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By TOM JOHNSON

More question marks surrounding election and Peotter

TomJohnsonStu News Newport was forwarded a slate mail card produced by an organization called Budget Watchdogs yesterday.

In the mailer, city councilman Scott Peotter, who is running against Joy Brenner, clearly claims that he is endorsed by Newport Beach Police and Fire.

We pointed out recently that the NBPD association did in fact endorse Peotter and the other incumbents without interviewing any challengers. It was controversial in the way it was handled.

But the problem continues now with the Newport Beach Fire Association and a potential falsehood that Peotter is claiming. 

Bobby Salerno, president of the Newport Beach Firefighters Association and Jeff Boyles, of the NB Fire Management Association, say that neither organization has endorsed or plans to endorse in the Peotter/Brenner race.

So, is Peotter just mistaken or is he blatantly lying?

Peotter has also been rumored to be tied to Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield in some business/financial dealings. 

Is a marijuana cultivation business in Adelanto involved? Time will tell.

More to come, but election time is certainly upon us.

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Don’t forget the Newport Beach Arts Foundation’s 15th Annual Art in the Park this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reportedly some 120 Southern California artists and artisans will have their works on display; there will be food, a wine & beer garden, and music; and there will be art activities for children.

Proceeds from this event will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the city, as well as arts and cultural programming.

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Next Thursday night at The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach & Co. will host their Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner.

Robert Olson, of the Lido House and R.D. Olson Development, will receive the Partner in Progress Award.

Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will make the keynote address.

As Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky said the other day, “It’s hard to beat an event at Pelican Hill.”

For more info, contact Newport Beach & Co. or Visit Newport Beach.


World Affairs Council presents special program at The Pacific Club

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) is presenting a special dinner event and conversation on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

The evening features neoconservative commentator and preeminent “Never Trumper” William Kristol addressing “America’s Role in the World and at Home Under President Trump.”

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William Kristol is the featured guest speaker

Kristol is founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, an influential journal of politics and ideas based in Washington, D.C. He is also a columnist for The New York Times, and a regular panelist on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, which helped shape the strategy behind The Republican Party’s 1994 congressional victory. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan.

Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1983 - 1985) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania (1979 - 1983).  Kristol received both his A.B. (1973) and Ph.D. (1979) from Harvard University.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Susan G. Komen OC names new executive director

Susan G. Komen Orange County, a local breast cancer organization and leading community resource for breast health, has named Megan Klink as its new executive director. Klink succeeds highly regarded nonprofit leader Lisa Wolter, who will retire in November, and has served Komen Orange County as executive director since 2005. Klink brings to the Orange County affiliate more than 15 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of training, development, management, community engagement and public policy.”

I am deeply honored to join a team that for nearly 30 years, has been committed to fighting breast cancer in Orange County through research, community outreach, public policy advocacy, education and access to healthcare,” Klink said. “The innovative breast health initiatives put in place by longtime Executive Director Lisa Wolter, the dedicated board of directors and the talented staff have made Komen Orange County the vital and trusted organization it is today, and I look forward to being part of the work that carries the mission forward.”

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Megan Klink is the new executive director of Susan G. Komen Orange County

Klink most recently worked in New York as Director of Strategic Engagement and Custom Services for StoryCorps – a nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs, living in America. Previously, Klink was part of the executive team at Irvine-based Working Wardrobes, which provides dignified workforce readiness services to those overcoming difficult challenges, including homelessness and transitioning from military to civilian life. Klink served Working Wardrobes in an array of leadership positions, including client services, development and social enterprises. Klink has made it her mission to carry out the change she wants to see in the world – a personal and professional attribute to be leveraged in her new role.

“Everyone on the Susan G. Komen Orange County board of directors is excited to welcome Megan and have her guide our organization as she is deeply committed to seeing the Komen mission gain even more momentum in Orange County,” said Carrie Swanson, board president of Komen Orange County. “As our affiliate gets a new leader, we salute nearly 15 years of commitment, service and passion of Lisa Wolter, whose pioneering spirit and tenacity for ending breast cancer and helping those struggling with the disease has left an indelible positive mark on this organization.”

The driving force behind many of the organization’s innovative and diverse initiatives, Wolter led the Orange County affiliate to a prestigious Affiliate of the Year award in 2014 from the national office of Susan G. Komen. She also has received many individual accolades during her tenure as executive director, including the 2015 Women in Business award from the Orange County Business Journal. As part of Komen Orange County’s Annual Grants Breakfast on December 7 at the Irvine Hotel, the affiliate will celebrate Wolter’s service to Komen’s mission. For information and tickets, visit www.komenoc.org/breakfast.

“I’m grateful to have witnessed a passionate and dedicated team make a remarkable impact toward our vision of helping every breast cancer patient become a breast cancer survivor. I am confident Komen Orange County will continue to strive toward breast health equity as Megan takes the reins of the organization,” Wolter said. “Many wonderful people make up the Komen Orange County family, and it has been my honor to work alongside and learn from longtime volunteers, breast health advocates, survivors and people with metastatic breast cancer.”

Throughout its 27-year history, Komen Orange County has raised more than $40 million. Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in Orange County to provide breast health education, screening and treatment for uninsured or underinsured community members. The other 25 percent raised benefits Komen research and scientific grant programs, which support groundbreaking breast cancer research.


SOCALPAPA paints OC Parks and the Back Bay

SOCALPAPA paints Artist Barbara Davidson

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Artist Barbara Davidson with her plein air painting at last year’s event

Plein Air art is coming to the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay with a juried art show starting today, Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and continuing through Friday, Oct. 19. It features 60 selected original works of art on exhibit for awards and for sale.

On Friday, Oct. 19, there will be an Artists’ Reception when the awards will be presented. This will be followed by the Weekend Exhibit & Sale on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, with several hundred additional original paintings being exhibited. Artists will display original plein air paintings of our bay, parks and other local scenes, with a portion of the sales proceeds benefiting the Back Bay.

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Youngsters during last year’s painting class

In addition, the weekend will offer free painting classes for youngsters 7 - 12 years of age. Classes will be held in the kids’ classroom inside the Muth Center. All materials are supplied and participants will take home a completed painting at the end of class. Student space is limited and classes will fill up quickly. To reserve a spot for your child, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-art-class-tickets-50203516068.

The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Perricone Farms makes miracles come true

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Perricone Farms presents $50,000 check to Miracles for Kids at Angels Stadium

Through its Home Run for Kids program, Perricone Farms, based in Newport Beach, has donated a total of $50,000 to Tustin-based nonprofit Miracles for Kids, which benefits terminally ill children and their families.

