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Pelican Hill is awarded Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide

The Resort at Pelican Hill and The Spa at Pelican Hill have both earned the highest rating of Five Stars in the 59th annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards, the luxury travel ratings regarded as the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958. Defined as a Five-Star destination unto itself for the fifth consecutive year, Pelican Hill remains Newport Beach’s first and only, among the 175 hotels and resorts worldwide this year.

Pelican Hill Resort

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Stunning views, uncompromising luxury awaits at Pelican Hill Resort

“Forbes Travel Guide’s highly sophisticated approach to rating the world’s finest properties parallels our service approach to personalizing experiences for the most discerning guests,” said Irvine Company Resort Properties President Ralph Grippo. “Every day at Pelican Hill, some of the hospitality industry’s finest service professionals focus on personalized details and gracious, thoughtful service delivery in our coastal destination and a resort setting like no other.”

Maintaining its distinction as the only Five-Star spa in Newport Beach, The Spa at Pelican Hill earned its eighth consecutive Five Star Award, as one of just 56 worldwide to earn the top Forbes Travel Guide rating this year. The Five Star Award for spas recognizes an exceptional experience with no detail overlooked, uncompromising service and extraordinary design and facilities.

Since opening in late 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill has earned numerous accolades from hospitality ratings like Forbes Travel Guide and AAA, as well as respected magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and Wine Spectator.

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


On the Harbor: Harbor 20 Midwinter regatta 

By LEN BOSE

This is my first entry to what will be a long-lasting relationship with StuNewsNewport. My name is Len Bose and I have been writing a harbor column for the last eight years.

You might have noticed my name selling yachts for the last 30 years, and I am a very active Harbor 20 sailor and manage the sailing team Horizon, a Santa Cruz 50, berthed here in Newport Harbor. In between my time on the water, you will find me attending Harbor Commission meetings and walking the docks looking for my next story, or helping out at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

This last weekend BCYC hosted the Harbor 20 Midwinter regatta that is the un-official start of the 2017 sailing season. Twenty-nine boats showed up on the starting line as the clouds broke up and a healthy cold 10-knot breeze rolled across the harbor on both Saturday and Sunday. The fleet consisted of 10 boats in C fleet, seven in B’s and 12 in A’s. Team Boomerang with Jessica Newman at the helm and crew Max Moosman were just able to keep Matt Campbell, sailing his boat Chloe, two points behind them after an eight-race regatta. B fleet was also a very close battle with Steve Schupak just edging Richard Loufek by one point to win the regatta and moved up to A fleet. I should mention that Jessica Newman also qualified to sail in B fleet in her next regatta by winning C fleet.

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Harbor 20 on the bay

In A fleet it was quickly recognized that Zephyr skippered by Greg Hellas and crewed by Justin Law, undoubtedly two of the best sailors on Newport Harbor, were the favorites to win this weekend. In A fleet most anyone can have a good day although Bill Menninger always seems to have a few more good days than the rest of us. Greg Newman showed up with Alex Steele aboard Lady Luck and the three boats battled it out for the top three places in the fleet. Team Hellas and Law “Got ‘er done” with all first and second places with team Menninger taking second just three points ahead of team Newman and Steele.

Cocktails and awards were at BCYC after the racing and it’s always a great way to tell your sea stories and how one could have placed better over the two-day event.

On Sunday, the American Legion sponsored the PHRF Midwinters with 10 boats tackling the large swell that was running outside the harbor. The wind filled outside the harbor at about 10 knots out of the south. In PHRF A fleet the Brain Dougherty team aboard his J 105 Legacy won two of the three races and placed second in the other. Tim Harmon sailing his J 124 Cirrus came in second while the Sea Scouts Olson 30, skippered by Jasper Freedman, finished in third place.

In PHRF B fleet John Risvold Maiden split races with the Rosene Family’s Radical Departure and tired for first.

This coming weekend is the Newport Harbor Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Clubs Islands race which starts in Long Beach goes around both Catalina and San Clemente Islands and finishes in San Diego just outside the harbor entrance. Newport Beach entries included the Newport Sea Base “Apprentice” an IMX 38, Paul Stemler will be aboard his J 44 “Patriot”, Steve Sellinger will be sailing his Santa Cruz 52 named “Triumph”, watch for Chris Heman’s well-sailed Rogers 46 “Varuna” and I will be skippering the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon.

Twenty-nine teams have entered this cold and demanding race as a practice race for this year’s Cabo and Trans Pac races. You can follow the race at http://yb.tl/islandsrace2016

Wish us luck and not to much wind.

Boat name of the week: Lucky Duck

Sea ya!

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


Stump the Stu

Look who’s reading StuNewsNewport…thanks for the guess 

This week’s answer didn’t require one to be a cyclist, but it obviously didn’t hurt. Former City Councilwoman and accomplished cyclist Leslie Daigle guessed this week’s Back Bay Drive artwork. “The striping is an effort to manage pedestrian traffic in all forms going all directions,” according to Daigle. We couldn’t have said it better. 

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 2.23

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Police Files

Bike versus vehicle collision leaves Newport resident with life-threatening injuries

On Monday, Feb 20 at 6:43 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center was notified of a traffic collision near the intersection of Westcliff Drive and Rutland Road. The collision involved a bicycle and a red GMC Yukon, both of which had been travelling eastbound on Westcliff Drive. 

The Yukon had two occupants, a male driver and a male passenger; neither was injured as a result of the collision. The bicyclist, identified as a 41-year-old resident of Newport Beach, suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. When Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, they found that the bicyclist was unconscious and unresponsive. They then transported him to Orange County Global Medical Center for medical attention and evaluation. Neither alcohol nor drugs appears to be a contributing factor in this incident. 

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

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Newport Beach Police on the scene of Monday night’s tragic bicyclist versus vehicle collision

Duo arrested for kidnapping

On Saturday, Feb 18 at 6:23 p.m., the Santa Monica Police Department notified the Newport Beach Police Department of a possible kidnapping that occurred in our city during an illegal narcotics transaction. Newport Beach Police personnel launched an investigation and were able to determine that the suspects and victim were potentially at a location in Anaheim, and that the victim was being held against his will. 

Investigators secured the appropriate search warrants and requested the assistance of the NBPD Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team. Late Sunday evening, shortly before midnight, the S.W.A.T. team responded to Anaheim, apprehended two suspects without incident, and rescued the victim (who was unharmed). 

Steele Malone Burnside, 28, Anaheim, and Nicholas Andres Hernandez, 29, Murrieta, were both arrested for kidnapping for ransom and extortion. Bail was set at $2 million apiece.

A third subject was arrested but released from custody after it was determined they had no involvement in the kidnapping.  

This investigation is still open and ongoing.

Peninsula Enforcement Team stops potential burglar

On Sunday afternoon, two members of the Peninsula Enforcement Team of the Newport Beach Police were working on Seashore Drive, where there have been recent burglaries during daylight hours. While there, they spotted a man riding his bicycle in the middle of the one-way street and looking into parked vehicles.

“When the officers contacted him, he gave them a false name and refused to provide a date of birth or a form of identification,” said Jennifer Manzella of the NBPD. “Using department resources, the officers were able to identify him as David Walker, 55, of Westminster, and determine that he had two felony warrants for burglary.”

While he was being arrested for the two warrants, officers located burglary tools, a beanie, camouflage jacket and gloves in Walker’s property. It was also determined that the bike he was riding had been fraudulently purchased with a stolen credit card in a crime reported in October 2016.

“Preliminary investigation linked Walker to that fraudulent purchase, and detectives will follow up on that case further,” said Manzella. 

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


NB Chamber Networking Mixer tonight

Cucina Enoteca

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold their February Sunset Networking Mixer tonight, Thursday, Feb 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cucina Enoteca restaurant in Fashion Island.

Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a spectacular atmosphere. No reservations are required. Free for Chamber members, $35 for non-members at the door. A no-host bar is available along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity drawing. Parking is free; valet parking is available.

For more information, contact Pam Smith at 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cucina Enoteca is located at 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Mother and daughter to sparkle at Spirit Run

In 2017, Spirit Run is honored to welcome two local running gems – Ceci St. Geme (mother) and Annie St. Geme (daughter). These gifted runners shine in their sport and in their dedication to youth fitness.

Ceci has been an elite runner since high school when she was Footlocker’s National Cross Country Champion and USA Track & Field’s (USATF) National 3000 Meter Champion. She was also two-time Cross Country Champion for the State of Connecticut as well as Connecticut State Champion in the 800 meter, mile and 2-mile.

She competed for Stanford University, where in 1982 she was the NCAA 3000 Meter Champion and the American Junior Record Holder in that distance. She was also All American in Cross Country that year. Ceci was later inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

She has also enjoyed success as a post-collegiate athlete. Career highlights include a second place finish at USATF’s 1993 Cross Country Championships, and a first place finish at USATF’s 1994 National 5000 Meter Championships. She qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 800, 1500, and 5000 meters, and is a member of the team that holds the American record in the Marathon Relay.

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(L-R): Ceci and Annie St. Geme to race in this year’s Spirit Run

By 2002, and after having six children, Ceci resumed training as a Master’s (post 40) runner, winning a slew of 5000 meter races, setting a personal record as a Masters runner of 16:20 in that distance. Ceci has graced the cover of Runner’s World magazine seven times. She joined the coaching staff for cross country and track at Corona del Mar High School serving students until 2015. For more than a decade she has also led a ladies’ running group, offering training advice and inspiration.

Like her mother, Annie is a fierce competitor. She was the 2005 California State Champion and six-time CIF Champion in the 1600 meters. After a disappointing fourth place finish at the 1600 Meter State Championships in 2006, Annie channeled her frustration into victory. She competed in the National 1600 Meter Championships with a vengeance, finishing second, and anchored the National Champion and record-setting Distance Medal Relay Team.

With Ceci dominating local 5Ks and Annie tearing up the high school field, the mother/daughter team was quite the sensation. In 2007, they appeared together on the cover of the June issue of Runner’s World.

In 2006, following her mother’s footsteps, Annie took her running talents to Stanford University. Unfortunately, she was hampered by injuries for the better part of her collegiate career. After a four-year hiatus from running, in 2014, Annie resumed training with Strava Track Club in the Bay Area. Although she narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympic Trials, she enjoyed a successful summer track campaign in Europe, capped off by a 3000-meter victory in Finland.

Like her mother, Annie views running as more than a sport. “Running has always doubled as my social outlet,” Annie said. “I’d opt for a post-work run with girlfriends and green juice over happy hour any day!”

Recently, Annie reevaluated her running, professional and family goals. With the desire to be closer to family and the lure of an attractive job offer, she and her husband recently relocated to Newport Beach. Fittingly, Annie has joined LA Fitness where she is managing new business development and strategic partnership opportunities.

Of course, Annie will continue to make running a priority. “I’m now back in Orange County and looking to forge a community running group of my own, catered to the working woman,” Annie said. “In time, I’d love to do some volunteer coaching, as well.”

Ceci was first introduced to Spirit Run in 1990 when her athletic sponsor, Asics, flew her to Newport Beach to promote Spirit Run at elementary schools alongside America’s premier miler, Steve Scott. From 2002-2005, Ceci was Spirit Run Chair for Andersen Elementary, and frequently competed in Spirit Run’s 5k.

Annie has not yet competed at Spirit Run, but has fond memories of it. “My most prominent memories of the event are of cheering my mom on as she kicked past men down the final straightaway, and then running alongside my then elementary-aged younger siblings in the kids’ mile run. Community doesn’t even begin to describe the air at Spirit Run.”

Reunited, the St. Geme ladies will join forces in spreading the love of running to all ages. A first step will be participating in the 34th Annual Spirit Run. After repeated foot surgeries, Ceci has recently officially retired from competing. She will jog the 10K, and cheer Annie on as she races the Elite Mile and 5K.

It’s an honor to follow in her [mother’s] footsteps,” Annie said. “My running philosophy and approach are adapted from her. She is the calmest, most fierce competitor I know. Between kids, moves, careers…as cliché as it is, she is my inspiration.”


Jewish Collaborative of OC to hold Shabbat services

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County will hold its traditionally based, family-friendly Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Feb 25 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach.

Services will feature UCI Visiting Professor Denis Charbit speaking about the recent Knesset vote on the West Bank settlements, and its impact within Israel and for Israel on the world stage.

Child-friendly programming runs all morning, including childcare that starts when the service begins at 9:15 a.m. Youth and tot services begin at 11 a.m.

Shabbat morning services are always followed by a community Kiddush luncheon.

For more information, visit www.jewishcollaboragtiveoc.org.

St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church is located at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.


Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout at NB Marriott

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The 17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout takes place Feb 23 - Feb 26 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. Events taking place all day include performances by jazz musicians, daily evening big band concerts in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom, Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunches in the ballroom, and afternoon sessions by the pool on the grounds of the resort. The event is presented by the Jazz Cruise and Blue Note at Sea. Reserved seating is available.

For tickets and an entertainment line-up of 100+ artists, call 949.759.5003, or visit the website at www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Intuitive paintings inspired by the Runes at JWA

An exhibit of a series of intuitive paintings inspired by the Runes, the ancient Nordic alphabet of archetypal symbols and Tibetan Buddhist concepts by visual artist and writer Irena Carson, continues through March 16 at John Wayne Airport.

As part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program (CFS), these works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Irena Carlson’s talent as an artist is the style in which she frequently contrasts unconventional and surprising elements together,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “This installation at John Wayne Airport provides a distinctive opportunity for the public to enjoy these unique works that incorporate bridging realism to abstraction.”

Flower of Life

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Flower of Life by Irena Carlson

This series of large paintings have Runes embedded in planetary bodies and were inspired by long walks through nature. Carlson hopes that some of the intuitive energy surrounding these Runes will be passed on to the viewer.

Carlson is a visual artist who primarily uses photography, painting and collage for her creative visual works. She believes that a playful means of expression is essential to her work, creating it through multi-media inclusion of photograms, the Holga (toy) camera, photographic collage, drawing, painting on photographs, hand tinting, cyanotypes and sun prints.

“In my artwork, I sometimes feel I am creating a magical world from the inside out,” Carlson said. “I tend to look at the positive and the bright because I enjoy that. I like creating things about light and the interplay of the colors themselves – of the paint and its variation in texture.”

Carlson, who grew up in Tustin, Calif., had a deep love of art from the start. She studied art at the University of California, Irvine, and photography at Los Angeles City College. Graduate studies in Writing and Fine Art were completed at Eastern Michigan University. Living in Turkey, France and later New Zealand contributed important influences to her creative work. She has written numerous stories published by the Travelers’ Tales series of books. Her photography and paintings have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Michigan and Wisconsin in both solo and group shows.

Visit www.irenacarlson.com/ for more information about Carlson’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Susan Fouts (March 16 - April 17) and Richelle Gribble (April 17 - May 17). To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


You must remember this: Ceramicist Richard Shaw among notable local artists

By NANCY GARDNER

When people think of art and beach, they tend to think of Laguna, but Newport has a healthy art tradition, especially CdM which is and has been the home of several noted artists. Even if they’re not into the arts, most residents will recognize the name Rex Brandt as the designer of the city seal. He was married to Joan Irving, a noted painter in her own right. They lived and had their studio, Blue Sky, right next to the CdM footbridge, on the inland side. There is a very nice marker near the site commemorating them and encapsulating the major role they played in the development of California scene painting.

Another artist, Burt Procter, lived right across the street from Blue Sky. Procter painted scenes of the West. I knew the family because his daughter, Ginny, had a horse at the pasture. He didn’t achieve the level of recognition of some of his contemporaries, perhaps because he was rather quiet and retiring, and that can be a disadvantage in getting ahead in the art world just as everywhere else, but his work is well valued today.

A current artist living in CdM, on my street no less although I’ve never met him, is Tony DeLap. In addition to creating his own works, he was an integral factor in the development of UCI’s art department, working with students such as James Turrell and Chris Burden. Every time I walk by his house I hope he comes out so I can gush a little, but the one time I actually saw him he was with some other people so I didn’t stop to fawn.

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A ceramic work of art by Richard Shaw, who is a master at trompe-l’oeil sculpture

An artist who doesn’t live here but grew up in CdM is Richard Shaw, the son of Dick Shaw, the cartoonist. I went to school with Richard, and we had a mutual admiration society, although we didn’t realize it until we reconnected years later. From my perspective, he was a genius. As an example, in fifth grade we were required to do a diorama in an oatmeal box. To say mine was lame is to compliment it – a couple of droopy blobs fallen over by the time I got to school and identifiable only because of the big sign accompanying the display. Richard had an entire Civil War battle in his oatmeal box, each soldier carefully and accurately delineated. You know why I admired him. So why did he admire me?

Richard was dyslexic, long before dyslexia was being diagnosed. As a result, he struggled with his school work. I was Little Miss Hand in the Air, Know the Answer, so he thought I was brilliant. Because of his difficulty with reading, I’m sure any number of teachers shook their heads and wrote him off, but Google him, and you’ll find that Richard is a world-famous ceramist, his work in major collections and museums, and he is the head of his department at Berkeley. So I was right. He’s a genius. As for his perspective of me…who am I to argue with a genius?

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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.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

LanaJohnsonSMMeet some of the chefs who will be serving up specials during OC Restaurant Week to take place March 5 - 11

Orange County Restaurant Week will be held Sunday, March 5 - Saturday, March 11, 2017. Celebrating its ninth year as the region’s most popular culinary event, more than 30 Newport Beach chefs will be creating prix fixe menus: Lunch will be offered for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner will be priced at $20, $30, $40, $50, while a limited number of restaurants will be serving a “luxe” menu with cocktail or wine pairings for $80.

Meet a few of the chefs who will be sharing their inventive dishes.

Fly N Fish

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Cioppino, a warm seafood stew with roasted tomato basil broth and Italian herb parmesan toast is among the prix fix menu items at Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Chef Julio Hawkins

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Chef Julio Hawkins of Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Chef Julio Hawkins believes in the beauty of simplicity. The Seattle native has honed his culinary skills over the years, making honorable appearances on Food Network, FOX Good Day LA, KTLA 5 Morning News, CBS and KQED’s Cooking At The Academy. Throughout his years of cooking, he has served an impressive clientele including President H.W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, Bill Gates and the Prime Minister of Japan.

While cooking with his mother, Chef Julio learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients and created the philosophy that food should be served in a simplistic and respectful manner, complemented with little bursts of flavor. Lemon zest is the most favored ingredient in Chef Julio’s kitchen, as it brightens up the taste, bringing clarity and focus to the palate.

In Seattle, Chef Julio learned to hunt and fish, which gave him a true love and appreciation for food. This translates into his farm-to-table mentality, and his use of responsible sustainable seafood.

“We as a society need to go back to the basic way of producing wholesome goodness, the way our grandparents used to live,” Chef Julio said. Among his many awards and accolades, Chef Julio also earned the Silver Spoon Award and was second runner-up in the Livermore Valley Food & Wine Pairing Competition.

While not working, Hawkins enjoys going on hikes in the mountains, running along the beach with his Siberian Husky and cooking at his family’s side. www.flynfishoysterbar.com

Chef Cathy Pavlos

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Chef Cathy Pavlos of Provenance

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Chef Cathy Pavlos is the driving force behind one of Orange County’s most unique and dynamic restaurants, Provenance, a dining concept that deliver elements of California’s wine country. Located in Newport Beach’s, Eastbluff Village Center, the restaurant features a menu of fresh, flavorful ingredients that change by the season, many of which are grown in the restaurant’s own 1,300-square-foot organic raised-bed garden, which customers can observe from their patio seating.

Chef Cathy, who describes her menu of contemporary California cuisine as Napa-esque, focuses on seasonal garden offerings, with signature sandwiches and lighter fare at lunch, and the addition of larger plates at dinner, along with daily specials. The menu changes daily, weekly and monthly, based on the garden’s offerings. Chef Pavlos’ culinary team make all sauces, dressings and other items in-house with a focus on canning, preserving and smoking. The menu also features only humanely raised meats, such as certified Angus beef, free-range turkey, hormone-free chicken and wild seafood. www.ProvenanceRestaurant.com

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Chef Shinya Toyoda of Sushi Roku

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After 19 years with Sushi Roku, Chef Shinya Toyoda continues to satisfy customers with his savvy and flavorful fare. He has been drawn to cooking ever since he can remember – from watching his parents and elders prepare food in a way that has been passed down through generations and traditions. His passion is drawn by the emotional connection one encounters when presented with a beautiful dish – the smell, that first bite, the textures...he appreciates those emotions and doing something that allows him to share and showcase [them] with customers, friends and family.

His training in Japan gave him discipline and respect, which he practices every day. The culture of the restaurant is one of welcoming service, a warm atmosphere and varying coastal cuisine. By experiencing and truly learning other cultures’ cuisines, Chef Shin is able to provide and create dishes that he has put his heart into. He admits that he cannot live without miso and soy sauce, and that his clientele has taught him to be open to one’s preferences, but also to push the limits. Done in a way that is appealing to one’s senses allows new experiences and an ability to try something you normally wouldn’t. Chef Shin is focused on making the entire dining experience personal and always memorable. www.sushiroku.com

Chef Yvon Goetz

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Chef Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Chef Yvon Goetz, considered one of the most highly decorated chefs in Southern California, he has received such accolades and awards as “Alsace’s gift to Southern California” by the Los Angeles Times, “The Best of the Best” by the Travel Guide, one of three recipients in California of the AAA Five-Diamond Award, “Chef of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal, Southern California Restaurant Writer’s Association, and Golden Foodie Awards.

As Executive Chef and Partner in The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chef Yvon develops and oversees a cutting-edge menu featuring contemporary California regional cuisine with a focus on specialties and ingredients found in California’s vast Wine Country. He is responsible for hiring, training and directing a culinary team that delivers consistent, quality fare that has set new standards for restaurants in Orange County and beyond. And while you’re dining, enjoy wonderful views of Newport Harbor.

Chef Deborah Schneider

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Chef Deborah Schneider of SOL Cocina

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Dubbed by Bon Appetit magazine as “the reigning queen of San Diego chefs” and nominated for a coveted James Beard Foundation Award for her second (of six) cookbooks, Chef Deborah Schneider brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as Executive Chef and Partner of Mexican restaurants SOL Cocina (Playa Vista and Newport Beach, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cherry Creek, Colo.) and solita Tacos & Margaritas (Huntington Beach and Valencia, Calif.).

Chef Deborah draws upon her rich culinary background and more than 25 years of professional cooking experience to bring the wonderful tastes and relaxing beach vibe of the Baja Peninsula to guests. Her passion for Baja was stoked by countless surf trips down the Peninsula. There, at small street stands and on pristine beaches, she discovered a flavorful, healthy cuisine, rich with fresh seafood and inventive preparations, that is at the heart of her restaurants.

In April 2015, Schneider released her sixth cookbook, Salsas and Moles, a collection of 60 authentic salsa and mole recipes, which includes a wide variety of favorites, from classic table salsas, to mole and enchilada sauces, plus chunky salsas and snacks.

She began her culinary career while traveling through Europe in the early 1980s. While living in Athens, Greece, she spent a year working as a chef on a succession of luxury charter yachts and later worked as a yacht chef in Florida and the Caribbean before switching coasts and settling in San Diego in 1983. Chef Deborah received her CEC ranking (Certified Executive Chef) in 2001 from the American Culinary Federation. www.solcocina.com

A Partnership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

Again this year, Girl Scouts of Orange County is partnering with OC Restaurant Week, during which select restaurants will offer Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts. This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts and introduces OC to a brand new cookie – Girl Scout S’mores™. The 2017 Girl Scout cookie season continues through March 12.

For more information on OC Restaurant Week and to view the more than 100 participating restaurants, visit www.OCRestaurantWeek.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Another officer shot and Newport Beach once again stands tall

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Earlier this week I heard about the shooting of two police officers in Whittier by a purported gang member with a long rap sheet who had just been released from prison. One officer, Keith Boyer, died.

The killer was on probation under Assembly Bill 109 that “shifted nonviolent offenders from state prisons to county jails, or placed them on probation under county supervision rather than parole under state supervision.”

This stuff sickens me. 

But you know what, when these things happen Newport Beach responds, and in a good way.

First off, Mayor Kevin Muldoon, Chief of Police Jon Lewis and others from the department paid their respects in Whittier where they laid a wreath at a community site honoring the fallen officer.

Then this note arrived: “Mr. O’Neill, I delivered this to the police station today and was fortunate to be greeted in the lobby by Chief Lewis. I also gave him a heartfelt card. Thanks for encouraging us all to show our Officers how much we appreciate them!”

It was signed Ruth Sanchez Kobayashi.

She had responded to a comment made earlier by City Councilman Will O’Neill.

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Another resident, Sarah Lowery, is rumored to be making cookies and delivering them to the department as well.

As O’Neill told me, “There’s a lot of frustration in the law enforcement community about this one, more so than I’ve seen in a while.”

Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line each and every day. How about the next time you see an officer on the streets you thank them for keeping our community safe with their service.

Guess who’s not smiling these days? Dr. Sherri Worth, a Newport Beach dentist known for reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. She has given up her license to practice following a suspension by the Dental Board of California.

Worth has been charged with negligence, fraud, incompetence, over diagnosis and overtreatment.

At one point, Worth appeared on the TV show “The Swan.”

Welcome to columnist Len Bose who joins StuNewsNewport today. Bose had been a columnist with the Daily Pilot for the last eight years. Len will keep our readers up-to-date on our Harbor. 

Welcome Len.

This past Monday I intimated that Museum House developer Related California had issues in San Diego with lawsuits concerning a project that dealt with conflicts of interest.

The project was cancelled almost a decade ago. Dave Ellis, who handles much of the outreach for the Museum House project informed me that following those issues, Related California actually was in great stead with the City of San Diego.

In a joint statement between Related California and the City forwarded to me by Ellis, it acknowledged that all lawsuits between Related California and the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego had “been dismissed in a manner satisfactory to all.”

It additionally stated that both parties “agreed and acknowledged that they would welcome other project proposals” between the two agencies moving forward.

Here at home, following initial approval of the Museum House project, Line in the Sand PAC gathered signatures in an attempt to force a community-wide vote. 

That’s where it stands today. Several more legal issues need to be resolved, then it will come back before Council.


Discover Saturdays at Lido Marina Village

Lido Marina Village

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Beginning on Saturday, Feb 25, you’re invited to spend Saturdays at the waterfront Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come enjoy new music, new treats and new memories with some of the area’s tastiest food trucks and hippest live acts.

This weekend, they’ll kick things off with live music by Taji.

For more information, visitwww.lidomarinavillage.com/events/.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido.


City advises motorists to avoid MacArthur

A contractor, retained by the City of Newport Beach, is working on a pavement rehabilitation project that currently involves grinding asphalt and repaving all northbound and southbound lanes of MacArthur Boulevard between Bonita Canyon/Ford Road and Coast Highway. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes as traffic will often be reduced to one lane in one or both directions during construction hours, causing significant traffic congestion. Suggested alternate routes include Jamboree Road, Marguerite Avenue/San Miguel Drive, or Newport Coast Drive.

Normal construction hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The project is scheduled to be completed March 31, weather permitting.

The project began in late 2016 and the contractor accomplished some portions of the work at night. Some of the work, however, has to be completed during the day, because residents live along sections of MacArthur Boulevard (the grinding work is very loud) and the paving material (rubberized asphalt) needs daytime temperatures to set properly.

The City follows a regular pavement maintenance schedule to replace asphalt on major roadways approximately every 15-20 years. If you have any questions about the project, contact the City’s Public Works Department at 949.644.3330.


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

A Murder is Announced | Continuing through Feb 26. Performance times vary. Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950, this is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Tickets: $20 for Evening and Matinee Performances.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Citizen Science Academy/VOYAGER Program | Continuing through March 18.

Want to learn more about the natural world around you? Join the City of Newport Beach and its partners in a nature-based and hands-on education program. These workshops will focus on interrelationships between nature and human beings through history, plant and wildlife identification, ecological relationships, human impacts, and more. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost: $25 for a single program.

Contact: Box office, 949.644.3036, Michelle Clement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

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17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout | Feb 23 - Feb 26. Takes place all day. This year’s party features a big band closing each night. In addition to a Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch, daily evening concerts take place in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom, plus afternoon pool sessions on the grounds of the resort. For tickets and the entertainment line-up visit the website.

Contact: 949.759.5003, www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Aida | Feb 23, 25 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony presents Verdi’s most popular opera, telling the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Carl St.Clair, conductor.

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

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

Paint A Bouquet of Pansies | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

The Way Things Were | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. -  Noon. Join ENC Naturalist Kathy to learn a little about how the indigenous people of Orange County lived before there were shopping centers and highways. Make string and practice your weaving, play some authentic Tongva games and try your hand at “hunting” with a rabbit stick. Listen to a legend and play some music using authentic Tongva instruments. This program is for families with children in third grade or older. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

White Crane

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Paint with friends at Seaside Gallery’s workshop

Paint Workshop | Feb 25 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | Feb 25 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for create to create, play and tap into the magic around us. Youngsters will connect to landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and outside, as they playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited; recommended for ages 8 - 14. Suggested donation is $40. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Little Naturalists: Radical Reptiles | Feb 28 at 10:30 a.m. Learn what makes a reptile a reptile, who’s in the reptile family, hike through the center in search of their very own reptiles to meet & greet, and read the story, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Valerie will also turn a brave volunteer little naturalist into a snake, and everyone will make their own reptiles to name, take home and care for. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Pre-payment is required; register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

Cecile Whiting: Pop Goes the 60s | Feb 26 at 2 p.m. Art historian Cecile Whiting examines how and why Pop artists incorporated commercial imagery (advertisements, celebrity photos, comic strips) and techniques into their artworks, and what impact they had on pop culture during the 1960s. Tickets are handed out beginning at noon on the day of the talk. Included in general admission.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

A Gentlemans Guide

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This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical comes to Segerstrom Hall

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder | Feb 28 - March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical makes its Orange County debut during its first national tour. It tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. 

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

2017 CUSD Secondary Honor Concert | March 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Highlights more than 600 young musicians, bringing together outstanding talent from schools district-wide for an unforgettable evening of classical music.

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

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

The Beach Boys | March 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Farmers are sure to please.

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

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

Karlin Meehan’s Metallic Series | March 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. Join Newport Beach artist Karlin Meehan as she unveils her new Metallic Series. This body of work represents a new beginning for Meehan, who is best known for her large florals and abstracts using acrylic paint and non-traditional materials. The Metallic Series showcases a limited color palette and layers of overlapping paint that come together with growth from painting to painting to represent a timeline of evolution. The art show is free of charge.

Contact: Box office, 949.981.6432. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

G Galerie, 504 30th St., Cannery Village, Newport Beach.

Karlin Meehan

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Artist Karlin Meehan

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

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | March 4 and 5 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Enjoy authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Family at OCMA

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Free Family Day at OCMA | March 5 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., with galleries closing at 5 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled day at the museum inspired by the exhibition Pop Art Design. Participate in unique artist designed, hands-on Pop Art projects; join special gallery tours for families; experience innovative youth music and dance performances by Compass Dance Company, Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) and Huntington Beach Cities School District Music Programs. Food truck onsite. Event is free.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Orange | March 5 - 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenager from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and takes Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

The SMCHS Nick Kraus Memorial Scholarship Concert | March 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. This concert will feature more than 300 students performing the choral and instrumental works of Brahms, Grieg, Schubert, Whitacre, Thompson and Elgar by the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Vocal and Instrumental Music departments. Arrive early to view Visual Arts by the students, on display in the lobby of the concert hall. All proceeds will go to the Nicholas David Kraus Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the school’s music teacher and marching band instructor, who passed away in March 2014.

