10 per guest, add bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. Cost: $30. Children’s menu available for $12. For reservations. 949.673.6585. www.thebungalowrestaurant.com. 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

True Food Kitchen - Just for Mother’s Day, they have concocted “The Matriarch” libation – organic vodka, lavender simple syrup and lemon and they’re pairing it with a special surprise gift for Mom. For reservations, 949.644.2400. www.truefoodkitchen.com. 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Waterline - At Balboa Bay Resort, they are serving a special Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Starters include tuna tartare or a strawberry and heirloom tomato salad. Then choose from grav lox eggs benedict, filet mignon or halibut en papillote. Finish with a strawberry and almond tart or chocolate crème brulee. Cost: $68 for adults, Children, 4 -12 years of age, $34. For reservations, 949.630.4145. www.meritagecollection.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Run or paddle…the opportunities are there this weekend

TomJohnson

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a little run in the Orange County Marathon? You have your choice: a full marathon of 26.2 miles, a half at 13.1 or the Wahoo’s 5K.

The OC Marathon is a three-day celebration from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7.

Friday’s events run from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Orange County Fair & Events Center with a Health and Fitness Expo, packet pick-up and late registration.

Saturday, there wil be the Kids Run the OC from 8 a.m. - noon and the 5K will take place at 5 p.m. The Expo will be open all day.

Then comes Sunday. At 5:30 a.m., the Full Marathon begins at Fashion Island and then meanders through Newport Beach to Costa Mesa, eventually finishing at the Fairgrounds.

Forty-five minutes later the Half Marathon begins also at Fashion Island. The shorter race means a different route.

If you’re an early riser on Sunday and you intend to get out, you might check out the many road closures related to the event at http://www.ocmarathon.com/race-weekend/directions/road-closure-info.aspx.

Or you can be like me and sleep in late and never be bothered.

If running is not your thing, head off Saturday to the Newport Dunes & Waterfront Resort for the Standup for the Cure Newport Beach.

The day will include Standup Paddling in support of Susan G. Komen, complete with professional SUP instructors, races, followed by beer, wine and lunch.

Doctors and nurses from Kaiser Permanente will also be on hand to offer free breast and skin cancer examinations.

According to the Susan G. Komen site, “The standup event proceeds go to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen (Orange County). Each affiliate uses 75 percent of the net proceeds to fund local life-saving education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship programs. The remaining 25 percent is invested in global breast cancer research. You can learn more about the local affiliates’ programs by visiting their pages and more about Komen’s global research at Komen.org.”

Either running or paddling, keep your eyes on the weather. Saturday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 64 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain. Sunday it’s worse with a high of 60 degrees and an 80 percent chance of rain.

Get out there and enjoy yourself…and remember, a little water never hurt anyone.


Deadline extended for financial support for community and non-profit events

The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications from community and non-profit event organizers seeking financial support for their Newport Beach-based events occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

The special event support grant program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach. 

The program provides financial support to two categories of Newport Beach-based events: Community and Charitable (Newport Beach-based organizations and events that serve the Newport Beach community specifically, receive priority funding) and Signature (large-scale events, based in Newport Beach, that promote Newport Beach regionally, attract visitors and provide measurable, economic benefits to the City of Newport Beach).

The process is competitive as the City has a limited amount of funding set aside for the grants and typically receives more applications and/or requests for event sponsorship amounts in excess of what it can provide.

For more information about the program and to apply online, event organizers are encouraged to visit newportbeachca.gov/specialeventsupport.


Arbor Real Estate announces first Stoke-A-Student Contest Winner

Parker Turley

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Parker Turley of Newport Harbor High is the lucky winner

Parker Turley, a freshman at Newport Harbor High School was the lucky winner of Arbor Real Estate’s first Stoke-A-Student drawing for a Russell surfboard this year. Now in its fourth year, Stoke-A-Student inspires surf-loving students in the Newport-Mesa area to value education and succeed in school. The campaign runs through June and a new winner will be chosen via a random drawing each month.

Turley’s love of the ocean began at a very early age. He was an avid boogie boarder as a small child until he was introduced to the joys of surfing by his father. “My dad first took me surfing when I was about 7 years old,” Parker said. “I think surfing is in my blood. Now that I have my own board and I don’t have to use my dad’s…I’ll be able to surf more often.”

In addition to his love for surfing and the ocean, Turley enjoys sailing, biking and hiking. He is also a member of the Newport Harbor Junior Varsity Tennis Team and his favorite academic subjects are biology and math. He attributes his love for these subjects to his teachers who he describes as “interesting,” “encouraging” and “helpful.”

“I was very, very, very excited when I learned I had won the board,” Parker said. “I’m proud to be part of the Stoke-A-Student campaign because high school is really different than middle school and I feel like it is a time to really show myself that I can do this!” When asked if he had any advice to pass on to other students about how to achieve their goals, he said, “Always finish your homework. I try not to slack off too much because I learned it only hurts me down the road, plus I have more fun on the weekends if I get my work and projects done before they are due.”

Students can still participate in the Stoke-A-Student campaign by visiting Surfside Sports and registering. Each month, one lucky surf-loving elementary, junior high school, or high school student in the Newport-Mesa area will win a Russel surfboard. The student whose name is drawn as the winner each month must show proof of having a B grade average (or better) over the past semester in order to be eligible. No purchase is necessary.

To learn more about Arbor Real Estate and the Stoke-A-Student contest, visit www.arborrealestate.com


56th Annual Roy Emerson Tennis Classic coming to town

Roy and Joy Emerson

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Roy and Joy Emerson

The Roy Emerson Tennis Classic is arguably the longest-running local tennis tournament in Southern California. For 56 seasons, tennis legend Roy Emerson and his charming wife, Joy, have fronted the Tennis Classic benefitting a charity close to their hearts and the heart of the community at large – Holy Family Services and Foster Care Agency (HFS). Funds raised at this event, along with those raised at the Guild’s Patroness Luncheon, go directly to support the services provided by HFS. The massive undertaking is being co-chaired by Chris Garber and Katie Richardson.

Palisades Tennis Club is set to host the event over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 26-29. It will be joined by other local tennis facilities including The Tennis Club, The Racquet Club of Irvine and Mesa Verde Country Club. Up to 400 local players will compete in matches at all the venues leading up to final play on Memorial Day at Palisades Tennis Club.

Adoption Guild tournament volunteers have planned a series of special events including a lavish “Just for Fun” Tournament Party on May 28th starting at 6 pm at Palisades Tennis Club. It will feature local food vendors, complimentary beer and wine, and entertainment. The “Just for Fun” party is free to tournament players. Guests wishing to attend the party can purchase a ticket at the door for $20. Those attending must be 21 years or older.

During the tournament, players and guests will enjoy shopping at the boutique featuring tennis accessories and jewelry with wine tasting courtesy of One Hope Wines. Also, featured will be an opportunity drawing booth with more than 25 wonderful prizes.

On Monday, May 29, FINALS day, the tennis will be spectacular for spectators.  A “Sponsor Garden” will welcome VIP sponsors with a Champagne reception, gourmet food and premier seating for viewing. Roy Emerson is set to address the large contingent with support for the tennis community and for The Adoption Guild and their support of HFS.

HFS strongly embraces the values of diversity and inclusion as they strive to provide caring, non-judgmental support for birth parents considering adoption, to unite children and infants in need of a home with hopeful adoptive parents, and to create strong, loving families of all shapes and sizes.

To enter the tournament, visit www.adoptionguild.org and click on the “events” link. The entry fee for doubles teams, per event, is $108.50, NTRP singles is $54.25 and $81.13 for Open Singles. The entry deadline is May 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm. This is a USTA-sponsored event. Prize money will be awarded in open men’s and women’s events.

In the end, it’s all about tennis “love” and love for the innocent child.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Mickey

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Animal Shelter

MEET MICKEY

This little guy is an 8-year-old Rat Terrier. He is good with other dogs and people. Mickey is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His sister was adopted, so now it’s his turn to find a wonderful home.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. The great news is that at last weekend’s OC Pet Expo, the shelter adopted out three dogs and 11 kittens!!!

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

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


OC Marathon this weekend

Making miles matter…when the 13th Annual OC Marathon kicks off this weekend on Saturday, May 6 and spans three races in two days: the Wahoo’s OC 5K, the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. Runners can choose from 30 official OC Marathon charities or select their own.

The 2017 U.S. Bank OC Marathon (OCM) has a goal: To help their charities raise $1 million, nearly double the amount they raised last year. The world-class race has generated $5 million for local and national causes since its inception in 2004.

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According to Gary Kutscher, long-time OCM director, “Running a marathon or half marathon offers a tremendously compelling way to raise money for something bigger than yourself. Raising money for Leukemia Team in Training is what prompted me to start running at the 1996 Honolulu Marathon. I remember how excited I was to open my mailbox and find $100 checks from people I didn’t even know who were supporting my cause.”

The OCM 2017 is expecting 15,000 in the Full, Half and 5K, and another 10,000 children in the Kids Run the OC, with more than 2,500 volunteers.

Expect road closures on Sunday, May 7 throughout Newport Beach from 4 a.m. to noon. For a complete listing and more information, visit www.OCMarathon.com.


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter “violated his oath”

I support the recall of Scott Peotter because he violated his oath in trying to prevent the people from stopping the Museum House Project and because he violated several state and local laws. But as I read his statement in response to the recall a new reason has emerged; his fundamental refusal to tell the truth.

The following are some of the false statements contained in his response:

The recall will waste $500,000 of taxpayer money. In fact, the city clerk has said a special election would cost $300,000. Peotter was a strong advocate for a special election when the Museum House petitions were submitted and had all the documents he demanded for the petitions been included, the cost for that election would have been over $4 million.

Recall supporters are spouting lies and half-truths…check out my website for a direct response. Two weeks later and there is not a single word on his web site refuting any of the charges. He cannot deny his campaign law violations because they were on his own reports. He bragged in print about his efforts to subvert the rights of the people to petition to stop Museum House.

The recall is just sour grapes by Keith Curry … and his handpicked 2014 candidate Mike Toerge. This recall was organized by a grassroots citizen’s committee from across the city including some who have not been supporters of Curry in the past. Curry was running for the Assembly in 2014 and both Curry and Toerge confirm he did not “hand pick” anybody to run against Peotter.

Since my election, I have worked to deliver the following: Save the Fire Rings. The plan adopted was essentially the same one adopted in November 2013 by the prior council. Stop the Dock Tax. The Dock fees still exist. Two-thirds of dock owners received a cut averaging $18.00 annually. A few of Peotter’s donors received cuts of several hundred dollars per year.

Audit the Civic Center. This boondoggle cost more than a special election, was rushed to council before it could be completed and still has not been submitted in final form. It was a waste of money to advance Peotter’s political career. 

Enact the Taxpayer Protection Act. This is perhaps the most deceitful statement. The Taxpayer Protection Act was introduced by Councilman Curry, Peotter hijacked the issue, put his name on it to make it look like his and now tries to take credit for it. He even formed a campaign committee and used the funds raised to instead support his endorsed candidates in the 2016 election. His one accomplishment is one he stole from his main political rival. How dishonest.

Eliminate the Business License Tax. This would have created a $3.5 million budget deficit and even the Finance Committee and his Team Newport colleagues found it so irresponsible they defeated it each of the three times Peotter brought it up.

Peotter not only disrespects the law and the rights of residents, he simply can’t tell the truth. Visit www.recallscottpeotter.com  for more information. 

Lynn Swain

On Behalf of the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter


Guest letter

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

New math program for K-5 selected for NMUSD approval

Dear Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Parents,

In August 2016, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education gave direction to staff to begin the process of evaluating and piloting new elementary math instructional materials. Through this collaborative, seven-month pilot process, NMUSD K-5 teachers and staff have identified Bridges in Mathematics by

Math Learning Center as the comprehensive set of kindergarten to fifth grade math instructional materials that will best meet the needs of NMUSD students and teachers.

As you may recall from previous communications, this process began with assembling a steering committee of teachers and administrators to develop and guide the pilot process and future recommendation to the Board of Education. The steering committee identified two viable sets of instructional materials that were implemented, analyzed and evaluated in select primary and upper grade classrooms at each site.

Teachers used and evaluated each set of materials for seven weeks and then collaboratively reached consensus that Bridges in Mathematics is the best set of K-5 math instructional materials for NMUSD.

As part of the evaluation process parents and students in pilot classrooms were provided an opportunity to provide feedback on the instructional materials. Community members were able to review website links to publishers and provide feedback through the District Elementary Math Instructional Materials Pilot website at https://nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/mathpilot.

We are grateful for the guidance and leadership of our Board of Education and their commitment to ensure that we provide teachers with opportunities to identify the best resources to prepare our students for the ever-changing world.

District staff will report on the pilot process and the resulting recommendation of Bridges in Mathematics at the Board of Education meeting on May 9, 2017.

Bridges in Mathematics materials will be on display for public review in the Sanborn Building from May 10 - 23.

A recommendation for final approval will go forward to the Board of Education on May 23, 2017.

We appreciate your feedback and support throughout the process, and will continue to provide communication to our school community to work toward a seamless adoption process.