Perricone Farms agreed to donate $250 for every Angels homerun during the regular baseball season, and thanks to a very successful season with more than 200 homeruns, Miracles for Kids will be able to help a lot of families throughout the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers, Joe Perricone, CFO of Perricone Farms, presented Miracles for Kids Co-Founder and CEO Autumn Strier along with fellow Miracles for Kids board members with the generous check for $50,000 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. 

For more information on Miracles for Kids, visit www.miraclesforkids.org.


OC residents rally to end homelessness with SPIN

The 29th annual Serving People In Need (SPIN) gala billed as “Oktoberfest” unfolded Friday evening, October 5 in the ocean view dining room of Newport Beach Country Club. Some 250 SPIN donors converged in the contemporary California Craftsman revival clubhouse helping to fund and assist OC families providing permanent housing thus avoiding homelessness. More than $320,000 net was ultimately raised coming from underwriting, an auction, as well as a simple “ask” with generous patrons raising their hands to make a difference.

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(L-R) Melanie Fitch and Jean Wegner enjoy the Oktoberfest theme

The entire affair was created with significant support from donors Keith and Florence Smith, Presenting Sponsors of the evening. Over several decades, the Smith family has supported SPIN with upwards of a half million dollars in funding providing housing for homeless families. Additional significant donors were Mary Lynn and John Rallis, Trish O’Donnell, Frank and Peggy Listi, Dick and Kim Crawford, Heidi and Joe Heffington, Maureen Flanagan, Curtis Scheetz, Sharad and Apoorva Bansal, Melanie and Ed Fitch, Mary Lou and Wayne Shattuck, and Charles and Regina Granville, to name only a few.

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(L-R) Keith Smith and Kevin Larkin

The celebration began at dusk with patrons arriving for cocktails and fabulous hors d’oeuvres, entertained by the Linda Herman Bavarian Trio. Many SPIN guests chose to come in Oktoberfest costume befitting the theme. Beer maidens in traditional attire paraded through the ballroom lobby serving samples of German and American craft beer. Newport Beach Country Club staff passed canapes of smoked salmon on pumpernickel toast as the crowd surveyed silent auction items.

The ballroom doors opened as the guests gathered for the live auction and the “ask,” preceded by an emotional address by a young woman rescued by SPIN sharing her story of turn around and success.

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(L-R) Al DeGrassi and Comic Bobby Collins

Guests enjoyed a lavish Oktoberfest buffet featuring grilled brats hot off the barbecue, goulash made the authentic German way accompanied by red cabbage, potato pancakes and dilled cucumber salad. As dessert was served, a selection of Bavarian pastries, comic Bobby Collins headlined the evening with a performance that had the SPIN guests in hysterics. Collins, a regular on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, flew in from New York to entertain for SPIN. 

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Wayne and MaryLou Shattuck

The Oktoberfest ended as the crowd took to the dance floor for an end of the evening polka, then taking a pretzel and a glass stein filled with Bavarian treats for the road.

In 2017, SPIN has assisted 517 individuals (192 adults and 324 children) in their housing program. “The need is so great, we hope to help more in 2018,” said Jean Wegener, executive director. It comes down to money. No surprise. Seventy-five percent of SPIN’s funding comes from multiple grants and 25 percent from community fundraising.

SPIN is one of the first agencies in the OC to be awarded Platinum Status with Guidestar, a national ranking platform evaluating the success of nonprofit agencies. More than 90 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to client services and according to an independent study of OC’s nonprofits, 100 percent of families served by SPIN were successfully transitioned into permanent housing. 

To learn more, visit www.SPINOC.org.


Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party to feature Common Sense on November 2

Kahuna Cares Foundation, a local nonprofit providing support for organizations that help enrich the lives of people with special needs, will feature live music by Laguna Beach favorites Nick Hernandez, Billy Sherman, and Phil Gough of Common Sense at the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

A Laguna Beach local, Hernandez is a big proponent of Kahuna Cares Foundation and says he’s looking forward to participating in the Kahuna Charity Golf Tournament and performing at the After Party. 

Hernandez is a passionate advocate of the cause with proceeds from the event benefiting Surfers Healing, OC Autism and Fish for Life, and the countless special needs individuals they serve each year.

Common Sense is involved with the golf tournament because we back the Kahuna Cares Foundation with all of our hearts,” Hernandez said. 

Hernandez met Jennifer Tracy, who cofounded Kahuna Cares Foundation with Veronica Hoggatt, a little more than 20 years ago, he said, when Common Sense was asked to play a benefit with Donovan Frankenreiter to raise money for Surfers Healing.

 “This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with Jennifer. Working with kids with special needs has been a rewarding part of my life ever since,” Hernandez said. “I have been able to pass this along to my son Joshua, who is currently a volunteer surf instructor for Surfers Healing.”

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Common Sense pictured with Isaiah Paskowitz, the son of Surfers Healing founders, will play live at the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on November 2

Tracy’s father the late Terry “Tubesteak” Tracy, was the inspiration for the “Big Kahuna” role in the surf-culture classic Gidget movies. He was the inspiration for founding Kahuna Cares, by honoring his legacy of love for others by raising money for organizations that support the special needs community.

“I knew the icon ‘Tubesteak’ personally. His support at the Surfers Healing events was felt by all. He would tell stories about music in his day and the importance of giving back,” Hernandez said.

 Participants in the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party can soak up the gorgeous surroundings of the Pelican Hill Resort, while enjoying Common Sense perform.

“Common Sense will be playing an unplugged set and hacking up the Pelican golf course,” Hernandez said laughing, “I mean playing in the tournament. “We give our full support to whatever the Kahuna Cares Foundation needs always.” 

Hernandez added, “What I have taken from my experiences with Kahuna Cares Foundation and Surfers Healing is giving and volunteering are essential for the happiness and health of our community.” 

“All I know is that through our Charity Golf Tournament, if we can give back or raise a few dollars to help a special needs child smile as they surf with Surfers Healing, help get toys for the OC Autism annual Christmas party and see the joy in their faces, or see the glow of a special needs child when they catch a fish on their first boat ride with Fish for Life, that will mean the world to us. That’s the reason we’re holding this special event for these very special people,” Tracy said.

To register or find out more information about the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, Nov. 2, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., visit www.kahunacaresfoundation.org

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a brand-new Ford Explorer, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Tuttle-Click Ford Irvine. Other exciting sponsorships include opportunity drawing and auction items: a Honda Center Suite for a Duck’s game, a NASCAR experience, a four-day Mexico Resort trip, and items from Dixon Golf, Krank Golf and more. 