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

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

Charles Busch

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Charles Busch pays homage to five extraordinary women in this new stage show

Charles Busch | March 9 - 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Experience the giddy enchantment of Charles Busch’s world in this intimate evening of song and stories. A two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award, the actor, playwright (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend has happily added “vaudevillian” to the list over the past years. This brand new show created for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, titled “The Lady at the Mic,” has Busch, along with his invaluable longtime musical director Tom Judson, paying tribute through song and personal reminiscence to five extraordinary and much missed women: Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Mary Cleere Haran, Julie Wilson and Joan Rivers.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Heisler Park

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A painting of Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

Paint Workshop | March 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece influenced such films as “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Experience this cinematic tour de force projected on the big screen while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.

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

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

Creative Edge Lecture: 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera | March 14 at 10 a.m. This event is free, but tickets are required. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, is a true embodiment of the creative spirit. A thought-leader on the vital role of creativity in society, he is a passionate advocate for arts education, and an inspiring speaker, storyteller and performance artist. Herrera will inspire leaders from the arts, education and business in this lecture presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with title sponsorship by Boeing.

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

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

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela 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.

American Ballet Theatre - Whipped Cream | March 15 - 19, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration!

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Paper Flowers Card Making | March 16 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Transform a glass bottle into a beautiful vase and make paper flowers to fill it. Participants will learn the technique of making paper flowers and make several in class, then take home extra papers to fill your vase. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

Mater Dei Festival Concert | March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $13. The Mater Dei High School Choral Music Program presents an evening of choral music featuring compositions from the Renaissance to today. Joining the Mater Dei choirs is the MDHS Junior High Honor Choir featuring singers from more than 17 different parishes and schools.

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

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

Treasure Island

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A painting of Treasure Island, Laguna Beach

Paint Workshop | March 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Finding Neverland | March 21 - April 2, Performance times vary. Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Founded in 1918, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. They will perform Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3. Theodore Kuchar, conductor; Alexei Grynyuk, piano. At 7 p.m., there is a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto | March 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - 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, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

King Arthur & The Legend of the Dragon’s Lair | March 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! The gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra join Pacific Symphony in their annual side-by-side concert including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Roger Kalia conducts. Part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings, these fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11. During the Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert.

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

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

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show | March 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more than 30 years, the Christopher Radko Company has caught the attention of many collectors with their beautiful European, hand-crafted glass ornaments. Each piece is hand painted with exquisite artisanship. Roger’s Gardens will be showcasing the new 2017 collection. Select from a wide variety of styles that can bring the joy of Christmas into any home.

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

Painting Class – Poppies! | March 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet | March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. For this special Center anniversary, the quartet returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works and three full-length operas.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

Neil Gaiman | March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. “I make things up and write them down,” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. His popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” he will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.” VIP packages are available, which includes a ticket and post-show meet and greet.

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - 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.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1925, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the world’s leading proponent of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the leadership of Italian maestro and new principal conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra will perform Nielsen’s orchestra showpiece, Helios Overture, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Deborah Voight, soprano. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

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

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


Friends, family gather to celebrate Ralph Rodheim

Hundreds gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of Ralph Rodheim in the Harborside, Balboa Pavilion. Rodheim died nearly two weeks ago following a three-year battle with ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The mood was upbeat as guests filled the ballroom enjoying live music by “The Strangers.”

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Jim Roberts served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Kicking off the tribute, the Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol paid homage to Ralph with two vessels performing a water salute just off the Pavilion’s dock. Prior to the formal program, a tribute video highlighted myriad aspects of Ralph’s life.

Guests included State Senator John Moorlach, Newport Beach City Council members Mayor Pro-Tem Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Diane Dixon, Brad Avery and Jeff Herdman.

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Members of the Commodores Club of Newport Beach, an organization that Ralph previously skippered, came dressed in their navy blazers, red sailboat ties and gray slacks.

Notable speakers included former Mayor Dixon; Morrie Kirk, a longtime friend; and many others who touched Ralph’s life. Kai Pika, a foreign exchange student with the Rodheims in 1990, flew over from Germany to attend. Others who shared the microphone, represented the Balboa Yacht Club’s Wooden Boat Festival that Ralph helped create, players and friends from his water polo coaching days, his old teaching pals and the vice president of Rodheim Marketing Group.

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Memories of Ralph’s lifetime and his achievements adorned displays throughout the room: photos; a memory board people could sign; Artist Lorelle Miller painting Ralph’s portrait in pastels; a tabletop with the children’s book, “Connor & the Balboa Dinosaur,” written by Penny Rodheim, Ralph’s wife, with all proceeds from sales going to the ALS Foundation to benefit research.

This was a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to his family, friends and the Newport Beach community.


ENC celebrates 45 years

Little Naturalists

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The Little Naturalist program introduces youngsters to an appreciation of the outdoors, where families can spend time together

In celebration of its 45th anniversary, the Environmental Nature Center is offering a calendar of 45 low-cost and free events planned for the year. The community is encouraged to participate. Events are listed at encenter.org/visit-us/upcoming-events.

The ENC was founded in 1972 from land that was considered little more than an eyesore. After Newport Harbor High School constructed their Olympic-sized swimming pool, the excess soil was dumped near a gully that ran behind the adjacent Newport-Mesa Unified School District administrative offices. Nearby land was little more than a lot full of weeds previously used for an agricultural program. Dedicated and determined science teachers and student volunteers eventually turned the soil into a home for a living nature laboratory.

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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover shares “The Lorax” with families in the Reading in the Redwoods program

Since its inception, students from throughout the community have been invited to explore, maintain and nurture the land, all while learning to both use and respect its resources. The ENC has become a leader and authority on ecological responsibility, sustainability and environmental education.

“The 45 events the ENC has planned for this year are geared toward educators, families, children and adults,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “There is something for everyone!”

Programs scheduled throughout the year include:

Citizen Science and Teacher’s Night Out workshops teach educators how to incorporate hands-on learning for their students through applied science and outdoor exploration.

Campfire programs are geared to bring the community together to listen to stories, sing or play music, hang out with loved ones and make new friends.

Reading in the Redwoods and Little Naturalist programs introduce young children to nature and provide opportunities for families to spend time together in the outdoors.

The Adult Speaker Series provides monthly opportunities for adults to gather, socialize over wine and hors d’oeuvres and gain knowledge about interesting, timely topics.

For more information, call 949.645.8489, and visit encenter.org.

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


Stump the Stu

Sometimes you just need to get away…here’s a great spot

One thing we can determine by this week’s Stump the Stu is that there’s no allowance for automobiles. Walk, run or bike…where am I? This week’s challenge was submitted by our friend Kevin Coleman of Net Development Co. in Costa Mesa. 

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 2.20

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Save the Date: NB Wine & Food Festival

Server with Tacos

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Wine & Food Festival

The 4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will take place Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017.

Tickets will be on sale starting in June.

For more information and the new talent lineup, visit the website at www.newportwineandfood.com.


Police Files

The couple that drugs together, gets busted together

On Saturday night around 8:12 p.m., Newport Beach police officers stopped a couple for drug possession.

Cynthia Sueann Lancaster, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Her companion, Tyler Lane Jacobson, 26, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had enough drugs on him that he was also charged with possession of narcotics for sales.

Thief stole 10 identities

Saturday evening was busy for the police department. At 11:18 p.m., officers apprehended Dung Khai Nguy, 45, of Garden Grove, for appropriation of lost property.

He was also found to have equipment for counterfeiting as well as the identities of 10 or more individuals.

He was booked and held with $20,000 bail. 


Pelican Grill celebrates an evening with Oscar

Oscar

On Sunday, Feb 26, starting at 5 p.m., Pelican Grill will present a night of solid gold with an Academy Awards viewing party you won’t want to miss! Arrive on the red carpet, and enter the Lounge (with two stunning nine-foot HD TVs) as Hollywood makes history.

Sip on a star-studded lineup of themed specialty cocktails inspired by La La Land, Moonlight and Hell or High Water, and dine on an Oscars-themed menu, complete with complimentary specialty popcorn.

Be sure to cast your own awards ballot of winners for a chance to win dinner for two at Pelican Grill. Lights…camera…party! Seating is first come, first served, and no entry fee or RSVP is required.

For additional information, call 855.467.6800, or visit www.pelicanhill.com.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor’s Annual Fundraising Benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” is holding an online auction continuing through March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 10 gala with dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Newport Harbor High School gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Contact: For the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For more information, contact Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.supportnhhs.com

Gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport

Beach.

NHHS Clock Tower

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation gives $500,000 a year to enhance student programs at Harbor High

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

3rd Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual wine event, bringing together 30 of Napa’s finest wineries and epicurean cuisine created by Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Evening Schedule: 4:30 p.m., Wine Tasting Reception; 7 p.m., Dinner & Wine Pairings along with live auction festivities. Tickets: $650 with table sponsorships available. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

Napa in Newport

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Guests Genevieve Bechtold and Robert Emery enjoy last year’s Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Pacific Symphony | Pacific Coast Wine Festival, Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival features extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, silent auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and unique travel opportunities. Tickets: $375-$1,000. Proceeds support the education, community engagement and artistic programs of the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

34th Annual Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools | Sunday, March 12 beginning at 6 a.m. The longest running youth road race event in Orange County features courses for kids, adults, elite runners and even a new dog mile, so walkers and runners of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Sixteen Newport-Mesa schools will be represented and other schools can join in via the “Dash for Cash” fundraiser. In addition to the races, there will be youth & fitness and dog expos. Spirit Run celebrates its competitors with an array of prizes including a $2,000 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile races. To date, $300,000 has been donated to benefit education and athletics in the Newport-Mesa School District.

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Elite Mile

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Runners are ready to take off at Spirit Run’s Elite start line

Olive Crest | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Orange County, Friday, March 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. Get ready to have a great time supporting the children and families of Olive Crest. Join Honorary Chairman, the legendary Vince Ferragamo, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember with all the trimmings. Enjoy live authentic Irish music and dancing, a live auction, whiskey sampling, and more. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family...”One Life at a Time.”

Contact: Diana Cheek, 714.543.5437, ext. 1125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.olivecrest.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 1/2 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $500, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19. 

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.com

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

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21. The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies theat CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets will be available by mid-March; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

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

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.

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

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, a 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.

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. 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 Two Guys

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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 16.

In 2016, more than $500,000 was raised for children who are served by the programs of Childhelp. Enjoy a fabulous day of golf with unparalleled ocean views, followed by an awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,250 - $50,000. Awards Dinner tickets only, $75. Seeking auction items. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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.

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

This inspirational evening will welcome more than 400 community and business leaders for dancing, dining and a live auction, as well as honoring longtime friend and donor Julie Hill.

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.

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.

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

Takes place at the future home of OCMA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Moments Between Oceans, Continuing through March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Moments Between Oceans

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Meet the Artist: Scott Amling, Feb 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. His collage of original photography, “Moments Between Oceans” is on display at Central Library through March 24. He will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about this work. The event is free. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Sister Act

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(L-R): Sister musicians Esther, on piano and Joanna Lee, violinist

Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee, Feb 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world’s leading music schools. Join them for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Feb 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by the Mariners Branch to make fun crafts celebrating Mardi Gras! For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech: Axis 360 & Overdrive, Feb 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

Beyond the Canvas: Georges Braque, March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Georges Braque was a major 20th century French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His most important contributions to the history of art were in his alliance with Fauvism from 1906, and the role he played in the development of Cubism. Braque’s work between 1908 and 1912 is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso. Their respective Cubist works were indistinguishable for many years, yet the quiet nature of Braque was partially eclipsed by the fame and notoriety of Picasso. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Orientation: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will be trained to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow your family tree. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, March 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan on food and seating. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to Pam Smith, 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, March 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. There’s a party to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and you’re invited! Come enjoy stories, crafts and birthday cake in honor of everyone’s favorite children’s author. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Joe Nocera, Inside the NCAA, March 3 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports – a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents – scholarships that don’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera’s latest book is “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.” Tickets required. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Nocera’s “Inside the NCAA” provides an inside look at college sports

Once Upon A Time…Drop-In Crafts, March 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Spark their imagination and create crafts from some favorite fairy tales. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 5, 12, 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Book Discussion Group: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, March 8 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Sessions are free and no reservations are required. Attendance is welcome, even if you haven’t finished or read the book. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. For more information, www.nbplfoundation.org.

LEGO “Block” Party, March 8 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration is required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lenten Series, March 8 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. St. James the Great and a team from IBM Watson will explore emerging technologies in a five-week series about the latest trending technologies and how they are being applied. This first session is an overview of the current trends in technology to include: What is Big Data, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Autonomous Intelligence and how these types of technology help us today and what the future looks like. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Future lecture dates: March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 6 will take place at the Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Fabulous Fridays @ 4, March 10 from 4 - 5 p.m.  Spring Gardening – Kick off your weekend with some fun and fabulous stories and crafts. Children ages 4-9 will enjoy listening to engaging stories and creating a special craft to take home. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, March 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is an arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages and ability levels. CYOSC rehearses and performs at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers, and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.20

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A Shining Beacon. This photo of a statuesque lighthouse was built by the Spencer family in 1926 and was situated on North Bay Front.

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


Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout at NB Marriott

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The 17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout will take place Feb 23 - Feb 26 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. Events taking place all day include performances by jazz musicians, daily evening big band concerts in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom, Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunches in the ballroom, and afternoon sessions by the pool on the grounds of the resort. The event is presented by the Jazz Cruise and Blue Note at Sea. Reserved seating is available.

For tickets and an entertainment line-up of 100+ artists, call 949.759.5003, or visit the website at www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Lawsuits and complaints highlight the local political scene 

TomJohnson

Is the Museum House project destined for the defeat? I don’t know, but the parent company of the organization is now facing some huge problems in San Diego and their public relations effort seems to be going nowhere.

First off, Related California is the company that wants to develop the Museum House. Line in the Sand, a political action committee, through a citywide signature gathering effort has forced the issue to the ballot box, or the City Council can rescind their previous approval of the project.

In San Diego, Related California was previously chosen to develop a $409 million parking and apartment complex. Approval was subsequently cancelled following a report that San Diego Redevelopment Executive Nancy Graham had a conflict of business with Related’s Florida arm.

Graham has pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanors for conflicts of interest and resigned her positions as President of the Centre City Development Corp. in San Diego.

Following the loss of the project, Related California has sued the development agency for annulling the 42-story project. Related California claims they have only a minor interest in the Florida arm and shouldn’t be penalized.

This kind of news can’t be good locally after a very contentious effort by Related California against the Line in the Sand folks. Recent personal attacks continue against leaders of LITS.

Speaking of lawsuits, Orange County Museum of Art finally served their lawsuit to LITS. They are claiming that LITS violated election laws by printing some of the 1,100 page petitions with too small of print fonts and want the signature gathering effort thrown out.

Let’s remember, LITS needed some 5,600 signatures to get the matter to the ballot box and gathered nearly 14,000. Personally, I don’t think any judge will go against that kind of voice of the people. Besides, who would really read an 1,100-page document before signing a petition in front of a CVS or a Gelson’s.

Another issue brewing is a complaint filed by former City Council candidate and Save Newport Publisher Mike Glenn against sitting Councilmember Brad Avery.

Avery, who works for Orange Coast College’s Marine Division on the bayfront, voted to eliminate Jet Packs operating in Newport Beach moving forward.

Glenn thinks that’s a conflict of interest and has filed formally against Avery with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

While Avery voted on the issue, Mayor Pro-Tem Marshall “Duffy” Duffield recused himself because of his bayfront business of electric boats.

I think Avery’s contention is that he is an employee of OCC and therefore does not stand to gain financially from the decision, whereas Duffy might, and might here is very remote.

In talking to other council people, some were upset about Glenn’s effort. We’ll see where it goes.

Finally, we said goodbye yesterday to our friend Ralph Rodheim. Ralph fought ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease for the last three years. A Celebration of Life was held yesterday at Harborside Restaurant.

Ralph loved the peninsula and it was only fitting to say our farewells there. We’ll miss you my friend.


Community meeting on CdM sports field

On Oct 15, 2015, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved the initial design of the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field. Currently, the district is in the process to evaluate the impacts of the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Draft Impact Report (DEIR) has been circulated and comments will be received through March 22, 2017.

In an effort to continue to inform the neighbors surrounding the school community of the planned project and next steps, there will be an informational meeting hosted by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District staff on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Corona del Mar High School Lecture Hall.

They will provide a general overview of the DEIR and allow for questions during the scheduled meeting. Written comments can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the March 22 deadline.

For more information, contact Ara Zareczny, director, facilities development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.424.7522.


Caroline Zimmermann art show at Lahaina Galleries

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Come and meet artist Caroline Zimmermann, who will be at Lahaina Galleries on Saturday, March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her new collection is inspired by her recent experiences in Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Venice, Italy.

“As a surfer, I’ve always had a close relationship with the ocean and have had many hours of observing the waters of all the seven seas,” Zimmerman said. “As an artist, I have enjoyed the challenge of depicting the constantly changing qualities of water as a vital force of nature.”

To RSVP, call 949.721.9117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lahaina Galleries is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Hats off to former mayor who had first-hand experience 

The picture in Stump the Stu this week is of the monument that recognizes the 3rd National Boy Scout Jamboree held on the Irvine Ranch in July 1953. This monument is at the corner of Santa Barbara and Jamboree Road across from the Newport Beach Police facility and in front of what used to be the Chamber of Commerce office. It was installed by the Newport Beach Historical Society. 

Jamboree Road is named to recognize and remember the Jamboree which brought over 50,000 Boy Scouts together to camp for a week in the area of the Irvine Ranch (before it was annexed to Newport Beach) between the Upper Bay and MacArthur Blvd. and between Coast Highway and about Bison Avenue. 

This monument is one of two recognizing the Jamboree. The other is between the escalators in Fashion Island. The Jamboree was my first visit to the Newport Beach area as a boy scout from Tucson, Arizona.

Don Webb 

Centennial Mayor of Newport Beach

Stump the Stu 2.16.17

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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 Center announces 2017-2018 Broadway Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its line-up of Broadway shows for its 2017-2018 season! In addition to Hamilton, the Broadway Series includes Something Rotten!, The King and I, Love Never Dies, The School of Rock and On Your Feet!. The Curtain Call Series features Motown the Musical, Kinky Boots and The Color Purple. Back by popular demand for special limited engagements are Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon.

Something Rotten

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Something Rotten! makes its Center’s premiere debut, Nov 7 - 19, 2017

Free pre-show and intermission activities will entertain and inform audiences, and the popular Talk Backs with cast members will again be offered after most Thursday evening performances. One Saturday matinee performance of each show will be Open Captioned, Audio Described and ASL interpreted.

Jersey Boys

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A Special Broadway bonus, Jersey Boys takes the stage, Jan 19 - 21, 2018

Current season subscribers can renew their tickets now. New season tickets packages will be available starting Feb 24 at 10 a.m. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Season ticket prices for the Broadway Series start at $130. Tickets for the Curtain Call Series start at $70.

The King and I

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Rogers & Hammerstein’s The King and I takes the stage, Feb 27 - March 11, 2018

Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about the current season and the 2017 - 2018 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

School Of Rock

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School of Rock makes its Center premiere, July 24 - Aug 5, 2018

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.556.2121.


Police Files

Sunday motorcyclist caught with drugs, warrant

Residents may have noticed a large group of motorcyclists come in to town on Sunday around lunchtime. Newport Beach Police officers certainly noticed when some of the group started driving recklessly. 

“An officer placed himself behind the group while they were stopped at the signal for southbound Jamboree at Eastbluff Drive,” said Jennifer Manzella, press information officer. “He observed one motorcyclist make an illegal turn, and noted that the motorcycle was not displaying a rear license plate.”

The officer initiated a traffic stop on the motorcyclist, who did not yield but instead weaved through the group of motorcycles, causing a collision with two others. He made a U-turn at a red light and continued to evade, speeding and failing to stop at red lights. Due to safety concerns, the officer had to terminate the pursuit.

But that wasn’t the end of it.

According to Manzella, an anonymous motorist indicated that the motorcyclist had ridden into a large complex in the 3100 block of Michelson in Irvine. “With the assistance of Irvine PD, the driver was located on the fourth story of a parking garage,” said Manzella.

He was identified as Diego Ramirez, 25, Highland, and arrested for evading a police officer with wanton disregard for safety, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and other vehicle code violations including failure to stop at a red light, improper turn, license plate required, unsafe lane change and excessive speed. It was also discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for speeding and several marijuana cigarettes in the front pouch of the motorcycle, adding drug charges and bringing his bail to $52,500.  

DUI enforcement operations planned this weekend

Newport Beach Police Officers will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers in our ongoing efforts to stop drunk driving and help save lives. DUI Saturation Patrols will take place from Friday, Feb 17 through Monday, Feb 20, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Officers will be patrolling the areas of our city with the highest frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

High Visibility Enforcement (like DUI Saturation Patrols) has been proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely. 

Tragically, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries throughout the state California in 2014. Over the course of the past three years, Newport Beach Police officers have investigated 373 DUI collisions in our city, which have claimed four lives and resulted in another 303 injuries. 

A study of active drivers revealed that more people tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, and showed slightly higher use than alcohol (7.4 percent). Everyone should be mindful that, if you are taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol in combination with your medication can greatly intensify impairment. 

Consider using the California Office of Traffic Safety’s DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app, which is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app helps designated sober drivers find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives (from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more). Those who have been drinking can use the app to contact Uber, Lyft, or Curb to get a sober ride home. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. 

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to Newport Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


Newport-Mesa Unified names new Wilson School principal

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has selected Mia King as the principal of Wilson Elementary School. King has 15 years of experience in education and is known for her approach to creating positive school cultures and developing successful instructional programs.

King, a former elementary instructional support specialist with NMUSD, has served as the interim principal for Wilson Elementary since November 2016.

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Mia King will serve as Wilson Elementary School’s new principal

“Mia has done an outstanding job of connecting with the Wilson students, the staff and the community. Her focus on positive relationships and her deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction will be instrumental in her role as the school principal,” said Kurt Suhr, executive director of elementary education.

As a teacher on special assignment with NMUSD, King developed instructional literacy programs, facilitated lesson designs, created and organized professional development for teachers and provided instructional support in the English language arts curriculum.

Prior to joining NMUSD, King served as a teacher in grades first through sixth with Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD). During her time at GGUSD she was a grade level chair, facilitated parent meetings surrounding nutrition and academics, organized school community events, contributed to school-wide discipline plans and participated in School Site Council, where she contributed to the review and evaluation of school improvement programs and budgets.

“I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue as part of the Wilson community,” King said. “I am committed to collaborative approaches to achieving greatness with staff, students and the parent community,” she added.

King’s appointment will be recommended to the Board of Education at the Feb 14, 2017 Board meeting. Upon approval, the appointment will be effective Feb 15, 2017.


NBPD is Walkin’ on Sunshine…say what?

The Newport Beach Police Department has come up with a fun way to offer tips to deal with a serious crime that affects our community: car burglaries. Here are three little steps to remember every time you park your car.

Check it out here:


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Up close and personal with the Chargers; another NB leader passes

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Several months ago, I committed to a speaking engagement in town; it was politically related; love doing that stuff. So last week, I get an email from the event organizer apologizing for not taking the time to thank me afterwards.

I wish I could tell him/her that I was waiting by the mailbox everyday for the past few months, hoping that the thank you note would be in that day’s mail…not even close. To have the opportunity to be a part of furthering the dialogue in this community is always a pleasure; no thank you ever required.

However, if you want to send money, it’s capital T…just kidding…not a politician…don’t have a Sacramento or D.C. address. 

Apologies to State Senator John Moorlach (R - 37th District) and Assemblyman Mathew Harper (R - 74th District)…both good guys doing the heavy lifting in a very unfriendly Sacramento.

Speaking of Harper, ran into him Monday at a community-welcoming luncheon for the Los Angeles Chargers at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Steve Rosansky was also in attendance.

It’s pretty cool that the Chargers are moving their headquarters to our neighboring Costa Mesa…that means real estate purchases, shopping, community involvement, et al.

Had the chance to meet Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos…he was genuinely excited and it showed. 

Charger Coach Anthony Lynn was also there. Regarding a question concerning his mentors in the coaching business, Lynn listed Bill Walsh, Mike Shanahan and Bill Parcells. Those are some pretty good names to emulate.

Seems like a great guy for the job, and very approachable to the community. 

Newport Beach was rocked by another legendary loss with the passing last week of Dr. Norm Loats. Loats was an educator and then an administrator at Newport Harbor High School. He became superintendent of schools with the Costa Mesa School District, prior to the development of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Today the auditorium at NHHS bears his name.

Dr. Loats was a longtime Commodore in the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and was named Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Loats also served in World War II aboard the USS Gambier Bay that became the only American aircraft carrier sunk by enemy gunfire during the war. Norm floated in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by many other sailors who had been killed, avoiding sharks that came to join in a feeding frenzy. He was rescued three days later.

Funeral services for Norm will be held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar at the chapel on Thursday, March 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Norm’s wish would be that a donation be made to the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation (http://newportmesaschoolsfoundation.com).

Dr. Loats is survived by his wife, Sarah.

Elsewhere around town, no more jetpacks on the Bay, the City Council voted to eliminate them in the future through a Consent Calendar item on Tuesday’s agenda.

Additionally, the City, the Village Inn ownership and neighbors on Balboa Island finally agreed on all prior differences to allow outside dining and entertainment moving forward.


NB Fairmont sells, changes name to The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. has announced the sale of the 444-room Fairmont

Newport Beach for $125 million, or approximately $281,500 per key.

According to Chief Investment Officer Robert Springer, “We are pleased to announce the sale of the Fairmont Newport Beach which in 2016 produced RevPAR nearly 25 percent below our portfolio average.”  

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The Duke Hotel Newport Beach to undergo multi-million dollar renovation

Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the property moving forward under the flag The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, an upscale, lifestyle hotel. The property will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018.

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated “White Label” hotel effective Feb 22, 2017. It will be positioned and operated under Crescent’s Lifestyle division, Latitudes, Lifestyles by Crescent.

Adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, the property has 444 luxury guestrooms including 54 suites, rooftop pool with cabanas, an 8,000-sq.-ft. spa, bocce court, tennis/sport courts, wedding gazebo, fitness center, restaurant, full bar and 42,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including 27,000 sq. ft. of outdoor function space.

“The Duke Hotel Newport Beach aligns well with Crescent due to our extensive experience in repositioning unique and complex lifestyle hotels,” said Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an elite Marriott International hotel manager, combined with our experience operating in Southern California, will maximize the potential of this great hotel.”

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach is located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd.


Letter to the Editor

As a native of Newport Beach, I now live near the northern end of Jamboree in Orange.

The Balboa Peninsula Point, the Wedge, Newport (El) Grammar School, Horace Ensign and Newport Elementary are the framework of my life.

Back to the days of the Independent Daily Pilot to recent years and repeated requests to the now Pilot owners, the LA Times, I found no avenue for receipt of news from and about Newport Beach. (I found the inability for the paper to be mailed to me, ludicrous in that I subscribe to printed newspapers as far reaching as Montecito, CA to East Hampton, NY).

I have known Duncan Forgey since 1st grade. He introduced me to your ‘newspaper’ and I am so happy that he did! I have enjoyed his writings, especially as our histories are so meshed.

City business and news across the board has reignited my NB connections and I give my NB friends a break from my inquiries about what’s happening at ‘home’.

 Thank you for your online publication! Looking forward to keeping in touch.

Chris (Spencer Gentosi) Hooker


Gift of Literacy Luncheon welcomes bestselling author

The 10th Annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd. The luncheon, presented by Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, will feature guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her latest release, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.”

See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls,” and “Dreams of Joy,” is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Chinese history and intricate relationships between women.

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Bestselling author Lisa See

Her newest novel explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture and distance, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people, and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

The 2017 event is sponsored by STARCARE Associates. Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is currently accepting additional sponsorships for the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportliteracy.org or by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949.717.3874. Tickets are $95 per person and include a signed hardcopy edition of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Additional books will also be available for purchase and author signing.

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“The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” is Lisa See’s latest novel

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services (Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy) program which serves more than 200 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops, conversation classes and other programs designed to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work and in the community.

For more information, contact Literacy Services at 949.717.3874 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

OC Restaurant Week to take place March 5 - 11

Mark your calendar when Orange County Restaurant Week celebrates its ninth year as the region’s most popular culinary event to be held Sunday, March 5 - Saturday, March 11.

The Winery

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Mariner’s Mile will showcase its cuisine

This year, more than 30 Newport Beach restaurants join a list of participants to comprise more than 100+ OC Restaurants that will offer diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus priced at a $80 price point.

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Enjoy alfresco dining at Provenance at Eastbluff Village Center

Enjoy special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 and $80. Once again this year, a limited number of restaurants will offer a special $80 “luxe” menu featuring dinner with wine or cocktail pairings. 

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Sushi Roku in Fashion Island will feature innovative global ingredients

Girl Scouts of Orange County is again partnering with OC Restaurant Week, during which select restaurants will offer Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts. This year celebrates the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts and introduces OC to a brand new cookie – Girl Scout S’mores™. The 2017 Girl Scout cookie season runs January 29 - March 12 in Orange County.

Guests will have the opportunity to search the list of more than 100 participating restaurants by name, location and price point at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Check out closures for Presidents’ Day

Presidents Day

Monday, Feb 20 is Presidents’ Day in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Holiday closures include government offices, courts, schools, libraries, most banks and the post office.

City Hall and most City facilities will be closed. Residential trash collection will be on its regular schedule for the week. There will be no street sweeping on Monday, but it will follow its regular schedule for the remainder of the week.  

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is closed Monday and then the remainder of the week for Ski Week.


CdM resident remembered for her kindness

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Corona del Mar resident Colleen Crowley died Feb 7 in her Fernleaf Avenue home. A police spokeswoman confirmed her death was self-inflicted. Crowley recently hosted a retirement party for United Postal Service driver Athena Lewis, which I wrote about in my debut column.

Crowley is remembered as the village “Dog Whisperer” who loved all animals, and was often seen walking her dog or nursing injured squirrels and crows. She was a talented artist and had friends throughout the area, especially in the Flower Streets in the CdM village. She also was known for her outgoing nature, inviting neighbors through social media to join her for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Friends have been dropping photos, notes, flowers and candles on her front lawn, maintaining the memorial by lighting candles about 5 p.m. every night and replacing them daily. They have also planned a service for 3 p.m. this Sunday, Feb 19 at 427 Fernleaf Ave. Organizers plan to provide light refreshments and possibly a tent in case of rain.

If someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, urge them to call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255).

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CdM High School project updates

Once upon a time, the dream sports field at Corona del Mar High School would have had seats for 1,000 spectators, a nine-lane track and a press box. Four years ago, the district’s board voted to give more than $7 million toward stadium improvements, including restrooms and permanent lights. But before any groundbreaking occurred, Eastbluff neighbors realized they might not want late-night lights and loudspeakers, and the traffic and parking congestion that a bigger and brighter stadium might bring. The school and its students already created enough headaches.

District staff, student athletes and their families and neighbors began to meet, arguing over how to provide safe and adequate facilities for students without driving neighbors crazy. Some of the meetings were ugly – passions ran high. But now, the end may be in sight with a compromise that could allow students to have safer, more accessible fields while leaving big Friday Night games off the table.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the now $11 million-plan to upgrade the school’s sports fields. The 400-plus page report was posted online Feb 6, and the public has until March 22, to submit written comments. Then the school board trustees will hold a hearing at 6 p.m. April 25.