Grich golf tourney to raise money for Boys Hope Girls Hope

Pelican Hill

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Former Angel second baseman and All-Star Bobby Grich will join the field of golfers in one of Orange County’s biggest charity golf tournaments of the year in the 23rd Annual Golfers Classic on May 10 at Pelican Hill Golf Club to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California.

A few playing spots remain open for the high-class event, which usually raises about $250,000 for the nonprofit and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Irvine-based agency. Boys Hope Girls Hope provides long-term housing and academic scholarships through college to children considered homeless by the California Department of Education.

It is a great opportunity to play golf at Pelican Hill, meet Grich or get to know the organization better for those possibly seeking to volunteer for an Orange County nonprofit. 

In addition to 18 holes of golf at Pelican Hill, the tournament features a hole-in-one contest, $10,000 putting contest, live auction, cocktail hour, post-tournament dinner and gifts for all golfers. 

The headliner for the live auction is billed as The Players Championship 2018, in which the lucky winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets for three people to The Players Championship next year at TPC Sawgrass, Fla., along with rounds of golf at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course before the event and a caddied, first Members Open Day after The Players Championship (typically Tuesday or Wednesday). In addition, the package includes golf at Amelia Island Ocean Course and the Plantation Course in Ponta Verde. 

Hopeful participants should contact Executive Administrator Tim Rogers at 949. 515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fusion Academy to present Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Acclaimed author, clinical psychologist, Oprah’s friend and mentor – these are just a few words used to describe Dr. Shefali Tsabary, who has dedicated her career to helping others (like Oprah) find their inner mindfulness.

Fusion Academy, a revolutionary private school dedicated to changing the way it educates children in a nontraditional, one-to-one academic environment, will present Dr. Shefali in “Being Mindful for joy in school and harmony at home” as she brings her expertise and knowledge to the Newport Beach Marriott & Spa on Thursday, May 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Shefali is an award-winning author and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include family coaching, individual therapy, couples therapy and mindful living therapy. She blends Eastern mindfulness with Western psychology integrating wisdom from both traditions.

If you are able to attend this one-of-a-kind event, find more information and register at www.fusiondrshefali.com

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Check it out…we got a wave of responses

Stump the Stu 5.4

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Did you say it’s the Tsunami Warning System? Well, Jeff Teller, Joe Stapleton, Mike Larkin and Chase Reif did.

We then went to City Hall for an education. Thanks Katie Eing, Emergency Services Coordinator for the Newport Beach Police Department.

“The City of Newport Beach is an official Tsunami Ready Community and has three outdoor tsunami warning sirens. The siren in the photo is at 61st Street/Seashore near the racquetball courts. 

The sirens are tested on the first Friday of the month at noon (this Friday) – if residents want to listen for them. The sirens are tested at a lower decibel level during the monthly test. 

They were installed in Spring of 2010 following a series of earthquakes and subsequent tsunami warnings that originated from countries to the south. Thankfully we haven’t had to activate the sirens since installation!

The Police Department is responsible for alerting and warning the public during an emergency and the siren terminal resides in the Watch Commanders’ Office for activation, if determined. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Warning Center located in Palmer, Alaska monitors 3,200 buoys in the Pacific Ocean 24 hours a day/365 and notifies coastal communities following earthquakes near the ocean or any underwater abnormalities including tsunamis.

The sirens are one option of a multi-part public safety notification approach. During an emergency if the sirens are activated, residents should turn on their radios and TVs for further information.”

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Segerstrom announces summer dance program

summer dance program

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts is offering its first summer dance program: “Summer Dance: From Broadway to Ballet.” Classes will be held June 26 - July 7 and July 24 - August 18 for students ages 3 - 18, and will include four separate dance programs.

It is a new program that will explore a range of dance styles in a fun environment. And no auditions and no prior dance experience are necessary. These are classes for young dancers of all abilities and experience taught by a faculty of principal dancers representing many of the nation’s leading companies from Broadway and Hollywood.

Segerstrom Center’s Summer Dance is a six-week program. Students must enroll for a minimum of two weeks, but to help make summer planning easier, weeks do not have to be consecutive. Space is limited for some classes and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Dance Camp is offered to youth ages 8 - 18, with a two-week tuition beginning at $300; Ballet Camp is offered to those 3 - 18 years old with tuition beginning at $65; and Dance & Music Classes are geared to children with disabilities, ages 4 - 12 with a four-week tuition of $80. Open Classes, where youth can “drop-in” are available to ages 8 - 18 with a one-time registration fee of $75 plus $20 per class.

For complete information and registration, visit www.SCFTA.org/SummerDance

e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.556.2122, ext. 4104.


Police warn don’t drink and drive for Cinco de Mayo weekend or face consequences

Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. But, for many in the United States, present-day Cinco de Mayo celebrations often lead to impaired driving and there is no victory in that. 

On Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, officers from the Newport Beach Police Department will be deploying specifically for the purpose of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. Additionally, every traffic and patrol officer on duty will be on heightened alert to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs. High-visibility deployments like Saturation Patrols and DUI Checkpoints have been proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20 percent when these types of deployments are routinely conducted.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Taking prescription drugs (particularly those with a warning on the label about driving or operating machinery) or using marijuana (especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs) can be incredibly impairing, and result in a DUI.

As you make your Cinco de Mayo plans, note that the California Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants.

If you don’t designate a sober driver ahead of time, or have a solid plan for how you will get home safely, you are setting yourself up for disaster. When you drive while impaired, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. Even if you don’t harm anyone, the average DUI costs about $10,000…which far exceeds the cost of a ride home.

A final statistic to remember: Impaired-driving deaths are 100 percent preventable.


Police Files

Fresno man arrested for felony battery and refusing to give DNA

NBPD officers arrested Durrell Brian Oliver, 30, Fresno, at 1:48 a.m. on Monday.

He was at 23rd and West Ocean Front where he was taken into custody for felony battery causing bodily injury.

When was asked to provide a saliva sample for DNA, Oliver allegedly refused. 

He was held on $25,000 bail.

Drunk driver, 29, had a felony warrant but no driver’s license

A Victorville resident, Rafael Ramirez, 29, drove drunk and was pulled over at Newport Blvd. and Via Lido at 34 minutes past midnight Tuesday. He didn’t have a driver’s license and he failed field sobriety tests administered at the scene.

That led to his arrest for DUI and driving without a license. He was also held for two Victorville Court warrants – one of them was a felony.

His bail was $77,500.

Scroll down for Police Beat – a complete list of arrests in Newport


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, May 1 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is David Moore, speaking on Charitable Income & Tax Planning Issues. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Axis 360 Downloadable eBooks, May 2 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn about the Axis 360 eBook service available from the library. Axis 360 offers free downloadable eBooks and is compatible with most Android, iOS, Kindle Fires and desktop software. Be sure to bring your NBPL library card and your tablet, smartphone or laptop. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Star Wars Crafts, May 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. Do you love Star Wars? Do you love making fun crafts? Then join in the fun as you celebrate Star Wars! No registration required. Geared for ages 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech – Media Lab Open House, May 2 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGOS

LEGO “Block” Party, May 3 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Clay Animal Fun, May 3 at 3 p.m. Create your favorite animal or a creature from your imagination using Crayola Model Magic. Geared for children 3-8 years of age. Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.717.3075.

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Wake Up! Newport, May 4 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Features Guest Speaker Kimberly Brandt, Community Development Director, City of Newport Beach. The discussion will include Mariner’s Mile Master Plan, Short-term/Vacation Rentals and the Balboa Peninsula Trolley. Breakfast treats will be provided by Back Bay Bistro. The event, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is free to the public, but make reservations by contacting Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.729.4411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, May 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day and they supply the bags). Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spring Crafts, May 6 at 12 p.m. Join in the fun of an afternoon of Spring crafting fun.  Geared for ages 3-8. No registration required. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Michael Simon, speaking on IRA & Retirement Plan Distributions. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn to search the Reference USA database to search for jobs and to find information about businesses, consumers and residents. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop, May 9 at 6 p.m. Marketing is War! How the Small Guy Beats the Big Guy by Being Better Not Bigger. Learn to search the Reference USA database to search for jobs and to find information about businesses, consumers and residents. 

Register at the library web site. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – The History of Recording Technology, May 9 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Book Discussion Group, May 10 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Shelter” by Jung Yun will be shared. About the Book: Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes and he’s compelled to take them in. “Shelter” leads readers through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Attendance is welcomed, even if you have not read or finished the book! This is free and no reservations are required. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 10 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Genealogy Resources 103: Immigration Records, May 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. With nearly 50 million people having immigrated to the United States dating back to the colonial era, immigration records provide a key link to tracing your lineage in your ancestor’s country of origin. This class will delve into passenger lists, naturalization records, citizenship records, and border crossings to help discover your family’s immigration story and further your research beyond the borders of the United States. 

Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, May 11 from 7- 8:45 p.m. Free Movie Screening. See what happens when Jeb Berrier, a regular American man and soon to be father, makes a pledge to stop using single use plastic bags and more at the grocery store. Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes – single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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4th Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival, May 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hop on over for the kids’ event of the season. Enjoy storytime, games, arts & crafts, face painting, StoryWalk and other outdoor activities on the Civic Green. Save-Some-Bunny Rabbit Rescue is planning to attend again and they will be bringing some rabbit friends! Admission is free and reservations aren’t required. Sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Storytime takes place in the Central Library Friends Room. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Susan Merritt and Peter Kote, speaking on The Role of a Trustee & Executor. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. Media Lab Open House. Staff will provide an overview of the VHS conversion stations, Lynda.com access and other specialized resources. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Coding for Kids!, May 16 at from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? This is a special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. No registration is required. Geared for ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech – Resume Building Tech, May 16 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Drop-in Beachy Crafts, May 17 from 2 - 5 p.m. Make crafts inspired by the beach, but without the sand! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-7. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa. 949.644.3076.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 17 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Library Live presents Stephanie Danler, author of “Sweetbitter”, May 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. The debut novel garnered international attention just one week after its release. Danler’s work has appeared in Vogue MagazineTravel and LeisureBon Appetit and O Magazine, to name a few. Hailing from California, Danler wound up working in the fast-paced and often chaotic Manhattan restaurant life before enrolling in graduate school at The New School, where she wrote Sweetbitter whose backdrop is that very experience in New York City. Light refreshments provided by baker & olive, Corona del Mar Plaza. Book sales and signing. Tickets: $20-$25. No refunds or exchanges on any tickets. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

2nd Annual Book Appraisal Clinic, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reserve a spot to bring your collectible books and other works on paper to be appraised by rare book specialist, Greg Jung, from San Francisco’s PBA Galleries. This event is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library. An appointment is required and must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify morning or afternoon. There is a four-item limit per membership. Free for all Friends of the Library members. Non-members, $10 or sign up for a special $10 yearly membership and entrance is free. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Dance on the Civic Green, May 20 at 2 p.m. Backhausdance will present an engaging, interactive and entertaining outdoor performance for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Supported by the City Arts Commission. Free admission and parking. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Reading to Dogs, May 21 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Share a book with a furry friend. Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story. Reading spots are limited, so sign up early. This activity is open to school-age children, 5-12 years old. There is no charge for this event. Reservations: www.nbplfoundation.org. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Sunday Musicale: Black Canary Strings, May 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Blending sophisticated classical selections with the creativity and passion of jazz, Black Canary puts a different twist on the world’s greatest music. Black Canary is a contemporary improvising string ensemble that combines their varied and timeless repertoire of classical, jazz, pop, folk, world music in an acoustic or electric setting. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 22 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Steve Bemis and Peter Kote, speaking on Case Study & Review. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Claudia Helen Kawas, May 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 90+ Study and Memory Disorders. Claudia Helen Kawas, M.D. is Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine. Dr. Kawas’ work is concentrated on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, in the determinants of successful aging, longitudinal and clinical pathological investigations, clinical trials, and most recently, studies in cognitive and functional abilities of the Oldest Old (over 90 years of age). No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consumer Reports. Learn about using the Newport Beach Public Library subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, a valuable publication containing consumer product testing, research and reviews. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Photoshop & Lynda.com, May 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. Photoshop and Lynda.com. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Wahoo’s Wing Lam and Family, The Journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the incredible story of the Lee family spanning more than half a century and across half the globe. Their journey begins in Mainland China and winds its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they open the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Their story is filled with hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine. Yet through it all, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence. The stories of the Lee family will fill you with laughter and possibly a few tears, as well. Come and find out how John Wayne helped to put Shanghai Pine Garden on the map (and experience a rare treat of Mr. Lee singing the Chinese opera song that Wayne enjoyed so much). This free lecture is presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 24 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Beyond the Canvas: Rene Magritte, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 104: Probate Records, May 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Probate records often contain valuable genealogical data, including names and relationships of family members, death information, ages, and residences, among other helpful information. This class will investigate wills, probates, estate records, and guardianship records to learn why these court records must not be overlooked when conducting genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, May 26 and continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Overdrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in you pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


United Cerebral Palsy of OC’s Life Without Limits gala raises $450K

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) raised an estimated $450,000 at their annual Life Without Limits fundraising gala on April 22 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. More than 310 attendees helped to honor Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian while raising funds for 5,639 local children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Event co-chairs were Jim Corbett, philanthropist; Kim Letch, Ernst & Young, LLP; and Laura Meier, Meier Law Firm.