Junior League Juniors discover nature in local regional park

Junior League Juniors walking the park

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The Junior League Juniors group from Newport Beach-based Junior League recently enjoyed a wondrous morning at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. The group had the opportunity to gather around and watch a slideshow regarding the Canyon Two Fire and the impact it had on nature and the park’s local animals.

During the presentation, the children were told of the different animals and types of plants and trees that were indicative of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. They then headed out for a nature walk where the children had a scavenger hunt regarding nature and wildlife.

After the hike, they nestled together for snacks and drinks, and had story time regarding fire safety and what to do and not to do to stay safe. The children didn’t finish there; they each potted a plant with black sage which grows throughout the park. Once each child’s plant grows, he or she can come back with his or her parent and plant it.

This event not only was educational, it involved exercise, story time, and how to care for your own plant.

Junior League of Orange County is located at 5140 Campus Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information on Junior League Juniors, visit www.jlocc.org.


Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns to Segerstrom with Don Quixote

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra performing the classical masterpiece Don Quixote on November 9 - 11 in Segerstrom Hall. Colorful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably inspires in audiences. 

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Mikhailovsky Ballet: Don Quixote features Angelina Vorontsova and Victor Lebedev

It captivates with its spectacular dancing, spirited music and endearing touches. “Don Q” is a ballet loved by all. The November 9 opening night performance as well as Saturday, Nov. 10, will feature Ivan Vasiliev as Basilio, one of his signature roles and a true tour de force. Casts will also include Mikhailovsky stars Victor Lebedev as Basilio, Angelina Vorontsova and Anastasia Soboleva as Kitri.

The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans...the enchanting levity of the “ballet of Spain” will surge onto the stage. Each role demands virtuosity and stamina as the dancers interpret this ballet in their own individual ways. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity, and why each performance holds surprises and becomes an event unto its own.

Single tickets for the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Don Quixote start at $29 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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


On the Harbor: Harbor 20 Fleet 1 results, update on the Harbor Commission and more

By LEN BOSE

Over this last weekend, the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 held its fleet championships with 35 boats participating. Competitors were greeted with sunny skies, cool temperatures and a southerly breeze. Traffic in the five-point area of the harbor was minimal, so the regatta could not have gone off any better. Don Logan and Tom Walker teamed up to provide drone coverage of the regatta that is spectacular and makes you smile while thinking to yourself, “That’s where I hang out.”

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Harbor 20 Fleet 1 regatta

This year’s winners are Cole and Karl Pomeroy in C Fleet. This father-son team, son at the tiller, jumped on the competition as if they were getting on the 405 while heading to the fast lane and never looking back. In B fleet, Anne and Ed Kimball did the same thing; they might have signaled while making a couple lane changes, while taking home the big pickle dish. In A fleet, it was a much tighter race between Argyle Campbell, and Perry and Brian Bissel. Going into the last race the two of them were tied for the lead, and when the marine layer lifted, the Bissells became the new fleet champions. One item to notice is that out of the 35 entries, 20 of the participants are couples, providing a type of cohesiveness over the fleet which is unique to our harbor. If you like to see the drone footage and photos and my complete report, head over to my blog site at www.lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.

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Speaking of video footage, I have to assume most of you by now have seen Coldwell Banker realtor Tim Smith’s video “Teach Me How to Duffy,” a parody on Cali Swag District’s, “Teach Me How To Dougie.” You have to check it out. At first you might ask, “Did Smith really do that?” By the third time you watch it, you will be headed down to your Duffy, copying the dance from the video. This is a promotional video for Smith’s 14,000-square-foot listing on the peninsula which is one of our harbor’s most spectacular. Should any of you find this listing desirable, I will be more than willing to “Teach you how to Duffy,” or better yet – how to Harbor 20. You can search for the video on YouTube or find the link on my blog site.

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I attended this month’s Harbor Commission meeting and it felt good getting back into the mix. I took the summer off to sail with a client on Wednesday nights this summer, so it didn’t take much effort to head down to the meeting. The first change I noticed was that Chris Miller was sitting in the audience rather than behind the staff desk. Miller has been the Harbor Resource Manager for many years and now has moved back to Public Works, I think. He will still be dealing with the dredging, public docks and hands-on around the harbor; he just won’t be working under the new Harbor Master, whoever that turns out to be. My gut tells me this is a huge mistake. Miller brings the continuity to the commission and the council regarding the daily management of the harbor. At this month’s meeting, the commissioners asked five or more questions of the staff, then quickly looked for Miller in the audience for the answers. I am sure it will all work out, but I am getting cranky and don’t always like change. I have little patience for new definitions of the rules. I trust the commissioners and staff took heed to a public comment made by Jim Moser at the end of the meeting, “There are no other committees or commissions in our city that evaluate or encourage code enforcement, so one should be careful.”

This is a good time to review the objectives of the Harbor Commission. I will keep this as simple as I can.

Objective No. 1 – Harbor Dredging. Commissioners Cunningham and Drayton have got this one, which covers everything from Streamline RPG 54, dredging methods and priorities to eelgrass.

Objective No. 2 – Harbor Operations: Work with the Harbor Master office to evaluate mooring management. Commissioners Drayton, Beer and Yahn have this task.

Objective No. 3 – Harbor Improvements: Mooring fields, Shore Facilities and Dock. Commissioners Beer and Drayton.

Objective No. 4 – Harbor Policies, Codes: Update Title 17; Regulations: Harbor Permits. Commissioners Kenny, Blank & Yahn.

Objective No. 5 – Commercial, Rec and Ed Activities: Matters pertaining to the use, control, operation, promotion, and regulation of all watercraft and vessels in the harbor. (Making sure everyone gets along in the harbor.) Commissioners Girling and Kenny.

Objective No. 6 - Long-Term Vision of the Harbor. Commissioners Blank and Cunningham.

If you are like me, and having difficulty making sense of all this, then I strongly recommend you attend the Special Harbor Commission Meeting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17. This is a must attend, so mark your calendar, now. This meeting takes place on one of the car ferries and tours the harbor with the different harbor commissioners reviewing their objectives in person. This is when you can go belly to belly and see if anyone is blowing hot air, or really dredging into the concerns of the harbor. Most of the council members attend along with city staff. I will even be attending, if you would like me to teach you how to Duffy.

Sea ya

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this longtime landmark.

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

Let’s have some fun!

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Stump the Stu

Where would you find this desert garden?