The report discusses the environmental impact of the proposed plan – which includes 1,000 seats, lights and more – along with alternatives, such as improving two fields instead of just one. After speaking to neighbors, parents and officials, it seems clear that the original project won’t be approved, and Principal Kathy Scott has already gone on record saying that varsity football games won’t be played on campus. Ultimately, there may be a new track and artificial track on two fields, including one currently used for lacrosse practice. Some lighting also could be included in order to extend practice times in winter months. The board could decide by this summer.

Meanwhile, many of the parents who were fired up about the sports complex have refocused their attention on a new project – an upgrade of the school’s 50-year-old library. The CdM Foundation has agreed to donate $400,000 to that project, which would convert the stale, unused space filled with stacks of books and convert it into a tech-filled area with private study rooms for students. As one PTA member recently said, this project could help students as soon as next year, as opposed to a new sports field that will help a future generation of students.

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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.


CdM Chamber to hold networking luncheon

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Join the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at their networking luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 21 at Bayside Restaurant. The special featured guest is Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon, who will be delivering a state-of-the-city address.

The program will also include the 2017 CdM Chamber Board of Directors installation.

Those being sworn in include the Executive Board: President/CEO Linda Leonhard, CdM Chamber of Commerce; Chairman Jim Digrado, Teles Properties, Inc.; Vice Chairman, Bernie Svalstad, BPS Newport Financial Inc.; Treasurer, Shari Ten Eyck, Ten Eyck Real Estate; and Secretary, Linda Wehr. The Board of Directors: Kevin Priestley, Priestley Chiropractic; Pamela Knapp, Nordstrom; Mary Molnar, Edward Jones; Melissa Frojen, Wild Blue Wander; Yanni Daskalakis, The Studio Salon; and Zetta Magliarditi, Masterpiece Aesthetics & Surgical Arts. Two open appointed seats are still available as of February 2017.

Attendees will enjoy a luncheon of sautéed tiger prawns and seasonal risotto (a vegetarian alternative is available) as well as mingle and mix. This event is open to the public with RSVP only; reservations are due by Feb 15. Check-in and networking is from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; lunch and program is from 12 to 1:15 p.m. Cost: Chamber members, $30; non-members and community friends, $40.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. For additional information, call 949.673.4050, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Brouwer leads latest promotions at NBPD

On Monday, Feb 6, in a ceremony in the Newport Beach Civic Center’s Community Room, Jeff Brouwer was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, Rachel Johnson to the rank of Lieutenant, and Bob Bennett to the rank of Sergeant for the Newport Beach Police Department.

Lt. Johnson becomes the highest-ranking female ever in the NBPD.

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(L to R): Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis, Deputy Chief Brouwer, Lieutenant Johnson, Sergeant Bennett


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

Flora & Ulysses | Continuing through Feb 19, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Holy Bagumba! Ten-year-old Flora loves comic books, so it’s no surprise to her when a squirrel named Ulysses gets sucked up in the vacuum cleaner and pops out as a superhero who can fly – and write poetry. Doubting adults have lots to learn from Flora, Ulysses and their new friend, William, in this charming story from the author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Directed by Casey Stangl. Geared for youngsters ages 4-12.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Moby Dick | Continuing through Feb 19. Performance times and ticket prices vary. West Coast Premiere from the novel by Herman Melville. The power and the poetry of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage.

Contact: 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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Herman Melville’s Moby Dick comes alive at South Coast Repertory

A Murder is Announced | Continuing through Feb 26. Performance times vary. Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950, this is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Tickets: $20 for Evening and Matinee Performances.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox | Feb 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. This genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians that reimagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s, has amassed more than 450 million YouTube views and topped Billboard charts. It’s heralded as the best 1920s party this side of The Great Gatsby, a New Year’s Eve show that Sinatra would have hosted in the 1940s, and the excitement of hearing the greats of Motown live and up close.

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

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

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Bill Maher’s comedy comes to Segerstrom Hall

Bill Maher | Feb 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $57.25. For more than 20 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last 14 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 38 Emmy nominations. He won his first Emmy in 2014 as executive producer for the HBO series, “VICE.” In October 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to become the 8th highest grossing documentary ever. In addition, Maher has written five bestsellers. There is an eight ticket limit for this performance.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Little Prince | Feb 18 and 19, with Performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design bring to life the heart-warming story of The Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter. Based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry read by more than 400 million children and adults worldwide.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aida | Feb 23, 25 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony presents Verdi’s most popular opera, telling the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Carl St.Clair, conductor.

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

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

Paint A Bouquet of Pansies | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

The Way Things Were | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. -  Noon. Join ENC Naturalist Kathy to learn a little about how the indigenous people of Orange County lived before there were shopping centers and highways. Make string and practice your weaving, play some authentic Tongva games and try your hand at “hunting” with a rabbit stick. Listen to a legend and play some music using authentic Tongva instruments. This program is for families with children in third grade or older. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | Feb 25 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for create to create, play and tap into the magic around us. Youngsters will connect to landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and outside, as they playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited; recommended for ages 8 - 14. Suggested donation is $40. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Cecile Whiting: Pop Goes the 60s | Feb 26 at 2 p.m. Art historian Cecile Whiting examines how and why Pop artists incorporated commercial imagery (advertisements, celebrity photos, comic strips) and techniques into their artworks, and what impact they had on pop culture during the 1960s. Tickets are handed out beginning at noon on the day of the talk. Included in general admission.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Little Naturalists: Radical Reptiles | Feb 28 at 10:30 a.m. Learn what makes a reptile a reptile, who’s in the reptile family, hike through the center in search of their very own reptiles to meet & greet, and read the story, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Valerie will also turn a brave volunteer little naturalist into a snake, and everyone will make their own reptiles to name, take home and care for. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Pre-payment is required; register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

Cecile Whiting: Pop Goes the 60s | Feb 26 at 2 p.m. Art historian Cecile Whiting examines how and why Pop artists incorporated commercial imagery (advertisements, celebrity photos, comic strips) and techniques into their artworks, and what impact they had on pop culture during the 1960s. Tickets are handed out beginning at noon on the day of the talk. Included in general admission.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

A Gentlemans Guide

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This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical comes to Segerstrom Hall

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder | Feb 28 - March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical makes its Orange County debut during its first national tour. It tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

2017 CUSD Secondary Honor Concert | March 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Highlights more than 600 young musicians, bringing together outstanding talent from schools district-wide for an unforgettable evening of classical music.

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

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

The Beach Boys | March 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Farmers are sure to please.

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

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

Karlin Meehan’s Metallic Series | March 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. Join Newport Beach artist Karlin Meehan as she unveils her new Metallic Series. This body of work represents a new beginning for Meehan, who is best known for her large florals and abstracts using acrylic paint and non-traditional materials. The Metallic Series showcases a limited color palette and layers of overlapping paint that come together with growth from painting to painting to represent a timeline of evolution. The art show is free of charge.

Contact: Box office, 949.981.6432. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

G Galerie, 504 30th St., Cannery Village, Newport Beach.

Karlin Meehan

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Artist Karlin Meehan

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

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | March 4 and 5 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Enjoy authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Family at OCMA

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Free Family Day at OCMA | March 5 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., with galleries closing at 5 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled day at the museum inspired by the exhibition Pop Art Design. Participate in unique artist designed, hands-on Pop Art projects; join special gallery tours for families; experience innovative youth music and dance performances by Compass Dance Company, Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) and Huntington Beach Cities School District Music Programs. Food truck onsite. Event is free.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Orange | March 5 - 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenager from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and takes Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

The SMCHS Nick Kraus Memorial Scholarship Concert | March 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. This concert will feature more than 300 students performing the choral and instrumental works of Brahms, Grieg, Schubert, Whitacre, Thompson and Elgar by the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Vocal and Instrumental Music departments. Arrive early to view Visual Arts by the students, on display in the lobby of the concert hall. All proceeds will go to the Nicholas David Kraus Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the school’s music teacher and marching band instructor, who passed away in March 2014.

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

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

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece influenced such films as “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Experience this cinematic tour de force projected on the big screen while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.

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

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

Creative Edge Lecture: 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera | March 14 at 10 a.m. This event is free, but tickets are required. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, is a true embodiment of the creative spirit. A thought-leader on the vital role of creativity in society, he is a passionate advocate for arts education, and an inspiring speaker, storyteller and performance artist. Herrera will inspire leaders from the arts, education and business in this lecture presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with title sponsorship by Boeing.

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

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

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela 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.

American Ballet Theatre - Whipped Cream | March 15 - 19, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration!

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Paper Flowers Card Making | March 16 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Transform a glass bottle into a beautiful vase and make paper flowers to fill it. Participants will learn the technique of making paper flowers and make several in class, then take home extra papers to fill your vase. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

Mater Dei Festival Concert | March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $13. The Mater Dei High School Choral Music Program presents an evening of choral music featuring compositions from the Renaissance to today. Joining the Mater Dei choirs is the MDHS Junior High Honor Choir featuring singers from more than 17 different parishes and schools.

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

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

Finding Neverland | March 21 - April 2, Performance times vary. Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Founded in 1918, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. They will perform Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3. Theodore Kuchar, conductor; Alexei Grynyuk, piano. At 7 p.m., there is a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto | March 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - 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, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

King Arthur & The Legend of the Dragon’s Lair | March 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! The gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra join Pacific Symphony in their annual side-by-side concert including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Roger Kalia conducts. Part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings, these fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11. During the Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert.

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

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

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show | March 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more than 30 years, the Christopher Radko Company has caught the attention of many collectors with their beautiful European, hand-crafted glass ornaments. Each piece is hand painted with exquisite artisanship. Roger’s Gardens will be showcasing the new 2017 collection. Select from a wide variety of styles that can bring the joy of Christmas into any home.

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

Painting Class – Poppies! | March 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet | March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. For this special Center anniversary, the quartet returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works and three full-length operas.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

Neil Gaiman | March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. “I make things up and write them down,” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. His popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” he will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.” VIP packages are available, which includes a ticket and post-show meet and greet.

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - 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.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1925, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the world’s leading proponent of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the leadership of Italian maestro and new principal conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra will perform Nielsen’s orchestra showpiece, Helios Overture, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Deborah Voight, soprano. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

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

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Moments Between Oceans, Feb 13 - March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Let’s Talk Tech: Resume Building, Feb 14 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

A Walk in Her Shoes, Continuing through Feb 15. This interactive art exhibit by Cherished High Desert tells the stories of survivors of human trafficking. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. The exhibit is on the second level at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Through Orange-Colored Glasses: Local Entrepreneurs on Wealth, Wisdom and the History of the OC, Feb 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Charles Martin of Mont Pelerin Capital will discuss his sweeping chronicle of those individuals who have shaped Orange County and created the economic powerhouse it is today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Program: Lecture, Q&A at 7 p.m.; Book sales and signing. Reservations required.  RSVP to http://www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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(L-R): Sister musicians Esther, on piano and Joanna Lee, violinist

Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee, Feb 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world’s leading music schools. Join them for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Feb 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by the Mariners Branch to make fun crafts celebrating Mardi Gras! For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech: Axis 360 & Overdrive, Feb 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

Beyond the Canvas: Georges Braque, March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Georges Braque was a major 20th century French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His most important contributions to the history of art were in his alliance with Fauvism from 1906, and the role he played in the development of Cubism. Braque’s work between 1908 and 1912 is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso. Their respective Cubist works were indistinguishable for many years, yet the quiet nature of Braque was partially eclipsed by the fame and notoriety of Picasso. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Orientation: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will be trained to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow your family tree. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, March 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan on food and seating. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to Pam Smith, 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, March 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. There’s a party to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and you’re invited! Come enjoy stories, crafts and birthday cake in honor of everyone’s favorite children’s author. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Joe Nocera, Inside the NCAA, March 3 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports – a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents – scholarships that don’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera’s latest book is “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.” Tickets required. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Nocera’s “Inside the NCAA” provides an inside look at college sports

Once Upon A Time…Drop-In Crafts, March 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Spark their imagination and create crafts from some favorite fairy tales. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 5, 12, 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, March 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is an arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages and ability levels. CYOSC rehearses and performs at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers, and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

Library Live Presents: Book Buzz Night at the Newport Beach Public Library, March 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your love of books – and book-loving friends – to get an insider’s look at the new books that are creating the biggest buzz in the publishing world. For this night of books, the NBPL Foundation hosts representatives of two major publishing houses: Penguin/Random House and HarperCollins. These publishers’ reps will share previews of their newest titles for spring/summer 2017 and will be available before and after to discuss all things book-related. This event is ideal for book groups and will include a gourmet offering of refreshments from baker & olive, as well as book totes, catalogs and bound book samples while offerings last. This event is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Trio Accento performs as part of the Sunday Musicales series of classical music

Trio Accento, March 26 at 3 p.m. This exciting new piano trio’s performances have been exuberantly welcomed by audiences and presenters wherever they appear. Violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Nora Chiang Wrobel have a collective history of decades of solo, chamber music and orchestral performances in some of the country’s top venues and with renowned groups and orchestras. Together they create a dynamic voice full of tenderness, passion and color. This Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity. This is part of the ongoing Sunday Musicales series that offers a wide range of classical music. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. C. Gregory Albers and Dr. William Karnes, March 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. They will speak on colorectal health. C. Gregory Albers, M.D., FACG is the Director, Diagnostic Services, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Center and Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Albers is a board-certified gastroenterologist whose clinical interests include capsule endoscopy, colon cancer screening, gastroesophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, gut microbiome interactions and irritable bowel syndrome. William Karnes, M.D. is the Director, Colon Cancer Prevention Program, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center and Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Karnes is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who specializes in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including colorectal cancer screening, gastrointestinal reflux disease, swallowing disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers and esophageal disorders. The event is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture with a Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.717.3818.

Let’s Talk Tech: Photoshop & Lynda.com, March 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of Photosho[. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Lego “Block” Party, March 29 from 3 - 4 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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Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Beyond the Canvas: Wassily Kandinsky, March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Wassily Kandinksy was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Research Skills 102: Evidence Evaluation, March 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The strengths and weaknesses of data found in genealogical records, databases, and online websites are based upon the credibility, reliability, and quality of the data contained within the material. This class will explain how to classify and analyze sources, information, and evidence found in genealogical material as well as how those classifications help you identify and use the best quality material in your research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor’s Annual Fundraising Benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” is holding an online auction from Feb 8 - March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 10 gala with dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Newport Harbor High School gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Contact: For the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For more information, contact Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.supportnhhs.com

Gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport

Beach.

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation gives $500,000 a year to enhance student programs at Harbor High

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

3rd Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual wine event, bringing together 30 of Napa’s finest wineries and epicurean cuisine created by Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Evening Schedule: 4:30 p.m., Wine Tasting Reception; 7 p.m., Dinner & Wine Pairings along with live auction festivities. Tickets: $650 with table sponsorships available. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

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Guests Genevieve Bechtold and Robert Emery enjoy last year’s Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Pacific Symphony | Pacific Coast Wine Festival, Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival features extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, silent auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and unique travel opportunities. Tickets: $375-$1,000. Proceeds support the education, community engagement and artistic programs of the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

34th Annual Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools | Sunday, March 12 beginning at 6 a.m. The longest running youth road race event in Orange County features courses for kids, adults, elite runners and even a new dog mile, so walkers and runners of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Sixteen Newport-Mesa schools will be represented and other schools can join in via the “Dash for Cash” fundraiser. In addition to the races, there will be youth & fitness and dog expos. Spirit Run celebrates its competitors with an array of prizes including a $2,000 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile races. To date, $300,000 has been donated to benefit education and athletics in the Newport-Mesa School District.

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

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Runners are ready to take off at Spirit Run’s Elite start line

Olive Crest | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Orange County, Friday, March 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. Get ready to have a great time supporting the children and families of Olive Crest. Join Honorary Chairman, the legendary Vince Ferragamo, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember with all the trimmings. Enjoy live authentic Irish music and dancing, a live auction, whiskey sampling, and more. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family...”One Life at a Time.”

Contact: Diana Cheek, 714.543.5437, ext. 1125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.olivecrest.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 1/2 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $250, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19. 

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.com

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

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21. The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies theat CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets will be available by mid-March; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

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

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

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, a 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.

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. 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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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 16.

In 2016, more than $500,000 was raised for children who are served by the programs of Childhelp. Enjoy a fabulous day of golf with unparalleled ocean views, followed by an awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,250 - $50,000. Awards Dinner tickets only, $75. Seeking auction items. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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.

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

This inspirational evening will welcome more than 400 community and business leaders for dancing, dining and a live auction, as well as honoring longtime friend and donor Julie Hill.

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.

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.

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

Takes place at the future home of OCMA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.


Celebration of Life for Rodheim set for Sunday

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Ralph Rodheim

A Celebration of Life for Ralph Rodheim has been set for this Sunday, Feb 19 at the Balboa Pavilion Grand Ballroom. Rodheim passed away last week following a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Rodheim was a community leader for years associated with the leadership of the Balboa Merchants Association; active in the Chamber of Commerce where he was involved with the Christmas Boat Parade; in the marketing and development of the Newport to Ensenada Race; and the Commodores Club of Newport Beach.

Rodheim operated a local marketing company for years and owned Balboa Boat Rentals next to the Ferry Landing on the Peninsula.

He is survived by his wife Penny.

Ralph was named Citizen of the Year for Newport Beach in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to donate in Ralph’s name to ALS at www.als.net/get-involved.


Draft EIR available for CdM sports field project

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District, as Lead Agency, is circulating for public review a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Corona del Mar Middle and High School (CdM MS/HS) Sports Field Project.

The District is proposing to provide various sports field improvements near the northeast corner of the existing CdM MS/HS campus. The improvements include replacing and reconfiguring the existing sports field with new synthetic-turf sports field, constructing 1,000-seat capacity bleacher, a press-box, public address system, a lighting system and a combination restroom, ticket, concession and storage building. 

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The DEIR is available for a 45-day review period that began Feb 6 and ends March 22. Copies of the DEIR are available for review online (PDF file can be downloaded) at web.nmusd.us/projects, and hard copies are available to view at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Education Center, 2985 Bear St., Building A, Costa Mesa or the Corona del Mar MS/HS Administrative Office, 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Written comments on the proposed project must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 22. Send comments to the attention of Ara Zareczny, LEED/AP, Director, Facilities Development, Planning and Design, at N-MUSD, 2985 Bear Street, Building A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 

Comments may also be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; include the name of the project in the subject heading (Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project).

A public hearing will be held at the District Education Center on April 25 at 6 p.m.


Passenger traffic increases over previous year at JWA

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in November 2016 as compared with November 2015. In November 2016, the airport served 884,617 passengers, an increase of 3.5 percent when compared with the November 2015 passenger traffic count of 854,452.

In November 2016, commercial aircraft operations increased 7.9 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 67.5 percent when compared with November 2015 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in November 2016 as compared with the same month in 2015. In November 2016, there were 21,927 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 2.1 percent decrease compared to 22,391 total aircraft operations in November 2015.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 65.1 percent of the total aircraft operations during November 2016, decreased 5.0 percent when compared with November 2015.

The top three airlines in November 2016 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (415,733), American Airlines (135,183) and United Airlines (109,095).


Police Files

Car stealing duo tries to get away with false IDs

At 10:33 Thursday night, Newport Beach police officers stopped a stolen car at San Miguel Drive & Ford Drive, and got more than they bargained for with its two occupants.

Emily Rose Blaney, 26, and Jason Edward Sacdalan, 46, both from Costa Mesa, were first charged with vehicle theft and appropriation of lost property. When both gave false identifications to officers, that charge was added.

Once their real identities were uncovered, it was found that each had several warrants against them.

Blaney had five warrants and wound up with bail set at $90,000. Sacdalan had four warrants at $111,500 bail.

The pair was also arrested in Laguna Beach in March 2016 with similar charges.

Bringing drugs into jail is never a good idea

When an individual is arrested, they are asked if they have any drugs on them and informed of the consequences of bringing drugs into a jail.

Such was the case when Dusty Lynn Germano, 25, San Clemente, was arrested on Tuesday evening. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being asked if she had any drugs on her person, she was booked and found to still have drugs with her.

The extra charge of bringing drugs into jail brought her total bail to $25,000. 


Spirit Run “Dash for Cash” invites schools to rally for fundraisers

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For the last 33 years, Spirit Run has been a fundraiser for schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). This year, Spirit Run is inviting schools outside NMUSD to sign up for its “Dash for Cash” fundraiser so they can share in its fun and its funds.

“Dash for Cash” is simple. The more students, families and supporters who register and run for a school registered for “Dash for Cash,” the more money the school raises.

Many schools participate in See’s Candies, wrapping paper, and/or dine-out fundraisers. School supporters purchase from a business. The business pays the school a percentage (typically 10-25 percent) of what school supporters spend, keeping the rest.

“Dash for Cash” is similar, but better. Spirit Run pays “Dash for Cash” schools a minimum of 25 percent, and as much as 45 percent, of registration fees paid by school supporters. Also, the percentage of the registration fees the school doesn’t receive benefits other children, not a for-profit business. Even better, “Dash for Cash” schools are promoting health and fitness, as well as school and community spirit.

“Dash for Cash” seemed like a logical choice for Newport Beach’s Harbor Day and Our Lady Queen of Angels (OLQA) schools. Many of their students have been participating in Spirit Run for years. With an invitation to become an official part of the event, why wouldn’t they join the fun and earn a commission on their school’s entry fees?

Spirit Run approached Karen Parks, an OLQA substitute teacher. As a mother of two children who attended Newport Beach public schools, Parks’ family has been participating in Spirit Run for more than 15 years. She was an organizer of Eastbluff Elementary’s running program that trained students for Spirit Run.

Parks enthusiastically advocated for “Dash for Cash” stating, “I wanted OLQA to sign up for ‘Dash for Cash’ because Spirit Run is a very fun community event that focuses on youth fitness. The students at OLQA are very involved in athletics and I know they will love being involved in the Spirit Run. Of course, the added benefit is that it is a great fundraiser for the school.”

Attracting schools outside Newport-Mesa seemed more challenging. In most cases, cold calling was the only tactic. But in one case, Spirit Run sought help from another long-time friend.

(L-R): TJ and Tony Saglembeni, Spirit Run 2012

Tony Saglembeni, a member of Newport Beach’s Cal Coast Track Club, has been competing at Spirit Run since the early 2000s. The last 10 years, he’s run alongside his 12-year-old son TJ. TJ and his 6-year-old twin brothers attend schools in Capistrano Unified.

Saglembeni embraced the concept and approached the principal of Tijeras Creek Elementary. “Tijeras Creek was excited to learn that Spirit Run, through the ‘Dash for Cash’ program, would now financially benefit any school willing to participate, not just those in Newport-Mesa Unified,” he said. “When Principal Diann Buckingham learned about ‘Dash for Cash,’ she did not hesitate to sign up the school. It’s a win-win for the kids and the schools.”

As a Spirit Run enthusiast, Saglembeni recognizes that it’s about more than money. He and his wife Mel started a running program to train students for Spirit Run.

“Spirit Run offers the Tijeras Creek students the opportunity to set and achieve personal goals, improve their physical fitness, all while benefitting the school financially,” Saglembeni explained. “We are all looking forward to the kids going out and trying their best at the race, and they of course are excited about getting a chance to climb the rock wall and do the bungee trampoline!”

Two TIjeras Creek elementary coaches and their children. Mel Saglembeni and her sons Dylan and Justin shown on the right

Schools to date who have signed up to participate in “Dash for Cash” outside of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District include Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, St. John the Baptist in Costa Mesa and Don Juan Avila Elementary School in Aliso Viejo.

It’s not too late to sign up! To learn more, visit Spirit Run’s website http://nmspiritrun.org/about-us/. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Stump the Stu

We’re banking this one might be a challenge 

With this Stump the Stu we ask you to Be Prepared. Here’s the challenge – what is it and where is it? Yes, details are important.

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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Editor’s Note: The “boards” we featured in the photo at BYC last week are actually “lasers” – used for sailing not paddling. Thank you to Don and Judy Cole for the clarification.


Lido Isle’s Streets and Stradas

By DUNCAN FORGEY

In the mundane dealings of day-to-day living, people come and go from their homes with little thought about their neighborhood or the genesis of their streetʻs name. To most, an address is no more emotional than their license plate or social security number. As decades pass, it is common that street names drift into anonymity.

Rural America has its Main Street and most boroughs have an Elm and Oak. Big cities are littered with numbered streets. Historical figures are oftentimes honored by streets, ways and avenues. Locally in Newport Beach, MacArthur Boulevard, Collins Avenue and Irvine Boulevard honor some important people from our past.

Newport Beach developers set precedent for many decades while creating themes for local communities. The lanes of Big Canyon are named after exclusive and famous golf courses. Hermitage, Pinehurst, Winged Foot and Royal Saint George allow Big Canyon residents to associate their lives with the worldʻs greatest golfing establishments. Famous racing yachts sail the streets of Irvine Terrace and Newport Crest honoring our nautical heritage. Corona del Mar blossoms with flowers like begonias, marigolds and poinsettias. Jeweled streets named after precious stones secure Balboa Islandʻs historical prominence. There are girl-named streets in Harbor Highlands, Port Streets in Harbor View Homes and a whole slew of important sounding foreign names designed to give other neighborhoods prestige.

Sunset Lido Isle Boat Gardens

Nowhere, however, is this trend more evident than on Lido Isle. (Never say Lido Island or suffer the wrath of locals.) After Pacific Electric Island failed in the early 1920s as a commercial wharf, it was converted to a residential community in 1928. Lido Isleʻs developer, William Crittenden, hired Swiss architect Franz Herding to design a uniquely desirable neighborhood. Herding used his European heritage to model the new island after The Lido, an exquisite Italian resort on the Adriatic near Venice. As a destination resort for the affluent, The Lido was famous for showcasing the latest turn of the century “beach sport costumes.”

Herdingʻs dream and intended lifestyle remains today with more than 900 wonderful residences. These homes are spread out along an elliptical drive connected to a number of short parallel streets and stradas. Homes were required to have red tile roofs and walled patio gardens that echo the charm throughout the Mediterranean. These “Vias” were named for French, Italian and Spanish references, spotlighting alluring locations in European History. Via literally means “by the way of”. For example, Via Palermo mentally takes potential buyers to one of Sicilyʻs most beautiful waterfront cities. This technique of marketing with an impression of world-famous locations sets a new standard for developments to follow. 

Aerial shot of Lido Isle, 1931

Lido Isle is encircled by Via Lido Nord and Via Lido Soud which are the gateways to world history. Nord and Soud provide some of Newport Harborʻs finest bayfront homes accentuated with views of either sunsets or sunrises.

The first street crossing the Lido bridge is Via Antibes, representing the sybaritic French resort of Belle Epoque Villas on the French Riviera. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda spent much time here. He wrote Tender is the Night and captured the beauty of this resort in its opening chapters.

Via Barcelona personifies a well-known port city that dates back to the 4th century B.C. Picasso frequented Barcelona and stayed at the Hotel Ritz on the Gran Via.

Via Cordova embodies the Spanish city in the province of Andalusia. During Roman times, Cordova served as a base for Pompey during the civil war against Julius Caesar and was later captured by the Moors in 711 A.D. Cordova was home to the famous bullfighter Manolete and noted for its flamenco dancers and cordovan leather.

Firenze and Florence (both Vias on Lido Isle) are names for the same city. Firenze was distinguished as one of the creative centers of Renaissance Italy. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Botticelli and Galileo were some of its best known residents. Later, D.H. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterleyʻs Lover while in this beautiful city set in the Tuscan Hills.

Via Orvieto represents an Italian city about half way between Rome and Florence. It boasts some of the best white wine in Italy. Via Undine cannot be found as a city or resort, but is defined as a “water nymph” and what is more appropriate for a street in Americaʻs most renown natural small boat harbor?

Via Zurich, named for a Swiss city founded by prehistoric Helvetic Celts, was conquered by Rome in 59 B.C. and used as a customs post for the Roman Empire.

The rest of Lido Isleʻs 33 streets also represent the best, finest and most memorable aspects of European antiquity. According to Lido Isle historian Howard Lawson, celebrity residents Johnny Mercer, Jane Wyman, Candice Bergen, Rock Hudson and Rat Packʻs own Joey Bishop loved the aura and lifestyle on Lido Isle as did generations of families, some still there.

So, next time you find yourself turning onto a Main Street or making a U-turn on Elm Street, be aware that you may feel as if you are in the middle of a Norman Rockwell painting. Lido Isle, with its beloved bridge and salt-water moat, is more reminiscent of a castled city tenderly brushed on canvas by an Italian master capturing all the grace and elegance of Renaissance Europe

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


36th Annual Mayor’s Dinner huge success

Four hundred plus community leaders and residents filled the ballroom at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa last Friday evening for the 36th Annual Mayor’s Dinner.

The event, put on by Speak Up Newport, invites all former Mayors to return and spotlights the current Mayor to give a “State of the City.”

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Newport Beach mayors: Standing (L-R.): Ed Selich, Diane Dixon, Mayor Kevin Muldoon, Keith Curry, John Heffernan, Rush Hill

Seated (L-R): Steve Rosansky, Clarence “Bus” Turner, Don Webb, Nancy Gardner, Evelyn Hart, Tom Edwards, Tod Ridgeway

Mayor Kevin Muldoon, in a short concise speech used humor to deliver a message to the audience about the issues facing the City, including the sea wall around Balboa Island and the rising pension costs.

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Mayor Kevin Muldoon

The event once again was a who’s who of the Newport Beach business and political scene. 

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(L-R): Seymour Beek, Bobbie Daniel, Linda and Rush Hill


ENC offers “The Way Things Were”

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Youngsters create Native American crafts

On Saturday, Feb 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join ENC Naturalist Kathy to learn a little about how the indigenous people of Orange County lived before there were shopping centers and highways. Make string and practice your weaving, play some authentic Tongva games and try your hand at “hunting” with a rabbit stick. Listen to a legend and play some music using authentic Tongva instruments. 

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Making music with Naturalist Kathy

This program is for families with children in third grade or older. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Register via the website.

The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Registration is available at encenter.org. For more information, call 949.645.8489.


MacArthur Boulevard overlay update

Even though the recent storms have hampered scheduling, the rehabilitation of MacArthur Boulevard is still pushing forward. Pavement grinding and overlay operations are scheduled to start today (Monday, Feb 13) between Bonita Canyon Road and San Joaquin Hills Road, and will continue for the next few weeks (rain permitting).

The grinding operation uses an asphalt milling machine to grind the top layer of existing pavement, leaving it level and clean enough for any structural repairs to be made and a new asphalt overlay to be bonded. 

Construction hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to minimize rush hour delays. While one vehicular lane will remain open in each travel direction on MacArthur Boulevard, City staff recommends using alternate routes, if possible.

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Newport Beach chef rolls up her sleeves for worthwhile fundraiser to benefit Anaheim White House

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Anaheim White House

On Monday, Feb 20, Presidents’ Day, Newport Beach chef and restaurateur Cathy Pavlos of Provenance in Eastbluff Village Center is joining 19 other Orange County chefs to support the Anaheim White House, Caterina’s Club and their employees.

On Feb 4, Chef Bruno Serato of the landmark restaurant Anaheim White House saw his beloved restaurant engulfed by flames. Although firefighters managed to extinguish the fire in 30 minutes, the destruction was fast and fierce. Incurring damages exceeding $1 million, along with irreplaceable memorabilia and Serato’s livelihood, it will take time and funds to rebuild after the devastation.