UCP OC CEO

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(L-R): UCP-OC CEO Deborah Levy with gala co-chairs Laura Meier, James Corbett and Kim Letch

Guests were greeted by UCP-OC’s child ambassadors and families as they arrived at the black-tie event with a circus theme. An elegant silent auction and cocktail party was followed by dinner, live auction and awards program. UCP-OC’s CEO Deborah Levy and emcee/auctioneer Bill Nye welcomed guests into the main ballroom where the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ theme continued in the main ballroom with a dramatic silk aerialist performance. Several luxury live auction packages were auctioned and the fund-a-need raised an additional $73,900.

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Newport Beach residents Scott Pievac and Kimmy Cameron

Dr. Jennifer Simpson received the Individual Impact Award to a standing ovation. As Professor of Ophthalmology at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine and a practicing pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Simpson has served as a member of UCP-OC’s Pediatric Medical Advisory Board since 2010 and has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the organization.

Marcy Brown, Vice President, Hoag Hospital Irvine and Ambulatory Services accepted the Community Impact Award on behalf of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Hoag has long supported UCP-OC as they serve families of infants who require highly specialized care through their level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Hoag’s relationship with UCP-OC ensures that NICU discharged infants and their families have access to necessary follow-up care from infancy through young adulthood. 

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(L-R): Group from Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian includes Scott and Meghan Norton, Christine Blough, Dr. Alan Beyer, Marcy Brown, Christy Ward and Miles Chang, M.D.

The event concluded with dancing to the live music of The California Band and major event sponsors included David E.I. Pyott Foundation, Argyros Family Foundation, Horowitz Group and loanDepot. 

For more information about the gala or UCP-OC, call 949.333.6401 or visit www.ucp-oc.org/gala.


This weekend ENC to hold 12th Annual Spring Faire

Come and join the fun at the Environmental Nature Center’s 12th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Exhibit, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Monarch on Milkweed

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A monarch butterfly on milkweed

Orange County’s only butterfly house will re-open at the Spring Faire. Visitors can observe native butterflies interacting with locally native host and nectar plants. Native plants will be available for sale. Native plants draw butterflies and birds, save water, reduce pesticide use and showcase color throughout the year.

Attendees can experience dishes and beverages that local restaurants will offer at ENC’s “Savor OC”. Confirmed restaurants include Damasq Café, Rita’s ice Custard Happiness, Kean Coffee, Sensitive Sweets, White House Catering, Pie-Not, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink and Al’s New York Café. Local restaurants and catering companies are encouraged and invited to participate.

Guests can also purchase a reusable ENC bag for $5, their ticket to the Craft Crawl presented by Girl Scout Troop 2917. This year’s crafts feature endangered wildlife from California, such as Salt Marsh Bird’s Beak, San Mateo Thorn Mint, the Green Sea Turtle, Northern Spotted Owl, the Wolverine and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly.

Attendees can get a relaxing massage from Greet the Day staff.

Children ages 4 - 18 will exhibit their art at the Youth Art Showcase. This year’s theme is “Creativity and Climate Change.” Prizes provided by Art Supply Warehouse, Saddleback College Fashion Program, and the ENC’s Nature’s Gifts store will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in four age categories.

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Youngsters take a closer look at ENC wildlife

At 10:45 a.m., the Young Singers of Orange County will perform on the Fire Circle Stage. At 12:45 p.m., guests can enjoy a live Bird of Prey presentation. At 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., children can sing along with Save the Queen Green. The Metropolitan Water District will also conduct a presentation on California’s drought.

Face painters will paint butterflies and caterpillars on participants’ faces, and henna artists will create beautiful designs on hands and feet. Fees from these attractions will benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs.

Live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center and a variety of arthropods, courtesy of Francisco the Bug Guy, will also be on display.

For more information, call 949.645.8489, ext. 103, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

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Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

OC Marathon | May 6 - 7 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this event allows runners to choose between a full marathon, a half marathon or a 5K. Tickets: $100, $90 and $30.

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

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

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Laura Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…what the heck is it?

Where is it and what is it? Even Stu is a little stumped with this one. Oh, and we’re not talking about the palm trees.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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

Stump the Stu 5.1

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Stasha Has a Nose for News – DOGTV gets four paws up 

Stasha Super Model

Do dogs watch television? You bet they do, and I’m a lucky pup to have my own subscription of DOGTV on DirecTV. Why pay for a channel when Mom could just leave Animal Planet on for me? 

Problem with Animal Planet is that it’s geared toward humans, while DOGTV is specifically programmed for dogs that stay at home to reduce their separation anxiety. 

We’ve all been there, home alone, nothing to do, bored out of our little doggie minds. That’s when our behavior can become sketchy, nibbling blankets, shoes, tearing apart pillows – you get the picture.

Stasha with blanket

DOGTV offers us pups shows that keep us stimulated, engaged and calm our little furry butts down so we’re less likely to exhibit destructive behaviors.

According to their website, “DOGTV is designed as the perfect babysitter for dogs who have to stay home alone. Research shows that dogs feel better in the company of television, especially when the right content is on. DOGTV’s three types of programming offer relaxing and stimulating content as well as positive behavioral reinforcements.”

DOGTV’s programming meets a dog’s typical daily cycle and helps prevent mental fatigue. To give you some background, DOGTV premiered on DirecTV in a small test market in California, August 2013. It was created by vets and dog psychologists.

“The shift to digital televisions and flat screen TVs has also contributed to the growth in the numbers of dogs that watch TV. In a survey conducted by the American Kennel Club and IAMS dog food, nearly half of those surveyed had dogs that showed some interest in what was happening on the television screen,” the DOGTV site states.

The concept of a 24-hour channel just for dogs intrigued my Mom who quickly signed up for the free trial period in 2013.

Stasha on sofa watching TV

From the get-go, I was glued to it watching dogs frolic in fields, swim in pools during what they call “stimulation” programming time. Later in the day there’s “relaxation” where dogs nap and relax with soothing sounds and music in the background. There are also dogs going to the vet, walking on busy city streets, and lightning and thunder segments, with sounds related to those circumstances. The concept here is to neutralize our anxiety toward those situations when we encounter them in real life. Late into the night, DOGTV gets kind of psychedelic with color images and music that’s pretty trippy.

Mom watches it when she can’t sleep in the middle of the night and it lulls her back into nite nite land.

There’s real science behind DOGTV and the content is created to appeal to dogs.

DOGTV is now offered in 13 countries and can be watched on smart phones, IPads, televisions, you name it, and you can take DOGTV anywhere. DOGTV.com, http://dogtv.latto.tv/HomePage.aspx, offers a free month trial and then packages from $9.99 per month to $84.99 for a full year.

Is it worth the expense? Well, let’s just say in our house we watch DOGTV more than HBO. Check out the site: there are cool videos and you can delve further into the programming concept.

I give DOGTV four paws up! 

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Bark at ya’ next month! Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check out my columns at www.bvontv.com.


Police Files

Two incidents of child cruelty occurred this week

Newport Beach Police officers arrested three people on charges of child cruelty in two separate incidents this week.

On Thursday at 10:17 p.m., officers in the 100 block of Main Street made contact with a couple from Moreno Valley. While Jade Rodriguez, 25, was arrested for being drunk in public, Gabriel Rodriguez, 27, was arrested for child cruelty with possible injury or death.

On Tuesday at 6:28 p.m., David Jouni, 23, and Heidi Mitchell, 23, both from Newport Beach, were arrested for child cruelty with possible injury or death in the 2500 block of Eastbluff Drive.

Bail for Rodriguez, Jouni, and Mitchell was $100,000 each.

Strong-arm robbery suspect busted on Thursday

A Newport Beach man was arrested on Thursday afternoon following a strong-arm robbery in the 100 block of W. Promontory Drive.

Jonathon Dane Allen, 26, was arrested for robbery and battery. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bail came to $100,000.

Cops nab burglary suspect with drugs

On Saturday at 4:10 p.m., Newport Beach Police officers arrested Humberto Barragan, 30, of Costa Mesa, for burglary.

Barragan allegedly entered an unlocked residence in the 200 block of Walnut Street and stole unspecified items. In addition, he was found to be in possession of dangerous drugs. He was held with $50,000 bail. 

Scroll down for Police Beat with more crimes & arrests in Newport


O’Neill to offer fiscal health picture of Newport Beach

Will O'Neill

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City Councilman Will O’Neill

There has been much discussion lately about the state of Newport Beach’s fiscal health. City Council member and two-term citizen member of the Finance Committee, Will O’Neill, will present an overview of the state of the City’s finances at the May 10 Speak Up Newport meeting. 

O’Neill will give an overview of the General Fund, Restricted Funds and Enterprise Funds; offer revenue highlights, including property taxes, sales tax and transient occupancy taxes; explain expenses and long-term liabilities including Civic Center debt and pension liability; and offer highlights of next year’s proposed budget and capital improvement programs. 

Councilman O’Neill graduated from Stanford University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law. He is the current President of the UC Hastings alumni association and sits on the Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He and his wife, Jenny, have two young children. 

The program begins with a 5:15 p.m. reception, followed by the program and a Q&A at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. 

There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary. 

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group
organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. For information or to join, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.


Ole Miss quarterback selected as “Irrelevant”

After three days and 252 picks, Newport Beach’s Melanie Salata took center stage at the NFL draft in Philadelphia and announced the selection of Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly as the 2017 Mr. Irrelevant.

Kelly, who was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 253rd and final pick, is the nephew of NFL legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Mr. Irrelevant was launched in 1976 by NFL alumnus Paul Salata and is an annual celebration in Newport Beach that honors the last player to be picked in the draft. 

Kelly is a somewhat controversial selection by Denver because he had multiple off-field problems in college and was dismissed from Clemson early in his career for “conduct detrimental to the team.” 

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Chad Kelly

After transferring to East Mississippi Community College, he started 12 games, threw for 3,906 yards with 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He led East Mississippi to a 12-0 record and victory in the NJCAA National Football Championship.

In his first season with Ole Miss, Kelly finished with 298 completions on 458 attempts for 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also had 10 rushing touchdowns and became the first quarterback to lead the Rebels with victories over Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the same season.

He won Sugar Bowl MVP Honors after throwing for 21 completions on 33 passes for 302 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and one interception. Kelly also led the team with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries. His four passing touchdowns tied a Sugar Bowl record.

This past season, Kelly suffered a season-ending knee injury on November 5 against Georgia Southern.

Recently, he was one of two players who had his invitation rescinded to the draft by the NFL.

Dates for Irrelevant Week have not yet been released.


Newport Boat Show lured spectator crowds

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This past weekend, April 27-30, the Newport Boat Show – West Coast’s premier destination for “big boats” and yachts – lured thousands to Lido Marina. This was the first in-water boat show after the completion of the dramatic two-year renovation of the seaside shopping and restaurant complex, transforming itself into a lifestyle destination featuring boutiques, eateries and lifestyle shops. 

Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event featured more than 200 new and used boats and motoryachts of all types and price points, along with shoreside booths offering the latest watersport “toys” and the newest accessories and gadgets. 

Boaters and landlubbers alike – we hope you enjoy these photos!

For more information, visit www.NewportBeachBoatShow.com.

Check out more photos from the Newport Boat Show

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Wake Up! Newport to Community Development Director Kim Brandt

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The May “Wake Up! Newport” breakfast on May 4 will feature what’s coming up this summer with Community Development Director Kim Brandt.

Brandt will give an update on the current proposals for the Mariner’s Mile Master Plan, how the City is ensuring compliance for short term vacation rentals and she’ll discuss the Balboa Peninsula Trolley.

As Community Development Director, Brandt is responsible for Building and Life Safety, Real Estate Administration, Coastal Act compliance, Code Enforcement and Planning.

Wake Up! Newport is a monthly hosted breakfast held by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and takes place in the Friends Room at the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. The breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.


The Scott Brothers House Party coming to Segerstrom

Anticipation is building for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience, “The Scott Brothers House Party,” coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on July 23, 2017. Fans can expect an evening in Segerstrom Hall that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before seen video and audience participation in an anything goes performance.

Scott Brothers

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Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

Best known for their hit HGTV programs (Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother, Buying & Selling), the brothers’ contagious spirit and energy will have you jumping from your seats. As always, there will be plenty of friendly sibling rivalry…so let The Scott Brothers House Party begin!

Single tickets start at $49 and are now on sale. You can purchase them 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 for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. A limited number of VIP seats that include a post-show photo opportunity and tour swag will be available.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.1.17

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Happy, happy times as a youngster rides the Merry Go-Round in Balboa circa 1944.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


N2E in the books…MOD70 Phaedo3 fastest

The days when you could be on the water for the start of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, then drive south in time to see the first boats finish is officially over. 

For two years in a row now, heavy Friday afternoon traffic south of Encinitas, backups at the border plus a pit stop for insurance and gas have hindered the timely arrival of photographers and volunteers. 

“Who would have thought a sailboat could make it to Ensenada faster than a car?” questioned Jr. Staff Commodore Dave Shockley.