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Many of our Stump the Stu readers knew that this beautifully designed, drought resistant desert garden was located at City Hall. Congratulations to Charles Davison, Debi Doolittle, Don Webb, Dorothy Larson, Jane Owen, Joe Stapleton, Mary Pat Earl, Pam Smith, Paul Blank, Scott Palmer, Shirley Oborny and Steve Rosansky.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Crystal Cove Conservancy Soiree celebrated

Blue 3.2 on Saturday raising $453,000

A sold-out crowd of 450 supporters raised a goal-breaking $453,000 net as all enjoyed an evening under the stars at the 16th annual Crystal Cove Conservancy Soiree on Saturday, Oct 6. The evening was complete with breathtaking sunset views and an elegant dinner catered by title sponsor The Resort at Pelican Hill.

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The Soiree celebrated Blue 3.2 signifying the 3.2 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline at Crystal Cove

 “It was a night to remember! Our 16th Annual Crystal Cove Soiree celebrated Blue 3.2, signifying the 3.2 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline that is the ribbon that makes Crystal Cove State Park the perfect gift to us all,” said Alix Dunn, president and chief executive officer, Crystal Cove Conservancy. “Our guests were reminded of the magic a visit to Crystal Cove State Park has in inspiring us to be its protector and how their support increases student participation in our educational programs conducted in the Crystal Cove outdoor classroom.”

Funds raised at the Soiree will support The Conservancy’s mission and important education programs to help create the next generation of environmental stewards. The Conservancy uses a social enterprise model to fund preservation, conservation and education initiatives with the goal of creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove State Park. The Conservancy has become a national model for how funds can be reinvested into the park.

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The night was complete with and an elegant dinner sponsored and catered by The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Soiree began at sunset with an al fresco cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Resort at Pelican Hill donated the hors d’oeuvres as well as the delectable dinner duo of braised short ribs and Maine lobster. The Beachcomber donated the beverage service for the evening.

A live auction, live music and dancing to Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown rounded out the evening. Guests had opportunities to purchase fabulous luxury silent and live auction items, as well as support fund-a-need, to help with student scholarships for important STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math). In an opportunity drawing, Sonia and Gary Kessler won a three-night stay in the beachfront Crystal Cove Cottage #14, and Karly Davis won the Bin Drop trip to Cabo to stay at Casa Tequila for 3 nights and 4 days.

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Guests enjoyed the sounds of the live band while dancing into the night

Laura Davick, founder and vice president of the Conservancy, noted, “It was a beautiful evening and celebration highlighting our journey of the past 19 years, and the many milestones we strive to accomplish for our future. Knowing this community stands firmly behind us was evidence by so many long-term friends and supporters. This was the first year this event sold out so early and it speaks to the love that our community has for this one unchanged place in the sun.”

For more information on Crystal Cove Conservancy, visit www.crystalcove.org.


Creatures of the Night visit Sherman Library & Gardens

Creatures of the Night snake

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Getting into the Halloween spirit, this family met a snake up close

Creatures of the Night at Sherman Library & Gardens, a sold-out event, took place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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A happy girl decked out in her Hogwarts robe “flies” 

Local families enjoyed an evening of entertainment and education with educators from Project Wild Song (who brought two wolves and a coyote); OC Birds of Prey (who brought a Western Screech Owl, Red Tail Hawk and a Bald Eagle); Santa Ana Zoo (who brought various nocturnal mammals including a cute hedgehog); Adventures in Living Science (who brought tortoises, creepy crawly bugs, scorpions, a tarantula, lizards and snakes); and the horticulture staff from Sherman Gardens who educated guests on composting, carnivorous plants and night-blooming plants.

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This bald eagle visited attendees, courtesy of OC Birds of Prey

All of the youngsters in attendance received a “passport” encouraging them to visit the various educational stations set up throughout the gardens. Upon completion of visiting each station, they redeemed their stamped passports for a prize.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For upcoming events, visit www.slgardens.org.


Clever Buoy shark detection pilot program underway

Clever Buoy dignitaries

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Photos by Lana Johnson

(L-R) Assemblyman Matt Harper, Newport Beach Mayor Duffy Duffield, Smart Marine Systems (SMS) representative, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Newport Beach City Council member Diane Dixon at the press conference to unveil the Clever Buoy System

The City of Newport Beach has partnered with Smart Marine Systems (SMS) out of Australia to conduct a two-month shark detection pilot program near Balboa Pier. Newport Beach is the only city in the U.S. that was sought out to demonstrate and test what is referred to as the Clever Buoy’s technologically advanced real time marine monitoring system. Using state-of-the-art sonar and identification software systems, Clever Buoy relays critical information to lifeguards responsible for our beach safety.

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Clever Buoy 150 yards off Balboa Pier

Located 150 yards beyond Balboa Pier, you can spot the large orange Clever Buoy, that creates a “virtual net” at five deployment locations (three to the south of the pier, and two to the north), covering approximately a 500-yard area, using sonar transducers that are mounted to the ocean floor coupled with newly developed software that scans for marine life; whereby, reflection off the sound creates an image. Once an object is detected in the area, the software interrogates the target’s swimming pattern to determine what is encountered. If the “object” exhibits shark-like movement patterns, information is transmitted to lifeguards within seconds via an app or a tablet, notifying of the exact location, length and direction the species is headed. Clever Buoy operates 24/7, autonomously monitoring marine life and alerting the presence of large animals which could be a threat to beach users.

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Installing Clever Buoy equipment underwater near the pier

This detection project can prove to be beneficial by continuing to attract locals and visitors alike, knowing our beaches are safe. In addition, it also provides water temperature and other weather data. If the deployment proves successful, it could lead to further expansion of Clever Buoy technology at additional Orange County beaches, by seeking funding on county, state and federal levels.

For additional information, visit www.smartmarinesystems.com.


CdM Residents Association to hold monthly meeting

CdM Residents Association Dave Kiff

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Dave Kiff, interim CEO of the Association of California Cities

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Corona del Mat Residents Association Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center.

The featured speaker is Dave Kiff, the interim CEO of the Association of California Cities. He will be addressing the efforts as to what local cities and counties are doing to help curtail homelessness. Kiff is the recently retired Newport Beach City Manager.

For more information, call 949.478.2454 and visit www.cdmra.org.

The meeting takes place at the OASIS Senior Center, Room No. 5, located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.


Art in the Park comes to the Civic Green tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13, the 15th Annual Art in the Park takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Newport Beach Civic Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The day features 120 Southern California artists and artisans who will have their works for sale. Visitors can meet the artists, see their work, and purchase the finest in artwork and crafts in a variety of styles and media – from fine paintings and pottery to photography, fine textiles, jewelry and glass.