“The Anaheim White House is an Orange County landmark, and seeing it in its present condition really shocked and saddened me,” Pavlos said. “Bruno has taken care of so many people in his life, this is just a small way to turn that around and have others take care of him. Whatever we are able to do will be a small drop in the bucket compared with the enormous loss of that wonderful institution.”

This fundraising event will take place at 39 Event Center, 1563 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim. For VIP attendees with beer and wine included from 5 - 8 p.m., the cost is $75. For General admission with beer and wine included from 6 - 8 p.m., the cost is $50.

Serato is known for his philanthropy: He feeds pasta each night to nearly 2,000 needy children from the restaurant’s kitchen, which he has done for more than a decade. Caterina’s Club is an homage to his mother (Mama Caterina), representing a commitment to feeding hungry youngsters, which has grown into “Feeding the Kids in America” program.

“I hope that with so many of us coming to together to show our solidarity, Caterina’s Club will endure, and the Whitehouse’s longtime staff will take some comfort in knowing that the industry in Orange County cares about them,” Pavlos shared.

To support this fundraiser, you can attend the OC Chefs’ event and also purchase opportunity drawing tickets to have the chance to take home some amazing prizes. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Anaheim White House and Caterina’s Club and their employees.

 In addition, donations are being accepted at the official GoFundMe site.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

The Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, Feb 14, (St. Valentine’s Day, of course) starting at both 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 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. 

The Study Session (starting earlier than usual at 3:30 p.m.) is a chance to recap and get more formal direction on some items that were discussed at the Council’s Planning Session on Saturday, Jan 14. Key among these is a review of some of the major capital items planned for the near future. Mayor Kevin Muldoon, in his initial remarks back in December, suggested that the Council should take a hard look at the more discretionary aspects of our capital expenditure plans. Part of that certainly meant what we refer to as the Facilities Financing Plan (FFP), which is a long-term plan for replacing (and building anew) our structures and parks. 

I tried to take that to heart, and staff and I are making some recommendations in regards to a number of projects. One is the CdM Fire Station and Library (my recommendation is to not bid the project, but also not to undo the plans. Instead, we would ask permission to shelve the plans for the medium term future), another is the West Newport Community Center (to also set this concept aside without abandoning it entirely), and several more. 

Why take this hard look at some very worthy projects? There are a couple of good reasons – one is that the City’s unfunded pension costs continue to rapidly grow, with no specific solution in sight except to put more money towards them. But things may happen statewide that might help – not this year necessarily, but maybe in the next 3-5 years (to me, that’s when other cities will really start to panic, though some are doing it now – hey, but that’s a subject for a whole endless e-mail). Should relief come, maybe the Council can revisit some of these projects. Another reason is a need to do some more significant local investment in “must haves,” like sea wall repair.   

The Study Sessions are opportunities for the Council to give general direction versus final action. I’d expect the Council to offer its thoughts, and then to move the FFP items to the Finance Committee for another review. After the Finance Committee’s review, the FFP would come back to the Council at a night session for final action.

If you are following any of these projects, you’ll want to listen in or attend the Study Session, again starting at 3:30 p.m. (a few presentations lead off the afternoon before any talk of the FFP). We’ll also discuss a proposed re-do of the General Plan, the West Coast Highway landscaping, and more.

After a relatively long closed session, the Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. As the Council has not met for three weeks, there are a number of items on the agenda worth mentioning.

With Jet-Pack America gone, the Council will consider prohibiting uses like that (water-propelled vessels) in Newport Harbor. Recall that the previous concept was that water propelled vessels were OK, but only “one vendor at a time.” This action would amend the Code to say that any use like that would not be allowed, thinking that uses like the Jet-Pack were a bit on the noisy side and didn’t work as well with boats and hand-launch vessels in our relatively small and narrow harbor spaces.

The Village Inn comes back for a final approval of the use permit with terms and conditions hashed out at the last Council meeting. All sides seem relatively pleased with this outcome. 

Residents along the western side of Balboa Island (generally west of Agate to Collins Island) have asked to form a Utility Undergrounding District (#113).

As a group of local residents works to fundraise for additional possible support for the little animal shelter that we’ve been leasing on Riverside Drive in Santa Ana Heights, we’re working with the current owner there to continue our lease arrangement with them. Staff thinks that the shelter is working out well, and there is a wonderful cadre of volunteers donating huge amounts of hours to help out the animals. If you would like to donate or to get involved and help, too, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll refer you to the right people. If you follow the NB Animal Shelter on Facebook, it will make you smile to see many of the adoptions and other success stories. Facebook should make us smile more, shouldn’t it?   

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation has offered to purchase and donate (to the City’s art inventory) one of the first sculptures shown in Phase I of the Civic Center Park Sculpture Garden – it’s the large sphere on the northerly side of the pedestrian bridge over San Miguel Road.

A handful of committee appointments are up for consideration, including the Finance Committee and Water Quality.

Also up for consideration is the next action on the Museum House referendum petitions. In late January 2017, the OC Registrar of Voters confirmed that there were more than enough valid signatures to cause the Council’s earlier action in November 2016 to approve the Museum House condominium project to be suspended unless it went before the voters. Recall that signature gatherers submitted 13,788 signatures on petitions before Christmas, and they needed 5,619 of them to be from registered Newport Beach voters. The Registrar counted 6,584 of the signatures until it reached the magic 5,619 number – then the Registrar stopped counting. With the OC Registrar’s certification in hand, the Council could either rescind its earlier action or place the Museum House project on an upcoming ballot. In the meantime, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) filed litigation associated with the petitions. Because of this litigation, outside counsel advised City Clerk Leilani Brown that they would like a bit more time to review the litigation – but that the Council could still accept the certification from the OC Registrar’s Office. Certifying the petition count means that the effective date of the Museum House’s General Plan Amendment is suspended. I’d imagine that outside counsel’s review of the litigation will not take long, and then the item will be back before the City Council for action.

If you live along 15th Street in Newport Heights (not the 15th Street on the Peninsula!), you know that there is a complete sidewalk along the north/inland side of 15th, but not a fully complete one along the south side. As a part of trying to improve bike and pedestrian safety along 15th, the City worked with a number of area residents to weigh a couple of alternatives. One would have removed on-street parking to allow bike lanes to be added to 15th. Another would fill in the sidewalk gaps on the south side to allow more kids to use the sidewalk as they transit to and from Newport Heights Elementary and other neighborhood schools. The removal of on-street parking wasn’t wholly supported, so staff is proposing that the Council consider moving forward on completing the 15th Street sidewalk’s south side. This involves some tree removals, including some very large and old eucalyptus. It’s always emotional to remove trees, but we believe that we can replace some of the trees with other species even while completing the sidewalk to improve safety.

The Council will adjourn in memory of two good folks who have left us in recent days. One is Chip Donnelly, a hard-working and kind member of the mooring and liveaboard communities who had a passion for the traditions of the harbor. Another is Ralph Rodheim, who waged a 3-year battle with ALS. Ralph was an amazing and dedicated soul, who lived and breathed Newport Beach. He showed up at events even during his last days. I picture Ralph now back to being his active self, paddleboarding around the waters of heaven. Rest in peace, Ralph and Chip.  

In the category of random notes: Thank you all for bearing with us as MacArthur goes through its repaving process. I know I nearly knocked my teeth out coming coastward on MacArthur the other day where the scraped portion of the street met the regular portion – a few curse words may have popped out. Thankfully, the contractor made that more smooth the next day. For information about All Things Traffic, sign up for regular alerts or check back on this page.

The Finance Committee meets this Thursday at the Civic Center in the Crystal Cove Conference Room starting at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend – many meaty finance subjects (including pensions and the FFP) are on the agenda.

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

Muldoon uses comic approach to detail City’s issues

So who knew our Mayor, Kevin Muldoon, was a stand-up comedian? Well, that came through loud and clear at Friday night’s Mayor’s Dinner.

Muldoon, in his address, used a spinoff of President Donald Trump’s issues with Twitter, citing that one of the issues facing Newport Beach and particularly Balboa Island, are the repairs of sea walls. Muldoon “promised new sea walls” and jokingly said that he was going to “have Catalina pay for them.”

The humor continued through a shot at the evening’s emcee, Peter Buffa, and even a friendly jab at Newport Beach activist Jim Mosher.

I found Muldoon’s “speech” entertaining and funny, while deftly pointing out issues facing Newport Beach in the coming months. 

The Mayor’s Dinner, organized annually by Speak-Up Newport, is one of the premier events where the who’s who of Newport Beach always seems to show up.

As always, Debbie Snavely and her staff at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa did a wonderful job hosting the event.

When I say the who’s who, City Manager Dave Kiff, City Attorney Aaron Harp and City Clerk Lelani Brown were all in attendance, as were State Senator John Moorlach, State Assemblyman Matt Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

 The council was there to support their Mayor, including Mayor Pro-Tem Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Will O’Neill, Brad Avery, Scott Peotter, Jeff Herdman and Diane Dixon.

On the private side, Buck Johns was there, the Curci Company had a table, as did Ware Disposal, Rutan & Tucker, Irrelevant Week and our first responders who were in full force.

Add into that many former mayors, and once again, Speak-Up Newport pulls off a great event.

Congrats to Debra Allen, Richard Luehrs, Janis Dinwiddie, Kathy Harrison and others for making the event special.

Selfishly, I was asked and honored to recognize key community leaders that passed this last year. We recognized Robert Shelton, former City Manager and City Council person from the ‘60s; Milan Dostal, former City Councilman and Mayor in the late ‘70s; Dennis O’Neil, former City Councilman and Mayor in the ‘90s; and Marian Bergeson, who simply is Marian Bergeson.

I also remembered Ralph Rodheim who passed last week of ALS.

That was my direction from the committee. It would have been so easy to add in others, like Bob Robins, of Theodore Robins fame, or Werner Escher, longtime international marketing guru for South Coast Plaza and Newport Beach resident. 

In my research leading up to the event, I realized how special we are in Newport Beach to attract the leaders who have blessed our community.

Elsewhere in town, Banning Ranch appears done after the latest California Coastal Commission meeting held last week in Newport Beach. The Commission reiterated its denial of the Banning Ranch project that they made last September.

Obviously, a developer lawsuit waits in the wings.

As far as the Museum House goes, Tuesday night our council will ratify the signatures gathered by Line in the Sand to force a community vote; nothing else will happen until the lawyers check all of the legalities.

It’s just another day in Newport Beach.


Arbor Real Estate launches fourth annual “Stoke a Student” campaign for surf-loving youth

Arbor Real Estate, one of coastal Orange County’s leading luxury real estate brokerages, recently launched its fourth annual “Stoke a Student” campaign in partnership with Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa. “Stoke a Student” is aimed to inspire surf-loving students in the Newport-Mesa area to value education and to succeed in school.

Running from February through June 2017, Arbor Real Estate’s “Stoke a Student” contest at Surfside Sports will award surfboards to one lucky surf-loving elementary, junior high school, or high school student in the Newport-Mesa area each month via a drawing (no purchase necessary). 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.

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“I have deep, lifelong roots in Newport Beach and a longtime love of surfing,” said Chris Brigandi, founder and principal of Arbor Real Estate. “Our company launched the ‘Stoke a Student’ campaign in 2014 to support and promote the importance of education as well as to celebrate the surf culture that makes our community one of the best places to live in the world.”

To learn more about Arbor Real Estate and the ‘Stoke a Student’ contest, visit arborrealestate.com.


Stump the Stu

Winner, winner with BYC

While driving down Bayside Drive, the Stu came across these boards lined up and ready to go at the Balboa Yacht Club. Our guess is when the weather improves those will all be put to good use. Kevin Coleman once again got it right again saying, “I eat lunch there.” Thanks for guesses, Kevin.

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

Stump the Stu 2.9.17

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Police Files

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman convicted, avoids jail time

Former NBA star and Newport Beach resident Dennis Keith Rodman, 55, was convicted this week of driving the wrong way on the freeway and providing false information to the police. Rodman pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle across a dividing section, one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer, and one misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle without a valid license. 

Dennis Rodman

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on July 20, 2016, Rodman drove a sport utility vehicle traveling north in the southbound carpool lane on Interstate 5 near Main Street in Santa Ana. The lane bears concrete dividing walls on either side. Rodman drove head-on toward a sedan, causing the driver of the sedan to swerve and crash into a dividing wall to avoid contact with the defendant’s vehicle. The victim called 911 and California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded to the scene. Rodman failed to exchange information with the other driver and fled the scene prior to CHP’s arrival. 

Rodman was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 30 hours of community service, must pay restitution, and must donate $500 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.

Details on Jan 31 criminal threats arrest

In Monday’s edition, we reported that Leonie Lamar Lloyd, 29, Las Vegas, was arrested on a $250,000 warrant for criminal threats. The case dates back to 2014.

In May of 2014, the victim received a text message threatening harm on the victim and his family members unless the victim deposited money into a specific bank account. The text message, voicemails and emails persisted.

“In the course of our investigation, Lloyd, an associate of individuals that the victim met through business dealings, was identified as a suspect,” said press information officer Jennifer Manzella. “Detectives obtained a search warrant for Lloyd’s home, vehicle and person. With the assistance of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NBPD Detectives located and interviewed Lloyd in Las Vegas in April 2015.” He denied involvement.

After a thorough and lengthy investigation involving the searching of a number of electronic devices, a $250,000 warrant was issued for Lloyd’s arrest on November 9, 2016, with charges of criminal threats and attempted extortion.

NBPD Detectives extradited Lloyd from the Clarke County Detention Center on January 31.

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


No decision on Museum House at Tuesday’s council meeting

A member of Line in the Sand (LITS) notified StuNewsNewport last evening that LITS had received a “call” from Newport Beach City Clerk Leilani Brown concerning the referendum decision on the Museum House expected to be on Tuesday’s City Council agenda.  

Brown indicated that due to a lawsuit (one that sources still say has not been served), she has asked outside counsel to review the Orange County Museum of Art lawsuit before putting the referendum decision in front of the City Council. Brown said it was her decision to ask for the advice.  

The lawyers have asked for time to do the review and, therefore, the City Clerk has decided to delay the decision on what to do going forward regarding the referendum. 

Brown will, however, let the certification of enough signatures (received from the Registrar of Voters) go forward on Tuesday.

LITS has been opposed to the high-rise Museum House development in Newport Center and gathered signatures to potentially force a referendum vote on the project or a move by City Council to rescind earlier approval.


Spirit Run sets itself apart: from youngsters to elite runners

The 34th Annual Spirit Run is coming to Fashion Island on Sunday, March 12. Many Newport Beach residents who and/or whose children grew up with Spirit Run, think of it as simply a fundraiser for local schools. But, to many dedicated runners, young and old, elite and casual, Spirit Run is so much more.

Spirit Run is the longest running youth road race event in Orange County with undoubtedly the broadest and most competitive range of youth races. Further, unlike other running events, children compete only against their own age group, not adults.

Most road race events host a single kids’ “fun run” or “dash” that is not timed. Spirit Run, however, has six separate one-quarter to 1-mile races broken down by age group (4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-19). These races are chip timed with awards to the top three boys and girls in each.

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Olympian Steve Scott leads youngsters on the Spirit Run course

Also, at most 5K events children must compete against adults and are often knocked down at the start-line by them. Spirit Run’s unique Youth 5K allows children to compete without adult interference and for a child to break the finish line tape. Awards are given to the top three boys and girls in five age divisions and the top 10 in the high school division.

Spirit Run’s exceptional youth racing schedule attracts youth competitors from beyond Newport-Mesa. Equalizers Track Club, the team in green, brings more than 100 youth competitors to Spirit Run every year. Founded in 1986, Equalizers is committed to helping runners age 19 and under achieve high ideals. 

“The Newport-Mesa Spirit Run is the premier youth road-racing event in Southern California, being the only one I know of that treats youth distance runners as competitors in the sport, rather than simply adding ‘kid’ races as a sideshow to an adult-oriented event,” said Coach Jerry Palazzo, Equalizers Track Club. “The energy in the Youth Only 5K delivers race times not seen in typical ‘all-ages’ events, and the unique Elite 1-Mile road race is a barnburner that leaves spectators staring at the clock with disbelief.”

Steve Scott

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Three-time Olympian and World Record Holder Steve Scott

The race’s dedication to youth fitness has also inspired Steve Scott, three-time Olympian and World Record Holder for the most sub-four minute miles, to attend every year since 1983. Scott warms up the kids before each youth race and leads them on the course. Scott appreciates the passionate crowd support stating, “I have never been in a race with such great enthusiasm and support from the participants. They cheer for everyone from start to finish.” This year, Scott is also excited to start Spirit Run’s adult mile races. Rumor has it that he may race the Sub Elite Mile.

Spirit Run is also enthusiastic about giving adults a great racing experience. The adult races include the 5K, 10K, 15K (5K plus 10K, times combined and ranked), and four mile races (the Elite, Sub Elite, Dog and Open Mile). Its race courses are fast, particularly in the Elite Mile where someone is expected to break four minutes this year. Competitors are encouraged to run multiple races. Several will run two or three races; some, four!

Celebrating its competitors, Spirit Run has the most exceptional array of prizes around, including a $2,000 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile. The more than 250 prizes include a year’s worth of Blaze Pizza, gift cards for a Yard House “Burger & Brew,” Baking Betty’s cookies and Spa Gregorie’s massage certificates. Those who compete in multiple races are eligible to win in each one. For example, some will race the Elite or Sub Elite Mile, 5K and Open Mile and will take home cash along with certificates for massage, pizza, and a burger and brew.

Southern California USA Track & Field (So Cal USATF) recognizes Spirit Run’s commitment to, and distinction in, youth and adult road racing. For the fifth consecutive year, it has selected Spirit Run for its Grand Prix Road Championship Series featuring what it considers “the best road races and fastest courses in the region.” In 2017, So Cal USATF has also selected Spirit Run to host its 5K Championships.

The So Cal USATF distinction, fast courses, and exceptional array of prizes entice elite and highly competitive runners from Southern California and beyond to compete at Spirit Run.

Jorge Jabaz

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Two-time All American Jorge Jabaz

Jorge Jabaz, elite runner and coach works multiple part-time jobs to maintain his athletic career and to be able to coach youth, collegiate and post collegiate athletes. In 2016, Jabaz helped Spirit Run recruit a competitive field for its inaugural Elite Mile. He advised Spirit Run on expanding its adult mile races in 2017 and inspired the inaugural Dog Mile. He promises to bring an even larger field of elite runners in 2017. Hopefully he will race the Elite Mile and win in less than four minutes.

Julie Swail Ertel

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Olympic Silver Medalist Julie Swail Ertel with her family

Olympic Silver Medalist Julie Swail Ertel has been competing at Spirit Run for more than 10 years. As a three-time Olympian in Water Polo and the Triathlon, one event is not enough for Ertel. Accordingly, she will race the 5K, 10K, and the Sub Elite or Open Mile. Of course, Ertel always wins or is a top finisher in all of her races. She loves and is motivated by the prizes. In the past, she has enjoyed spa days with friends and Blaze Pizza once a month with her family, courtesy of Spirit Run.

Annie Beck

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Newport Beach local Annie (Beck) St. Geme is returning to her running roots

Newport Beach’s own Annie Beck, née St. Geme is returning to her running roots for this year’s Spirit Run. A two-time California State Champion and six-time CIF Champion while at Corona del Mar High School, Beck took her running talents to Stanford University. After struggling with injuries throughout the better part of her collegiate career, she took a four-year hiatus from the sport to focus on her career as a healthcare consultant and then marketing manager. In 2014, she joined Strava Track Club under the tutelage of Coach Dena Evans, and has since run personal bests in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 meters.

For complete bios of each of these Elite Athletes and for all of the Elite Athletes competing in Spirit Run this year, visit the Elite Athletes page at www.nmspiritrun.org.


Newport Harbor Principal is Catalyst of Hope awardee

Project Hope Alliance has announced its 2017 Catalyst of Hope as Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) Principal Sean Boulton, whose partnership with the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization and its Promotor Pathway Program celebrate a milestone one-year anniversary this month.

Principal Boulton will be honored in a special award ceremony during Project Hope Alliance’s 4th Annual Anti Gala, taking place on Sunday, May 7, at Venue by Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

Sean Boulton

“We are thrilled to recognize NHHS Principal Sean Boulton for his exceptional work in moving the needle in the lives of our Promotor Pathway Program students,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “His ‘yes’ and enduring partnership sparks hope and ignites momentous change toward an end to the cycle of homelessness, overwhelmingly earning him this exclusive distinction.” 

Launched in January 2016, Project Hope Alliance’s local implementation of the acclaimed Promotor Pathway model serves disconnected and disengaged homeless youth ages 14-24. Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is the first school district in California to adopt the program, which operates out of NHHS and currently serves 24 students. There are an estimated 150 housing insecure youth at NHHS. 

“Every school should have this program,” said Boulton, who has served as an educator for 16 years. “It has brought to our entire educational community a broader understanding of homelessness, and how it affects students, schools, community and society as a whole.”

 Developed by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) of Washington, D.C., the unique intervention model utilizes promotores who provide 24/7 comprehensive guidance and support to students. Project Hope Alliance is one of only two other organizations nationwide chosen to execute this program. In addition to partnerships with LAYC, NMUSD and NHHS, Project Hope Alliance works closely with McKinney-Vento liaisons and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, which houses a pantry and meeting space for the program.

Promotor Pathway’s implementation has been rigorously evaluated, and a recent five-year study conducted by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., found its efficacy to be astounding. Findings showed that youths receiving a promotor were one-third more likely to be enrolled in school, one-third less likely to have a child, and 60 percent less likely to have slept in a shelter or streets. Project Hope Alliance’s implementation of the model was featured in “Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools,” a national report examining student homelessness.

Learn more about Project Hope Alliance’s Promotor Pathway Program at projecthopealliance.org.


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

Lessons I learned from my violin

When I was 6 years old, I was sent home with a notice pinned to my pinafore notifying my parents that I would soon be old enough to sign up for our elementary school’s small orchestra. Having the good fortune to have parents who loved, participated in and supported the arts, I was signed up post-haste. Soon thereafter, I came home proudly sporting a three-quarter size violin on loan from the music department. I squeaked away on its gut strings with glee and while my parents probably had ear plugs at the ready, they encouraged the screeches and squawks until I was soon able to eke out a respectable rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

I stuck with the practicing and orchestra rehearsals and a few years later, my parents took me to a violin shop to pick out my very own full-size violin. I still remember every detail. They say musicians don’t pick their instruments, the instrument picks the musician, and I suppose that’s how I feel about my beautiful, very old friend. I always tell my husband if the house ever catches on fire, it will be the one item I’d make an effort to grab on the way out. It is my most treasured possession, but its meaning for me runs deeper than material value or sentiment. 

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My violin led me through childhood and into adulthood like a patient, wise sage. Over the course of more than a decade of weekly private lessons and a variety of orchestral organizations and music groups, I loved and hated it at times. But, it was a constant in my life for which I am profoundly grateful for today. Over the years, the long hours of practicing, the blistered fingers and sore chin, the incessant teasing from my little brother, the panic of approaching recitals and adjudications had me wanting to quit. 

But the rewards that came with the challenges kept me hanging in. I didn’t know it then, but the experiences, adventures and life lessons my violin exposed me to have become and continue to be incalculable. 

For example, when I was forced to learn a new, more advanced piece only to eventually nail it, it enabled me to experience pure joy, and instilled a type of confidence that can only be earned through hard work and determination. I met diverse friends, garnered critical thinking skills, and grew to appreciate the discipline and the benefits of good posture inherent with properly holding up a violin for hours on end. I had the great and humbling honor of playing at the Taper under Zubin Mehta and under a warm starry night at the Hollywood Bowl, mesmerized by the electrifying experience of an audience’s applause, and the inspiration and aspiration that I derived from the exposure to so many talented performers. I overcame my heart-stopping fear of failing, and learned that even if I flubbed, it was never really the end of the world.

Though I did not go on to musical greatness, I am grateful to have the perspective I derived from playing a musical instrument in my youth and for all of the unspoken lessons revealed along the way. It instilled in me a lifelong dedication to the arts, and an appreciation for the central role art plays in our lives whether we know it or not. I suppose it is precisely what led me to work with arts organizations, volunteerism and more recently in being appointed a few years ago to our City Arts Commission, of which I am currently chair. I figure, if through any of my efforts, that one child or adult, has the opportunity to experience any of what I describe above, it might make all the difference in their lives, like it did mine.

These days, I’ve also come to truly appreciate the fact that I grew up at a time when those who made decisions about exposing children to the arts felt it was a worthy expenditure. That budgeting for some second-hand violins, clarinets, bass drums and a music teacher was money well spent. If I could go back in time and thank them for keeping music and art in our schools at a time when others began cutting them out, I’d jump at the chance. As for my violin, I pick it up now and then and it still brings me joy.

The City Arts Commission is currently planning the 2017-18 Concerts on the Green series, and we hope to expand our community concerts to other areas of the City. To that end, we are asking the community to give us their input by taking a survey about the types of performances you’d like to attend via  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edpbrsrjixw3lbru/start.

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Concerts on the Green at the Civic Center present a variety of music genres

Last year, we were very fortunate to have the Pacific Symphony perform and present a pre-concert “Musical Playground” for kids of all ages as part of the series. They’ll be back again this year, but we’d like to hear from you about what other types of music genres and performing arts options we should consider. Send us your thoughts!

On a final note, I leave you with this thought from Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen: “In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities…the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”

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Lynn Selich is a periodic contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Island Hotel names new Coastal Catering director

Coastal Catering by Island Hotel announces the appointment of hospitality industry pro Robert Glowczwski as its new director – supervising on- and off-site social events, charity galas, private residence functions and corporate events.

Known for his collaborative spirit when working with guests and associates, Glowczwski will be working side by side with Island Hotel’s Executive Chef David Man. Together, they look to offer new Coastal Catering experiences, including interactive culinary adventures and SoCal craft beer and brewery functions, among other customized themed events.

Glowczwski

“We are very pleased Robert will be helming Coastal Catering,” said Island Hotel’s General Manager Gerard Widder. “His leadership, innovative ideas and commitment to working with the customer will continue to strengthen our position as a sought-after destination for the finest in leisure and business catering and entertainment in Orange County.”

For the last six years prior to this appointment, Glowczwski served as director of operations at ACCESS Destination Services based in Irvine, Calif., where he managed $8.5 million in destination services revenue annually. He started his meteoric career path at ACCESS in 1997 as a program coordinator.

Glowczwski is a destination management certified professional (DMCP) under the auspices of the Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME) and a certified tourism ambassador (CTA) connected with Visit Anaheim. He served as chapter president for the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association, International (HSMAI) from 2009 to 2011 and as treasurer in 2011. Glowczwski is also proud to be an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.


Grant to provide students with hands-on ocean experience

On Wednesday, Feb 8, Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, donated a $60,000 grant to the Discovery Science Foundation, to help fund children’s educational programs at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest in Newport Beach. First Foundation presented the check during a ceremony at the Balboa Fun Zone. More than 70 sixth grade students were in attendance to help accept the donation.

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Hands-on ocean education at the Discovery Cube

The donation benefits a citizen field study program for local middle school and high school-aged students with a focus on innovation, 21st century technology, communication, developing leadership skills and gaining real-world learning experience. Ocean education activities were available to the students during the event, including time spent out on the water in Discovery Cube’s education vessel and on-land education on the topics of storm water pollution and renewable energy.

The funds, which are a part of First Foundation’s Supporting Our Community initiative, will specifically go toward school field trips for students K-12 to include on-the-water experiences in Newport Harbor, citizen science and hands-on activities in the Discovery Cube learning spaces and along the coast.

During the field trip adventure, students help monitor activity in the local MPA, hand-feed fish at the white Seabass grow-out pen, observe sea lions thermoregulate at the local buoy, and complete hands-on activities examining alternative energy, environmental engineering and water conservation. They leave with an innovation perspective and are empowered to be the next generation of ocean defenders. Ocean Quest’s program, “H2O SOS: Help Heal Our Ocean – Student Operated Solutions,” involves collecting data in the field by local students that is added to a larger database to help protect and preserve the ocean. The topics addressed in the curriculum include marine debris, watersheds and storm water, ocean acidification, sustainable fishing and more.

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Local students spend time out on the water in Discovery Cube’s education vessel

In July of last year, Discovery Cube in Orange County merged with ExplorOcean to expand ocean sciences education in Southern California. In conjunction with the transaction, the museum – now named Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest – has recently been outfitted with new exhibit attractions enabling the revitalization of the historic and popular Balboa Fun Zone. In addition to new attractions, visitors will have the opportunity to learn ocean science through hands-on exhibits and galleries.

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the educational program development and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning centers in Orange County, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif. Established in 1989, the Discovery Cube, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits.

For more information, call 866.552.CUBE (2823), or visit discoverycube.org.


Newport Coast man charged with financial elder abuse

A trustee’s assistant was charged this week with financial elder abuse and forgery for stealing over $500,000 from a 95-year-old woman with dementia. Thomas Chapman Hood, 68, Newport Coast, was charged Feb 7, with 19 felony counts of forgery, one felony count of first degree residential burglary to commit larceny and financial elder abuse, and one felony count of theft from an elder, with sentencing enhancement allegations for non-accomplices being present during residential burglary, aggravated white collar crime over $500,000, and property loss of over $200,000. Hood is being held on $534,850 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. His arraignment date is to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Hood was employed part-time as an assistant to the trustee of 95-year-old Jane Doe’s bank accounts. The defendant worked from the home office of the trustee’s secretary in Orange.

On March 1, 2015, Hood is accused of stealing Jane Doe’s check books from the home office while the secretary and homeowner were in other rooms. The defendant is accused of taking advantage of his position of trust, knowing Jane Doe had dementia and resided in a senior care facility. The secretary and trustee did not authorize Hood to access any checks for personal or business use.

Between March 17, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, Hood is accused of forging the trustee’s signature on dozens of checks for a loss of $534,850 dollars. The defendant is accused of depositing the unauthorized checks into his personal bank account and using the stolen funds to pay for his personal expenses, including credit card bills and a two-week vacation in Paris, France.

On Oct 6, 2016, the trustee discovered the fraud when he attempted to make a payment from Jane Doe’s bank to her assisted living home which was denied due to insufficient funds. The trustee contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), who investigated this case.

Hood was arrested yesterday, Feb 8, by OCSD.


Villa Real Estate opens new corporate office

Villa Real Estate has kicked off the New Year by opening a new corporate office in Newport Center. Located at 450 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, the new office encompasses the entire first floor and has prominent visibility from Newport Center Drive. Key Escrow has also relocated to 450 Newport Center Drive in Suite 150.

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Opening the new corporate office comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for Villa with the company posting total sales volume of nearly $1.5 billion and adding 30 new agents in 2016, for a total of 150 agents in the company’s four offices.

“The new office offers a convenient access for our clients who may visit to sign contracts and escrow papers, as well as our agents, who are frequently in and out, visiting properties, hosting broker previews, and showing homes to clients,” said Cari Young, Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

We’re proud of the achievements the Villa team has made in three short years,” noted Steve High, president and founder. “We continue to grow the company while maintaining our personal approach of providing clients with unparalleled service from Orange County’s leading luxury residential real estate agents.” 

The firm has 150 agents and four offices with locations in the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, with the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.villarealestate.com.


You must remember this: Cartoonists’ delight

Cartoonists have no use for supermodels. They want something they can exaggerate, and it’s hard to exaggerate a perfect face. My father, however, with his shaggy eyebrows and skinny build was a cartoonist’s delight. I have a hallway hung with cartoons done of him by his cartoonist friends, two of whom lived in CdM.