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Lloyd Thornburg’s, MOD70 Phaedo3 and Howard Enloe’s ORMA60 Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line of the N2E with times of 5:45:52 and 5:49:28 respectively. No records were broken this year but amazingly that after 125 miles, they finished by only 3:56 apart! 

Also impressive is that Mighty Merloe, that has previously claimed best elapsed time honors, made it with only a 12 minute and 30 second difference from last year.

 It was so windy in Ensenada Friday afternoon, creating a hazy visibility; the Port Captain closed the port to outgoing traffic. But winds there did little for the rest of the fleet; many of which got caught in doldrums at or just south of San Diego. 

Despite Friday starting with a wind advisory, winds dissipated as boats converged on the start at 10:30 a.m. By 12:30 p.m. and the final start, big swells remained, but wind had slowed to between just 6-8 knots. 

By 7 a.m. Saturday, only 18 boats had crossed the finish line. Last year’s monohull record-breaker Aszhou, Steve Maheen’s Reichel Pugh 63 clocked in with a time of 15:06:14. 

Bill Gibbs’ Wahoo, last year’s Tommy Bahama Trophy winner for best corrected time, all boats, arrived at 18:53:01. 

By 10:30 a.m., only PHRF A saw an arrival or two, all others were in transit. All Fast 50s were accounted for. 

Those who were slowly converging on the courtyard at the Coral Hotel and Marina reported big swells and spotty wind. The crew of Encore II reported changing its sails 15 times. Incoming reports from many sailors coincided. In the struggle for wind; they used every sail on board in hopes of finding one that provided an edge. 

“Spotty winds, this is sailboat racing. But you’ll be able to relax and have a good time once you are here (Ensenada),” said Commodore Tom Kennedy. 

Other unofficial times are: Zephyrus: 16:16:34; Pyewacket, 16:32:58; It’s Ok, 17:55:01; and Flaquita, 19:49:42.

For complete race results go to http://newporttoensenada.com/results/.


May is National Bicycle Safety Month

The Newport Beach Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) encourage bicycle riders and motorists to share the road safely. During the month of May, which is designated as National Bicycle Safety Month, they hope everyone will take special care to develop their skills as a “Roll Model” and help prevent collisions throughout the year.

For riders and drivers, being a “Roll Model” means actively decreasing the risks of traffic crashes, preventable injuries and deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 818 bicyclists died and more than 45,000 were injured in crashes in 2015, which shows a 12 percent increase in deaths from 2014.

Bicycles

Over the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015, the average age of cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 41 to 45. In 37 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes in 2015, alcohol was involved (for either the vehicle driver or for the bicyclist).

“We are committed to keeping our streets safe for everyone who uses them,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi, NBPD. “As the weather warms up, more people will be using our roads to enjoy their time in Newport Beach. Whether a person cycles or drives, everyone should know about bicycle safety – now more than ever.”

California has the “Move Over Law” to share the road, requiring motorists to provide at least a three-foot cushion when passing bicycle riders. Whether on two wheels, or on four, traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility.


“Hoag most advanced place for saving breasts”

Melvin J. Silverstein, M.D., Hoag Breast Center Medical Director and the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and Nirav Savalia, M.D., Director of Oncoplastic and Aesthetic Breast Surgery at Hoag, were among the faculty selected by the American Society of Breast Surgeons to teach the Annual Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course at the national meeting held this year in Las Vegas on April 26-30, 2017.

Hoag Breast Cancer Center

This prestigious opportunity allowed Drs. Silverstein and Savalia to discuss and teach the Split Reduction, an operative technique developed and perfected at Hoag, for surgeons across the nation. Combining the principles of oncologic surgery with the techniques of plastic surgery, this technique alters the incision site on a patient’s breast to accommodate tumors that other oncologists said could not be removed without a mastectomy.

“Hoag is the most advanced place in the world for saving breasts for patients who are told they need a mastectomy,” Dr. Silverstein said.

“Women have so many treatment options, including lumpectomies and oncoplastic surgery to remove cancerous tumors while achieving optimal cosmetic and oncologic results. It is surprising that mastectomy is still the default surgical option for breast cancer treatment,” Dr. Savalia added.


Guest Column

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield

Duffield complimentary on Peotter’s contributions

Duffy Duffield

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Marshall “Duffy” Duffield 

Scott Peotter works hard for our City fighting to lower costs, eliminate overtaxing and reducing government every day. He aggressively took on putting the firewood back on the beaches immediately after we got in office. He did it with more vigor than any councilperson and got it done. Team Newport made a lot of promises and Scott led the charge on many issues.  

I was easily intimidated by members of the old council, but not Scott. I supported Scott on 99 percent of his motions. Obviously, the old guard disliked what we were doing and fought back with vindictive and mean remarks. It was not fun and I did not look forward to Council meetings knowing whatever we tried we would be ridiculed in public by one or more of the old remaining councilmembers. Team Newport has done their best to deliver what we promised and Scott was and is a big part of that effort. We inherited a huge debt, therefore we had to revert to limited spending and smarter planning to keep the City running like the citizens expect.

Scott knows Newport Beach. He raised his children in the Port streets and they all graduated from Corona del Mar High School. He spent years on the Newport Beach planning commission donating his valuable time away from his architecture business. He is the only councilmember who has expertise in building and development. I believe his knowledge in this field is vital for the council to know if a project is good, viable or bad for the City.    

Like so many others, Scott was hit hard during the recession. Unfortunately, he had to sell his property and move to a more affordable neighborhood until he could find his way back to the City he loves. Scott is a very sincere man who speaks his mind. I am proud to be working with him on the Council and I always listen to what he has to offer in an objective way. Don’t always agree, just like I don’t always agree with others on the Council but that’s not bad, it’s healthy.

If you want to recall Scott, you may as well recall me too. I’m proud to sit on the council with him and continue fighting for what Team Newport promised.  

Duffy Duffield

Mayor Pro Tem

Newport Beach


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Lifelong dream realized, riding in the front of a police car rather than the back

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I’m a cop show and prison show fanatic in my daily television watching. A good Friday or Saturday night definitely includes watching some “Live PD,” “Cops” or maybe even “Lockup.”

Love, love, love these.

I still remember “Dragnet,” “Adam 12” and the original “Hawaii Five-0.” Maybe they’re what got me started.

Anyway, Friday was a first for me, a ride along with the Newport Beach Police Department. And not just any ride along, I might remind you. You see, I went out with our Chief of Police, Jon Lewis.

We started with a tour of the station. Did you know Newport Beach has its own firing range? I didn’t either. There is also a full-blown jail in the basement, complete with a drunk tank and even a “rubber room” for the more rambunctious inmates.

The good news is that I didn’t see any of my friends down there behind bars…sure, and you know who you are.

Next the Chief and I headed out in an unmarked black Crown Victoria. 

As we drove off, in my head I was singing, “Bad boys, bad boys, what’cha gonna do…what’cha gonna do when they come for you.”

All that said, it was a good news, bad news day. The Chief and his department do such a great job that there was very little going on around town. 

Sure, when we were down by the Newport Pier, we had our first “big” action of the day with a guy loitering around one of the bathroom areas. He was urged to move on and did.

The second “big” action was a guy illegally skateboarding down the boardwalk. 

Okay, so it’s not Chicago.

The Chief then set me up with Sgt. Brandon Rodriquez who helps oversee the increased presence of police on the Peninsula. Sgt. Rodriquez showed me how they effectively patrol the beach and the boardwalk on four-wheel drive vehicles.

If you think about it, it’s a very unique area. We have a school there whose playground ends at the sand, sensitive protected areas for birds that require people to Keep Out, two piers and lots of action both on the sand and down the boardwalk.

Although it appeared to me that the Sarge might have perhaps the greatest job in Newport Beach working at the beach, he did remind me of the pressures put on the area during heavy usage days.

Perhaps one of the best things about the day was just talking everything cops throughout the day with the Chief. 

I can tell you, our community is lucky to have his knowledge, oversight and a police force that is well trained in police work and in being strong community partners.

Love our men and women in blue.

• • •

Congrats to my friends at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce on their move to new digs. The new address is 4343 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 150-W, Newport Beach. All phone numbers will remain the same.

Knowing Chamber President & CEO Steve Rosansky, he’d love to show it off. So, next time you’re in the area, give him a call.


Councilman Herdman to hold open house…tonight

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Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman will host his first Town Hall meeting tonight, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Herdman and City of Newport Beach staff members will provide information about projects, programs and issues taking place in Council District 5. District 5 includes Newport Center, Big Canyon, the Port Streets, Linda Isle and Newport Harbor, and Collins and Balboa Islands.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to bring their questions and suggestions about Newport Beach issues, projects and programs.


City and CR&R ready to shred…your docs

The City of Newport Beach and CR&R, Inc. will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Canyon Reservoir (across Pacific View from Harbor Day School), 3300 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

Document shredding

Residents can help protect themselves from identity theft and fraud by safely shredding any documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive information including bank and financial statements; credit card statements or pre-approved credit card offers; and old IRS tax forms, checks, bills, credit cards & plastic/paper membership cards.

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

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


CASA Celebration of Children gala raises $1 million

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. In attendance were 370 guests who came out to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate.

This year’s Gala netted more than $1,049,000 and serves as the third year in a row that CASA has garnered in excess of $1 million at this signature fundraiser. The elegant evening was co-chaired by three supportive couples to CASA: Dana & Tom Chou of Irvine, Michelle & David Fisher of Laguna Beach and Susan & Dennis Leibel of Irvine. The evening’s festivities began with a 007-themed cocktail reception featuring a silent auction with 97 appealing items and casino games where guests were able to win tickets for a chance at taking home a $10,000 and $5,000 gift certificate to Lugano Diamonds.

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South Coast Plaza Director of Community Relations Kathryn Cenci and Tony Cenci

KTLA 5 Morning News’ meteorologist and sportscaster, Henry DiCarlo, served as Master of Ceremonies. Longtime CASA supporters, Lourdes & Ted Nark and Wendy & Larry Tenebaum received CASA’s highest given award, “Children’s Champion,” for their many years of personal dedication to the agency. National Diverse Segments Director Patty Juarez with Wells Fargo (and CASA Board Member) accepted the honor for “Outstanding Corporation” on behalf of Wells Fargo for their commitment to ensuring growth and success for children in foster care and helping to make our community a better place for everyone.

Laguna Beach resident, Andrea Schoembs, was honored as “Advocate of the Year” for her astounding work as a CASA volunteer. She shared a moving speech with the audience, detailing the mental health problems that her 9-year-old CASA child faces (PTSD, ADHD, Depression, and Mood Disorder) with a balance of expressing that the child “is awesome, bright, curious, and funny, and honestly one of the bravest people I know.”

Keynote speaker, CASA’s Judicial Honoree, and Presiding Dependency Court Judge, Judge Maria Hernandez, gave a poignant and impactful speech where she shared with the audience a story of an 11-year-old girl in Orange County who was forced into sex trafficking and detailed to the audience how detrimental the sexual, emotional and physical abuse can be for a child.

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(L - R): CASA of Orange County CEO Kathryn Seebold, Lisa Kassel and Children’s Champion Honoree, Wendy Tenebaum

Following the moving Keynote Speech from Judge Hernandez, auctioneer Rick Werner revved up the crowd for the annual Fund the Mission which hauled in more than $500,000 with donations from the guests ranging from $100,000 to $500.

The live auction included a Dream Vacation Home Experience at the Villa Verai in Phuket, Thailand, that fetched a $35,000 donation and Pink Sapphire earrings from Lugano Diamonds that were valued at $24,800.

Following the successful program portion of the Gala, the reception area was turned into an after party featuring a DJ, dancefloor, photo booth and snacks for the guests.

For more information, visit www.casaoc.org.


The Hutchins Consort to perform at St. Mark

Hutchins Consort

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Members of The Hutchins Consort and Carleen Hutchins’ instruments

On Sunday, April 30, The Hutchins Consort will perform at St. Mark Presbyterian Church. They will be performing “Immigrants,” music by composers who immigrated to the U.S. Music by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Bartok and Zeisl will be featured.

The Hutchins Consort plays on the eight scaled violins designed and built by luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning; a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled to bring it to peak acoustic performance. The fruits of her labor are the eight Hutchins violins, ranging in size from the 18.5-inch treble to the 7.2-foot contrabass.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. A $60 family package is available for two adults and two children. Tickets can be purchased on the website at www.hutchinsconsort.org, or at the door.

St. Mark Presbyterian Church is located at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Wednesday, April 28 at 11 a.m.

Join Laura’s House in honoring dedicated supporters, and help raise funds for domestic violence prevention programs. Enjoy delicious cuisine, luxurious décor – all in support of the non-profit’s mission of ending the silence of domestic violence. Tickets: $95.

Contact: Andrea McCallister, 949.361.3775, ext. 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.laurashouse.org

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

Mercy House | Living With Heart Gala, Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Join Mercy House at this annual Spring gala, benefiting homeless men, women and children in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Tickets: $255.

Contact: Marissa Norys, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mercyhouse.net

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

OC Marathon | May 6 - 7 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this event allows runners to choose between a full marathon, a half marathon or a 5K. Tickets: $100, $90 and $30.