This fun family event will have art activities for children (and adults), provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. There will also be food, a wine & beer garden and music, with plenty of free parking.

Proceeds from Art in the Park will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the city, as well as arts and cultural programming in Newport Beach. 

For more information, call 949.548.2411 or visit www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org.


Alzheimer’s OC honors Newport Coast resident

Alzheimer’s Orange County (“AOC”) recently honored Debra Kornswiet-Shandling of Newport Coast for her strength, selflessness and compassion, and for being an incredible primary caregiver to her father for nine years as he battled dementia.

She was recognized at the nonprofit’s 12th Annual Visionary Women Caregivers Luncheon in the event’s Family Caregiver category, which fetes those family members who are on the frontlines (present or past) of providing compassionate care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia.

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Debra Kornswiet-Shandling is honored for her compassionate caregiving

The event was held at the Rancho Las Lomas private estate, zoological garden and special event venue in Silverado. The celebrity speaker was distinguished actress and philanthropist Jane Seymour. She was the executive producer of the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which tells the story of the musician’s farewell tour while dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A total of nine people in five categories were recognized.

With more than 5.5 million Americans affected by Alzheimer’s – 84,000 of which live right here in Orange County – most people are bound to know someone who has been touched by the disease.

“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be an intensely emotional journey,” said Jim McAleer, AOC CEO and president. “We were honored to recognize these incredible individuals who selflessly pour their hearts and energy into improving the lives of those who can no longer care for themselves.”

The event was organized by the Visionary Women Circle of AOC, an advocacy group comprising esteemed community members who mobilize the community to elevate awareness and expand local support of AOC’s no-cost programs through education, advocacy and fundraising.

The group of passionate women includes Julia Argyros, Jacqueline Dupont- Carlson, Jody Hudson, Susan Johnson, Lauren Kear, Jeannie Lawrence, Kirsten Mangers, Sandra McDaniel, Diane Mondini, Beverly Newton-Redfern, Marla Robinson and Stacy Schlinger.

To join the Visionary Women Circle, and for information on upcoming events, call 949.955.9000, or visit the www.alzoc.org.


And the winners are...of the Golden Foodie Awards

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The 2018 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The sold-out event played host to Orange County’s culinary elite who sipped on inventive cocktails and scrumptious food. The red-carpet affair awarded Golden Foodie Statues made out of pewter and plated in 14K Gold to the winners.

The event kicked off on the red carpet. Heads turned as the talented who’s-who joined the affair. The red carpet was full of food celebrities such as Simon Majumdar, known as the Food Network’s “toughest critic” and Master of Ceremonies for the night’s event, Neil Saavedra, of The Fork Report on KFI AM 640, Top Chef Brian Huskey, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Radio & TV personality Chef Jamie Gwen and many more.

Guests indulged in an array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking Newport Beach Country Club, then moved to the ballroom for dinner and the awards ceremony. Celebrity guests, top chefs and food industry icons presented awards in 17 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue.

Among the winners, these Newport Beach standouts took home honors:

–2018 Best Service Award - The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

–Best New Restaurant 2018 - OLEA

–Best Lunch Spot in Orange County 2018 - Taco Rosa

“Each year brings something new and exciting; we are so honored to celebrate our talented and hard-working restaurant community,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association Inc.

For a complete list of winners, visitwww.goldenfoodieawards.com.


SOCO Day of Design features Newport Beach interior designers

SOCO (South Coast Collection) and The OC Mix’s inaugural Day of Design celebration was a huge hit! The day-long event, free and open to the public, was held on Saturday, Oct. 6 in 19 design showrooms throughout SOCO.

Guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at Pirch before Christopher Kennedy, celebrity interior designer, kicked off the day with a keynote at Design Within Reach.

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(L-R): Carrie Williams, moderator, with design panelists Lindye Galloway, Kelly Nutt, Rich Campos, Tracey Troop and Amanda Malson

From there, guests had the option to attend a wide variety of demonstrations, workshops and interactive activities.

Stark hosted the lunchtime panel consisting of design experts Lindye Galloway, Kelly Nutt, Rick Campos, Tracey Troop and Amanda Malson, which was moderated by Carrie Williams of Kitchen Table Marketing + PR, Newport Beach.

Of particular note, Tracey Troop is a Newport Beach, full-service interior designer, serving clients throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties for nearly 20 years. Specializing in high-end interiors, she brings a collaborative spirit to each design project. Amanda Malson is owner and chief designer of Common Standard, a design firm focused on residential, retail and hospitality clients. You’ve seen her work at Lido Marina Village – which she reinvented along with her then business partner, Steve Jones of Better Shelter. Kelly Nutt, of Kelly Nutt Design, who worked for Barclay Butera before opening her own design firm in 2007, has completed numerous projects in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar from ground-up construction to full-scale renovation. Lindye Galloway, who owns a full-service design firm in Orange County, has eye-catching, trend setting project design that has been viewed during the Corona del Mar Home Tour.

The celebration ended with a short film screening at Ligne Roset, complimentary wine and the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.


Sandcastle builders, spectators “had a ball” at the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest

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Sandcastle for UPS and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Whether you were a sandcastle/sculpture builder or a spectator at the 57th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Big Corona State Beach, the day was filled with enthusiasm, teamwork, creativity and fun by all who experienced this much-anticipated event – complete with great fall weather.

This year’s theme, “Have A Ball,” was presented by The UPS Store and hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and 25 teams competed – more than any other year.

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The People’s Choice Award went to Sandcrabs for Cinderella

Here are this year’s winners:

Best Overall Creation – Commodores Award 

L.B. Posse who received $100

People’s Choice Award – Best Creation

Sandcrabs for their Cinderella Ball, No. 18 who received $100

Best Display of Theme

OCAS, No. 11 who received $50 

Most Humorous Creation

Dixie, No. 25 who received $50

Junior Division

1st Place – Chalk Preschool, No. 10 who received $25

Most Unique Sandcastle

1st Place – Sandcrabs for their Cinderella Ball, No. 18 who received $50

2nd Place – Sand and Deliver, No. 17 

3rd Place – Long Beach Ballers, No. 9 

Most Unique Sandsculpture

1st Place – Doggie Walk Bags for their Octopus featuring “Mr. Sandcastle” Chris Crosson, No. 1 who received $50

2nd Place – Sandcrabs Too, No. 19

3rd Place – Commercial Fire Protection, No. 16 

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Commercial Fire Protection gained accolades for their dolphins sculpture

In addition to incredible sand creations, the event featured food and activities for the kids.