Virgil Partch, who signed his cartoons VIP, lived on Ocean Blvd., overlooking Big Corona. Dick Shaw lived on Poppy. They met when they were both at Disney where they worked on the short cartoons, a better outlet for their vein of humor than the longer features. Both had successful careers after leaving the studio with comic strips, books, Playboy cartoons and the like, but in addition to making an impact in their field, they also made an impact on the city where they lived.

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(L-R): Cartoonist Virgil Partch, Charles Masters and Judge Robert Gardner

For a number of years, their watering hole was the Village Inn on Balboa Island where they were among the founding members of the Balboa Island Punting and Sculling Society of which my father was also a member. The Society’s sole purpose seems to have been (and still is, for all I know) to have a good time, something that Virgil and Dick were both very good at. During their Society membership, the duo salvaged the USS Michigan, a very small tug that had spent a certain portion of her life underwater. What the Michigan lacked in general seaworthiness, she made up in her role as muse, sparking the idea of sailing her to Las Vegas. The Society embraced the idea, and off they set with everyone aboard. The Vegas folks didn’t know if Society members were gamblers, but it was clear they were a group that knew how to have a good time, so the Strip welcomed them enthusiastically.

Having conquered the desert in a boat, the group then decided to conquer the ocean by train and took a railroad car, with the help of a barge, to Catalina. Such adventures stirred the envy of a similar group in San Diego, and the result was two races between the Michigan and their ferry. The Michigan got skunked in San Diego, so badly that when it came time for a rematch in our harbor, she was given a head start – not enough of one, however. The ferry was closing fast and then…my mother fell overboard. Going for the gold, Captain Shaw refused to turn about and retrieve her. The ferry captain, more gallant, stopped to pick her up and lost the race. My mother always insisted that she didn’t fall overboard, that someone on the Michigan actually pushed her in a last-gasp effort to win, an accusation stoutly denied by Society members. The Michigan might have had more adventures, but she had the unfortunate habit of sinking and was eventually retired. She is now owned by Gay Wassel-Kelly although she had a “For Sale” sign the last time I paddled by, in case anyone wants this unique piece of Newport Beach history.

As for the cartoons, most of them are R-rated, but this one is PG, featuring, from left to right, Virgil himself, Charles Masters and my father.

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


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

The Galley Café turns 60 and stirs up nostalgic memories

By LANA JOHNSON

“Don’t change a thing and you’ll do just fine”…those were the words his grandfather said to Brian White, current owner of The Galley Café in Newport Beach, when asked what was the most important thing he could do at the restaurant. He was also warned that “not changing anything” wouldn’t be as easy as it sounds.

Hoffy Sherry and Brian

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Back row, Brian and Sherry White; front, Edward Hoffman “Hoffy” Flach Jr.

A Bit of History about The Galley Café:

The Galley, or as some people called it, Eddie’s Galley, was purchased by Myrtle and Edward (Eddie) Flach Sr. in 1957. Eddie learned to cook when he was in his teens and continued to hone his trade as a short order cook.

In 1935, Eddie bought the food concession inside the Balboa Pavilion, which was a bowling alley at the time. He served hamburgers for 15 cents each. After operating it successfully for three years, he bought Eddie’s Pantry in 1939, which was located across the street from The Arches restaurant. Of interesting note, Eddie kept odd hours at The Pantry – open daily from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to accommodate the after-hours restaurant servers and theatergoers leaving nearby Lido Theater. It also fed the hungry Dory fishermen, returning from a long night’s work, who were ready for one of Eddie’s signature breakfasts.

This is about the same time he and Myrtle met. They soon married, and then Edward Hoffman (Hoffy) Flach Jr. was born in April 1941. The family moved to the Blue Top Motel (where the Newport Beach Association of Realtors office is now located), just behind The Arches.

Eddie loved serving coffee and great food to the locals…until the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on Dec 7, 1941. Wartime regulations and evening coastal blackouts caused Eddie’s Pantry to close, so he went to work at the Santa Ana Army Air Base as the personal chef for the base’s commanding officer. Due to the impending draft, Eddie enlisted, and as the story goes, the commanding officer did not want to lose Eddie as his personal cook, so Eddie’s basic training consisted of 30 days confined to the air base, even though it was a classified training ground for pilots, navigators and bombardiers!

Locals enjoy the camaraderie

Locals enjoy the camaraderie and great food at The Galley Cafe

At some point in 1942, Myrtle worked waiting tables at The Arches, and with the air base deactivated, Eddie was free to take a position as a cook there. In 1949, the family moved to Santa Ana. Friends mentioned to them that a diner was for sale on what was then Bayside Drive, and they helped back Eddie financially, allowing him to lease The Galley in a handshake deal. On Feb 7, 1957, The Galley aka Eddie’s Galley opened for business. Eddie Jr. (Hoffy) at the age of 16, worked as a dishwasher on opening day. In 1972, Hoffy worked there full time until he retired in 2002. Son Brian, who first worked there as a dishwasher when he was 9 years old, became manager. By the time Promontory Bay was completed (in 1957 the Galley was located on the main road, which is now Bayside Drive, but was renamed Harbor Island Drive and had gone all the way through), The Galley was now at the end of the peninsula. Over the years, it continued to grow in popularity, and its somewhat hard-to-find locale, made it a locals’ favorite dining destination.

Over the years, many celebrities have frequented The Galley, including John Wayne and Andy Devine (who appeared together in Stagecoach), as well as Shirley Temple, Natalie Wood, Buddy Ebsen, Reggie Jackson, Arnold Palmer and John Elway, among others. But Myrtle ran the restaurant with an iron fist, so it didn’t matter what your status. When Wayne sauntered past the line of people waiting to be seated and asked, “Myrt, got a table?” She’d reply: “You get back out and wait in line like everybody else until we’re ready!” According to Hoffy, she wouldn’t allow anyone to sit at a dirty table.

According to Brian, “There are countless stories of ‘million dollar deals’ taking place at The Galley, being penciled on napkins over coffee and chili cheese omelets, courtships rising, friendships being made, and even children learning how to drink from straws. Boy, if the walls could talk.” 

Brian continues the tradition of running the restaurant as it has been since its inception. “Our chili recipe is from my Grandpa, the pancake recipe is from my Grandma, and we use drawn butter,” he said.

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The original soda fountain from 1957

Maybe the menu has been tweaked a bit, such as adding the Chinese Chicken Salad and Breakfast Burrito, but patrons keep returning for the breakfasts served all day, the malts and shakes (made from the original soda fountain that is the only one still in existence in California), the burgers, homemade hash browns, a loyal staff (several who have been there 20 or 30 years) and a commitment to serving good food with a welcoming smile. The seven tables and 10 countertop seats hold 40 people within the charming 1,000-square-foot establishment.

Brian still has 17 years on the 20-year lease and plans on running the café (along with his wife Sherry) until then. After that…he might pass it on to the kids or form an employee partnership…because all who spend time there are considered family.

The Galley Café is located at 829 Harbor Island Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 949.673.4110. www.thegallerycafenewportbeach.com

Birthday Cake

Happy 60th Birthday to The Galley Café

Editor’s Note: The Galley celebrated its 60th birthday to the day on Tuesday, Feb 7. If you dined there, you enjoyed a piece of birthday cake. Happy Anniversary!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Ralph Rodheim passes after gallant fight with ALS

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Balboa Island resident Ralph Rodheim died Sunday from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ralph was 72.

Ralph was a local through and through. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School and then went on to Chapman University

For years, he owned a marketing company and later in life added Balboa Boat Rentals to his portfolio.

When it came to events taking place on our waterfront, Ralph was always involved, usually at the head of the pack. For years, he oversaw the Newport to Ensenada boat race, he participated in the governance of our annual Christmas Boat Parade and he started the now celebrated Wooden Boat Festival, held annually at the Balboa Yacht 

Club.

Ralph Rodheim

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Ralph Rodheim

Ralph also liked to play golf, sail and stay active.

He was celebrated on many occasions and ultimately was named Newport Beach Citizen of the Year in 2010.

Then, in 2014 he got the news that he had been stricken with ALS. Ralph took it as a challenge. He seemed to know he could beat it.

A group of us joined him in front of the Newport Beach Athletic Club for one of the now infamous ice bucket challenges. When I say it was a group, it was a cross-section of many people whose lives Ralph had touched.

Following his diagnosis, Ralph didn’t just curl up and go away; he fought the insidious disease head on up to his final days. Last month, confined to a wheelchair, he was at the installation ribbon-cutting of the new overhead sign for Balboa Village.

Ralph will be remembered by many for his contributions, but for me it’ll always be his determination to live another day to get something else done.

He is survived by his wife Penny who stood by his side every step of the way during his battle.

No arrangements have been announced yet for any memorial service, but we’ll report it as soon as it’s available.

Elsewhere around town, the Coastal Commission is visiting and conducting their business at City Hall this week. On their agenda that began yesterday (Wednesday, Feb 7) and continues through tomorrow are several local issues.

Today around noon, the Commission will revisit the Newport Banning Ranch decision they made in September to “deny a permit to abandon oil operations, clean and remediate soil, and subdivide the 401-acre site into residential, commercial, mixed use, open space, park and public street lots.”

Also on the agenda is an application from the Irvine Company and the City of Newport Beach for a “waterside and landside development consisting of the expansion of the marina, including a public dock component and landside restaurant, at 201 East Coast Highway.”

Finally, The California Department of State Parks and Recreation and the Crystal Cove Alliance have applied to renovate 17 of their historic cottages in their Historic District, among other changes to the property.


Event tomorrow to close library early

The Newport Beach Central Library, located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, will close at 5 p.m. on Friday Feb 10 for the Witte Lecture Series: Jon Meacham, The Art of Leadership Lessons from the American Presidency. Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian. This event is SOLD OUT. For more information, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.

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ENC offers great opportunity for kids to get back to nature during Presidents' Week

Kids Hiking

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host full and half day camps during Presidents Week, Feb 20-23. Full day camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and half day camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will be split into small groups by age and will rotate between camp teachers, where they will participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities. 

“I really enjoy pumping the kids up,” said Lead Naturalist Aimee Arvidson. “I love teaching them about nature and hopefully making it something they’ll want to love and protect too.”

Arvidson will teach campers about the anatomy, migration and eating habits of local whales by participating in experiments, games and hands-on displays. Campers will see whale bones, teeth and baleen, and experiment to find out how whale blubber makes an incredible insulator against frigid ocean temperatures. Campers will also get the chance to explore the ENC, search for animal evidence and get crafty with nature.

“Many of the camp teachers are our naturalists who teach at the ENC throughout the year,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “They’re all exceptionally qualified to provide campers with an exciting day of nature education.”

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Camp is open to children in kindergarten to 6th grade. Survival Games will take place on the full day, whereby each camper will learn one new survival skill and then break up into two teams to compete in the “Survival Games.” On day 4, campers will earn their very own survival kit they construct from various materials. Nature crafting will entail making stick frames and stick ground art, then photographing the creations. Campers will also make rainbow batik, get messy making air dry clay bowls and tiny pots, then finish off the week by building tents with sheets and tarps. The cost is $265. For half day camp, that focuses on nature play and cool critters, the fee is $180.

The ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Registration is available at encenter.org.


Police Files

NBPD go to Las Vegas to arrest man for terroristic threats

Newport Beach officers went to Las Vegas last Tuesday to make an arrest.

Leonie Lamar Lloyd, 29, of Las Vegas, was arrested on a warrant for making terroristic threats. His bail was set at $250,000.

We will have more information in our Thursday edition.

$18,000 worth of packages stolen from Newport home

Last week in the 300 block of Cagney Lane, a resident reported theft of their mail. The delivery was made between 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., because when the victim returned home the expected items were not there.

The loss? Packages with contents valued at $18,050. 

No suspect information was available. 

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


Guest Column

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach visits the U.K.

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach & Co. President & CEO Gary Sherwin

Great partnerships in this community are critical to our success as a destination and this month is a great example of that.

For more than 16 years, the Newport Beach Film Festival has been a great ambassador of our Newport brand, bringing glamour and excitement to the city every April. A few years ago, I met with the festival’s Executive Director Gregg Schwenk about taking this important community asset to a global level, specifically the United Kingdom, one of our most important international markets.

Fast forward and we now begin the third year of our partnership, hosting a high-profile celebrity-studded event in London at the start of the BAFTA Awards, which is the British equivalent of the Oscars. The event which celebrates Newport Beach and British film attracts tons of media coverage. As an example, two years ago, actress Keira Knightley attended our event and the media went wild since it was her first public appearance with her new baby bump. The media loves those kinds of things, I guess.

But this is more than just a single event. This is a fully integrated marketing campaign that includes consumer advertising, point-of-sale, in-store marketing, travel-trade education, media relations, radio and TV appearances. And, my favorite component, a high-profile video ad featuring Newport Beach in Piccadilly Circus, the Times Square of London.

One day is entirely devoted to radio interviews on the city and the film festival throughout Britain and Scotland. (This is not as glamorous as it sounds. We are locked in a room the size of a coat closet for eight hours and talk with dozens of stations through hook ups, but I’m not complaining!) Thanks to another great partnership this year with celebrated movie trade publication Variety, we are positioned even closer to the film industry. By collaborating with the film festival, we are able to gain access to important media audiences to discuss British films, the BAFTAs and of course Newport Beach. I jokingly say that the film festival is almost our Trojan Horse with the media since the film festival component gets us interviews and we get to talk about the city.

And the fact that we are doing this in the middle of February, the middle of a cold winter season, helps us tremendously as we paint the picture of visiting a lovely warm Orange County city with beautiful sandy beaches. To the Brits, that’s a very inviting message at this time of year.

This is another example of bringing the wonderful assets of Newport Beach together to tell our compelling story in fresh new ways. Our thanks go to Gregg and the film festival team who have been loyal partners and fellow Newport Beach brand ambassadors. Tally ho!

Warm Regards,
GARY C. SHERWIN, CDME

PRESIDENT & CEO

NEWPORT BEACH & CO.


Stasha Has a Nose for News – and finds herself in the “doghouse”

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I’m a smart dog and probably better behaved in public than most people’s kids.  But recently my best creative thinking got me in a bit of trouble. Now I’ve been trained to only jump up on furniture where one of my furry throw blankets is placed. As you can imagine I have blankies all over the house.

I don’t know what came over me the other day, but I started nibbling the edge of one of them.

Stasha on blanket

As luck would have it, my Mom discovered the tiny nibble holes, and in my opinion, totally overreacted. The next thing I knew my furry little butt was placed in my crate while she went out to dinner with friends. I was crate trained as a pup in one of those hard plastic things with a metal door – they’re pretty much puppy proof.

Over the years, we’ve graduated to a portable canvas crate with a mesh zippered closure. Quite frankly, I’ve never had an issue with this considering usually the crate door is left open. My nibble incident changed all that.

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I was home alone and now in the crate, zipped shut. From my crated vantage point, I didn’t really have a good view of DogTV – which is the only station created specifically for dogs on DirecTV and my favorite. I figured if I could just get to Mom’s new couch, I’d have a better view.

So, I nibbled my way through the mesh, broke through the zipper, squeezed out of the crate, jumped up on my furry blankie and spread out on the couch to enjoy DogTV.

When mom came home and saw the damage to the crate – and me in the lap of luxury on her new furniture – she said the only thing I was missing was a martini and a cigarette. Not totally sure what those things are…but she was really mad.

With my cutest doggie look I tried to convey I just wanted a better view of DogTV, but that didn’t work.

After talking with my trainer, Vlad The Russian Dog Wizard (www.russiandogwizard.org), we both came to the conclusion I’m suffering from separation anxiety – which is prevalent in dogs who spend way too much time with their owners – which I do.

I’ll admit I get a bit crazy when Mom leaves the room, and follow her everywhere. At the very least that could be considered doggie stalking – separation anxiety is a bit of a stretch in my book. But apparently, this condition is a serious issue and more common than you would think especially with animals who’ve been adopted from shelters, had a change in residency, routine and other outside mitigating factors.

Vlad says in simple terms, “separation anxiety means that your dog thinks he is going to die when you leave your house.”

He also feels this disorder is easy to prevent, but it’s the most difficult behavior to correct. It’s also the second leading cause, after aggression, of dogs being euthanized. 

Depending on the level of anxiety, some dogs need to be medicated to alleviate symptoms like chewing and other destructive behaviors.

Vlad isn’t a big believer in drugging dogs. He feels with proper training and discipline the behavior can be altered. 

Hard crate

So, the hard crate is back. Let’s just say my freedom has been greatly curtailed.  And I’ve even been threatened with cancelation of my subscription to DogTV if I don’t shape up.

Yes, one little bit of nibbling landed me in the dog house big time! But I can assure you I won’t be there long – I’m a quick study – and will be back relaxing on the couch with DogTV in no time.

Bark at ya’ next month!

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

See who spent what in the last Council race

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Last issue we took a look at expenditures related to both Related California and Line in the Sand as they moved through the petition gathering process for the Museum House. The numbers, particularly on Related California, were staggering. Their total dollars spent in just over a month was $500,000.

Related California spent a lot of money and so far it hasn’t paid off. I decided to see how money affected the past City Council campaigns. Did he or she with the most money win?

Hardly.

Let’s take a look. The top money raiser through contributions was District 7 candidate Fred Ameri who garnered $221,200. However, $200,125 came from a personal loan to the campaign. Following the campaign, Ameri terminated his council campaign committee.

Recent rumors have him looking at Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s District 48 seat.

Other candidates in District 7 were Will O’Neill and Phil Greer. O’Neill had contributions of $70,158, while Greer raised $36,605 that included a $30,000 loan.

O’Neill also received major support from the Newport Beach Firefighters Association PAC and the Newport Beach Police Employees Association PAC, both of which supported O’Neill, Brad Avery and Lee Lowery with political mailers.

O’Neill won convincingly.

Lowery wasn't so lucky even with the police and fire support. He raised $61,993 but lost to Jeff Herdman. Herdman raised $81,174, including a personal $23,000 loan and received an endorsement from Line in the Sand that included a mailer.

The other candidate in District 5 was Mike Glenn. He raised $30,168, including a loan of $3,850. Following the election, however, Glenn filed to terminate his election committee.

In District 2, Avery was the winner raising $65,649, in addition to the above-mentioned police and fire support.

His opponent, Shelly Henderson, raised $1,834 that also included a $100 loan.

Also noted in the filings were two active campaigns pointing to the 2018 city council race.

Although there’s been no recent activity, Joe Stapleton shows a committee for 2018 with $15,796 in the coffers.

Mike Toerge, who lost to Scott Peotter for District 6 seat, has $20,871 in his 2018 account.

So, at the end of the day, it appears that money cannot buy you love, as the song says, and can’t guarantee an election win either.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Lovebug Crafts, Feb 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Balboa Branch to make heart crafts for little lovebugs to create and share. For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Inside Out, Feb 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. Who feels like having fun? Gather your emotions and join us for crafts and games inspired by the Disney hit movie, “Inside Out.” For ages K-3rd grade; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Resume Building, Feb 14 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Moments Between Oceans

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Moments Between Oceans, Feb 13 - March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Through Orange-Colored Glasses: Local Entrepreneurs on Wealth, Wisdom and the History of the OC, Feb 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Charles Martin of Mont Pelerin Capital will discuss his sweeping chronicle of those individuals who have shaped Orange County and created the economic powerhouse it is today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Program: Lecture, Q&A at 7 p.m.; Book sales and signing. Reservations required.  RSVP to http://www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Sister Act

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Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee, Feb 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world’s leading music schools. Join them for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Feb 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by the Mariners Branch to make fun crafts celebrating Mardi Gras! For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech: Axis 360 & Overdrive, Feb 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

Beyond the Canvas: Georges Braque, March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Georges Braque was a major 20th century French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His most important contributions to the history of art were in his alliance with Fauvism from 1906, and the role he played in the development of Cubism. Braque’s work between 1908 and 1912 is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso. Their respective Cubist works were indistinguishable for many years, yet the quiet nature of Braque was partially eclipsed by the fame and notoriety of Picasso. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Orientation: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will be trained to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow your family tree. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, March 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan on food and seating. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to Pam Smith, 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, March 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. There’s a party to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and you’re invited! Come enjoy stories, crafts and birthday cake in honor of everyone’s favorite children’s author. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Joe Nocera, Inside the NCAA, March 3 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports – a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents – scholarships that don’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera’s latest book is “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.” Tickets required. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Nocera’s “Inside the NCAA” provides an inside look at college sports

Once Upon A Time…Drop-In Crafts, March 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Spark their imagination and create crafts from some favorite fairy tales. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 5, 12, 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, March 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is an arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages and ability levels. CYOSC rehearses and performs at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers, and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

Library Live Presents: Book Buzz Night at the Newport Beach Public Library, March 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your love of books – and book-loving friends – to get an insider’s look at the new books that are creating the biggest buzz in the publishing world. For this night of books, the NBPL Foundation hosts representatives of two major publishing houses: Penguin/Random House and HarperCollins. These publishers’ reps will share previews of their newest titles for spring/summer 2017 and will be available before and after to discuss all things book-related. This event is ideal for book groups and will include a gourmet offering of refreshments from baker & olive, as well as book totes, catalogs and bound book samples while offerings last. This event is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Putnam Harbor Map circa 1950: This map shows early development of Newport Beach. Notice in the distance, center left, undeveloped Costa Mesa that wouldn’t find cityhood for another three years. If you’re coming down the east side of the bay, it’s not MacArthur or Jamboree, it’s Main Street. Also notice no Fashion Island, no Hoag Hospital…we’ve come a long way.

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


Huse Gallery presents exclusive Colin Page exhibition

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The Debra Huse Gallery on Balboa Island presents an exclusive exhibition of new work by acclaimed artist Colin Page. This extraordinary collection showcases Colin’s masterful use of atmosphere, light and color to capture the unexpected moments of beauty he finds in the world around him.

Page currently resides in Maine, where he focuses on painting the landscape and scenes that reflect his life as a father of two young girls. His work has been honored with numerous accolades, including the Artistic Palette Award at the 2015 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational.

The Artist Demonstration & Public Reception took place on Saturday, Feb 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Colin Page collection will be featured at the Debra Huse Gallery through Feb 28 at 229 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


Stump the Stu

Feeling “board” and looking for something to do?

These boards are lined up and ready to go. The question is where are they?

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

Stump the Stu 2.6.17

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Good Morning CdM breakfast to welcome Michelle Steel

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Good Morning Corona del Mar” breakfast on Thursday, Feb 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The featured speaker is Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel. Elected to the board of supervisors in 2014 with more than 62 percent of the vote, Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley.

Steel will discuss hot-button topics such as the changes in healthcare and how it might affect Orange County.

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Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel

Also at the breakfast, the CdM Chamber will present legislative updates from the offices of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

The breakfast is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary. There will complimentary refreshments.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For additional information, contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949.673.4050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Chinatown the movie hits the screen at Sherman Gardens

Chinatown

Sherman Library & Gardens is having a movie night on Tuesday, Feb 7 at 7 p.m. in the Central Patio Room.

The event will feature the film “Chinatown,” the 1974 murder mystery starring Jack Nicholson, which helped cement in the public’s imagination the idea that a group of Los Angeles businessmen conspired to bring water to the San Fernando Valley so they could make a fortune subdividing it.

M.H. Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens, has been accused of being in this conspiracy.

You can find out if there is any truth to this, as Paul Wormser, Library Director, briefly discusses the accuracy of the conspiracy allegation, before viewing this great movie. The movie is free of charge.

For more information go to www.slgardens.org.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor’s Annual Fundraising Benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from Feb 8 - March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 10 gala with dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Newport Harbor High School gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Contact: For the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For more information, contact Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.supportnhhs.com

Gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation gives $500,000 a year to enhance student programs at Harbor High

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

3rd Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual wine event, bringing together 30 of Napa’s finest wineries and epicurean cuisine created by Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Evening Schedule: 4:30 p.m., Wine Tasting Reception; 7 p.m., Dinner & Wine Pairings along with live auction festivities. Tickets: $650 with table sponsorships available. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

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Guests Genevieve Bechtold and Robert Emery enjoy last year’s Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Pacific Symphony | Pacific Coast Wine Festival, Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival features extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, silent auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and unique travel opportunities. Tickets: $375-$1,000. Proceeds support the education, community engagement and artistic programs of the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Olive Crest | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Orange County, Friday, March 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. Get ready to have a great time supporting the children and families of Olive Crest. Join Honorary Chairman, the legendary Vince Ferragamo, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember with all the trimmings. Enjoy live authentic Irish music and dancing, a live auction, whiskey sampling, and more. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family...”One Life at a Time.”

Contact: Diana Cheek, 714.543.5437, ext. 1125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.olivecrest.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 1/2 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $250, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19. 

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.com

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

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21. The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies theat CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets will be available by mid-March; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

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

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

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, a 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.

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. 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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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 16.

In 2016, more than $500,000 was raised for children who are served by the programs of Childhelp. Enjoy a fabulous day of golf with unparalleled ocean views, followed by an awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,250 - $50,000. Awards Dinner tickets only, $75. Seeking auction items. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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.

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

This inspirational evening will welcome more than 400 community and business leaders for dancing, dining and a live auction, as well as honoring longtime friend and donor Julie Hill.

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.

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.

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

Takes place at the future home of OCMA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.


ENC stream and pond receive a facelift

The Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) beloved stream and pond are getting a makeover. The ENC staff and volunteers began the project by bringing out shovels and gloves, and getting their hands dirty, as they pitched in to help restore the Center’s 300-foot recycling stream.

The winding body of water, which hasn’t been fully restored since it was created in 1972, was beginning to show signs of deterioration, including cracks and a diminishing riverbank. Restoring the stream involves draining the system, cleaning out years of accumulated muck, resurfacing the entire streambed and pond, and then repositioning the rocks to make sure the waterfall tumbles the way it was remembered.

Volunteers

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Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clean out years of accumulated muck

“We are so grateful to Alan Smith Pools for their expertise and generous charitable contribution of half of the cost to restore one of the Center’s most cherished assets,” said ENC Director Bo Glover. “Their team did an excellent job resurfacing the stream and pond, and their crewman Victor was a wiz at mortaring in new stone to blend with the existing surface rocks.”

High Pressure Wash

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Rocks in the stream receive a high-pressure wash

The ENC recently accepted a $50,000 donation from Frank Randall, trustee of the Youth Development Foundation. The donation will fund the rest of the restoration costs of the stream and pond, as well as the development of a new Butterfly Habitat Observation Deck, a desert tortoise enclosure and the restoration of two teaching stations within the Center.

According to Lori Whalen, ENC Communications Director, although the recent rainfall caused a minor setback, the stream restoration project, which they have been working on for about a month, is soon to be completed.

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ENC Director Bo Glover positioning rocks

The stream is one of the Center’s most attractive and popular features. Visiting students put the stream to good use, learning to test the water’s nitrogen levels, pH, temperature, clarity and salinity. The ENC’s wildlife, which includes a wide variety of insects, birds, squirrels and raccoons, use the stream as a water source.

“Many of the staff are familiar with a particular hummingbird,” Whalen said with a laugh. “He shows up like clockwork to bathe at the top of the waterfall each morning during our programs. The kids really get a kick out of watching him.”

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


baker + olive to hold grand opening

Come help celebrate the grand opening of baker + olive on Friday, Feb 10 from 5 - 7 p.m. in Corona del Mar Plaza.

The culinary team of this chef-inspired specialty shop and tasting pantry is immensely passionate about quality ingredients. Together, they curate a collection of world-class aged balsamic vinegars, ultra-premium freshly harvested olive oils from around the globe seasonally, boutique wines, artisan cheese, charcuterie, salts, seasonings and an array of handcrafted food ingredients.

Catering

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baker + olive curates a collection of specialty foods

Highlights of the evening will include an array of culinary experiences! These include: special parmesan wheel cracking (rarely seen and very cool); complimentary goodie bags of the first 50 partygoers; craft mocktails using some of baker + olive’s balsamic vinegars for the Apricot Basil Elixir: Fresh Basil muddle, Apricot Balsamic, Ginger Beer, Apricot LaCroix; Coconut Bliss: Coconut/Pineapple Juice Blend, Coconut Balsamic, Coconut LaCroix; and Black Cherry Kiss: Cola, Black Cherry Balsamic, bitters, Bing Cherry garnish; an opportunity to have one-on-one time with the team’s sommelier, fromager and professional chefs; pizza baking from the wood-burning fireplace, served with delectable cheese and charcuterie plates; and for every $250 spent, shoppers will receive a free private class/event in-store with the chef/fromager/manager.

To make the event even more meaningful, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to support CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to help Orange County’s children in need.

baker + olive is located at 928 Avocado Ave., Ste. 928, Corona del Mar. www.bakerandolive.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Petition expenditures exceed $500,000, so far

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So what’s it take to run a controversial campaign such as the Museum House? Looking at the end of the year expenditures for both The Related Companies of California (would-be developers of Museum House) and Line in the Sand (the Political Action Committee against the Museum House), some sizable numbers appeared.

The Related Companies filed their California Form 461 listing major donors and independent expenditures. Overall, The Related Companies reported expenditures of $673,878 from July 1 though Dec 31, 2016, of which $435,700 were directly related to the Museum House project.

Keep in mind, those expenses begin in late November and run only through the end of December.

Most of The Related Companies expenditures were directed toward Bieber Communications, primarily a design, print and mail shop, and a number of different strategy companies. 

Perhaps the most surprising omission on the form was no mention of Dave Ellis and Patrick Strader, both of who serve as consultants on the project.

The opposition, Line is the Sand’s (LITS) filing of their California Form 460 for the same time-period related to Museum House was $39,538, with an additional nonmonetary contribution of $46,507 from Newport 1st, a political action committee, for a total of $86,045. Newport 1st is sponsored by Citizens Against High Rise Urban Towers.

The descriptor for the Newport 1st contribution lists “petitions – print, set-up, make ready, collate and bind.” 

Because of a burden put on LIS by the previous city council, the petitions required for signature exceeded 1,100 pages each, thus leading to the $46,000+ cost.

The majority of LIS’s other expenditures, nearly $31,000, went to PCI Consultants, a Calabasas company that specializes in petition circulation. 

Just an aside, one sizable donation was $20,000 from the Croul Family Trust.

How much more gets spent moving forward? I guess we could find out at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb 14. The choices are to postpone a decision, set an election date for a vote on the Museum House, or the council votes to rescind the prior approval of the project.

Elsewhere around town, over the next couple of weeks, there’s a great chance to catch Mayor Kevin Muldoon and hear his State of the City Address.

First off, Muldoon will address the Mayor’s Dinner on Friday, Feb 10 at the Marriott Hotel & Spa. Speak Up Newport annually holds this event that will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

It’s always a great who’s who event of Newport Beach.

Two weeks later Muldoon will address the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, Feb 21 at Bayside restaurant. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m., the program and lunch runs noon - 1:15 p.m. You can make reservations at IThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ENC presents hummingbird walks

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is hosting two hummingbird walks on Feb 4. A 10 a.m. walk is for adult participants only; the 12 p.m. walk is open to children and their families. 

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Naturalist Leslie Helliwell will lead guests on a walk in the ENC to search for hummingbirds and their nests. Hummingbirds, called “flying jewels” by the early Spanish explorers, hover in space, power dive, and fly backwards and sideways. 

Participants will learn where these tiny bits of non-stop energy get their fuel, discover how they “broadcast” their color, and learn which plants depend on them for pollination.

Cost is $10 per guest ($5 for ENC members). Registration is mandatory; tickets can be purchased at encenter.org. Guests are encouraged to register early as only 20 places are available and the ENC’s hummingbird walks have sell out quickly.