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

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

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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

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

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

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | Continuing through April 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | Continuing through April 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

Yoga Play | Continuing through April 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

Nicholas Studio, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris – Nick Spangler and the An American in Paris Touring Company

An American in Paris | Continuing through May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40.

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Benjamin Grosvenor in recital | May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

The Duke to permanently park his horse at Ensign View Park

TomJohnson

Well, the Duke finally got his park in town. Tuesday night the Newport Beach City Council voted to rename Ensign View Park to John Wayne Park.

During the discussion leading up to the matter, several interesting points were made. First, there is currently no signage at the park designating it as Ensign View Park; and second, for all those people that didn’t want a park named after a resident, let me remind you that Ensign View Park is named after Horace Ensign, who was the first teacher/principal in Newport Beach.

The item passed 5-2, with Councilwoman Diane Dixon and Councilman Brad Avery dissenting.

Avery is opposed to parks being named after residents, however, he noted that the park named after Bob Henry is the perfect exception to that rule. Henry, of course, was killed in the line of duty while serving on the Newport Beach Police Department.

Several council and community members urged that the issue run its proper course and be referred back over to the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission for discussion. In fact, community activist Jim Mosher, a frequent speaker at council meetings, said he believed the City Charter required the issue go through PB&R.

Mayor Kevin Muldoon, who initially agendized the item, noted that he wanted to circumvent PB&R for time purposes to have the issue completed by May 26th, the date of Wayne’s 110th birthday.

Balboa Island Park, also under consideration for a name change to Ralph Rodheim Park, was withdrawn by Councilman Jeff Herdman and referred back to PB&R.

Other items on the agenda included appointing two new members to the Harbor Commission. Scott Cunningham passed on the first Council vote and was later joined by John Drayton.

There were 14 applicants vying for the two positions. The positions came open when Brad Avery was elected to Council and Joe Stapleton was appointed to the Finance Oversight Committee that required both to resign.

And, if you like Pickleball, or think you might like to try Pickleball, eight new courts will be permanently installed at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. The issue passed 7-0.

City Councilman Will O’Neill said, “I love it when we talk about improving parks.” 

O’Neill cited that he and his young children love to play in the parks and that his dad is an avid Pickleball player. So he felt this was a move that helped locals of all ages.

Don’t forget, get out to the Balboa Pier this Friday and watch the start of the Newport to Ensenada Race. Joining the race will be 185 boats and more than 1,100 sailors, with Class starts beginning at 11 a.m.

And the Newport Boat Show runs today (April 27) through Sunday (April 30) at Lido Village. You can check out more than 200 boats on display, including the new Duffy 58.

Go to www.newportinwaterboatshow.com for information.


2017 Newport Beach Film Festival closing celebration

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The Newport Beach Film Festival will end its eight-day run with the Southern California premier of “The Exception” tonight Thursday, April 27 at 8:15 p.m. at the Newport Beach landmark Lido Theater in Via Lido Plaza, 3459 Via Lido. Following the screening, the Newport Beach Film Festival, in partnership with Modern Luxury and Via Lido Plaza, will host the Closing Night Celebration at Via Lido Plaza. The outdoor event will feature top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning Orange County restaurants as well as a bar hosted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “The Exception” tells the story of a German soldier who tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planned a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.


Irvine Terrace: Venerable yachts and old horses

By DUNCAN FORGEY

“Hurry Mom, I don’t want to miss Chester,” exclaimed 8-year-old Dede, as she accompanied her Mom in their 1950 Buick Estate Woody. The young girl had both smiles and tears welling up inside because Chester was the love of her life. He was a 1,032-pound Palomino horse that was corralled at the stables above Balboa Island. Chester represented all that was good in her young and untested life.

This was a landmark day both in Dedeʻs life, as well as the future of Newport Beach. The land upon which Chester carried his precious cargo was scheduled to be developed.

The stable master, an Englishman named Lionel Harris, would be moving the horses further south and abandoning his beloved stables. No more sunset rides overlooking Newport Harbor riding upon the muscled back of Chester. Upon seeing her horse, Dedeʻs tears began to flow. Both the young girls’ and the horses’ lives would soon change forever.

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In 1952, The Irvine Company, in partnership with Kenneth Schmidt, John MacLeod and the Macco Company, turned this lazy equestrian bluff into a futuristic housing development of 384 homes. Built in three stages, Irvine Terrace featured single story homes featuring the latest “Betty Furness” styled electric kitchens. The project was the second in a series of hilltop homes that would mark the end of Newport Beach being strictly a beach town. The latest housing movement onto Irvine lands was just getting started.

Macco Company built homes on streets named after historic local sail boats. Many of today’s residents are unaware that these street names represent some of the most beautiful and swift racing yachts of an earlier era. Sea Drift, Lyman H. Farwellʻs 84-foot steel schooner, Serenade; Jascha Heifetzʻs 70-foot double ender, Santana; Humphrey Bogartʻs 57-foot yawl, K-Thanga; Donald Washburnʻs 92-foot cruiser; and Chubasco, Don Haskelʻs 67-foot yawl are examples of the best in sailboats.

This nautical theme added to the ambience of the development where nearly 50 percent of the homes were built with vistas of the ocean or harbor. Even though the CCRs restricted homes to one story, the massive terracing requirements of the development helped maintain as many views as possible. This was accomplished by removing an unprecedented 700,000 cubic yards of earth, which set examples for future neighborhoods such as Cameo Shores and Spyglass Hill.

Another first for Newport Beach was the development of a golf course as an amenity to homes. Part of the plans included Irvine Coast Country Club, now the newly renovated Newport Beach Country Club. ICCC became the playground for the many entrepreneurs and professionals coming to the area. Tense golf challenges and high stakes poker games made this golf course legendary among the competitive businessmen of Newport Beach. 

When completed, Irvine Terrace became home to medical professionals, businessmen, musicians and their families looking for a home away from the more crowded summer streets near the beach.

In 1953, homes sold for $24,000 for inside locations and $30,000 for homes with a view. Early in Newport Beach history, view properties were not exponentially more valuable than others because front row properties were subject to consistent cold on shore winds. Times have changed dramatically in subsequent decades. View properties today help make Newport Beach truly a city of the privileged.

Developers sold the tract through a leasehold ownership agreement with each parcel of land owned by The Irvine Company. Although unpopular, it was more economical for the buyers. This method of selling would be repeated in other Newport Beach neighborhoods such as The Bluffs, Bayshores and Linda Isle.

Due to the hard work of the Committee of 4,000, a group dedicated to negotiating with the Irvine Company to allow purchase of the land leases, a deal was eventually struck. Long-time resident Barbara Amstadter remembers the years long negotiations and credits Donald Bren for being vital in the final decision. Ideally, this proved a boon for locals because of a great appreciation in Newport Beach real estate during the 1980s and 1990s.

The first purchaser of a house in Irvine Terrace was Marinus ‘Connieʻ Contant. This pioneer purchased in 1953 with his wife Christina, raised their family while enjoying all the amenities of early Newport Beach, until his death last year at the age of 97.

Todayʻs Irvine Terrace is quite different from the original. Like every neighborhood in Newport Beach, original homes are being upgraded and expanded to as much square footage as allowed by local codes. In Irvine Terrace, this trend includes some front row homes cascading down the bluff toward Bayside Drive in dramatic fashion.  

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Get involved…board and commission applications now being sought

The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications through May 10 at noon to fill the following upcoming vacancies on its boards and commissions:  Board of Library Trustees (one seat); Building and Fire Board of Appeals (two seats); City Arts Commission (three seats); Civil Service Board (one seat); Harbor Commission (one seat); Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission (two seats); and Planning Commission (two seats).

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 10 at 12 p.m. All terms are for four years and expire on June 30, 2021.

 For an application and more information on these and other board, commission and committee vacancies, please click here. You can speak to a representative of the City Clerk’s Office by phone at 949-644-3005 or in-person by visiting the second floor of Bay E, City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive.


NHHS Drama presents final weekend of musical

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The Newport Harbor High School Drama Department presents their final weekend performances of Legally Blonde/The Musical in the Robert B. Wentz Theatre.

Performances are planned for Friday (April 28) and Saturday (April 29) at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday (April 30).

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for all students under 18 and can be purchase at www.nhhsdrama.com or in person at the ASB window on campus.

The Robert B. Wentz Theatre is located on the campus of NHHS at 600 Irvine Ave.


Samueli Foundation comes up big for Orangewood

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Samueli Academy ASB students Betsy Heredia (left) and Cynthia Antuche (right) welcome Susan and Henry Samueli

Orangewood Foundation and the organizers of the annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, fondly referred to as “The Knights,” are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will now benefit even more Orange County foster and community youth served by Orangewood. 

The Samueli Foundation will match all funds raised for Orangewood from the event, up to $600,000 for each of the next five years. The match will count towards all sponsorships raised by Orangewood, as well as net proceeds donated to Orangewood from the Stars & Stripes Tournament. 

The tournament and the match will support Orangewood’s educational programs for foster and community youth, in particular its Samueli Academy public charter high school in Santa Ana. 

Orangewood Foundation is one of seven charity beneficiaries of the Stars & Stripes Tournament. The others include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Miracles for Kids, HomeAid Orange County, Tilly’s Life Center, South Bay Community Services, and Building Baja’s Future.

Now in its 21st year, the four-day tournament takes place in Cabo, Mexico, and will be held on June 22-25, 2017. Guests in past years have included families, couples, groups of friends, and businesses who use the weekend as an easy, turnkey employee recognition trip. Space is limited. 

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, visit www.starsandstripestournament.com or contact Carlos Leija, Orangewood’s Chief Development Officer, at 714.619.0201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Police Files

Woman rideshare driver accused of driving into rider

Rideshare driver Destiny Riddle, 31 of Altadena, was arrested at 12:25 a.m. Sunday on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm) and for obstructing a peace officer.

Police responded to a report that a rideshare driver had almost run over a man and woman at Balboa Ave and Abalone. 

NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said, “While en route, one of them saw a vehicle that was a potential match for the suspect vehicle description, which also had a non-functioning headlight and a non-functioning tail light, near Bayside Drive and El Paseo. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.”

Manzella said the suspect vehicle pulled over near E. Coast Highway and Marguerite. 

She added, “The victims alleged that Riddle had provided them with a ride through a rideshare service, and that an argument began during the course of that ride. The argument grew heated and continued after drop-off, when the victims were outside of the vehicle. As the driver left the area, her vehicle allegedly made contact with one of the victims, and the victim believes that she would have been seriously injured if she had not quickly moved out of the way.”

When she first pulled over, Manzella said, Riddle refused to comply with officers’ requests or to be interviewed for an extended period of time.  “Eventually, officers were able to speak with her and discuss the incident.”

She was arrested on the charges above.

Man arrested for burglary after kicking in the front door of his friend’s home while she was taking a walk

A Lake Forest man was arrested on multiple charges including felony burglary late Sunday afternoon. 

NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said Wednesday that officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute between and man and a woman. The man was no longer at the residence.

“An officer located the suspect’s vehicle and stopped him on Bayside Dr and E. Coast Hwy. He was identified as Chris Karalis, 40. 

“Karalis was visibly intoxicated and failed a field sobriety exam.  The officer also found that he was driving on a suspended license. 

“In her interview, the victim indicated that the she and the suspect had argued while en route to her home. When they arrived at the address, they had split up and the victim had gone for a brief walk. She returned to find that the victim had kicked in her front door and vandalized multiple items in her home.  

Officers determined that the suspect had entered the residence with the intent to commit a felony.”

The latter element is construed as burglary under state law.

Karalis was arrested for felony burglary, vandalism, DUI, and driving on a suspended license. 

Moving costs were about $100,000 more than expected

A woman moved from one unit to another in the residential complex in the 1300 block of Colony Plaza between April 19 & 23. On Sunday April 24, she discovered that several pieces of jewelry valued at $100,000 were missing from a piece of furniture.

NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said, “We are working with the victim to identify any person or persons who had access to the jewelry during the move.”

Scroll down for Police Beat with more crimes & arrests in Newport


“Little Lido” Kids Club at Lido Village Books 

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You’re invited to the very first Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, May 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle, followed by an interactive sing-a-long on the patio outside of Lido Village Books. Kids will enjoy a fun seahorse-inspired craft and moms will love the opportunity drawing prizes from participating Lido Marina Village retailers. This event is free and open to the public, but they request RSVPs by visiting bit.ly/lidomarinakids

The Lido Marina Kids Club is held every third Thursday of the month.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto Suite 102, Newport Beach, California.


Passenger traffic down slightly at JWA

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in March 2017 as compared with March 2016. In March 2017, the Airport served 856,025 passengers, a decrease of 2.5% when compared with the March 2016 passenger traffic count of 877,553.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.6% and commuter aircraft operations decreased 49.2% when compared with March 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in March 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In March 2017, there were 25,598 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 4.8% increase compared to 24,421 total aircraft operations in March 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 70.8% of the total aircraft operations during March 2017, increased 8.1% when compared with March 2016.

The top three airlines in March 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (351,120), American Airlines (149,193) and United Airlines (127,829).