For more information, visit www.newportbeach.com.


Shed some light on your shadow during Shadow Play

Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows have lives of their own – some are more mischievous than others.

Watch one boy’s clever shadow come to life in Shadow Play at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This interactive and immersive theater experience by New York’s Trusty Sidekick Theater Company is presented through the Center’s Education Department and is part of the Center’s Family Series. Each production is designed to inspire young imaginations and create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater. Shadow Play is ideal for children 5 - 8 years old and their families. 

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Shadow Play

Performances of Shadow Play take place Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The Saturday, Nov. 17 performance at 10 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance designed for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. The Sunday, Nov. 18 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted.

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

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

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


They Fired it Up! at the Balboa Bay Resort

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(L-R) Chef Tyler Anderson, NBWF Founder and CEO Stefanie Salem and Chef Joe Flamm

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, returned for its fifth year this weekend, Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

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Chef Christopher Scott, Butterfunk Kitchen

One of the very special events was the Fire It Up! Party at the Balboa Bay Resort.

All dishes were prepared over a barbecue, with offerings from Hubert Keller; Top Chef Winner Joe Flamm; Top Chef Alumni Brian Huskey, Carrie Baird, Christopher Scott, Fatima Ali and Joe Sasto; NBC’s Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander; and Balboa Bay Resort executive chef Rachel Haggstrom.

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Chef Amar Santana, John Wortmann and Chef Brian Huskey

Live music by “Common Sense” kept the lively mood going as the sun set; then many boarded the Hornblower’s Endless Dreams yacht for the Celebrity Chef Twilight Cruise on the harbor following the barbecue.


Renowned psychologist speaks at Harbor Day School tonight

Renowned psychologist speaks Michael Thompson

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Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., join Harbor Day School as renowned psychologist, consultant and author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. addresses “Navigating your child’s social worlds,” when he speaks to the community offering parenting strategies and tools to use at home.

Dr. Thompson’s talk is for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children’s life in school. In his book, The Pressured Child, and in this talk, he shares stories from the trenches, taking parents and teachers into the school day experience of children, illuminating how they manage their school careers and how the best educators and wisest parents can support them along the way.

A supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School, specializing in children and families, Dr. Thompson has worked in more than 700 schools across the U.S., as well as in international educational institutions in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The event that is free of charge and takes place in the Moiso Family Activities Center. To RSVP, visit www.Harborday.org/events.

Harbor Day School is located at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.


OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall welcomes new supervisor

The OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall welcomes Carol Singleton as the new supervisor.

“I took over August 1, right in the middle of the 2018 OC Fair and was immediately struck by the staff’s enthusiasm for and commitment to this amazing piece of history,” Singleton said. “I heard appreciation from visitors of the exhibit as well, particularly how much they enjoyed chatting with our veteran docents – who volunteered countless hours this summer to ensure guests had a meaningful experience. Veterans and their families expressed their appreciation for the Bravemind exhibit for shining a light on post-traumatic stress disorder in the military.” 

The Bravemind exhibit runs through December, followed by a new exhibit that focuses one the prisoner of war experience.

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Singleton shares some exciting events coming to the veteran’s hall this fall.

On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., VOICES returns to Heroes Hall. This free event features local veterans (including Singleton) recounting their stories of their military service. Due to the mature content, the performance is not recommended for children under 13 years of age. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., OC Fair & Event Center is joining forces with the Orange County Employees Association to host the annual Veterans Day Celebration and recognition of the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free hot dogs, music, activities for kids, resources for veterans, and much more.

They will also be honored to host some special private events as well. On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Wounded Warriors Project will hold their 15-year anniversary dinner in the courtyard. Then on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Injured Warrior Appreciation Run (IWAR) and the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association will be stopping by for tours and lunch. 

Heroes Hall is located next to Centennial Farms at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visitwww.ocfair.com.


NMUSD presents College & Career Night

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Students in grades 7 through 12 – start planning your future by attending Newport Mesa Unified School District’s Next Steps College and Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Pavilion and the Santa Ana Pavilion at the OC Fair and Event Center, located at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

More than 200 colleges and universities will be represented, as well as interactive career demonstration exhibits in the career sectors of health and medical, engineering and information technology, and hospitality and tourism.

Breakout sessions will be offered in Spanish and English in the Santa Ana Pavilion for students and parents interested in Financial Aid, CSU System overview, Community College Overview and Writing Great College Essays.

If you are in need of a ride, transportation permission slips are at the community facilitator’s office at your school. Free shuttle buses will be available at these locations with pick-up times: Whittier School, 6:45 p.m.; REA School, 6:30 p.m.; and Estancia High School, 6:45 p.m.

For more information and the evening’s presentations, visit the College & Career Fair website at www.nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/collegecareernight.


Newport Mesa Family YMCA hosts “Fit Fest”

YMCA of Orange County hosted more than 300 community members at the inaugural “Fit Fest” at the Newport Mesa Family YMCA to provide the local community with resources to practice healthy exercising and proper nutrition for the whole family.

“Fit Fest” included the following group exercise classes: Cycle, CXWORX, Les Mills TONE™, BARRE™ and BODYPUMP™, Boot Camp, Yoga, Youth Class, HIGH Fitness, HIIT and aqua aerobics. In addition to these high-energy classes, attendees also had the opportunity to seek advice from fitness experts, receive proper equipment orientations, personal training demonstrations, health assessments, facility tours, healthy food guides and giveaways.

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Guests were also encouraged to visit the vendor booths during the event to learn more about leading healthy living. Vendors included Sprouts, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Lululemon, Airbornne, Probiotic Drink, InBody, doTerra Essential Oils and Youth Martial Arts.

The YMCA of Orange County is aware of its responsibility to the community. To meet this responsibility, the organization is focused on improving lives and strengthening character by fostering youth and family development, healthy living and social responsibility. YMCA provides fitness programs, group exercise classes and facilities, as well as educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and youth programs to keep children active and engaged.

For more information and a schedule of the group exercise classes, visit the website at www.ymcaoc.org/newport-mesa-family-ymca.

Newport Mesa Family YMCA is located at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach.


NBFD held Fire Service Day/Open House on Oct. 7

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The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) held its annual Fire Service Day/House Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fire Station No. 7, located at 20401 SW Acacia St., Newport Beach

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Fun for the entire family, there were station tours; live rescue demonstrations; live structure; auto extrications; fire, paramedic and lifeguard displays; and activities for the kids. The event was free and families truly enjoyed the experience of what goes on at the fire department.