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


Dixon to hold first Town Hall tonight

Diane Dixon

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City Councilwoman Diane Dixon will hold her first Town Hall of the new year on Monday, Feb 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Marina Park.

The agenda will include updates on Peninsula issues, including boardwalk improvements, public safety, public works and community development.

Some specific agenda items include: Superior Avenue bridge, John Wayne Airport issues, the Mariners Mile study and tideland endangered species protections areas. There will also be time set aside for a Q&A.

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. Parking for the event is free.


Shopping locally keeps our business climate robust

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Longtime Corona del Mar residents remember the days when the village was filled with nail salons and pizza places. Then it was rug stores, then banks. These days, it seems like a new fitness club is opening on every block, every month or two.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf closed three years ago this month, leaving behind a still-vacant storefront along East Coast Highway. Last summer Vin Goat sold its last wedge of cheese before closing shop; its owners opting to cater private functions rather than staff a brick and mortar business. A dress shop – Secret Fashion Woman – has opened in place of Andrea’s Couture, but West of Camden, another clothing boutique, closed its first location on East Coast Highway to focus on its Pacific City location in Huntington Beach.

It’s Business Musical Chairs in Corona del Mar, with shops opening, closing and moving from address to address. A walk through town, or a scroll through online city business license records, show signs of life. A ballet school, Tutu School, is preparing to open at 3645 E. Coast Highway. La Tavola, a business that rents fancy linens for weddings and parties, is relocating to 3242 E. Coast Highway from its old spot on West Coast Highway just past Dover Drive. Orangetheory Fitness, which is replacing the Citibank branch in Corona del Mar, will open officially on March 1, with trial classes beginning on Feb. 15. Barclay Butera Interiors has replaced Beach Candy at 2824 E. Coast Highway.

Available Retail Space

Photos by Amy Snider Senk

But other businesses are gone – like the Orange Coast Winery tasting room, and Go Greek Yogurt, which lasted about a year. Vin Goat, the popular cheese shop, has been replaced by a barber shop and salon, which relocated from the other side of town. That space currently has a huge “Now Leasing” sign in the window.

Lindsey Lamoureux, owner of West of Camden, said leaving CdM for Huntington Beach was a hard but inevitable decision. “The landscape of CdM had changed, and of course sales took a hit towards the end of our lease term,” she said. “On our block alone, a clothing boutique and lively private gym left, only to be replaced by businesses that do not drive traffic, and traffic is already not the easiest to come by.” Too many gaps between retail shops made for less foot traffic and fewer sales, she said.

I went to the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District’s board meeting last week to hear the latest of efforts to improve the business climate. The B.I.D. and Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce have rolled out a campaign called Explore Corona del Mar, with banners encouraging visitors to shop, dine and explore the village and monthly Saturday sidewalk sales.

But no one can force a landlord to rent to an interesting business, and city regulations, especially parking rules, can make Corona del Mar a non-starter for someone opening a shop.

“It’s become a tougher climate,” said Linda Leonhard, president of the CdM Chamber of Commerce. “The residents used to take time and more interest into patronizing local businesses. Now there are malls. And online shopping. I tell business owners they need to get involved. They need to advertise. They need to market. But the feedback is that the rents are too high.”

Maybe an updated General Plan – which Councilman Scott Peotter says is going to be developed – will pave the way for new businesses by easing restrictions like parking regulations. Meanwhile, residents can be grateful that Smart & Final gave us back a grocery, and that instead of three or four psychic shops we have only one. We can wish for gourmet food shops and bookstores and health emporiums, but we should shop locally as much as we can to keep what we’ve got, for as long as we can.

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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.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening out

By LANA JOHNSON

There’s no better way to say “I Love You” then a date night on Valentine’s Day. Here are some suggestions on where to dine out. Make your reservations in advance and inquire about special presentations that you can surprise your significant other with during the meal.

Pelican Hill

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Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Dinner of the Senses

An intimate and sensual dining experience, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. Created by Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Oscar, the seven-course menu for two features “his and hers” selections. Served in a private poolside cabana, each course is eaten by hand without the use of utensils, tapping into the desire to nourish one another and share cherished moments together. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Available February 14 for $185* per person or $230* per person with wine pairings.

Valentine’s Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Chef Oscar romances your palate with special dishes designed for two. Dine amidst architectural splendor reminiscent of Italy’s iconic Coliseum, yet overlooking endless Pacific Ocean views and one of the world’s largest circular pools. Available February 11-14.

Il Menu dell’ Amore

Chef Jonah presents a special Italian lovers’ menu, offering four courses with “his and hers” choices. Recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants by GAYOT and Southern California’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Los Angeles Times readers, Andrea offers Valentine’s diners a casually elegant ambiance, heated ocean-view terrace, charming live guitarist and exquisite selection of Italian wines. Lunch available February 11-14 for $90* per person or $150* per person with wine pairings. Dinner available February 11-14 for $150* per person or $200* per person with wine pairings.

Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Grill

A special three-course menu just for two offers selections designed for him and for her. Spend an evening or afternoon on the ocean-view terrace or in the dining room with an open-display kitchen, while tasting the best of quintessential California cuisine and wine. Available February 11-14 for $130* per person or $170* per person with wine pairings.

Valentine’s Tea Moderno

Treat your loved one to a special Valentine’s tea in the Great Room Social Lounge, where there’s a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for English Afternoon Tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections and emerging tea markets, while noshing savory and sweet Italian-inspired small bites. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte. Available February 11-14 from 2 to 4 p.m. for $60* per adult and $40* per child under age 12. 

Valentine’s Sweets

At the Caffè, Pastry Chef Jeff presents traditional and modern seasonal treats. Surprise your loved one with artistic chocolates, colorful macaroons, fruity tarts, classic cookies, delectable confections, exquisite European pastries, mouthwatering sorbets and seasonal gelatos. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance upon request.

Piccolo Valentine’s Menu

Exclusively available to Bungalow and Villa guests, Chef Jack’s globally inspired small plates experience features special Valentine’s dishes with lobster, caviar and lamb. Plus, delight in a romantic dessert special made with rose petals. Sample a variety of Asian and Italian selections, presented in sharable petite portions and paired with wines, beer or specialty cocktails. Available February 11-14.

*Excludes applicable taxes and service charge.

Provenance

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Provenance and keep the love local! Chef Cathy Pavlos is serving up some seriously good eats this Valentine’s Day. Guests can look forward to a no-nonsense, no-fuss, straight-up good time. Lovebirds will enjoy a 4-course Prix-Fixe menu featuring your choice of dishes such as Black Canyon Filet Mignon and Plancha-Seared Whole Boneless Wild Greek Branzino. Full menu at www.provenanceoc.com/valentines_day. Pricing is $75 per person, with an optional $25 or $40 wine pairing. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available upon request. For reservations: 949.718.0477. www.provenanceoc.com

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar 

Valentine’s Day the Winery is like no other. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting a very special evening on Tuesday, Feb. 14 with a special Oh Baby! 4-Course Prix-Fixe Menu created of Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. The menu is priced at $109 per guest. Beverages, tax, and gratuity separate. To learn more or to make your reservation, call 949.999.6622. www.thewineryrestaurant.net

Fig & Olive 

You don’t need to travel to the French Riviera this Valentine’s Day for a romantic meal. Enjoy an exclusive feature, an $85 special 3-course pre-fixe menu with a $35 optional wine pairing for Valentine’s day. Please note that the regular dinner menu will not be offered this evening. In addition, they’ll be offering a special menu for two called “Romantic Week” beginning Sunday, Feb 12 to Sunday, Feb 19 for $125. Menu highlights include Crostinis trio, Whole Branzino for 2 (with two sides) and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. www.figandolive.com

Sushi Roku 

Chic, innovative and sexy! Spend your Valentine’s Day at Sushi Roku for an unforgettable culinary experience. Executive Chef Shin Toyoda prides himself in featuring global ingredients throughout the menu to create a contemporary sushi experience unlike any other in the region. Certified sake sommeliers and mixologists have crafted a diverse and exceptional beverage menu to compliment the cuisine. For reservations, call 949.706.3622. www.sushiroku.com

Juliette Kitchen & Bar 

Impress that someone special with a romantic evening at Juliette Kitchen and Bar. Executive Chef Daniel Hyatt ‘s hyper-seasonal dishes pair with beautifully with Juliette’s small batch and high-quality wines. Guests can enjoy locally-sourced dishes and innovative cocktails from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For reservations, 949) 752-5854. www.juliettenb.com

Sol Cocina

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SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina invites guests to bare their SOLs this Valentine’s weekend. In addition to Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s award-winning regular menu, guests can enjoy Valentine’s Dinner Specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Perfect for a romantic Saturday or Sunday morning, SOL’s famous Baja-inspired brunch is available for guests on both Saturday, Feb. 11and Sunday, Feb. 12. Reservations are recommended by calling 949.675.9800. www.solcocina.com

Ciao Vincenza!


Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights Winners honored at Dinner and Auction

The 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Award Dinner and Auction featured more than 250 live and silent auction items at the beautiful Island Hotel Newport Beach on Friday, Jan 27. Chaired by Commodore Marie Case and drawing nearly 300 in attendance, the event celebrated more than 36 winners of the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights home decorating competition. Attendees enjoyed an evening of great food, music and dancing.

Mikey Trujillo

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Photos by David Kawashima

 (L-R:) Mikey Trujillo, Disneyland Resort Ambassador, accepts a special award from Newport Beach Chamber President and CEO Steve Rosansky. The Main Street Electrical Parade featured a boat in the Christmas Boat Parade on Don Yahn’s boat, Magnanimous, winning the Best Music award.

Mike Lawler on bike

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Mike Lawler takes out one of the silent auction items for a test spin. His boat was featured in the Parade, carrying the Mayor of Newport Beach

Rubber Chicken

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During the live auction, auctioneer and Chamber Membership Director Jim Villers gave two lucky bidders a rubber chicken to sweeten the deal

Don Mike and Barbara

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(L-R:) Don Lawrenz, Boat Parade chairman presents an award to Mike and Barbara Lawler for the Best Sailboat “Traveler,” flanked by Chamber President and CEO Steve Rosansky

Marie Brian and Don

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(L-R:) Commodore Chair Marie Case, Awards Dinner Chairwoman, Brian Marshall, Facility Manager, Balboa Yacht Club accepting for most yacht club entries and Don Lawrenz

Karin and Pam

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(L-R:) Karin Graves, WING Ministries, and Pam Smith, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Paul and Marie

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Paul Blank, Urban Decay Cosmetics and Marie Case, Awards Dinner Chairwoman


Bay Island: More than 110 years of hunting, friends and fantasies

By DUNCAN FORGEY

In the last decade of the 1800s, as the little enclaves of Balboa and McFaddenʻs Landing grew from concepts to reality, developers explored our harbor and marshy swamplands for other projects. One of the draws to the area in the late 19th century was duck hunting on the bay. Four friends staked out a location on a small island hummock close to Abbottʻs Landing. Their favorite spot was an easy walk from their hotel near Balboa. Armed with shotguns, they easily bagged as many pintails and mallards as they wanted. A tradition grew, with annual hunting trips to marshlands of Newport Harbor. The trip gave these powerful businessmen a break from the news of the day regarding the assassination of President McKinley, the Boxer Rebellion, Sigmund Freud, and of course, the ever-changing U.S. economy bouncing near recession.

In 1903, Rufus Sanborn bought lands from Canton Andre that included this treasured hunting spot. The land was purchased for $350 and included an inland parcel on the peninsula, but was prized for its small island and waterfront overflow lands. Sanborn and his partner, Sam Tustin (noted real estate developer), were the first two to build homes on the sand island deeded to the Bay Island Club, a holding company. In 1909, the Bay Island Club received governmental approval for dredging and expansion. Once completed, a wooden access bridge was built setting a “no car” policy for the island that exists to this day.

Bay Island

Aerial shot of Bay Island

Little else has changed on Bay Island except for the price, size and quality of its homes. Similarly successful businessmen or their families still own the 23 lots on this unique and sequestered islet. The ducks are long gone and hunting has turned into tennis or sailing, but the celebrity of owning a part of Bay Island is unlike anything else in the harbor. The five-acre island was originally divided into 24 bay front lots plus three and one-half acres of common land. Amenities include a large bay beach, docking facilities, a view park overlooking Newportʻs largest turning basin, a tennis court, numerous gardens and a caretaker’s unit all submerged beneath a canopy of old growth trees. Off island is a parking structure for residents and their golf carts which is the only way to access the island except on foot.

Those who own homes do so by virtue of membership and ownership in a cooperative. This is accomplished by owning one share in the Bay Island Corporation. A stock certificate is issued in lieu of the usual deed of trust. Owners investing face unusual challenges in buying, selling and borrowing on Bay Island homes. This also allows for a more scrutinized policy for ownership dating back to an old “Bay Island Club” exclusive environment.

Early notables on the island were F.R. Aldrich, famed conchologist with a world-renown shell collection and Moses Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, and founder of Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley. The first caretaker for the island was Paul Mariner from 1904 - 1931 setting this position as a treasured and long-standing tradition. Later, H.R. Halderman, Richard Nixonʻs aide who was complicit in the Watergate Scandal and Otis Chandler of the L.A. Times family were Bay Island residents, adding to a long list of influential businessmen, bankers and real estate developers that have occupied this magical island. As kids, it was even rumored that one of the greatest cowboys ever, Roy Rogers, lived there with his “yacht” PT Joe.  

Without a doubt, Newport Beachʻs earliest and most colorful of famous residents was Madame Helena Modjeska and her husband Count Bozenta. Helena Modjeska was a world-renown Polish Shakespearean actress. The couple bought a small cottage at #3 Bay Island in 1907. Because of her widespread fame and adoration, the island was oftentimes referred to as Modjeska Island in those days, but the name Bay Island weathered time and remains. Another example of Madame Modjeskaʻs importance in Orange County history can be seen at the site of her “country estate” in Modjeska Canyon, part of the Santa Ana Mountains.

Modjeska house

Photo from “Newport Beach 

The First Century, 1888-1988”

Helena Modjeska bought this pagoda-style house at No. 3 Bay Island in 1908; she died there the following year. Modjeska was the first celebrity to become a year-round resident of Newport Beach. The house was replaced in 1941.

The once stable residences on Bay Island have over the years been as fluid as the tides that brush up against the island. Most of the homes used to be summer and holiday retreats for wealthy families from all parts of Los Angeles justifying the no construction in the summertime clause of the CCRʻs. But as Newport Beach and its harbor matured, the island has taken on a larger permanent population. There still remain some multi-generational owners, but over many decades, new buyers have radically changed the face of the old duck club. Today, its 23 owners, a larger percentage of full-time residents than in the early years, are another indicator that Newport Beachʻs status as a small seaside resort has ended.

If you are lucky enough to get invited onto this private island, take full advantage of it! As you walk across the “little white bridge,” now bricked and rebuilt, you may find yourself transformed into Walt Disneyʻs “Song of the South” singing verses of “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay…My, oh, my, what a wonderful day” to the many birds, bees and butterflies that abound on this small touch of paradise.

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


City offers you a program to get outside with nature

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Do you want to learn more about the natural world around you? Check out the Citizen Science Academy/Voyager Program.

Join the City of Newport Beach and its partners in a nature-based and hands-on education program. These workshops will focus on interrelationships between nature and humans through history, plant and wildlife identification, ecological relationships, human impacts, and more.

The program runs Feb 11 through March 18 from 9 am to noon every Saturday and Sunday. The costs range from $25 for a single program to $120 for six to $240 for all 12.

The program is designed for all ages 14+, with children under 14 requiring an accompanying parent.

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Upcoming Sprit Run is committed to our youth

The 34th Annual Newport Mesa Spirit Run is coming to Fashion Island on Sunday, March 12, and it translates to much needed funding for our schools.

Spirit Run’s (“NMSRI’s”) commitment to youth fitness extends beyond the day’s event. In 2011, NMSRI launched its Youth Running Training and Scholarship Program. With help from members of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Track Team, NMSRI conducts free running training at several Newport Mesa Unified elementary schools to prepare students for Spirit Run. This year training programs are taking place at College Park, Newport Coast, Pomona and Victoria Elementary schools. Elementary schools who participated in prior years include Eastbluff, Kaiser, Killybrooke and Whittier.

The running training takes place two days a week from January through March. At several of the participating schools, the vast majority of the students have limited ability to pay entry fees. NMSRI offers them free event entries as well as free bus transportation for them and their families to the event.

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The goal of NMSRI’s program is to improve the participants’ fitness and to prepare them for Spirit Run. There is also a hope that the UCI athletes will instill in the children the desire to run. Moreover, the UCI athletes are encouraging them to pursue running or another sport not only as a healthy lifestyle but possibly as a high school and college experience.

In addition to its work at elementary schools, in 2014, NMSRI helped Costa Mesa and TeWinkle middle schools form Cross Country teams. The teams compete at Spirit Run’s Youth 5K against all district middle schools to win a perpetual trophy. The top 10 team members also win pizza every month for a year, courtesy of Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Fashion Island.

Over the last six events, NMSRI has granted 1,000 free entries to underprivileged district students.

For more information and to register for Spirit Run, visit www.nmspiritrun.org


Police Files

Roof fire at police station was the perfect fire drill

On Tuesday, Jan 31, a small fire at the Newport Beach Police Department had the building temporarily evacuated. The fire was caused by a small mishap from a crew working on roof renovations.

“It was put out almost immediately, but the Fire Department responded to ensure that there was no additional concerns (for example, was any asbestos material affected). As a precaution while the Fire Department inspected the roof and ensured that air quality was suitable in the building, they had Police Department staff evacuate temporarily,” said Jennifer Manzella, press information officer. 

Following protocols, some dispatchers were sent to the Huntington Beach PD, but dispatch was deemed safe before there was any impact on the 911 lines, said Manzella.

The fire started around 11:30 and staff was back in the building shortly after 12:30. 

Call the right play for Super Bowl LI – pass the keys to a sober driver before the big game begins

On Sunday, Feb 5, football fans across the country will tune in to watch Super Bowl LI; for many of them, the game experience will include alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Newport Beach Police Department are teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign, urging all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins. 

Newport Beach Police will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver. 

Impaired driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Many medications (prescription and over-the-counter), marijuana, and illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, resulting in a DUI. 

“If you’re impaired, please get a safe ride home by designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi or rideshare program,” said Chief Jon T. Lewis. “Remember, it’s a choice: Drink or drive – but never both.” 

“Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.” 

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. For those who do plan to drive, refrain from consuming any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. 

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


fodada bringing dads, kids hair event to CdM

It’s back by popular demand! fodada, a social enterprise clothing brand that looks to promote the role of great dads and their impact on children, partners and communities, is holding a Dad’s Do Hair! event, hosted by Ashtin Salon in Corona del Mar. The event takes place Tuesday, Feb 7 at 6 p.m. 

This is a free and fun session for dads to learn some basic styling techniques for their kids’ hair, while having fun with some crazy styles…and, of course, with a lot of quality time together. 

It’s open to dads and their girls and boys, ages 4 - 99, with one child recommended per dad. 

Space is limited, so register at www.fodada.com/event-registration.

Ashtin Salon is located at 2600 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

fodada’s company’s vision is to “change perspective, be a conversation starter, and assist individuals and companies to be part of the positive change” 

Today, fodada holds free programs in 14 countries as well as across the U.S. fodada leverages clothing (retail, group and corporate gear) to push the envelope.


MOMS Orange County names new director

MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization serving low-income pregnant women for 25 years, is pleased to announce Andrea Pronk-Dunn as director, strategic partnerships and communication.

A Newport Beach resident, Pronk-Dunn began her nonprofit career as the director of public relations for Goodwill Industries of Orange County. She then went on to serve as media relations officer for CHOC Children’s Hospital and later was promoted to director of foundation relations for CHOC Children’s Foundation. In addition, Pronk-Dunn has worked as a consultant, assisting nonprofit organizations secure major funding through government and philanthropic foundations. With more than 30 years of professional experience in fundraising and communications, she specializes in grant writing, specifically for healthcare, youth development, those with disabilities, foster youth and veterans. She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.

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“I am honored to join the team at MOMS Orange County, and help serve the more than 3,600 vulnerable families living in our own community. I look forward to leveraging my background in philanthropic, governmental and nonprofit sectors to further MOMS Orange County’s vision of healthy babies and strong families in Orange County,” says Andrea Pronk-Dunn.

“Andrea brings a valuable skill set to our organization and is an integral member of our fund development team, says Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange County. “We are proud to bring her on board to impact our growing organization.”

MOMS Orange County has recently been recognized by the Health Care Agency of Orange County; the Children and Families Commission of Orange County; the California Department of Health Services; and the U.S. Congress for their innovative work and impact on the health of women and babies in southern California.

For 25 years, MOMS Orange County has been helping at-risk mothers and their families have healthy babies by providing access to prenatal care, health screenings, infant development screenings, health education and referral services through monthly home visits and group classes. Mothers receive one-on-one education and support during pregnancy to help increase their chance of delivering a healthy baby. After babies are born, the focus turns to promoting their healthy growth and development so they grow up happy, healthy and ready to learn. To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit www.momsorangecounty.org


Shuttle coming to Peninsula, City needs your help

This summer, the City of Newport Beach will introduce a free weekend shuttle connecting off-site parking at Hoag Hospital to Balboa Village and the surrounding area, with about 20 stops along the route. The shuttle service will run on 10 summer weekends.

The City retained the services of RSM Design to help with the look and feel of the shuttle and they need your help.

According to the City, “The shuttle service should be fun and easy to use, and its design is a key part of that effort. How do you characterize the Peninsula and its heart? The shuttle branding should inform and distinguish the Peninsula. We ask you to envision how the shuttle will enrich the sense of place and help create memories to share.”

The information gathered in the survey linked below will kick off the design efforts. So now is the chance to share your ideas and perspective. Responses are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

Based on the information provided, RSM will prepare materials for a more detailed conversation at the Balboa Village Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 15, at Marina Park in the Bay Island Room from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  

Click here for Balboa Peninsula Shuttle Google Survey.


Women in Leadership Speaker Series features Lucy Dunn

On Thursday, Feb 9, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present its Women in Leadership Series from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at The Pacific Club.

The special guest speaker is Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. Come hear about how one of the most successful women in business broke through the glass ceiling. Dunn is a leader, lawyer and mother, and has been recognized by her peers as a California state governor and other institutions for her accomplishments. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the California State Legislature “Woman of the Year 1997,” and was honored by the Orange County Business Journal with its 2006 “Women in Business” award, and in 2007, she received the prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” award from Cal State University, Fullerton in 2008. Red County Magazine named her No. 3 of “The OC’s Top 40 Politicos.”

Lucy Dunn

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Luncheon speaker Lucy Dunn has achieved great success in life and business

The cost for Chamber members is $35; $45 for non-members, and lunch is included. Complimentary valet or self-parking.

Reservations can be made at www.newportbeach.com.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Inspiration Point Plaque, but who’s Braden Finch?  

High on the cliffs overlooking Inspiration Point in Corona del Mar is this monument recognizing Braden Finch. Who was Braden Finch? Well, he served on City Council from 1950-54, was active in the Newport Beach and Corona del Mar Chambers of Commerce, where he served as president of both. He also served as president of the Corona del Mar Civic Association and was the foreman for the Orange County Grand Jury. He was considered by most to be an exemplary businessman.

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

Stump the Stu 2.2.17

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Raindrops have fallen on our heads – have you been saving any of the water?

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) on Feb 2 at 6 p.m. to learn about the importance of rainwater harvesting and the benefits of a rain barrel.

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Cindy Berglund of Rain Barrels Intl. will show guests how to install a rain barrel, how to apply for the rebate and provide helpful water conservation tips.

Rain barrels are available for purchase in advance for $65 + tax. Purchases must be made in advance by Feb 1. Visit www.rainbarrelsintl.com; under the EVENTS tab, click on Environmental Nature Center. Residents are eligible for a $35 rebate from MWD per rain barrel (2 per household).

This event is free. For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Signatures approved, will there be a vote?

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Earlier this week the Registrar of Voters office for the County of Orange found the signatures submitted for the referendum petition calling for an election on the proposed Museum House project as sufficient pursuant to California Elections Code.

Line in the Sand (LIS), a political action committee, is opposed to the Museum House project for a variety of reasons and gathered signatures prior to the holidays attempting to force the issue to a vote of the people.

LIS submitted 13,788 signatures at the conclusion of their effort needing only 5,619 to qualify. The Registrar was able to approve their petition after reviewing 6,584 of the submitted signatures, or less than half.

So, where do we go from here?

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. The council could decide at that point on a couple of different moves: 1) They could re-vote on the issue of the Museum House and rescind their previous approval or 2) They could accept the petition and call for an election. 

Sources close to the issue tell me that they’re expecting the Council to rescind their earlier vote of approval. I’ve also heard that the developer, Bill Witte of Related Companies, is upset at all the negative publicity the issue has stirred up.

If the Council rescinds their vote, could Witte come back at a later date with a version 2? Possibly.

But here’s some other food for thought. Let’s say the Council continues toward an election, what backlash would that have on current council people? Then there’s the cost of the election. Remember, the Council previously required a petition document requiring more than 1,100 pages in size. Technically, that document could be required to be sent to all voters costing the City potentially in excess of $2 million. 

If you doubt the costs, know that this Petition to date has cost LIS $46,506 in printing alone and which translated to some two tons of paper.

Of course, the Council could also vote to downsize the requirement of pages and still call for an election.

Exciting times ahead.

As I said last Thursday after viewing the latest Council meeting, I liked the feel, ease and smoothness of the meeting. Everyone seemed on the same page.

So is this a short-lived phenomenon, or our Council of the future? I guess we’ll soon see.

B-t-w, congrats to Rob Giem who will head up Compass, a new real estate company coming to town. 

Giem, formerly a partner at HOM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, has impressive credentials: Last year he sold a Laguna Beach estate for a record-shattering $45 million; His average sales price per transaction since 2007 has been $10 million; and, in every sale in OC more than $30 million, Giem has represented one or both sides.

Sounds like Compass got their guy.


Classical pianists to perform on Valentine’s Day

Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day? Check this out. On Tuesday, Feb 14, the Balboa Island Improvement District presents a classical concert with performances by pianist Eric Le Van and his son, Sean Le Van.

Eric Le Van is an American classical pianist known for his interpretations of Brahms and Scriabin.

The concert will be held at St. John Vianney Chapel, 314 Marine Ave. on Balboa Island. The event runs from 7 - 8 p.m. Tickets for $10 per person may be purchased at Island Home, 313 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


Chamber’s Marine Committee to hear about Catalina Sea Ranch

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Marine Committee meets Tuesday, Feb 7, at 5 p.m. in the Marina Park Community Room to learn about the Catalina Sea Ranch. Kelly Stromberg, Director of Aquaculture Operations at Catalina Sea Ranch will be the guest speaker.

The Catalina Sea Ranch is the first aquaculture facility in U.S. federal waters. The Ranch is located six miles off the coast of Huntington Beach on 100 acres and will be commercially growing primarily mussels.

Catalina Sea Ranch’s goal is to expand its 100-acre ranch to more than 1,000 acres with science-based data showing no negative environmental or social impact. Launching operations include: low-risk, high profitable mussels not susceptible to disease, no predators when suspended on ropes in the open ocean and harvested six through 10 months after seeding. Catalina Sea Ranch intends to expand by cultivating other sustainable filter-feeding shellfish crops such as oysters, rock scallops and macro algae as well.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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CERT awards banquet honors those you serve

On Wednesday, Jan 25, the Newport Beach Fire Department recognized the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers at the 9th Annual State of CERT dinner and awards banquet. The event took place at OASIS Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Event Center.

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(L-R:) Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Battalion Chief Mike Halphide, Engineer Jim Jezioriski, Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs, Battalion Chief Brian McDonough and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

CERT Neighborhood of the Year

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Peninsula Point was named CERT Neighborhood of the Year

Spirit of CERT Award

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(L-R:) Fire Chief Chip Duncan, Spirit of CERT Award winner Rick Riley, Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and Councilmember Jeff Herdman 

Volunteer of the Year

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(L-R:) Fire Chief Chip Duncan, Councilmember Jeff Herdman, CERT Volunteer of the Year Tom Callister and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

Instructor of the Year

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(L-R:) Fire Chief Chip Duncan, CERT Instructor of the Year Life Safety Specialist Raymi Wun, Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and Councilmember Jeff Herdman

About CERT: The Newport Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, participants who go through the CERT program can make a difference by using their training to save lives and protect property. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs.

The Newport Beach Fire Department provides CERT training for Newport Beach residents, schools and businesses. The classes are taught by local Newport Beach Firefighters and Lifeguards. For more information on the Newport Beach CERT Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 949.644.3112.


36th Annual Mayor’s Dinner slated for Feb 10

Save the Date for this must-attend annual event: the Newport Beach Mayor’s Dinner takes place Friday, Feb 10 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Presented by Speak Up Newport, the evening will feature Mayor Kevin Muldoon delivering the State of the City Address. Mayor Muldoon was elected to the City Council in 2014 as the District 4 representative. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2015 and was selected to be Mayor in December 2016. Peter Buffa will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and there will be special recognition of the City’s past mayors.

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(L-R:) Newport Beach Mayors: Standing – Milan Dostal, Dennis O’Neil, Tod Ridgeway, Steve Rosansky, Edward Selich, John Heffernan, Rush Hill; Seated – Clarence “Bus” Turner, Diane Dixon, Evelyn Hart, Don Webb, Steve Bromberg, Nancy Gardner

The no-host reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is business attire; there will valet parking or complimentary self-parking.

Reservations are available in two different ways: as an Underwriter at $1,200 for a table of 10 or individual seats on a limited basis at $85. 

This event sells out every year, so sign up early.

Diane and Patrick Dixon

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Former Mayor Diane Dixon and her husband Patrick Dixon

For additional information, call 949.224.2266 and visitv

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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.  Founded in 1979, SUN meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community.


Newport Dunes BBQ Competition was standing room only

Twisted Brisket

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Twisted Brisket father and son Rob and Bryan Rice and their smoker Betsy

The 3rd Annual Newport Beach BBQ Competition for a Winter Q & Expo took place on Saturday, Jan 25 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from noon to 6 p.m. and the lines in front of the pit masters’ creations were long, to say the least. Thousands of attendees came out under warm, sunny skies to enjoy offerings from 50 professional BBQ teams. Competitors came as far away as Canada to compete for $10,000 in cash, prizes and points.

7 Sins BBQ

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Jesse Collett of 7 Sins BBQ fires up the barbecue

Samplings included ribs, brisket, tri-tip, chicken and pulled pork, pork shoulder, bacon-wrapped meatballs, chicken wings, pork and brisket tacos, smoked mac and cheese, smoked peach bourbon beans, candied bacon, nachos, white sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and more.  

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(L-R:) Newport Beach residents Susan Cox enjoys pork, Jim McKennon savors a brisket slider, Craig Cox loved the pulled pork and pork tacos, all from Morning Wood BBQ, and Tammy McKennon enjoys rib tips from Uncle Al’s Smokehouse BBQ

The inside pavilion featured BBQ equipment, beer and wine selections, a silent auction and on-stage pit master demonstrations.

A local team from Fountain Valley, Smokin’ Harts, receive a perfect score of 180 for their Beef Brisket. They also scored 180 in the dessert category.

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(L-R:) San Clemente residents Susan Ashman loves her pulled pork nachos, Ryan Ashman revels in the candied bacon and Mark Ashman eats brisket and the candied bacon

Contest organizer, Steve Bender, received a perfect score as a “Kansas City Barbeque Society Organizer” for the third year in a row, which makes him one of the top organizers in the world.