On the Harbor: Newport to Ensenada preview 

By LEN BOSE

This Friday, April 28, 2017 will mark the 70th Newport to Ensenada yacht race run by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA). I stopped counting at 30 on how many of these races I have participated in.

So why do I continue to race year after year? Simple answer, because it is fun. Yes, there are the years that the forecast is dismal with the lack of wind and the thought of not finishing until Sunday afternoon leads to the question “Why do I do this to myself?” But then there are the years when I have finished on Friday night and have completed a 135-mile course in less than 11 hours and I feel like an 8 year old getting off Disneyland’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for the first time.

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Reflecting back over the years, I have many exciting moments along with the “Tell me why we are still doing this race” moments. The first memories that come to mind are the intoxicating ones for example when you are first leaving the harbor and you look down the jetty entrance and it is jammed with competitors like the 405 at 5:30 p.m.

This is when it first hits you that we had better put on our game face and make sure we do not run into another boat before the start of the race. There are always many distractions, saying hello to old friends on other boats, the religious folks preaching through a hand-held megaphone in boats that should not leave the breakwater. The photographer in a boat that looks like an old woody wagon.

In all the crowds you always find the characters. I recall one year a good friend showing up in a boat name “White Ford Bronco” and the crew were in OJ masks. You have the competitors that still have not gone to bed from a previous night’s send-off party. It only took me about the first 17 years to figure out that maybe it was not such a great idea to party like the big dogs before heading out to sea the following morning. I can recall some doozies, not feeling at top performance, with a rolling sea state, no wind and the boat just slating back and forth for hours. It still sends a shiver down my body on what not to do before a race. Somehow, with time, it all works out and before you know it the race has started and the fleet thins out.

The forecast for this year’s race has us starting a “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” with the wind projections topping out at 30 knots. I am writing this column 96 hours before the start of the race so no telling yet what we will really end up with. For fun let me try to describe what we will be doing aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon should the wind fill in as forecasted.

You never want to get wet so I would see myself fully suited up in my foul weather gear and life harness already on before leaving the harbor. Make sure you have the reef lead through your main, this allows the main sail to be reduced in size, before you, start just in case the weather turns to the extremes. Things will be intensified 10 times at the starting line with all the traffic around. We will have our No. 3 jib up, small headsail, and it looks like we will be heading well outside the Coronado Islands in an effort to stay in the wind longer. Normally with this much wind at the start, one would take the straight line to the finish, unfortunately the wind is forecasted to dissipate to nothing sometime between 20:00 and 00:00.

The crew will gather all the sails from down below and stack them neatly in two large bags. This maneuver is called stacking. Once this is complet35ed we will all dig in and sit on the weather rail and take the occasional cold wave to the face.

The forecast appears that we will spend half the race close reaching out towards San Clemente Island before setting a spinnaker. Should we find the 20 knots + wind outside, this is when it gets sporty and we set our spinnaker and start surfing down the waves. All our crew are very good drivers in these conditions and we take 30 minute tricks at the wheel. This alone is a competition between the crew members on who can get the boat going the fastest. Aboard Horizon we refer to it as the highest number on the fun meter.

As the sun starts setting, I will head down below and throw in the large pasta bake, my wife Jennifer had made a couple nights before, and start heating it up for dinner. Warm fresh food always feels good going down while at sea. Four people will stay on deck sailing the boat, the other four crew members will eat then head back on deck to rotate the other crew.

I am hoping we will be just past Coronado Islands by 21:00 all eight of us will have our fingers crossed that we can make it to the finish line before the wind stops. The odds are good we will not achieve this goal and watch the sunrise still at sea. These mornings quite often feel like Christmas, you wake up hoping you get everything you wished for and you never know until you look through the binoculars hoping to see larger boats than you. Should you find the larger boats, then the energy level jumps up by 110 percent. If it is smaller boats – we received coal in our stocking and it is a tuff slug in to the finish.

No matter how you look at it…you just spent the last 24 hours at sea, hopefully with good friends still around you. If you think fishermen tell whoppers, you need to hear sailors’ stories talk around the pool at the Hotel Coral after a few cervesas.

Wish us luck!

Sea ya

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


Wu sentenced for embezzling $300,000

Jack Wenpo Wu, 46, of Newport Beach, has been sentenced for embezzling over $300,000 from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee and a former place of employment.

Wu pled guilty in January to 21 felony counts of forgery and three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement. Additionally, there were sentencing enhancements for theft exceeding $100,000, an aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property loss over $200,000.

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His sentence includes one year in county jail, five years of formal probation and restitution.

Circumstances of the case as per the Orange County District Attorney’s office:

In 2004, Wu worked as a volunteer, non-paid treasurer for the Committee to Re-elect Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Committee). Wu paid taxes owed by the Committee, filed Federal Election Committee reports, was the custodian of records, and ran the Committee’s bank accounts.

In 2008, Wu was employed by Russell Fischer Inc. (RFI) as a controller with an annual salary of $70,000. He was responsible for all accounts receivable, all accounts payable, reconciling all of RFI’s bank accounts, and other duties related to payroll.

On March 30, 2012, Wu’s pay at RFI was reduced to $2,000 every two weeks as an independent 1099 contractor. Wu worked two days out of the week at RFI while managing his own accounting company, Wubell Services.

Between June 2012 and September 2013, Wu continued to receive payroll checks from RFI for his original salary and collected $2,000 every pay period as an independent contractor. He took over $71,000 in unauthorized payroll during this time period.

Between July 2013 and August 2013, Wu illegally issued additional RFI independent contractor checks to Wubell Services, in addition to receiving his authorized independent contractor rate of $2,000 per pay period. He received $12,000 in unauthorized independent contractor payments in 2013.

Wu took over $83,000 in unauthorized payments from RFI. In September 2013, RFI fired Wu after discovering the theft. Wu agreed to and made restitution payments to RFI from late 2013 and 2014.

In May 2015, the Committee’s campaign manager attempted to pay a bill with the Committee’s debit card but it was refused. The campaign manager contacted Bank of America to discover that $170,000 was missing from the account. Wu took unauthorized funds from the Committee account totaling over $238,000 and used some of the money to repay restitution he owed RFI.

Wu was arrested on February 2, 2017 and will serve his one-year jail time under house arrest.

The following is a statement from Wu’s attorney, Paul S. Meyer: “We appreciate the careful analysis and extraordinary circumstances that made probation the right call. Mr. Wu began restitution before the charges were filed, and has fully accepted responsibility. He is deeply grateful for the opportunity to make amends.  

Mr. Wu voluntarily took over the treasurer duties for the Rohrabacher Committee from a professional firm in 2004. That earlier firm billed the Committee an average of $2400 per month in an election year and $550 per month plus expenses in an off year.  When Mr. Wu took over 11 years ago, he worked without pay. His duties, confirmed by the DA, included paying the taxes, filing federal reports, acting as custodian of records, and managing the Committee’s bank accounts. Were he paid at the same rate as the prior firm, he would have received over $188,000.  

Tragic family medical hardships forced him into overwhelming debt and he began to pay himself without permission. He confessed, apologized and cooperated. He is deeply grateful for the opportunity to make amends.”


Want to get involved, our City Clerk will show you how

Bring a brown bag lunch and join City Clerk Leilani Brown for a “lunch & learn” workshop on how to apply to serve on a City of Newport Beach board, commission or committee. It will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 12 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Conference Room located on the second floor of Bay D, City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive. 

This free workshop is open to anyone interested in serving. (Workshop attendance is optional/not required for submitting an application.) For more information, call 949.644.3005.

Many thanks to the Women in Newport Networking committee for supporting and helping to plan the workshop!


Uber driver arrested following rape charge

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Angel Sanchez, 36, of Costa Mesa has been charged this week with one felony count of rape of an intoxicated victim. Sanchez, an Uber driver, is accused of raping the victim following a company gathering in Newport Beach.

According to the charges, the victim’s colleagues requested an Uber ride for her from the gathering to the victim’s home in Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, defendant Sanchez was a driver for Uber and is accused of picking up the victim in a 2016 gray Toyota Sienna. He then is accused of driving the victim to a street near her residence in Santa Ana and sexually assaulting the victim in his vehicle while she was under the influence of alcohol.

The victim ran from the defendant’s vehicle and immediately called 911 reporting that she was attacked.

Santa Ana Police Department investigated this case and arrested Sanchez on April 1, 2017. He will be arraigned on May 1 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

The maximum sentence Sanchez is facing is eight years in state prison.


This resident needs a kidney…looking for a donor

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Gene Okun, a 50-year-old Newport Beach resident, renewable energy consultant and former competitive body builder, lives with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disease that causes uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney and can eventually lead to kidney failure. 

Since receiving a diagnosis of PKD, Okun’s kidneys have grown big (doctors say they may be the world’s biggest) and dumb (since they’re now only functioning at 18 percent). 

Recently, Okun and his big, dumb kidneys launched a new campaign to raise awareness of kidney disease and the life-changing impact of becoming a living kidney donor. With help from his family and friends, he introduced BigDumbKidneys.com to inspire people to learn more about PKD and kidney donation. 

“Polycystic kidney disease varies greatly in its severity, and there are a number of symptoms and complications associated with this disease,” said Terry Watnick, M.D., from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Raising awareness of PKD and the need for a drug treatment is important. I hope more people understand the impact the disease has on patient lives.”

Okun’’s large and low-functioning kidneys quite literally get in the way of normal activities. Daily routines like eating, sleeping and even a simple hug are extremely difficult. 

The Big Dumb Kidneys campaign videos bring to life specific instances that can be awkward and uncomfortable with the constant accompaniment of two big and dumb kidneys.

“We applaud Gene’s efforts to raise awareness for this severe, life-threatening disease,” said Andy Betts, CEO of the PKD Foundation. “Our mission is to find treatments and a cure for PKD and to improve the lives of those it affects. We do this through funding programs of research, education, advocacy, support, and awareness on a national level, along with direct services to local communities across the country. We look forward to working together toward a new treatment.”

Currently, more than 93,000 people are waiting on kidney transplant lists in the U.S. The wait for a deceased donor could be five years, and in some states, it is closer to 10 years, time that Okun and his kidneys just do not have.

“For many years, I watched my father struggle with PKD, the burden of relying on dialysis, and the many complications of this genetic disease that eventually contributed to his passing,” said Okun. “My dad always made the best of every situation. I’m determined to do the same by motivating people to learn about kidney disease and the process of becoming a living kidney donor. People have questions about becoming a donor. With help from my big, dumb kidneys, I want to give them information and help connect them with people in need.” 

“I don’t want to lose my brother the same way I lost my dad,” explains Okun’s sister, Tina. “We have a big goal – to find Gene a kidney, to keep him healthy and alive, so that he can continue to make a difference in this world.”

To discover more about becoming a donor or to help Gene Okun in his search for a live kidney, visit BigDumbKidneys.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @BigDumbKidneys and with the hashtag #BigDumbKidneys.


Team CHEWbacca raises $2,215 at Seizure Wars 

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Darth Vader, R2D2 and a number of Star Troopers joined forces with 1,000 individuals, groups and volunteers who participated Saturday, April 22 in the 8th annual Epilepsy Walk at TeWinkle Park. Entitled, “Seizure Wars,” the event raised approximately $150,000 to help children, teens and adults find relief from seizures. Team CHEWbacca of Newport Beach garnered $2,215 out of the approximately $150,000 raised.

All proceeds support the work of the Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County, a non-profit organization that helps individuals with chronic epilepsy find epilepsy specialists, education and support programs. The Costa Mesa-based non-profit organization provides education, support and advocacy for more than 7,000 individuals each year.

The Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County was founded in 2009 by parents of children with epilepsy who were anguished by the inability to stop their children’s seizures, side effects and cognitive decline. ESNOC is the only organization of its kind in Orange County specializing in epilepsy and providing a range of information and support services aimed to help children, teens and adults experience greater epilepsy control and reduction or elimination of seizures and, ultimately, greater quality of life. ESNOC partners with the major hospitals in Orange County, particularly with the Epilepsy Centers of CHOC, Hoag Hospital and UCI, serve as a critical link to patient education and referral for specialty care for individuals impacted by epilepsy.


Stump the Stu

This yacht is Duffy’s latest endeavor

We asked you about this yacht and Debi Bibb from HOM Sotheby’s International wasted little time is filling in the blanks. 

“The yacht in question is the newly launched Duffield 58. Built by Duffield Yachts. I have been aboard her and she is a beauty!  This I believe will be the yacht to see at the boat show this weekend and I am sure we will see many of these cruising the coastal waters as they step up production for this finely crafted yacht.”

Thanks also to Mike Glenn, Joe Stapleton, Paul Blank and Ginger Farah for correct guesses. 

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

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Standup for the Cure coming to the Dunes

Stand Up Paddleboarders

Standup for the Cure is taking place at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Standup for the Cure’s Sixth Annual fundraiser is one of the largest paddle competitions in the world with more than 1,000 participants stand up paddling to support the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, a breast cancer research and treatment non-profit.

The event features SUP and Yoga paddle board clinics, free cancer screening, a silent auction, live entertainment, kids and pro races, a Health Expo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente, lunch provided by Newport Rib Co., and happy hour presented by Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Winery.