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Locals rolled up their sleeves for Dory Deli Clean Up 

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Locals rolled up their sleeves and came out in full force during the 5th annual Dory Deli Beach Clean Up on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – all for a great cause. They met up at Tower 22 near Newport Pier for free coffee, hot cocoa, bags and gloves...then hit the beach.

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Volunteers successfully cleaned up 225 lbs. of trash at Blackie’s Beach, partnering with local schools including Newport Elementary, Newport Heights Elementary, Newport Harbor High School, as well as local nonprofits including Surfrider Newport Beach, the Ben Carlson Memorial Foundation, Drains To Ocean, Eco-Warrior, SOY (Save Our Youth), and The Board Club. 

Stay tuned for Dory Deli’s next beach clean up, scheduled for March 2019.


Amazing weekend at Newport Beach Wine & Food

By LANA JOHNSON

Amazong weekend Jet and Stef

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Celebrity Chef Jet Tila and NBWF Founder & CEO Stefanie Salem

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, celebrated its fifth year this weekend with great fanfare.

The Grand Tasting, hosted again at the Newport Beach Civic Center from October 6 - 7, featured small plates from more than 40 of Orange County’s top restaurants, more than 250 varieties of world-class wines, beers, and spirits, celebrity chef cooking demos and sommelier seminars.

Because I am such a foodie, I spent most of my time at the chef demos...and they did not disappoint. Here’s what I experienced firsthand.

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Pyrotechnics at its best as Celebrity Chef Richard Blais torches his fish cooked in liquid beeswax

On Saturday, Chef Richard Blais, of Juniper & Ivy and The Crack Shack, wowed the crowd with his exuberance as he prepared his fried fish cod sandwich battered with Duke’s Whiskey. He poached his fish in liquid beeswax. Then his love of gastronomy was taken to a new level when he doused his gazpacho with liquid nitrogen!

Next chef up was Jet Tila, whose family founded Royal Thai in the 1980s. He demonstrated his famous drunken noodles (the quintessential street food) and shared that the secret to Asian cuisine is knowing how to balance hot, sour, salt, sweet and savory ingredients. If you want to find out more, go buy his book, 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die. I did...and the recipes are enticing.

I was thrilled at the end of Jet’s demonstration, when he handed me his apron and was so kind afterward to sign it.

Amazing weekend Hubert ands Phillioe

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(L-R) Acclaimed French chefs Hubert Keller and Phillipe Haddad team up for their scallops tartare

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch the last two demos later in the afternoon.

French chefs Hubert Keller and Phillipe Haddad took the stage...the entire experience was humorous and uplifting. Yes, they cooked together, but their interaction was hilarious, to the point where Hubert asked the audience, “Do you understand what he’s saying (referring to Phillipe), because I don’t understand his accent.” But the pièce de résistance was when they put caviar in their glasses of Champagne!

The last demo of the day brought two Top Chef Season 15 finalists together: Christopher Scott from Butterfunk Kitchen and the pasta king, Joe Sasto. Christopher made his down home savory beignets with pimento cheese sauce, while Joe shared his homemade pasta secrets then filled his mesalunas (half-moon shaped pasta) with Chris’ pimento cheese blend.

I think the thing I came away with was that these chefs I watch on TV all the time and learn so much from are extremely committed to their craft, humble and want to share their culinary expertise with all of us in a very gracious way. 

I am so glad for that.

Amazing weekend Scott and Sasto

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(L-R) Top Chef alums from Season 15 Christopher Scott and Joe Sasto, show their culinary talents: Christopher fries his savory beignets with pimento cheese dipping sauce and Joe shares messaluna homemade pasta stuffed with pimento sauce


Lido Village Books has some exciting events in October

You won’t want to miss these exciting events taking place at Lido Village Books...so mark your calendar.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, celebrated yacht designer Ron Holland will be holding a book signing from 5 - 6 p.m. He will be sharing his book, All the Oceans – Designing by the seat of my pants. Holland drew his first yacht at 19 years of age and made a name for himself as one of the most successful and sought-after designers in the highly competitive world of international yacht racing. For more than 50 years, Holland’s innovative designs have repeatedly shaken up the world of sailing.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., join the Pen on Fire Speaker Series hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett featuring two distinguished authors.

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, including most recently, Gangster Nation, a sequel to the international bestseller and Hammett Prize finalist Gangsterland; The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer; and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Deborah Reed is the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire – which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first six months, and Carry Yourself Back to Me – an Amazon Editor’s Best Book of the year. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

Go to www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series/ to purchase tickets.

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And kids...there’s something special just for you! On Thursday, Oct. 18 from 10 - 11 a.m., join the fun at Little Lido Kids Club. Will the barnyard animals trick or treat Farmer Brown? Find out in Click, Clack, Boo! – a Halloween tale from the No. 1 bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Then, have fun making a craft hosted by French Buckets. RSVP by 8 p.m. on October 17 to be eligible for prizes. Go to www.lidovillagebooks.com to register.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach.


ENC’s Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch this weekend

ENCs Fall Faire Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is holding its 43rd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This family-friendly festival attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy delicious food from local restaurants at their Savor OC Restaurant & Caterer Showcase, entertainment on the Fire Circle Stage, a pumpkin patch, children’s games and crafts, face painting (where kinds can get spiders, bats and pumpkins painted on their faces), a variety of barnyard animals, pony rides, a petting zoo, hawks and owls from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center and more.

 Join the Craft Crawl and hike through the Center to five different craft stations. Craft Crawl donation is just $5 per participant, which includes a reusable ENC shopping bag. Bring your own reusable cup and receive free lemonade and water.

All proceeds of the Faire help the ENC provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

Parking is limited, so if you are close by, please ride your bike or walk.

For more information, visit www.encenter.org.

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


OC Market Place to hold luau, craft beer festival

The Orange County Market Place, Towne Park Brewery, Chihuahua and additional local breweries are holding Orange County Eats: Luau and Craft Beer Festival on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Guests can partake in sampling craft brews, eating from a Hawaiian-inspired buffet complete with a full roasted pig, and jamming out to music from L.A.vation, a U2 Tribute band local to Southern California.

Admission into this event and the OC Market Place is free to the public with a pre-RSVP ticket. Day of admission without a ticket is $2. The Orange County Market Place will operate concurrently with the Luau and Craft Beer Festival, offering shopping and services from hundreds of small, local businesses in the area.