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Barley Forge Brewing Co. kept attendees’ throats quenched

The Overall Champion was Big Poppas Smokers, followed closely by Simply Marvelous BBQ and Lady of Q.

Winners by Category:

Chicken

 1. Lady of Q

 2. 2ZZYZX Bar B Q

 3. Blazes BBQ

Pork Ribs

1. Big Poppas Smokers

2. Fu Man Que Crew

3. Meat Candy Q

Pork

1. Big Poppas Smokers

2. Lady of Q

3. Smokin It Up BBQ

Brisket

1. Smokin’ Harts

2. Smokin’ Money

3. Porkchop and Bubbas

Dessert

1. Smokin’ Harts

2. Jolley’s Bad to the Bone Barbeque

3. Bob’s Morning Wood Barbecue

Kids Q (5-11 year olds barbecuing hamburgers)

1. Zach McCune

2. Travis Peterson

3. Smokin Jayden

Kids Q (12-15 year olds barbecuing steaks)

1. Trent Patterson

2. Matthew Diamond

3. Ethan Lin

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Aidan Faraj, age 8, with his dad Michael representing Meat Tustin, fires up the grill for his hamburgers in the Kid Q competition


Newport Beach Public Library is changing its look


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Beginning Feb 1, the Newport Beach Public Library website will have a fresh, new look with improved usability. While they’ve kept most of the navigation similar to the old website, they have added some new features to help you find Library news, events and resources faster. It’s packed full of information that will help you find great books to read, connect to eBranch databases and utilize the library to its fullest.

Visit the website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Beyond the Canvas: Cubism, Feb 1, 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Cubism is considered the most influential movement of the 20th century

Wake Up! Newport, Feb 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Hosted by the Newport Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast treats will be provided. Free to the public, but make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Contact: Pam Smith, 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.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, Feb 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. is open to the public (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Valentines Crafts, Feb 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Join in an afternoon of Valentine crafting fun. No registration required. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – BARK! Kids Read to Dogs, Feb 5 at 2 p.m. 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 slots are limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Reading to a Dog

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Reading to a dog makes both the child and pup so happy

Lovebug Crafts, Feb 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Balboa Branch to make heart crafts for little lovebugs to create and share. For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Inside Out, Feb 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. Who feels like having fun? Gather your emotions and join us for crafts and games inspired by the Disney hit movie, “Inside Out.” For ages K-3rd grade; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Resume Building, Feb 14 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Moments Between Oceans

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Moments Between Oceans, Feb 13 - March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Through Orange-Colored Glasses: Local Entrepreneurs on Wealth, Wisdom and the History of the OC, Feb 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Charles Martin of Mont Pelerin Capital will discuss his sweeping chronicle of those individuals who have shaped Orange County and created the economic powerhouse it is today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Program: Lecture, Q&A at 7 p.m.; Book sales and signing. Reservations required.  RSVP to http://www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Sister Act

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(L-R): Sister musicians Esther, on piano and Joanna Lee, violinist

Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee, Feb 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world’s leading music schools. Join them for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Branchesvv

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Red Car

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The Red Line: A major influence affecting growth in early Newport were the collective efforts of W.S. Collins, the McFaddens, J.P. Greeley, and F.W. Harding who persuaded Pacific Electric Railway (The Red Cars) to push rails from Santa Ana and connect Balboa to a growing LA basin. These Red Cars allowed customers to travel from many Los Angeles locations to Balboa in the same time as some of todayʻs business commuters. People were being drawn to this vacation wonderland which is a trend that has never stopped.

Anyone have a story from the old days utilizing the Red Cars for transportation?

Credit: Duncan Forgey

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4 

3rd Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual wine event, bringing together 30 of Napa’s finest wineries and epicurean cuisine created by Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Evening Schedule: 4:30 p.m., Wine Tasting Reception; 7 p.m., Dinner & Wine Pairings along with live auction festivities. Tickets: $650 with table sponsorships available. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

Napa in Newport

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Guests Genevieve Bechtold and Robert Emery enjoy last year’s Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor’s Annual Fundraising Benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from Feb 8 - March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 10 gala with dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Newport Harbor High School gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Contact: For the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For more information, contact Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.supportnhhs.com

Gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport

Beach.

NHHS Clock Tower

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation gives $500,000 a year to enhance student programs at Harbor High

Pacific Symphony | Pacific Coast Wine Festival, Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival features extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, silent auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and unique travel opportunities. Tickets: $375-$1,000. Proceeds support the education, community engagement and artistic programs of the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Olive Crest | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Orange County, Friday, March 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. Get ready to have a great time supporting the children and families of Olive Crest. Join Honorary Chairman, the legendary Vince Ferragamo, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember with all the trimmings. Enjoy live authentic Irish music and dancing, a live auction, whiskey sampling, and more. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family...”One Life at a Time.”

Contact: Diana Cheek, 714.543.5437, ext. 1125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.olivecrest.org

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

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $250, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19. 

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.com

0Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21. The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies theat CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets will be available by mid-March; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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.

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

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, a 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.

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. 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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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 16.

In 2016, more than $500,000 was raised for children who are served by the programs of Childhelp. Enjoy a fabulous day of golf with unparalleled ocean views, followed by an awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,250 - $50,000. Awards Dinner tickets only, $75. Seeking auction items. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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.

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

This inspirational evening will welcome more than 400 community and business leaders for dancing, dining and a live auction, as well as honoring longtime friend and donor Julie Hill.

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.

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.

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., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t, www.ocma.net

akes place at the future home of OCMA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.


World Series star to be honored Wednesday at Island Hotel

Kyle Hendricks

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Tickets are still available for Wednesday night’s Orange County Youth Sports Foundation dinner honoring Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks at the Island Hotel. Hendricks was a part of the 2016 World Series Championship and is an Orange County native.

OCYSF annually honors an Orange County Sportsman of the Year. Hendricks joins such names as past winners Pete Carroll, Carson Palmer, Jim Nantz, Tommy Lasorda and Jerry West to name a few.

The dinner is a roast of Hendricks and is a major fundraiser for OCYSF. Monies raised go towards funding of needy youth sports programs throughout Orange County.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m.

For ticket information or other details go to ocysf.org.


The Resort at Pelican Hill makes elite AAA list

The American Automobile Association (AAA) unveiled their 2017 list of Four and Five Diamond Hotels this week and Newport Beach found its way to the list in a big way.

Not surprisingly, The Resort at Pelican Hill was selected for the elite Five Diamond Award. Each year, AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels and just 0.4 percent are able to attain this level. The Resort at Pelican Hill has received this recognition annually since 2009.

Other Newport Beach hotels and resorts to make the Four Star list include the Balboa Bay Resort, the Fairmont Newport Beach and the Island Hotel. Of the 28,000 hotels AAA reviews, 5.9 percent qualify at this level.

The Balboa Bay Resort has landed on the AAA list longer than any other Newport Beach hotel/resort dating back to 2004. The Fairmont has received the award annually since 2007, while the Island Hotel has been recognized since 2014.

The AAA award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

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Stump the Stu

Beware: sea lions below 

This monument sits in a special place obviously as an inspiration in the name of Braden Finch as the plaque reads. Where can it be found?

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

Stump the Stu 1.30.17

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School Board meets Tuesday, recognitions highlight agenda

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will hold their regular meeting of the Board of Education Tuesday, Jan 31 at 6 p.m. at the District Education Center.

Several highlights on the agenda include:

Recognizing the Newport Harbor High School Girls Field Hockey team who recently won the Tournament of Champions. The Sailors, 18-1-4 on the year, beat two-time defending champion Edison for their sixth T of C title and their first since 2011. 

Next, is the recognition of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers “Teachers of the Year” from school sites around the district.

All Newport-Mesa “Teacher of the Year” recipients will be recognized and presented their awards at the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation “Grants to Teachers Awards Dinner” in February. 

Additionally, as was reported earlier, Jackie Wiseman, Kaiser Elementary and Jim Blackie, Ensign Intermediate School, were selected as “District Teachers of the Year” and will represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year.

Finally, the Board will receive information from the District’s legal counsel pertaining to term limits for the Board of Education. 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Education Center is located at 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa.


Paving project to impact MacArthur Boulevard

A major paving project began last night (Sunday, Jan 29) at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon and will continue throughout the week.

Construction crews and the City of Newport Beach’s Public Works staff will be working nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The night work is part of the City’s $2 million effort to repave MacArthur Boulevard.

Lanes will be temporarily reconfigured to one lane in each direction to allow the deep pavement removal and repaving to occur. Congestion is expected and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes during evening hours. 

Weather permitting, crews will continue working on portions of the roadway over the coming weeks and the final rubberized asphalt paving is planned for mid-February.


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

Newport Beach Restaurant Week | Continuing through Jan 29. Showcases Newport Beach as Orange County’s premier dining destination offering a wide variety of experiences. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for $10 - $25 and dinners $20 - $50. 

Contact: www.dinenb.com

Takes place at restaurants throughout Newport Beach.

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Moby Dick | Jan 20 - Feb 19, Performance times and ticket prices vary. West Coast Premiere from the novel by Herman Melville. The power and the poetry of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage.

Contact: 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

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Theatre Company and Liz Lauren

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick comes alive at South Coast Repertory

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Handcrafted Valentine Card Making | Jan 26 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This class will involve a technique called “iris folding” These attractive, simpler folded cards are made up of strips of paper that are folded and laid over a pattern. Fee: Friends, $35, Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

A Murder is Announced | Jan 27 - Feb 26, Performance times vary. Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950, this is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Tickets: $20 for Evening and Matinee Performances.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Movie Night! Chinatown | Feb 7 at 7 p.m. in the Central Patio. Free. Chinatown, the 1974 murder mystery starring Jack Nicholson, helped cement in the public’s imagination the idea that a group of Los Angeles businessmen conspired to bring water to the San Fernando Valley so they could make a fortune subdividing it.  M.H. Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens, has been accused of being in this conspiracy. Find out if there is any truth to this, as Paul Wormser, Library Director briefly discusses the accuracy of the conspiracy allegation, before viewing this great movie. 

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

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Kodo: DADAN 2017 | Feb 8 at 8 p.m., Ticket prices vary. Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given more than 3,700 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third rehearsing and preparing new material on Sado Island.

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

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

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Rita Wilson and Friends – Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music | Feb 10 at 7:30 p.m., Ticket start at $59. Rita Wilson brings her songwriting talents to the stage. Special guests and notable songwriters include Billy Steinberg, Holly Knight and Desmond Child.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Michael Bolton | Feb 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., Ticket are $45 - $205. Get ready for a romantic and memorable evening with this multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, who has sold more than 55 million albums and singles worldwide. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics he’ll be performing his famous songs. Accompanied by the Pacific Symphony.

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

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

VIBE XXll Dance Competition | Feb 12 at 5 p.m., Ticket are $45 - $205. Going into its 22nd year, VIBE Dance Competition continues to support and challenge the spirit of competition each year with a special panel of judges, unique teams from around the world and a loyal audience. Since its humble beginnings as a talent show, VIBE has grown to become one of the most prestigious and longest remaining competitions around the world. 

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Valentine’s Day Garden Luminaria Walk and Dinner | Feb 14 from 5 - 8 p.m. The Gardens will offer guests a beautifully illuminated romantic stroll inspired by love. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Café Jardin will feature a special romantic dinner menu. Reservations for dinner are required; call 949.673.0033. Luminaria Walk fee: $5 per person (no reservation needed).

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

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Dancing with the Stars takes their show on the road

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance | Feb 14 at 8 p.m., Tickets start at $49. America’s favorite dance show is going back on the road this winter, giving fans the opportunity to see the best dancers in the business perform live in Orange County. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache| Feb 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Latin Grammy nominated Flor de Toloache has graced international stages from Asia to Europe and the U.S. and continues to win the hearts of both mainstream and traditional Mariachi fans alike through their distinct vision and enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. This first all-female Mariachi is based in New York City.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox | Feb 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. This genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians that reimagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s, has amassed more than 450 million YouTube views and topped Billboard charts. It’s heralded as the best 1920s party this side of The Great Gatsby, a New Year’s Eve show that Sinatra would have hosted in the 1940s, and the excitement of hearing the greats of Motown live and up close.

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

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

The Little Prince | Feb 18 and 19, with Performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design bring to life the heart-warming story of The Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter. Based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry read by more than 400 million children and adults worldwide.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aida | Feb 23, 25 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific  presents Verdi’s most popular opera, telling the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Carl St.Clair, conductor.

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

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

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This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical comes to Segerstrom Hall

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder | Feb 28 - March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical makes its Orange County debut during its first national tour. It tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. 

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Beach Boys | March 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., Ticket start at $75. In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Farmers are sure to please.

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

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

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | March 4 and 5 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Enjoy authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange | March 5 - 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenage from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and take Leela along As they careened dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela, who challenges their view of her and each other.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Talk: The St. Francis Dam Disaster | March 8 at 7 p.m. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the Saint Francis Dam, constructed as part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct that brings water from the Owens Valley to a thirsty Los Angeles, collapsed. It sent more than 12 billion gallons of water on a destructive rampage through the canyons and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Some five and one-half hours later the flood waters subsided leaving more than450 people dead and millions of dollars in property destroyed. What had happened to cause such a disaster? Author and historian Paul Rippens will present a program on this historical event. He will introduce you to William Mulholland, the Chief Engineer for the Los Angeles Water Company, predecessor to today’s Department of Water and Power, and explain why Mulholland decided to construct the LA Aqueduct. Free. RSVP to their web site.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Charles Busch | March 9 - 11 at 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Experience the giddy enchantment of Charles Busch’s world in this intimate evening of song and stories. A two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award, the actor, playwright (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), novelist, screenwriter, director and drag legend has happily added “vaudevillian” to the list over the past years. This new show created for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, titled “The Lady at the Mic,” has Busch, along with his invaluable longtime musical director Tom Judson, paying tribute through song and personal reminiscence to five extraordinary and much missed women: Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Mary Cleere Haran, Julie Wilson and Joan Rivers.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece influenced such films as “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Experience this cinematic tour de force projected on the big screen while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.

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

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

Creative Edge Lecture: 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera | March 14 at 10 a.m. A true embodiment of the creative spirit, Herrera is a thought-leader on the vital role of creativity in society, passionate advocate for arts education, and an inspiring speaker, storyteller and performance artist. He will inspire leaders from the arts, education and business in this lecture presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Free, but tickets are required.

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

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

Garden Fusions Dinner: Not Your Average Potato | March 15 at 6 p.m. The Garden Fusions dinner has a horticulture theme featuring a special horticultural host. The host will share knowledge and advice on the evening’s topic. Chef Pascal Olhats, executive chef of Café Jardin, is challenged to create a multi-course gourmet dinner to complement the theme. This fusion between culinary and horticulture art create unique one-of-a-kind experiences. A signature drink created for the evening is included during the hors d’oeuvres hour. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax not included. Reservations are required; RSVP to 949.673.0033. To keep the evening intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

American Ballet Theatre - Whipped Cream | March 15 - 19, Performance Times vary; Tickets start at $29. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration!

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland | March 21 - April 2, Performance Times vary; Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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National Symphony of Ukraine | March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs an all-Romantic program with Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, Schumann’s sole Piano Concerto, and Dvorák’s lively and colorful Carnival Overture.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Library Open House at Sherman Library & Gardens | March 29 from 5 - 8 p.m. The 4th Annual Library Open House includes the opening of an exhibit on the life of M.H. Sherman. This is an opportunity to see the latest changes to the library, new donations and to take a tour of the downstairs archive storage, which is usually closed to the public. RSVP to their web site.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org 

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


Police Files

Woman, 21, arrested for cutting man’s face after all-night drinking party

On Tuesday last week, Newport Beach PD officers went to Oceanside where they arrested Alyssia Cronin, 21, Oceanside, on a $100,000 warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Police have been investigating the case since 7:11 a.m. Jan 7 in the 2900 block of Perla. Paramedics were treating a man who said a woman had cut him on his face with a butter knife she had grabbed from the kitchen.

The victim said he and others, including the suspect, had been drinking throughout the night. NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said, “The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, which included numerous stitches to a wound on his face.”

After a thorough investigation, NBPD secured the arrest warrant for Assault with a Deadly Weapon against Cronin. 

Manzella added, “Cronin was taken into custody at her place of employment at Camp Pendleton and turned over to NBPD investigators at the on-base justice center.  She was transported to the NBPD jail and booked without incident.”  

Costa Mesa woman, 47, jumped to her death from Hoag rooftop

According to NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella, “Personnel from the Newport Beach Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene. Fire Department staff found no signs of life and pronounced that the 47-year-old woman was deceased.

“We are saddened by her death and our hearts go out to all of the family, friends, and loved ones affected by this tragic loss.  

“The Police and Fire Departments partner with TIP, the Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County, and requested their response to this incident. TIP is a nonprofit organization of specially-trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to witnesses, victims and their families after a traumatic incident.”

Manzella passed along the following:

Warning Signs of Suicide

Talking about wanting to die 

Looking for a way to kill oneself 

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose 

Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain 

Talking about being a burden to others 

Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs 

Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly 

Sleeping too little or too much 

Withdrawing or feeling isolated 

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge 

Displaying extreme mood swings 

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

What to Do

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

Do not leave the person alone

Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt 

Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or a local resource like the Didi Hirsch 24-Hour Crisis Line at 877-7-CRISIS (727-4747). 

Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


Stump the Stu

Vegetable gardens + rodents = owl house 

We had a number of guesses but Stump the Stu lived up to its name. This white little box is a barn owl’s nest. It sits overlooking the senior’s vegetable garden plots at OASIS Senior Center. Evidently, as happens in many gardens, a rodent problem has emerged. The hope is this new bird house will attract a mating pair this spring and they live happily ever after managing the gardens from above.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNews 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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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

You’ll never guess who stole the show at last council meeting

Kudos to Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter…that’s right, Scott Peotter. Scott took a somewhat controversial item on Tuesday’s council agenda, outdoor dining at the Village Inn, and helped both sides reach a peaceful compromise.

The issue at hand were neighbors complaining about noise from the Village Inn and particularly outdoor dining on the Marine Ave. side. Outdoor dining had previously been approved by the Planning Commission, but some residents appealed that decision.

It was obvious Peotter came to the meeting prepared. He’d done his homework and met with the Village Inn management group and the neighbors. His idea crafted a plan where the Village Inn would cut outdoor dining by 50 percent on Marine Avenue and move the balance to the Park Avenue side. The remaining tables outside on Marine would be moved closer to Park and further away from the neighbors.

Peotter also addressed other issues like noise, windows, doors, the placement of the entertainment stage, where speakers and TVs are placed. He modified weekday entertainment hours, improved the Village Inn truck delivery hours and opened a discussion on future live entertainment, including band size and types of instruments.

The neighbor side liked his proposals.

At the end of the night, both sides came together to iron out a compromise without conflict. The item will return at the next meeting with all of the agreed upon details listed and come up in the Consent Calendar.

Speaking of council, I thought the vibe was good Tuesday night. Mayor Kevin Muldoon ran what I thought was a very productive and well paced meeting. All council members appeared in jovial moods with entertaining comments exchanged between them.

Other business accomplished was a proposed change to the City Attorney’s office. The plan is to move to utilize deputy city attorneys instead of assistant city attorneys that will lower their pay scale and allow the City Attorney’s office to hire one additional FTE deputy attorney. This will allow the office to reduce outsourcing of legal work at higher costs. 

In his presentation, City Attorney Aaron Harp showed through a series of charts how his office has dramatically reduced expenditures over the last five years.

Additionally, the Newport Beach Library Board of Trustees asked for a waiver permit in an attempt to fundraise for a potential lecture hall. All of the council seemed intrigued with the idea but felt they’d like to see more on the project before they give the okay and asked them to come back.

Finally, great news that our Mayor brought back the idea of televising Planning Commission meetings on the City TV station (NBTV) and it passed unanimously. Lots of folks in the community will be happy.

All in all, good meeting and good start to 2017.


You must remember this: Cars

By NANCY GARDNER

When I got my driver’s license, the current equation – license=car – had not been established. For most of us, if we were to drive, we had to borrow a parent’s car. In my case it was my mother’s Nash Metropolitan, a convertible the color of Campbell’s cream of tomato soup. Of sports car size, it had about as much resemblance to a sports car as its brother, the Nash Rambler, had to a jet airplane…none. No matter the lack of pizzazz. It was a car and thus desirable. Unfortunately, it was also desired by my mother who had her own needs for the car. Since no one wants to drive more than the newly licensed, there were many heartrending pleas for the keys – heartrending on my part, at least. From the number of times I actually got the car, my mother’s heart was mostly unrended.

If as individuals we young folk suffered from a lack of access to wheels, society probably benefited, and not just because there were fewer accidents. Today, a family of four will usually have four cars and also have a two-car garage. Even if that garage isn’t filled with boxes instead of automobiles, it is insufficient for the number of vehicles in the family, so the excess ends up parked on the street. When children didn’t have cars of their own, the garage could handle the family needs which meant far fewer cars parked on residential streets. This in turn meant that streets in the older parts of town could actually handle two-way traffic, unlike today when driving those streets  can seem like a game of chicken.

Another benefit of fewer young drivers, at least to nearby residents, was that the Harbor High parking lot was actually sufficient. Compare that today where it can’t begin to handle the number of cars. Time restrictions have been imposed on the surface streets around the school to discourage student parking. The result is not the disappearance of student cars from the streets. Rather, in between classes students race off campus to relocate their cars from one time-restricted spot to another, not necessarily an improvement for residents.

Having seen my daughter try to get three kids to their various after school and weekend activities, I understand the advantages of getting them cars as soon as  they can drive. I also understand that one car=one driver is probably not the best way to solve our parking and traffic issues, but until we solve the “cool” factor (Riding the school bus is uncool; coming in sweaty or with helmet hair from riding a bike is uncool), getting kids out of their cars is probably not going to happen. And after all, they’re only taking their cue from their elders who view mass transit as an absolute necessity for other people. 

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


Pacific Symphony invited to Carnegie Hall

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, has been invited to perform for the very first time at one of the world’s most prestigious venues, Carnegie Hall in New York City, in honor of one of today’s leading composers, Philip Glass. Joining them will be Pacific Chorale, also appearing at Carnegie Hall for the first time. One of America’s most revered composers, Glass is Carnegie Hall’s 2017-18 composer-in-residence, where he holds the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. With this season-long residency by Glass, Carnegie joined a yearlong celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, presenting performances that feature his classics and premieres. As part of the residency, orchestras from across the United States were invited to submit programs featuring important works by Glass in illuminating contexts. Pacific Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra were the two orchestras chosen, in part by Glass himself, to perform during Carnegie’s upcoming season. Both orchestras emerged among competitors with what Carnegie called “very compelling programs.” 

“Being invited to Carnegie Hall is a great honor,” says Pacific Symphony’s Music Director Carl St.Clair. “And, being invited to this world-renowned concert hall to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend, Philip Glass, makes our debut there all the more meaningful. Further, to perform in his honor a work that Pacific Symphony commissioned, premiered and recorded, along with celebrating his long relationship with Ravi Shankar with works he co-composed with him, makes the entire occasion powerful.” 

“Artistic excellence and innovation are at the core of Pacific Symphony’s identity,” commented Symphony President John Forsyte, “so it is gratifying to have this opportunity to showcase at Carnegie Hall a work commissioned by Pacific Symphony that is emblematic of our strong commitment to new music. It is also rewarding that the Pacific Chorale, a frequent commissioning partner and an important force on the Orange County cultural scene, will join us in presenting the New York premiere of ‘The Passion of Ramakrishna,’ during this special festival celebrating the genius of Philip Glass.”

Pacific Symphony makes this significant debut on Saturday, April 21, 2018, when Glass’ famous collaborations with the Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar will be honored during a program that spotlights “Meetings Along the Edge” from “Passages,” a piece Glass recorded with Shankar, whom Glass first met in India in 1965. The eight-minute movement was composed by Glass on a theme of Shankar in 1990. Also on the program is the 40-minute “Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra” by Shankar, which was written on commission from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 2009 by his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, who will perform with Pacific Symphony at Carnegie Hall. 

The final work on the program will be the New York premiere of “The Passion of Ramakrishna”—a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power—scored for vocal soloists, chorus and large orchestra to celebrate the life of this incredible Hindu holy man. Mixing Eastern and Western traditions, Glass’ heroic musical homage paints an exquisite symphonic and choral picture of India emerging from centuries of foreign domination. The epic, 45-minute piece was commissioned by Pacific Symphony and given its world-premiere on Sept. 16, 2006, as part of the grand opening of the orchestra’s then-new home, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. Gramophone magazine reviewed the Symphony’s 2012 recording of the work, praising it as Glass’ “most thoughtful and inventive recent piece.” 

Local Pacific Symphony enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear the orchestra perform this concert in Orange County on April 12-14, 2018. Single tickets to the Carnegie Hall performance go on sale August 28 at CarnegieHall.org. In addition, Pacific Symphony will announce a patron trip to cheer on the orchestra in New York later this spring.

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Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Hollywood has loved Newport Beach over the years. This photo stars one of the most famous of Newport Beach residents, Buddy Epsen of Beverly Hillbillies fame. In this photo he’s joined by Hollywood pal Jim Arness. The date is July 4, 1968.

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


Newport Beach Restaurant Week is winding down

There are just four more days to take advantage of the great offerings during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, with more than 60 restaurants participating with special two- and three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 - $25 for lunch and $20 - $50 for dinner. So, dine out this weekend.

Courtesy Fly-N-Fish Oyster Bar


Five reasons to be a part of the Spirit Run – A Race for the Schools

The 34th Annual Spirit Run is coming to Fashion Island on Sunday, March 12. To gear up for this eventful morning with races and walks appealing to every age and ability level, here are some important reasons to participate in this great day that benefits our schools.

1. Support Fundraiser for Youth Education and Athletics in NMUSD

Spirit Run benefited five Newport Beach elementary schools in the CDM area. In 2010, the PTAs who presented Spirit Run decided they no longer wanted to do so. A new nonprofit, Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI), was founded to continue this event. NMSRI invites any NMUSD school to participate in the event and share its net proceeds.

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2. Not just for NMUSD schools – Helps NMUSD high school clubs and teams fundraise and meet private school friends and families participating in the new “Dash For Cash.”

3. Supports Youth Fitness for All Children

Beginning with the 2011 event, the foundation has been conducting free running training programs at NMUSD elementary schools to prepare for Spirit Run. It works with UCI Cross Country and Track Team members to train students, offers free entries to underprivileged NMUSD students and makes available free bus transportation for students and families so they can get to the event.

4. Supports Local Community

Top ranking (3rd or 4th) by City of Newport Beach in grant applications since inception. Only the Christmas Boat Parade and Newport Beach Film Festival have consistently ranked higher.

5. Attracts an Elite Field of Runners

For the fifth consecutive year, So Cal USATF has selected Spirit Run as one of 11 or 12 events from Southern and Central California to be included in its Grand Prix Road Championship Series. This series offers opportunities for USA Track & Field adult and youth members to compete in some of the best road races and fastest courses in So Cal USATF’s region. Elites include: Steve Scott, Julie Swail, Annie St. Geme, Strava Track Club and Cal Coast Track Club.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View

By LANA JOHNSON

Gardening = Dirt Candy 

I live in a condo in Newport Beach, so I really don’t have room to grow my own vegetables in the ground (although containers do work rather well), so when I happened to come across a very special garden this past weekend, I was thrilled!

The garden was at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar, in the backyard of the facility. Each of the plots is individually tended by members of the Garden Club, which meets the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. to share ideas and learn valuable information from knowledgeable speakers. The best part is it only costs $30 a year to join the club, and each gardener is responsible for planting whatever they choose to grow seasonally and the upkeep.

When I stopped by, Janet Dryden was tending her plot, aptly named with a charming wooden sign – Janet’s Garden. She was watering, weeding and checking on her beautiful produce which included kale, onions, broccoli, artichokes, salad greens, arugula, tomatoes and radishes. She sent me home with some of the most delicious veggies I ever tasted: kale, broccoli and radishes. Other gardens I passed by were filled with strawberry plants, Swiss chard, cabbages, peppers, turnips, beets, peas, carrots, lavender and varieties of flowers, including edible nasturiums.

Whether you grow your own (for those who love to feel the dirt in their hands) or visit your favorite farmers’ market or grocery store, take advantage of the produce that’s in season. My daughter loves kale and cooks with it often, so I asked her for a favorite recipe to enjoy my new bounty. This is a satisfying winter dish that is easy to make. It is substantial on its own, but would work well as a side dish to roasted chicken or pork chops.

Butternut Squash with Kale and Swiss Chard*

Serves 2

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

2 cups large-diced, seeded and peeled butternut squash

1 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil

1 bunch kale, stemmed, leaves cut into 1-inch ribbons

1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed, leaves cut into 1-inch ribbons

3 Tbl. clarified butter, ghee or coconut oil

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ cup raw sliced almonds

½ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss or mix the butternut squash with the olive oil until well coated. Place the squash on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 45 - 50 minutes, until fork tender.

About 15 minutes before the squash is done, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Place a colander or steamer inside the pot. Add the kale and Swiss chard, cover, and steam until the kale is tender but not soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the kale and chard from the pot and set aside. Drain the pot and wipe it out.

Place the same pot over medium heat, add the cooking fat and swirl to coat the bottom. When the fat is hot, add the garlic and almonds and stir until the garlic is aromatic, about 1 minute. Raise the heat to high and add the steamed kale and Swiss chard. Toss for 20 - 30 seconds to combine, then remove from the heat and transfer everything from the pot to a serving dish.

Combine the roasted butternut squash with the kale and chard mixture. Add the chili powder, salt and pepper, toss to combine and serve immediately.

Prep tip: To remove the stems from kale and other hearty greens, hold the stem with one hand and place the pointer finger and thumb of your other hand around the stem just above the leaves. Pull your fingers along the stem, tearing the leaves off. (It’s the same technique you use to remove rosemary or thyme leaves.) If you’re having a hard time with this technique, or if your greens are too soft for this to work well, lay the leaf upside down on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut the leaf free along both sides of the stem.

Leftovers tip: This dish makes a quick, delicious breakfast. Just reheat your veggies in a pan or the microwave and slide a few fried eggs over the top and serve.

 *Recipe is from WHOLE30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 2016

Ciao Vincenza!


ENC to host Teachers Night Out

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host their third “Teachers Night Out!” on Thursday, Feb 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. K through 12 grade teachers will tour the ENC and participate in hands-on activities that put into practice the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Admission is $5.

Alison Thalman of the National Science Teachers Association and Helen de la Maza of the California Regional Environmental Education Community will lead educators in modeling activities, offer teaching ideas and facilitate discussions on how to effectively incorporate NGSS in today’s classrooms. NSTA and CREEC spread awareness about education with a focus on science and the environment.

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Teachers will learn about incorporating rain barrels into their curricula from Cindy Berglund of Rain Barrels Intl. This family-run business makes rain barrels out of recycled food grade barrels and encourages their use to prevent drought and practice recycling.

The evening will conclude with a light dinner and wine around the campfire, a traditional end to the ENC’s “Teachers Night Out!” events. Teachers who participate receive priority booking for school tours and Traveling Naturalist programs, and receive free curricular resources.

To attend “Teachers Night Out,” RSVP at encenter.org/upcoming-events. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.645.8489. ext. 103 for more information.

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


Dog Beach closed, gas leak

Other news and notes:

Dog Beach: The County of Orange will begin a dredging project at Dog Beach near the Santa Ana River on Monday, Jan 27. The dredging will close the beach for months.