To register, visit: http://www.newportdunes.com/event/standupforthecure/.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Renaming of two City parks on Council agenda

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Tomorrow night (April 25) a couple of items come before City Council that have caught my eye. Both have to do with the renaming of city parks after noted, long-time Newport Beach residents.

Item 14, under the agenda’s Current Business, calls for changing the name of Balboa Island Park to Ralph Rodheim Park. The proposal was brought forward by City Councilman Jeff Herdman. Herdman claims that many supporting this idea have approached him.

First off, Ralph was a wonderful guy who pretty much committed himself to working to improve our city. A few years back he announced that he was in a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Ralph died February 5th.

Balboa Island Park is just down Agate Avenue from the Balboa Island Ferry landing. It’s a cute little community park that locals populate. Ralph was a local and to remember him in this fashion would be perfect. 

Okay, before we get to Item 14, we get to Item 13, renaming Ensign View Park to John Wayne Park. Mayor Kevin Muldoon is bringing this item forward.

The Mayor’s thinking is good – after all John Wayne is/was probably Newport Beach’s most famous resident. That being said, I think there’s a better spot for a park.

Around 2008 or so, there was a fairly sizable local effort to acquire a statue that resides on Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, in front of what used to be the Great Western Bank’s headquarters. The idea was to put the giant bronze statue in the “weed park,” otherwise known as Back Bay View Park, at the corner of Coast Highway and Jamboree Road.

I’ve seen the statue, it’s huge and it’s magnificent. Since I first heard about the idea, I’ve dreamed about the day it would happen.

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So far, it hasn’t.

I would like to urge Mayor Muldoon to take one more crack at the Beverly Hills statue. Everything has a price and we just need to find out what it is. On a side note, after Great Western sold the building it went to Larry Flynt of Hustler fame. It’s since been sold again.

It’s time to bring the Duke home.

Elsewhere around town, oh no, another statue issue. Recently Mayor Muldoon discussed moving the Ronald Reagan statue from Bonita Canyon Sports Park to the Civic Center

I decided to take a look. At first, I couldn’t find him. Finally, when I did, I agree that if we’re going to honor a former President, we shouldn’t hide the fact. Move him to the Civic Center where he belongs.

Finally, did someone say Pickleball? Council will consider permanent courts in Newport Beach. I’ve never played, but friends love the game. Let’s get this done.


ENC presents summer program for middle school students

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The Environmental Nature Center will present a summer program for middle school students, called “Order of the Raven.” Beginning June 26, 2017, the eight-day-long experience is an opportunity for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade to learn life skills, get in touch with their innate capacity for contribution and prepare for the transitions ahead. 

Ravens will practice useful life skills such as tracking, fire making – even writing thank-you notes – in a safe, cooperative environment. “Order of the Raven” is separate from the ENC’s regular Nature Camp (where campers range from kindergarten to 6th grade). Ravens will spend a little time almost every day teaching younger campers a skill. They will learn a new skill one day, and have the opportunity to teach that skill the next day.   

“’The Order of the Raven’ teaches valuable leadership and practical skills,” said ENC Education Coordinator Corina Silva. “We are excited to encourage our Ravens to challenge themselves, explore new ideas and learn new skills.” 

Ravens will accomplish activities they couldn’t when they were younger, like performing a fish necropsy, or venturing out into the community. Focused on establishing independence in the suburban jungle, Ravens will go on walking field trips to local businesses within a mile of the ENC for “behind the scenes” tours. 

On their last day of camp, Ravens will be the Leaders in Training, assisting Camp Teachers with younger campers. Afterwards they will walk to the Newport Aquatic Center and go kayaking to celebrate. The program (June 26 - July 7) will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the cost is $450; space is very limited.

To register and for more information, visit the ENC web site at www.encenter.org

The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489.


High school scholars to be honored by Chamber

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The 56th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner takes place Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. 

Organized by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Scholarship Awards honor the outstanding student scholars from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar and Sage Hill schools.

In addition, the Teacher of the Year from each school will also be honored.

Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and parking. For additional information, go to www.newportbeach.com

The Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is located at 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

I hope you get to enjoy some spring weather outside as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival inside. By Friday, it’s NOSA time and boats will be lined up for the 2017 Newport-Ensenada race. Always a nice time of year in town before we get too crowded.

But on to what’s on the Council’s agenda for April 25, 2017. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda to if you’d like.  

Study Session starts at 4:00 p.m. and has two items:

A re-scheduling of an emergency preparedness update from Katie Eing, the City’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Learn about how the City will work with you and our loyal CERT members across town to help address virtually any natural or other disaster. We do ask that folks try to have the ability to survive without us as best they can for up to 72 hours, though.    

Members of the Orange County Water District will update us on the status of the huge groundwater basin from which we get about 70% of our drinking water. This is a big deal because as the drought officially ends (!), it’s important to factor in how replenished (or not) the basin is. Tune in please if you’re curious about the end of the drought (though it could choose to come visit us again soon!) or how we get our potable water. Fun and interesting stuff, actually. 

Regular Session is at 7:00 p.m. The items worth noting are:

Speaking of drought, it’s officially over. At least the Governor’s emergency decree has ended. That means that our water cutback restrictions can go away (resounding cheers for slightly longer showers!) but some permanent restrictions will remain in place. Such as: no watering before, after, or during rain. No wasteful watering such as hosing down of sidewalks and driveways. No watering of turf in medians (that’s for the City). But things that will go away include the 15% reduction goal as well as the limits on days/week you can water. An agenda item declares locally that the “Level 2” water use restrictions can go away.

Council members have asked that their colleagues consider renaming Ensign View Park (for John Wayne) and Balboa Island Park (for Ralph Rodheim).

Council may update its policy on invocations before meetings to more closely follow US law.

Pickleball! A contract to install the community’s first permanent pickleball courts (at the edge of Bonita Canyon Sports Park, near MacArthur) is up for consideration. If you don’t know what pickleball is, it’s like shorter-court tennis with a firmer ball (I’m sure I just wrote something blasphemous and will be corrected there). It has a growing support base in town.

Appointments to the Harbor Commission will be made. We always get such a good crop of dedicated volunteers to help out on our commissions. I know that the Council wishes that they could appoint every candidate just to honor their commitment and interest. But there are only a few slots open at any one time.  

The Council’s direct appointees – that’s the City Manager, the City Attorney, and the City Clerk – will have their contracts reviewed and possibly approved. These follow relatively detailed performance evaluations with our seven bosses. 

Today’s Random Notes:

As you know, there is a lot of work going on out there in town that can get in your way or invite questions. Here’s a brief summary of some of them.

Irvine Avenue seems almost done – the landscaping is in and the road’s repaved.

Give it a nice slow drive and hear how quiet the new pavement is – ooo, nice. 

We’ve redone landscaping at the “Mixmaster” area near the Newport Pier (where Balboa mixes with Newport Boulevard). It’s colorful and California-friendly. Looks a lot better than the dead grass of last year. 

Ocean and Poppy in CDM is still impacted by major road repairs there – the sidewalk and trees are being replaced, and next will be the new road surface. This has more weeks to go.

Since the rain ended, crews have made a lot more progress in Big Canyon Nature Park (off of Jamboree between Park Newport and Eastbluff). This is an environmental restoration project that also helps remediate naturally occurring selenium in that small watershed. The grading causes it to look fairly stark right now, but that’s because we haven’t started replanting things yet. 

The Park Avenue Bridge (between Balboa Island and Little Island) is coming along, and that long project is also nearing completion in a handful of weeks. 

We are in Week Seven or so of the FAA’s implementation of NextGen in our community. NextGen made more precise flight paths from JWA (and nearly 2 dozen other airports in Southern California). April 27th is another important day for NextGen locally, when the other 50 percent of JWA’s flights may be placed on the NextGen paths. Generally, these track the historic patterns of flights from JWA. Please know that we will follow this closely to ensure that the community’s overall goals are met. However, the FAA always has the final determination on where flights go. If you ever want to talk NextGen with me, I’m happy to do so – just call.    

We were notified that the Marina Park project will be honored with a national public works award for 2017. That’s a pretty big deal for us. An even bigger deal is the nice everyday use that the park gets from the Peninsula and other neighbors who have long deserved a great park there. Congratulations to our City Public Works team, the designer (Rabben/Herman), the contractor (KPRS), the construction manager (Griffin Holdings) and to every one of our community members (like the Protect our Parks members as well as former Harbor Commissioners) who spent years (yes, years) working on a compromise plan that the community could embrace.

As always, thanks for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


Foster, MacFarlane highlight Pops season

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David Foster

Pacific Symphony Pops 2017-18 promises a season so bright with stars, music and fun that audience members may need their sunglasses! Led for the 27th year by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the season includes seven concerts showcasing a constellation of indelible music, beginning with one of today’s most talented music producers, David Foster, and special guests. 

Cirque de la Symphonie returns by popular demand to mesmerize audiences with astonishing acrobatics synched to live music. 

The audience will undergo a little “Saturday Night Fever” when the music of the Bee Gees makes everyone want to strut like John Travolta. 

The holiday season is extra special when celebrated with multi-talented Seth MacFarlane, and Christopher Cross’ ballads providing the perfect music to swoon to for Valentine’s Day. 

Highlights also include a tribute to the legend responsible for so many unforgettable songs – Ella Fitzgerald – and, finally, one of today’s most popular bands returns (but remains unidentified for the time-being).

All of the Symphony Pops concerts take place on Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Seven-concert subscriptions for Pops range from $245-$1,099; Box Circle $1,365.

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


Newport to Ensenada race begins Friday, April 28

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The 70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, the West Coast’s largest iconic yacht race, is scheduled to start Friday, April 28 off Balboa Pier. Racers, residents and sailing enthusiasts alike can share NOSA’s passion for N2E at several local happenings this week.  

Schedule of Events:

The annual Skippers Luncheon, a 20+ year tradition, will take place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. Ullman Sails professionals will be the keynote speakers. RSVP is a must and the cost is $15 per person.

Sterling BMW will host the VIP Reception typically reserved for boat owners, city officials, visiting dignitaries and sponsors on Wednesday, April 26. Over the past four years, this has become the primary fundraiser for the children’s charities NOSA supports in Ensenada via opportunity drawings and a silent auction. Taking place 6 - 9 p.m., RSVP is a must.

Skippers, crew and invited guests will enjoy the annual Sail Away Party on Thursday, April 27 from 6 - 10 p.m., hosted by the American Legion Yacht Club with a taco bar offering flatbread pizzas, foamy libations, live entertainment and opportunity drawings.

For those participating in festivities down in Ensenada, the Hotel Coral and Marina will host the Fiesta de Baja on Saturday, April 29 from 6 p.m. - midnight. The evening includes live music and strolling musicians.

For more information, email Laurie Morrison, NOSA Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fair Winds, sailors!


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

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B.F. Childs rowing a boat…1928. Can anyone identify him?

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Local artist hangs a painting at Embassy in Athens

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Carol Boller’s painting titled “Waiting”

A modern classic is being sent to the home of classics. The Art in Embassies (AIE) announced a new painting by local artist Carole Boller has been chosen for the Embassy in Athens, Greece. 

The invitation came from Geoffrey Pyatt, the new U.S. Ambassador to Greece. As a primary focus the Ambassador said, “I chose Boller’s artwork because it perfectly fits my desire to feature work from my home state of California. It brings a strong sense of beauty and vitality to its environment.”

“I’m thrilled to have my work in this prestigious embassy art collection,” Boller said. “I delight in painting Southern California culture, the use of leisure, vacation, beach time, and, how this playful use of our ocean environment ranges from peaceful, to bold adventure.”

Boller is an international artist not only painting abroad, but also traveling up and down the coast of California painting on location. She has paintings in the Antibes, France Muse, as well as, in private collections in England, Italy and, of course, many in America.

 Her paintings are rendered primarily in oil and are known to capture the essence of their locations. 

In Laguna Beach, now her hometown, she has created several murals for the City’s Public Collection. 

Prior to her move to Laguna, she lived and worked in Newport Beach. There she owned a working studio/gallery and served for many years as an appointed Arts Commissioner. 

Want to paint with her? She gives bi-weekly classes at Wilma’s on Balboa Island.

For further information about Carole Boller’s work including dates and times for exhibits, visit her website at www.bollerart.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter keeps changing his mind

Wow, the recall is only two weeks old and already Scott Peotter has had four positions. First, he said the recall was to inhibit his “free speech”. When one considers that Peotter’s own extraordinary efforts to prevent residents from circulating petitions on the Museum House project was the greatest denial of free speech in recent city history, that argument quickly went away.

Then he said it was about him “keeping his promises” to cut city spending.  But the record shows that under Peotter, pension liabilities are up $70 million, the operating budget is up $22 million and because of him, we now run the sewer system at a structural deficit. His debt reduction strategy actually cost $20 million more than doing nothing and he arranged for a man later convicted of embezzlement to be placed on the Finance Committee. Not a lot of credibility there Scott.  