Gas leak: Portions of Placentia Ave. in Newport Beach were closed earlier this week because of a gas leak. Police cordoned off the area while repairs were completed. Placentia Ave. opened less than an hour later.


Calling all stand up paddle boarders

The Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Ad Hoc Committee of the Harbor Commission will be hosting the SUP Safety Meeting at Marina Park on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 2 p.m. 

The Committee is inviting those involved in the industry to discuss safety and rules of the road. All private paddlers are also encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Shannon Levin, Harbor Analyst/Marina Park for the City of Newport Beach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Paddle Boarders

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Paddle boarders enjoy Upper Newport Bay at Newport Dunes


What do you think of Concerts on the Green? 

Concert on the Green

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission needs your help in an effort to gauge public interest in local performing arts programming. 

In an attempt to improve the annual Concerts on the Green series, the City Arts Commission is conducting a Performing Arts Community Survey. Please take a moment and tell them about the type of performing arts programs you enjoy. The more feedback they get, the better equipped they will be to improve our concert series. The survey takes only minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous.

Click here to take Survey


Stump the Stu

Whooooo knows my whereabouts and why? 

Some might call this an upscale rodent trap…at least that’s what we’re hoping for. Do you know what and where I am? 

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

Barn Owl House

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Police Files

Woman arrested on 8 charges and 6 felony warrants

29-year-old Minavea Olesya was arrested in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive last Thursday night and from the looks of things, is likely facing quite a spell in jail if found guilty.

Newport officers took her into custody on eight fresh charges: theft by use of credit card, grand theft via fraud, commercial burglary via fraud, false personation of another, identity theft, passing fictitious checks, receipt of stolen property, and forgery.

For good measure, the San Gabriel resident was also held for six felony warrants: one for bringing drugs into jail, two for burglary, and three for identity theft.

Once you’re charged for drugs, bad idea to take them to jail 

Every jail in California has a sign warning arrestees that taking drugs into jail is a felony – even if the quantity would be a misdemeanor charge.

Garden Grove resident Charles Dwayne Taylor IV, 40, was arrested Saturday evening at Dover Drive and Castaways Lane for two misdemeanor drug possession charges and a speeding warrant.

He denied having additional drugs – but – when he was searched after booking, it was discovered that he still had drugs on his person that led to an additional charge bringing drugs into jail. 

For a complete list of arrests in Newport, scroll down to Police Beat


Storm subsides tonight and sunshine returns this weekend

 

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(L - R): Eucalyptus falls across from Mariners Elementary on Mariners Drive and in the CHASE Bank parking lot at Santa Barbara Drive and Jamboree Road

According to weather.com, the latest of three storms should completely pass through Newport Beach tonight, as it remains wet, windy and cold.

Today calls for 90 percent chance of rain, winds from the west at 11 mph and temps in the high 50s.

Tuesday the chance of rain diminishes to 10 percent as the winds subside, but it will remain partly cloudy.

Wednesday calls for sunny skies and warmer temperatures into the mid 60s.

Later in the week temps begin to move into the 70s with sunny skies remaining into next week.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 1.23.17

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Hollywood has loved Newport Beach over the years. This photo stars one of the most famous of Newport Beach residents with a Hollywood pal. My grandparents used to love to watch him. Any guesses as to who both are? The date is July 4, 1968 if that’s any help.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Wednesdays-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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Transitions Art Exhibit by Mark Leysen, Continues through Jan 27, 2017. Presented by the City Arts Commission. Leysen’s art has been exhibited throughout California and Mexico, and he has been teaching in local college art programs since 1978. His strong sense of color and rhythm are complemented by the more formal aspects of geometric forms, giving his pieces balance and harmony. Artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Shifting Currents

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 Shifting Currents by Mark Leysen

Wild Animal Crafts, Jan 24 from 4 - 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. For ages 5-8. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Quintessential Winds

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Quintessential Winds: a quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon

Sunday Musicale: Quintessential Winds, Jan 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. The Quintessential Winds is a Los Angeles ensemble featuring Ryan Murry playing flute; Maralynne Mann on oboe; clarinetist Mark Alpizar; Adrian Dunker playing horn; and bassoonist Justin Paguio. The group formed under the mentorship of Dr. John Barcellona, flutist of the Westwood Wind Quintet. Members of Quintessential Winds are also performing and teaching artists for the iVasi video conductor system. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Cubism

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Cubism is considered the most influential movement of the 20th century

Beyond the Canvas: Cubism, Feb 1, 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, Feb 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Hosted by the Newport Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast treats will be provided. Free to the public, but make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Contact: Pam Smith, 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.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, Feb 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. is open to the public (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Valentines Crafts, Feb 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Join in an afternoon of Valentine crafting fun. No registration required. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Reading to a Dog

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Reading to a dog makes both the child and pup so happy

Making Memories for Children – BARK! Kids Read to Dogs, Feb 5 at 2 p.m. 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 slots are limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot. No registration required. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lovebug Crafts, Feb 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Balboa Branch to make heart crafts for little lovebugs to create and share. For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Inside Out, Feb 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. Who feels like having fun? Gather your emotions and join us for crafts and games inspired by the Disney hit movie, “Inside Out.” For ages K-3rd grade; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Jon Meacham, The Art of Leadership Lessons from the American Presidency, Feb 11 at 2 p.m. SOLD OUT!! Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham explores what 21st century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past. Cost: $50. Schedule: 6:30 p.m., Wine and music reception; 7 p.m., Lecture, Q&A; 8:15 p.m., Book signing, dessert and coffee. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham

Let’s Talk Tech: Resume Building, Feb 14 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Through Orange-Colored Glasses: Local Entrepreneurs on Wealth, Wisdom and the History of the OC, Feb 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Charles Martin of Mont Pelerin Capital will discuss his sweeping chronicle of those individuals who have shaped Orange County and created the economic powerhouse it is today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Program: Lecture, Q&A at 7 p.m.; Book sales and signing. Reservations required.  RSVP to http://www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee, Feb 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world’s leading music schools. Join them for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Feb 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by the Mariners Branch to make fun crafts celebrating Mardi Gras! For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech: Axis 360 & Overdrive, Feb 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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


NB Fire to recognize CERT volunteers 

On Wednesday, Jan 25, the Newport Beach Fire Department will recognize the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers at the 9th Annual State of CERT dinner and awards banquet. The event starts at 6 p.m. at OASIS Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Event Center.

The event highlights the Newport Beach CERT Program’s most recent accomplishments and its upcoming goals. Volunteers will be recognized for their collective contributions in 2016.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Newport Beach Fire Department Life Safety Specialist and CERT Program Coordinator Matt Brisbois. 2016 was the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Community Emergency Response Team. Brisbois will discuss the history of the CERT program both nationally and here in Newport Beach, will review the CERT program’s accomplishments in 2016 and cover the future direction of the program.

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The Newport Beach Fire Department will also present awards in several categories for outstanding contributions by its volunteers. Award categories include CERT Volunteer of the Year, Kevin Pryor Memorial CERT Instructor of the Year, CERT Neighborhood of the Year and the Spirit of CERT Award.

The Newport Beach Fire Department welcomes you to attend this year’s event and witness first-hand the accomplishments and commitment of their volunteers.

If you would like to attend the awards banquet or for additional information about the Newport Beach CERT Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.644.3112.

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


Irvine Co. hires noted professional to head golf operations

The Irvine Company Resort Properties have announced the appointment of Dirk M. Willis, PGA, as vice president and general manager of golf. With more than 25 years of professional golf, retail and hospitality expertise, Willis will lead all aspects of golf and retail for two public oceanview courses at Pelican Hill Golf Club® in Newport Coast and the public 18-hole Oak Creek Golf Club® in Irvine.

 “Dirk’s expertise and leadership will guide the world-class golf experiences and retail offerings we provide to locals and resort guests at our three Tom Fazio-designed courses here in sunny Southern California,” said Irvine Company Resort Properties President Ralph Grippo. “From golf buddy trips to tournament-style events to our growing membership programs, Dirk’s experience will be instrumental in upholding the high caliber of personalized guest service and well-maintained facilities that Pelican Hill and Oak Creek have always delivered.”

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Dirk Willis’s diversified expertise will guide world-class golf experiences

Encompassing golf, retail and on-course food and beverage operations, Willis was previously director of golf operations for Whistling Straits® and Blackwolf Run® at Destination Kohler, the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, located in the Village of Kohler, Wis. Over more than two decades at Kohler Co., his leadership positions also included head golf professional for Whistling Straits and tournament manager for Destination Kohler.

With numerous championship golf events held at Whistling Straits during his tenure, Willis served on the PGA of America’s Executive Committee for the 2007 United States Senior Open, 2010 & 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup Matches. Additionally, he led initiatives to increase college scholarship opportunities for student athletes as the president of the Board of Directors for the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (WPGA).

Willis’ professional honors include PGA National Merchandiser of the Year, WPGA Merchandiser of the Year, WPGA Junior Leader of the Year and GolfWorld Business Top 100 Golf Shops. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University, a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and certificates in executive management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and hospitality management from Cornell University.

For more information about the Irvine Company Resort Properties golf clubs, visit golfpelicanhill.com and oakcreekgolfclub.com.vv


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  

The Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, Jan 24, starting at 7:00 p.m. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like.

There is no Study Session, so the Regular Session begins at 7:00 p.m. Here’s what caught my attention from the agenda:

Our bi-monthly update on water conservation activities. Which seems very ironic in light of the recent days’ storms. I was asked a question recently by a local resident “doesn’t this mean the drought is over?” Well, not quite. There are great amounts of snow in the Sierra, well-above average storage in many, many reservoirs, and the soil is well-soaked. What would trigger an end to the drought is all of that plus at least two things: (a) A formal declaration by the Governor that it’s over; and (b) great improvement in groundwater storage in the Central Valley as well as the rest of Southern California. When we get enough regular rain to refill the aquifers across the state and below us (recall that Newport Beach gets about 65-70% of our drinking water from the aquifer that is beneath Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and much of central Orange County), then water regulators are more comfortable declaring an end to the drought. From what I’ve heard, it would take a few years of more than average rainfall to do that. Lastly on this point, many officials think that we’ll always be in some sort of conservation mode or mandate, even a light one – because of our geography, changes in climate that mean less retained snowpack into spring, changes in population, and more.

Representatives of the Harbor Commission will come in to the Council to outline their objectives for 2017. These include making the harbor a more welcoming destination for visitors, as well as improving communication and peace among the many varieties of Harbor users – from SUP-ers to kayakers and more.

The Board of Library Trustees is interested in seeing if members of the community would support a new lecture facility that would allow more people to attend various library events, including the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series. As such, they’ve asked the Council to grant them a one-time waiver to see if the Trustees can go out and raise private donations for the lecture facility.

At his first meeting as mayor back in December 2016, Mayor Muldoon said that he’d like the Council to revisit – and support – the filming of Planning Commission meetings for later webstreaming on the City’s website. That request is on the agenda Tuesday. In November 2016, the Planning Commission approved a request by the Village Inn (at Marine and Park on Balboa Island) to add a 200-square foot outdoor dining area along Marine Avenue, in the public right-of-way. Bike racks for about 20 bikes would be removed, and replaced with “bike corrals” on certain blocks of Marine Avenue. The Planning Commission’s approval included conditions limiting the outdoor seating to 16, as well as limiting interior live entertainment to four musicians or singers (versus five). The Village Inn would also be required to get one of the City’s relatively new “Operators Licenses,” which gives the Police Chief the authority to help control issues at certain late-night locations when issues arise. A resident near the Inn appealed the Planning Commission’s approval to the City Council. I would guess that this formal public hearing will take up the lion’s share of the Tuesday meeting’s discussion time. Please read the staff report if you are following this issue (it’s Item #15 on the agenda).

In the category of random notes:

Help us be eyes and ears - if you see trees downed (or leaning) in the coming hours and days, don’t hesitate to call the PD’s non-emergency line – that’s 949-644-3717. We think we lost anywhere from 75-100 trees in Friday’s rain and wind, and that’s a lot to keep up with in terms of safe removal. Always sad to see them go, but thankfully we didn’t hear of any reported injuries to persons. I am always thankful that we have enough resources to do more regular trim cycles for city trees so that most of them can weather storms like these.

We still have no news yet from the OC Registrar of Voters as to the Registrar’s signature count on the Museum House referendum petitions.

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 


Fashion Island to ring in Year of the Rooster

Fashion Island will be ushering in the Year of the Rooster with special Lunar New Year events this month.

Festivities kick off at Fashion Island on Sunday, Jan 29 at the Neiman Marcus –Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, with live entertainment at both centers from noon to 3 p.m., including:

-Traditional Chinese dragon dancing

-Korean fan dancing

-Asian calligraphy artist

-Selfie station

-Themed stilt walkers

-Live classical Chinese musical performance with instruments such as the dizi (bamboo flute), yangqin (butterfly harp) and guzheng (long zither)

-Lucky money envelopes containing $2 will be given to the first 500 guests

 “Lunar New Year, the celebration of the year in the Asian community has become a time of year that everyone can enjoy,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “We look forward to hosting these Lunar New Year celebrations.

For more information, visit shopfashionisland.com

Year of the Rooster

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Mayor’s Dinner and BBQ competition on the way

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Don’t forget, we have the 36th Annual Mayor’s Dinner coming up on Friday, Feb 10 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Peter Buffa is scheduled to emcee which means it’ll be a fun time.

The two main events for the evening will be the State of the City Address by Mayor Kevin Muldoon and the recognition of past mayors.

Speak Up Newport (SUN), a non-partisan citywide residents group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community, is responsible for the event.

SUN is a non-partisan membership organization whose goals are: drawing attention to the desirable and unique quality of life in Newport Beach; taking action to inform residents of the issues impacting Newport Beach; celebrating the good things that happen in Newport Beach; and recognizing the people who have a positive impact on Newport Beach.

In addition to the Mayor’s Dinner, SUN hosts monthly meetings at the Civic Center. Recent programs have updated the community on marijuana initiatives, short-term rentals, the Museum House and the CdM Athletic Complex, to name a few.

If you want to know what’s going on around town this is a great group to be a part of. For info on the Mayor’s Dinner or to join SUN go to speakupnewport.com.

Elsewhere, my friend Steve Bender is organizing a 57-team BBQ competition out at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina this Saturday, Jan 28 from noon - 6 p.m. (You can see a related story with complete details elsewhere in StuNewsNewport).

The food should be as good as it gets. The 2017 Newport Beach BBQ Championship will draw major competitors from throughout the region as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event and $10,000 in prize money.

The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at newportbeachbbqcompetition.com. Barbequing demonstrations, and wine and craft beer tastings will round out the day.

The best part is that tastings of the finished products will be available. 

For those of you like me who think you’re great at cooking on the grill, Bender tells me to dream on. He tells me these guys are really good. They’ll begin firing up the grills Friday night.

Fingers crossed, it should be a great weekend.


ENC to honor former Newport Beach city manager 

A memory walk and casual, social gathering to celebrate the life of Robert Shelton will be held on Saturday, Jan 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Environmental Nature Center. Shelton, a 59-year resident of Corona del Mar, passed away in November at the age of 93.

In addition to serving as Newport Beach’s second city manager, Shelton was also a member of the Newport Beach City Council from 1965 - 1970. He was senior vice president, government relations, at the Irvine Company for 10 years, and then became a consultant, as well as serving as consultant to other companies for many years. Shelton was instrumental in the negotiations that created Crystal Cove and Topanga Canyon State Parks, and Upper Newport Bay Reserve.

Following the resignation of John J. Sailors, the first city manager of Newport Beach, a young, 32-year-old Shelton was the City Council’s “unanimous choice out of a list of 60 applicants” to fill the empty position, according to Dora Hill, the 1956 mayor. He was extremely qualified having served as administrative officer in the city of Santa Barbara for two years prior, a field representative of the County Supervisors Association of California and assistant city manager and personnel officer of Modesto, Calif.

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Robert Shelton photo published in the book, “50 Golden Years, The Story of Newport Beach,” written in 1956

Shelton also worked on studies and reports for the Hoover Commission in Washington D.C., and was co-author of “California State Government – A Guide to its Organization and Functions.” He also managed to fit two years of Navy V-12 Officer Training and served as an Ensign with the U.S. Navy Reserve in the Pacific Fleet’s Amphibious Forces from 1944-55, in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Pomona College and U.C. Berkeley.

On top of being a great father and husband, Shelton was also an avid volunteer for many local organizations including United Way, South Coast Repertory, Hoag Hospital and the Environmental Nature Center. In 1980, he was humbled by his recognition as Citizen of the Year, by the City of Newport Beach.

Barbara Shelton, wife of Robert, and his three children, Peter, Wendy and Tom Shelton invite all interested friends and colleagues to attend this special remembrance walk. Refreshments will be served. (Rain or shine; flat shoes recommended).

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos and comments for the memory walk are also welcome and can be emailed to the same address.

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


BBQ competition to sizzle at Newport Dunes

Bring your appetite to the Newport Beach BBQ Competition for a Winter Q & Expo taking place on Saturday, Jan 25 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from noon to 6 p.m.

Fifty professional BBQ teams from across the region will load-in on Friday, Jan 27 and cook all night. KCBS Certified Judges will decide who wins $10,000 in cash prizes and for the title of Grand Champion!

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Big Poppa Smokers tri-tip

Come watch pit masters in action, enjoy free BBQ classes and demonstrations, sample competition BBQ, visit the BBQ Expo with door prizes, and quench your thirst with beer, wine and lemonade. BBQ will include ribs, brisket, tri-tip, chicken and pulled pork, pork shoulder, bacon-wrapped meatballs, chicken wings, pork and brisket tacos, smoked mac and cheese, smoked peach bourbon beans, chili, candied bacon, nachos, and more with sides of fresh corn. Decadent desserts will include smoked peach cobbler, grilled pineapple, pecan and sweet potato pies, and Nutella and fruit waffle, among others.

Learn about different smokers, wood selections, how to identify the best meats, trimming techniques, and insights on rubs and sauces.

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Tickets to Newport Beach BBQ Competition are $10 and free for children up to 12 years of age. Food tickets to sample the participating teams’ competition level BBQ are available for $1 per tasting ticket and conveniently available in sheets of 20 for $20, while supplies last. Additional ticket options include: Unlimited Beer Tasting for $35, which includes general admission and unlimited beer tasting from noon - 4 p.m. A Beer & BBQ Tasting Combo option is available for $50 (online only) and includes unlimited beer tastings from noon - 4 p.m. and $20 in food tickets. A VIP Tasting Pass is available for $75 and includes general admission, unlimited beer and wine tastings from noon - 6 p.m. and $20 in food tickets.

Sign-up your child for the Kids Q! There are two age divisions: 5-10 (hamburgers) and 11-15 (steaks). Contestants will have the opportunity to wow the judges with their grill mastery skills. Advanced registration required.

Once you finish sampling all the BBQ, cast your vote for the tastiest at the People’s Favorite booth. All food and beverage sales benefit local charities.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For more information and tickets, visit www.newportbeachbbqcompetition.com.


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

The Roommate | Continuing through Jan 22. Tickets are $30 - $79. In this West Coast premiere, Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth – the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing and funny play proves it’s never too late to shake things up – for better or worse. Adult language and content. 

Contact: 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Newport Beach Restaurant Week | Continuing through Jan 29. Showcases Newport Beach as Orange County’s premier dining destination offering a wide variety of experiences. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for $10 - $25 and dinners $20 - $50. 

Contact: www.dinenb.com

Takes place at restaurants throughout Newport Beach.

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Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Jerry Herman – The Broadway Legacy Concert | Jan 19 - 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Tony Award ®-winning composer Jerry Herman is one of Broadway’s most successful composers. Known as the master of the “hummable melody,” Herman wrote the scores for the Hit Musicals La Cage aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Milk and Honey and Dear, World. The night of showstoppers will be performed by some of Broadway’s veterans: Karen Morrow, Debbie Gravitte, John Boswell, Scott Coulter, Jason Graae and Ron Raines.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Belarus Free Theatre: Time of Women | Jan 19 - 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

A story of three women at the forefront of the movement for a democratic Belarus with an unflinching dedication to the truth. This performance celebrates their refusal to be silenced, reminding us that when freedoms are curtailed, survival comes at a price.

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

Studio Performance Space at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Theatre Company and Liz Lauren

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick comes alive at South Coast Repertory

Moby Dick | Jan 20 - Feb 19, Performance times and ticket prices vary. West Coast Premiere from the novel by Herman Melville. The power and the poetry of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage.

Contact: 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Itzhak Perlman in recital | Jan 22 at 3 p.m. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classic musician. He returns to Orange County with pianist Rohan de Silva for a special recital performance. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

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

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

Paint a Primrose | Jan 23 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. Designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Fee: Friends, $35, Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Handcrafted Valentine Card Making | Jan 26 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This class will involve a technique called “iris folding” These attractive, simpler folded cards are made up of strips of paper that are folded and laid over a pattern. Fee: Friends, $35, Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

A Murder is Announced | Jan 27 - Feb 26, Performance times vary. Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950, this is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Tickets: $20 for Evening and Matinee Performances.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Movie Night! Chinatown | Feb 7 at 7 p.m. in the Central Patio. Free. Chinatown, the 1974 murder mystery starring Jack Nicholson, helped cement in the public’s imagination the idea that a group of Los Angeles businessmen conspired to bring water to the San Fernando Valley so they could make a fortune subdividing it.  M.H. Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens, has been accused of being in this conspiracy. Find out if there is any truth to this, as Paul Wormser, Library Director briefly discusses the accuracy of the conspiracy allegation, before viewing this great movie. 

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

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Kodo: DADAN 2017 | Feb 8 at 8 p.m., Ticket prices vary. Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given more than 3,700 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third rehearsing and preparing new material on Sado Island.

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

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

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Rita Wilson and Friends – Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music | Feb 10 at 7:30 p.m., Ticket start at $59. Rita Wilson brings her songwriting talents to the stage. Special guests and notable songwriters include Billy Steinberg, Holly Knight and Desmond Child.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Michael Bolton | Feb 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., Ticket are $45 - $205. Get ready for a romantic and memorable evening with this multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, who has sold more than 55 million albums and singles worldwide. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics he’ll be performing his famous songs. Accompanied by the Pacific Symphony.

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

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

VIBE XXll Dance Competition | Feb 12 at 5 p.m., Ticket are $45 - $205. Going into its 22nd year, VIBE Dance Competition continues to support and challenge the spirit of competition each year with a special panel of judges, unique teams from around the world and a loyal audience. Since its humble beginnings as a talent show, VIBE has grown to become one of the most prestigious and longest remaining competitions around the world. 

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Dancing with the Stars takes their show on the road

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance | Feb 14 at 8 p.m., Tickets start at $49. America’s favorite dance show is going back on the road this winter, giving fans the opportunity to see the best dancers in the business perform live in Orange County. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache| Feb 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Latin Grammy nominated Flor de Toloache has graced international stages from Asia to Europe and the U.S. and continues to win the hearts of both mainstream and traditional Mariachi fans alike through their distinct vision and enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. This first all-female Mariachi is based in New York City.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox | Feb 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. This genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians that reimagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s, has amassed more than 450 million YouTube views and topped Billboard charts. It’s heralded as the best 1920s party this side of The Great Gatsby, a New Year’s Eve show that Sinatra would have hosted in the 1940s, and the excitement of hearing the greats of Motown live and up close.

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

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

The Little Prince | Feb 18 and 19, with Performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design bring to life the heart-warming story of The Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter. Based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry read by more than 400 million children and adults worldwide.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aida | Feb 23, 25 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific  presents Verdi’s most popular opera, telling the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Carl St.Clair, conductor.

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

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

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This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical comes to Segerstrom Hall

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder | Feb 28 - March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical makes its Orange County debut during its first national tour. It tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. 

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Beach Boys | March 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., Ticket start at $75. In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Farmers are sure to please.

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

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

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | March 4 and 5 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Enjoy authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange | March 5 - 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenage from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and take Leela along As they careened dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela, who challenges their view of her and each other.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

American Ballet Theatre - Whipped Cream | March 15 - 19, Performance Times vary; Tickets start at $29. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration!

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland | March 21 - April 2, Performance Times vary; Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Thirty-year UPS driver to retire in March is beloved by CdM residents

By AMY SNIDER SENK

After 30 years of delivering packages in Corona del Mar – wedding gifts and new furniture and endless cases of wine – UPS driver Athena Lewis is retiring in March. Lewis, arguably the most familiar and beloved person in Corona del Mar, always is smiling, doubling back to make sure a delivery arrives in time, giving hugs to homeowners and to business owners. Everyone is her friend – even dogs along her route – and Corona del Mar residents aren’t letting her go without returning some of that love.

On Saturday, Jan 14, a few dozen people gathered at a Fernleaf Avenue home for a BYOB party to celebrate Lewis – and another party is planned closer to her last day on the job. A Verizon store district manager stopped by with a bouquet, and others brought cards and bottles of wine and gifts wrapped like UPS packages.

“To me, she epitomizes the benefits of a positive attitude,” said Karen Carlson, who lives in China Cove. “She’s always happy and upbeat. And you should see her wheel that truck around. She’s great. She always has doggie treats.” Her dog, Maggie, when alive, would spot Athena’s truck three blocks away and get excited. “She was just bewitched by her,” Carlson said. “We’re sure going to miss her.”

Lewis arrived at her party, organized by Colleen Crowley, and greeted everyone by address. “This is 320, this is 210,” she said, hugging and posing for photos. “I know everyone’s number and the color of their house and if there’s a doggie door.”

Lewis, 51, grew up in Pomona, and her first job was as a cashier at a movie theater. She was only 15, so the manager paid her under the table. She later was in the military police in the Army. “I didn’t like giving tickets,” Lewis said. “I like delivering packages.”

The party for Athena Lewis, celebrated her 30 years of service with UPS (L-R Elise Gerard and Athena Lewis)

In 1987, she became a driver for the United Parcel Service. She began and will end with the Corona del Mar route. “This was my first route,” she said. “My first and only route. Back then, Corona del Mar had three routes. Now it has 10.”

At Saturday’s party, guests told stories about Lewis finding lost dogs and returning them home in her truck. Once, a guest said, she asked Lewis to deliver a fake package in order to nab some package thieves who had been plaguing the village. It worked!

Five years ago, Lewis was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she was on medical leave, shortly after surgery, she talked to me from her hospital bed. “Love me enough to get a mammogram,” she asked me to tell her customers.

After 30 years of commuting from Chino, arriving at work at 5:30 a.m. and then spending a full day delivering packages, she said this holiday season made her realize how exhausted she’s become. She plans to spend her retirement relaxing, helping her mother, who recently had a stroke, in Texas. She also will adopt a puppy.

Meanwhile, she’s working with her replacement, urging him to return to homes where someone just missed a delivery, to take the time to help the people in Corona del Mar who rely on them.

“Anything I can do to make it easy, I will,” she said. “What’s an extra two minutes for a smile?”

A second party will take place in her honor in March at Five Crowns Restaurant. 

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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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Boo hoo for Wu, new businesses open and BBQ comp on its way

Sad to hear the news that Newport Beach resident Jack Wu, a former local columnist, Republican Party activist and the treasurer for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, has plead guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement. 

Wu was accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from Rohrabacher’s campaign funds (see complete story in today’s StuNewsNewport) to repay shortfalls to another company he had previously worked for.

Wu, father of triplets, now faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in prison.

Even though he has done wrong, it’s tough to see someone you’ve known from the community face that kind of future.

On a happier note, I went to the grand opening of the new Anthony’s Shoe Repair at 419 E. 17th in Costa Mesa. The move is just a block and a half from their old location in Westcliff Plaza. They also have another longtime location in Corona del Mar.

Anthony’s President Greg Sermabeikian gave me a tour of his new facility. It’s a lot more than shoes. Greg features two motorcycles in his front window touting his new services offering complete leather restoration and repair.

Motorcycle riders who wear leather have become a big part of his business where he handles crash damage repair, leather section replacement, alterations, refinishing and dyeing.

If they can fix a leather suit that’s been in a motorcycle wreck, imagine what they could do for that leather jacket or purse you think that you’ve ruined.

Another new business you need to visit in the same area is Madison Salon at 445 E. 17th also in Costa Mesa. They, too, have another location Newport Beach.

The salon is beautifully appointed in white throughout, including white leather chairs, white counters and surroundings; it is stunning. Add to that noted stylist Louis Orozco and his staff, it’s no wonder they’re expanding.

A reminder, get out there and eat. It continues to be Restaurant Week through Jan 29. Pre-fixed menus, great prices and good food are tough to beat.

Lastly, put on your calendar Saturday, Jan 28, from 12 - 6 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort where the 2017 Newport Beach BBQ Competition takes place. Fifty professional teams will be competing in numerous categories for $10,000 in prize money. There will also be BBQ classes and demos, beer and wine tasting, and the opportunity to sample the pros’ work. Sounds like a great way to kill a Saturday afternoon. Check it out at http://www.newportdunes.com.


Who’s the New Kid on the Block?

The Balboa Village Gateway sign was installed yesterday, Wednesday, Jan 17, welcoming all to this charming and historic part of Newport Beach.

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Local OC pastel artist now featured at JWA

John Wayne Airport, as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program, is featuring a series of pastel artworks by Laguna Niguel resident Ruth Kurisu now through Feb 16. These pastels can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Ruth Kurisu is an accomplished photographer and pastel artist whose work has been widely recognized and published,” said Orange County Supervisor Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “Her pastels are inspired by Mother Nature, beautifully capturing the unique colors of the seasons and transporting the viewer into the landscape.” 

Kurisu began painting in oils but in 2014 discovered the richness and vibrancy of pastels and now works exclusively in that medium. She layers brilliant colors on dark sanded papers to create depth and texture, using her own photographs as reference.

“For me, being an artist is about the journey,” said Kurisu. “When you see my art, you see more than a pastel painting. You see hundreds of hours of experimentation and failure. You see a piece of my heart, a part of my soul and a moment in my life.”

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Kurisu began her artistic journey as a photographer, studying with National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier and National Geographic Traveler Magazine editor Dan Westergren. Her photographs have been published by the International Library of Photography and Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography. 

Kurisu began her formal study of painting 10 years ago, and since then she has achieved a growing list of juried exhibition acceptances and awards, has received international recognition with Light Space & Time Gallery and is published in numerous exhibition catalogues. She is an exhibiting member of Anaheim Art Association, Orange County Fine Arts and Saddleback Art League.

Born in the northeast, Kurisu moved to Southern California in the mid-1970s. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ursinus College and an MBA from UCLA, spending nearly four decades in corporate America before pursuing her artistic passion. Visit www.ruthkurisu.com for more information about Ruth Kurisu’s work.

Other upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Irena Carlson (Feb 16 - March 16) and Susan Fouts (March 16 - Apr 17).

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Look out through the Jetty? We ran this photo in Monday’s edition of Stu News Newport, and asked for any guesses as to the year the photo was taken and any additional information about it.

This reply came in from Ryan Thomas: What a neat photo! The Southland Sailing Club is the large white building there on the curve of Bayside Drive. Beyond that we can clearly see the Kerkhoff Marine Lab at China Cove that was established in 1928, so it wasn’t the ‘20s. The Corona del Mar jetty has been completed (1936) so it was sometime after that... 

In the foreground we see a shiny new flat bed truck, which I would guess to be about a 1940 Ford, but that’s just a guess as I’m not a car guy. So I’m going to guess 1941 as the year the photo was taken. 

Thanks