Next, he hooked up with liberal Democrat Bob Rush as his chairman and claimed he was being recalled because he was “politically incorrect”. Well yes, supporting the racist Farsi campaign signs, opposing the city Sexual Harassment Prevention policy, and insulting residents who speak before the council is politically incorrect, but it is also unacceptable behavior as a member of the city council. Rush was perhaps surprised to find that Peotter opposes nearly all of the capital improvements needed for West Newport and the Peninsula where Rush is an activist.

Now he is wrapping himself in the Republican banner, hoping voters will not notice that the 14,000 residents who signed the Museum House petitions were overwhelmingly Republican and that Peotter alone among the council is using his position to collect compensation from four public agencies.  

The real issue is that Peotter trampled on our constitutional rights and he refuses to obey the laws he swore to uphold regarding leaking confidential information, campaign finance and the municipal code. He is controlled by Dave Ellis and serves the special interests who moved him into town to run.  

Who knows what Peotter’s slogan will be tomorrow? Here are some we know he won’t be using: “Scott Peotter: Working to reduce traffic and improve our quality of life,” “Peotter: Champion of parks and libraries,” “Scott Peotter: He respects the public.”  

It’s time for a change on the city council.  

Richard C. Ingold

Newport Beach


Question of the Week:

Why is Mr. Peotter opposed to a special election with regard to his performance, but voted for a special election with regard to Museum House?

Phil Greer


Police Files

After drugs were found, Newport woman hit an officer

On Thursday, April 20, at 11:31 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Alderwood Drive where they arrested Leah Natalie Zarian, 26, Newport Beach. 

She was booked on charges of identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to receipt of stolen property and appropriation of lost property.

While she was being arrested, Zarian resisted officers and hit one of them, adding the charges of resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. Her total bail was $20,000. 

If you have warrants, don’t violate a court order

At 12:48 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, officers in the 800 block of Sea Gull Lane arrested Zane Stewart Halstead, 29, Newport Beach, for violation of a court order to prevent domestic violence.

He was also found to have three outstanding felony warrants for his arrest – all of which were for possession of a controlled substance for sales. He was held with a total bail of $15,000. 

Scroll down for Police Beat for more NBPD activities


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Aubrey

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Animal Shelter

MEET AUBREY

Fluffly little Aubrey is a 1-year-old Shih Tsu mix. She weighs six pounds and is ready for a new home. She is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. She has a cute new hairdo since this photo was taken.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. They will have a booth at the three-day OC Pet Expo this coming weekend, April 28 - 30. They will have dogs, cuts, puppies and kittens up for adoption, so stop by and visit them.

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

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


You must remember this: Old School Park

By NANCY GARDNER

If you go by Old School Park in CdM you probably figure there was an old school there once, and you would be right. Where there are now houses there was once the Corona del Mar Elementary School. It was laid out in a very traditional fashion starting with the kindergarten, followed in regular rows by the classrooms for the various grades, ending up with the mighty fifth graders whose classrooms faced on the playground. At the very far end, in a small stucco building, was the original CdM library.

Old School Park

Immediately outside the fifth grade doors was a wide concrete area where we played jacks in season. I’m not sure how anyone knew when the jacks season started, but one day we were playing on the bars, the next day we were sitting on the concrete, bouncing a ball and trying to pick up jacks. Since I was terrible at the bars as well as the rings, I was very happy when it was jacks season. I was even happier when it was time for Red Rover. To remind you of the rules of that game, there are two teams (coed) which face each other about 15 feet apart, holding tightly to the hands of their teammates. It begins with one side calling “Red Rover, Red Rover, I dare Billy to come over.” The goal for Billy’s team is for him to run and break apart the tightly held hands of the other team. That team’s goal is to hold tight and repel him. As a game, it has a little of everything: speed, strength, even strategy. Do you call out a weak player/select a weak spot and ensure victory, or do you opt for the strong and hope for glory? Alas, I’m afraid Red Rover has gone the way of marbles and other quaint pastimes. In today’s world where every parent thinks his 6 year old is going to get an athletic scholarship if not go pro, I imagine something like Red Rover with no high school or college recognition is frowned upon as a waste of time. Much better for junior to get his priorities straight, select his or her sport at an early age and train, train, train! 

Little Corona Beach

Beachwear was rather more sedate. At first, women wore one-piece suits with structured bras and modesty panels, a piece of material running hip-to-hip and hiding the crotch. These gradually gave way to two-piece suits with boy shorts that eventually morphed into bikinis.  

As this was before companies like Quiksilver and Hurley made the scene, for men the height of beach fashion was a pair of Mrs. Reid’s. These were canvas trunks created by a local seamstress, easily identifiable by the stripes down the side.   

Hats and dark glasses were rare, and as for sunscreen, see above. The only concession to sun protection was zinc oxide, and that was only when your nose and cheeks had peeled so much they were raw.

There was also a tremendous leveling, at least at Little Corona where the regulars ranged in age from pre-teen to eligible for Social Security. Despite the difference in years, there was no stratification. You might see a middle-school kid lying in the sand talking to a judge, an unemployed artist playing cards with the owner of a restaurant empire. Everyone was equal – as long as you were a regular.  

If you were a tourist – well, that was another matter entirely. There were locals, and then there were all those other people. It wasn’t hostile. Nobody ever threw rocks or tried to chase tourists off the beach, but it was like an invisible social wall. I mean, look at them in their shoes and socks! Their pasty bodies! How could one possibly talk to such people? Would they even understand if you tried? Better to just ignore them and hope they find their way home at the end of the day.

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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.


Stump the Stu

This just isn’t “any” local boat

You have to get out to the Newport Boat Show to probably know about this Stump the Stu. Let me give you one clue, we see a lot of them around Newport, only this one’s bigger…much bigger.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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

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Segerstrom Center announces 2017-2018 Cabaret Series

    

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Bill Westoreland

(L - R): Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway will headline in Divalicious as part of the Cabaret Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2017 - 2018 Cabaret Series celebrates the power of music and words to touch our lives and hearts. Broadway stars and today’s leading vocalists and club performers will present many of the greatest and most memorable songs composed by music legends and icons.

Leonard Bernstein

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One Hand One Heart: 100 Years of Bernstein celebrates the brilliance of the maestro

Central to the series is a special 100th birthday salute to America’s maestro – composer, conductor, educator and author Leonard Bernstein. Giving soul and expression to the songs of Bernstein and many others during the season are award-winning artists Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes, Mary Testa, Lisa Howard, Jessica Vosk, Tony Yazbeck and Chris Mann. All performances are at Samueli Theater.

Laura Osnes

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Laura Osnes stars in The Broadway Princess Party

The season’s line-up:

Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway, Divalicious, Center Premiere, October 5 - 7, 2017.

The Broadway Princess Party with Laura Osnes, Center Premiere, December 14 - 16, 2017.

One Hand One Heart: 100 Years of Bernstein with Tony Yazbeck, Mary Testa, Lisa Howard, Jessica Vosk and the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus, Center Premiere, January 18 - 20, 2018.

Chris Mann, Center Debut, March 1 - 3, 2018.

Chris Mann

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Chris Mann debuts March 1 - 3, 2018, concluding the Cabaret Series

Subscriptions to the 2017 - 2018 Cabaret Series are $294 for all four engagements and available now. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, April 24 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Neal Hermanowicz and Dr. Nicolas Phielipp, April 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. These physicians will speak about their research in the care and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonias, tremor, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Hermanowicz is Director, Movement Disorders Program, UC Irvine Health and Vice Chair & Professor, Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Phielipp, is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays @ 2: Proquest Database, April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to access full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Historical collections, using Proquest. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Intro to eBranch, April 25 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, April 26 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Central Library art lecture series to feature Marcel Duchamp

Beyond the Canvas: Marcel Duchamp, April 26 at 7 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art and Dada, although he was careful about his use of the term Dada and was not directly associated with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Duchamp has had an immense impact on 20th-century and 21st-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists (like Henri Matisse) as “retinal” art, intended only to please the eye. Instead, Duchamp wanted to put art back in the service of the mind. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 102: Vital Records, April 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Vital records and their substitutes contain a wide variety of useful information beyond birth, marriage, and death dates and locations.  Through this class participants will discover the value of the information found in birth, marriage, and death records; the best strategic order in which to obtain vital records; and how to use the information contained within them to further your genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Isabel Wilkerson

The Witte Lecture Series presents Isabel Wilkerson, April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Our Racial Moment of Truth. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air and PBS› NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show. Tickets, $50 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Library closes at 5 p.m. on April 28 to get ready for this event.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in you pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Wednesday, April 28 at 11 a.m.

Join Laura’s House in honoring dedicated supporters, and help raise funds for domestic violence prevention programs. Enjoy delicious cuisine, luxurious décor – all in support of the non-profit’s mission of ending the silence of domestic violence. Tickets: $95.

Contact: Andrea McCallister, 949.361.3775, ext. 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.laurashouse.org

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

Mercy House | Living With Heart Gala, Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Join Mercy House at this annual Spring gala, benefiting homeless men, women and children in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Tickets: $255.

Contact: Marissa Norys, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mercyhouse.net

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

OC Marathon | May 6 - 7 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this event allows runners to choose between a full marathon, a half marathon or a 5K. Tickets: $100, $90 and $30.

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

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

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

Courtesy, CHOC Children’s

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

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


New executive chef at Five Crowns, Side Door

Chef Endy

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Chef Anthony Endy

Welcome new Chef Anthony Endy to Five Crowns and SideDoor who comes from Paul Martin’s American Grill, where he served as Chef Partner and most recently as Director of Culinary Operations since 2012. Prior to joining Paul Martin’s, Endy was Sous Chef for the acclaimed chef Julie Robles, and spent most of his early career at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café in Santa Barbara as both Executive Chef and General Manager.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Anthony to our core team and restaurant family,” said Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President, Ryan O’Melveny Wilson. “He brings a creativity and consistent excellence to the kitchen that will be a tremendous asset and continue to maintain the highest standards for both of our restaurants.”

Inspired by his mother and grandmother to pursue becoming a professional chef, Endy has been in the restaurant industry since high school and has found a fitting home at Five Crowns and SideDoor.

“Becoming a part of the Lawry’s Restaurants family is a very exciting step for me,” commented Endy. “I believe in their philosophy of high quality, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients as well as their family operated personal approach to the table to make for a memorable experience at each meal.”

To learn more about Five Crowns and SideDoor please visit Lawrysonline.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Is the recall the right or wrong way to go for local politics?

TomJohnson

I sat down with Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter earlier this week. Scott was gracious in discussing all issues Newport Beach and to talk about the latest problem facing him, the recall.

When I asked Peotter about the recall, you could tell he was hurt inside by the action. “People knew what they were getting with me all the way through the election cycle. It’s not like I changed once I got into office,” Peotter said.

“Besides, I had a long track record serving as a Planning Commissioner for a number of years in both Irvine and Newport Beach,” Peotter noted.

Peotter added that he’s against this sort of politics where his opposition is trying to remove him based on comments and innuendo versus some sort of “failed policy decisions.” He’d prefer to face his foes in 2018, but promised a strong fight against any recall efforts.

Dave Ellis, Peotter’s campaign manager in 2014, earlier told me that they would vehemently fight the recall and then plan to vigorously campaign in 2018 for reelection.

I would have to believe that special interest groups that agree with Peotter’s messages would begin filling his campaign and defense coffers with contributions which might make beating him difficult.

This week the Orange County GOP Central Committee entered the fray and voted to support Peotter in his efforts against the recall.

BTW, did you know a special election for a recall would apparently cost the city some $300,000 if it got that far?

I can argue the Peotter issue from both sides as far as the recall goes. Do we spend the next months doing another petition signature effort (remember the fun we had with the Museum House); do we spend the money on a special election and then turn around a year later and have another election for that same office?

On the other side, can we survive with Peotter on council for another two years or do we have to get him out now?

The community should be commended for their successful petition drive against the Museum House. But to me, petition governance should be the exception and not the rule.

I’d prefer a 2018 election, Peotter against whomever…mano a mano. Either way, it should end the same, but one costs a little bit of money, while the other just takes a little longer.

Stay tuned, lots of work ahead for both sides.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

The Siegel | Continuing through April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | Continuing through April 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

Yoga Play | Continuing through April 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

Nicholas Studio, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com 

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Taj Express

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Taj Express | April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hilty & Stokes Mitchell “Smashing Broadway” | April 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards – including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin – all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony. When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Pacific Playwrights Festival | April 21 - 23. Presenting seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theaters nationwide.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Helix Collective on the bill for Sunday Musicale

Sunday Musicale: Helix Collective | April 23 at 3 p.m. Free. The Los Angeles-based Helix Collective performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll. The flexible ensemble includes flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, cello, piano and percussion. Presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Contact: Box office, 949.717.3800. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bridal Open House | April 23 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. You are invited to stop by the Gardens for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the best in the wedding industry. Meet the experienced Private Events Staff along with some of the preferred wedding vendors who will help make your wedding day memorable. Advanced registration is required. The event is free of charge. Sign up at the website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs with Monsieur Perine | April 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ music is highly innovative and distinctive. The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic and culturally rich performance.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris | April 25 - May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40.

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Benjamin Grosvenor in recital | May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Harry Potter

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Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD feature