Guests attending the festival can purchase a lanyard for sampling for $20 at the event. The 10-sample lanyard is good for guests’ choice of craft beer and cider selections from Towne Park, Kona, Ace, Chihuahua, Golden Road, 4 Sons, Left Coast and more. The sampling lanyard comes with a souvenir sampling cup provided by Towne Park Brewery, festive lei and pretzel necklace. Hang around for a variety of games, good music, and a variety of food and beverages.

Pre-RSVP tickets are available for purchase at http://bit.ly/oceatsluau. 

Orange County Market Place is located at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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Newport Beach A Look Back 10.9.18

A man guiding a blind woman down the 200 block of Onyx in the 1930s

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this desert garden?

Stump the Stu 10.9.18

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Stump the Stu found this beautiful desert garden. Where are these exquisite succulents thriving?

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

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

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


Sign of the times

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

This was a tough one and we received no correct answers for this new business in town. It’s eye candy, a lash and brow bar in Westcliff Court...so ladies, check it out.

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 10.9.18

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Newport Beach Police Association releases letter of endorsement for Council candidates

TomJohnsonThe Newport  Beach Police Association posted a letter of endorsement for Newport Beach City Council candidates on their website. Their endorsements were given to incumbents Diane Dixon, Kevin Muldoon, Duffy Duffield and Scott Peotter.

Now, I’m not here to question their choices, I’m here to question how they arrived at their end result.

In their letter they say, “Our Political Action Committee (PAC) has taken the time to interview candidates who were willing to sit down with us. These candidates allowed us the opportunity for both sides to educate each other, express concerns, and provide input on the City’s current and future actions. There is no doubt all the candidates we spoke with are passionate about our community, and that is a sentiment we echo as we serve this beautiful city every day.”

Here’s the problem, none of the challengers were even contacted by the PAC to present their ideas and views. None.

“I never received an email from them…a letter from them…a phone call from them…a fax from them...a text from them,” said Roy Englebrecht, running for District 4, “nothing. The letter they wrote to residents is intellectually dishonest!”

“I am in the same boat as Roy,” said District 1 challenger Mike Glenn, “nothing.”

“There are only about 10 people who run the NBPD Union, and do it on their own accord,” Glenn added. “It does not surprise me that even though we are in the middle of an unfunded pension crisis, the NBPD Union has decided to go with the four players who even gave our dog catcher a raise to over $182,000 in total compensation.

“However, any police officer who was involved with this press release has lost all public trust, as what they have said is a blatant lie.”

“No, I was not asked,” said District 3 challenger Tim Stoaks.

I did not hear back from District 6 challenger Joy Brenner, but apparently she received the same cold shoulder.

The letter from the Police Association closes by encouraging readers to contact the Association or their consultant, Peter Mitchell, from PM Consulting. They attached an email to contact Mitchell but attempts to hear from him continually bounced back as undeliverable. 

An additional attempt to contact the union leaders themselves went unanswered.

Again, I’m not questioning who they ended up selecting, but the exclusion of all challengers, all of whom I’m told “were willing to sit down,” which to me, renders the endorsements not credible.

Elections are important, the Police Association should do better.

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If you haven’t met new City Manager Grace Leung, here’s your chance. The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will feature her at their Good Morning CdM breakfast on Thursday, Oct.11, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Leung will offer city updates.

At the same meeting, there will be a ballot review from legislative offices including councilman Scott Peotter, and representatives from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, State Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

For more info, go here.


Vanessa Williams to open Pacific Symphony’s Pops Series

Pacific Symphony won’t save the best for last in the opening of the 2018-19 Pops season with the sensational entertainment star Vanessa Williams. Led by Pops conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony joins Williams to celebrate her career for two nights at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with a program of her icon hits such as “That’s Entertainment,” “Dreamin’,” “Love Is Love,” and “Save the Best for Last.” The Symphony will also play the Hollywood themes from the film scores of Splash, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Animal House and Airplane.

This concert takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 - 13 at 8 p.m. Single tickets start at $45.

Vanessa Williams

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Award-winning Vanessa Williams graces the Segerstrom stage on October 12 - 13

For more than two decades, Williams has made her name known in almost all facets of the entertainment scene – music, film, television and on the theatrical stage. In 2007, she was given a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for her notable and prestigious career. In 2010, she was additionally recognized for her successful career of film, television, stage and recordings and her international achievement by the International Foreign Press Academy for the Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry.

In music, she received a NAACP nomination for Outstanding Jazz Artist in 2009 for her album The Real Thing, released by Concord Records. She has also earned several Grammy nominations with her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days, including the single of Academy Award-winning status, “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas. She also has two holiday albums among the array of her discography; Star Bright and Silver & Gold, including the greatest hits album, Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years and a collection of 1970s love songs, Everlasting Love.

In 1986, she starred in Under the Gun for her film debut and went on to work in features such as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance With Me, Light It Up, Shaft, Johnson Family Vacation, My Brother, Somebody Like You, Disney’s Hannah Montana: The Movie, and Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.

Williams began focusing on Broadway with the 1994 musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Chita Rivera. She was recognized in 2002 with a Tony Award for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. She later worked in Carmen Jones at the Kennedy Center, St. Louis Woman, an Encore! staged series and a 2010 Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim at The Roundabout Theatre. In 2013, she performed the role of Jessie Mae in the Tony-nominated production, The Trip to Bountiful, costarring with Cicely Tyson, later reprising this role for a television adaption for Black History Month in 2014.

Her most notable roles in television consisted of her work on the ABC series “Ugly Betty” as Wilhelmina Slater, which garnered her three Emmy nominations including individual and ensemble nominations and awards from SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Award. Currently, Williams will appear in the third season of the TNT series “The Librarians” and recently she is seen in the VH1 series “Daytime Divas” based on the Star Jones book Satan Sisters that premiered on June 5, 2017.

For more information on the Pops Package, the concert or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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


There’s still time to enter to win a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14

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Welcome to Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14, just steps from the sand

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach – the restored South Beach Suite. The winner of the opportunity drawing will receive three nights in the two-story, two bedroom, two bath oceanfront cottage – No. 14. Occupancy is six guests.

This is the only Crystal Cove cottage with a king-sized bed, large, sunny living room and expansive private outdoor deck just steps from the sand.

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The large sunny living room

Tickets to the opportunity drawing: $100 per ticket; $500 for seven (7) tickets. All existing cottage rental rules apply. Reservation dates to be coordinated with Crystal Cove Conservancy. Restrictions apply. The 2019 reservation dates include: January 11 - 13; February 8 - 10; March 8 - 10; April 12 - 14; May 10 - 12; June 14 - 16; July 12 - 14; August 9 - 11; September 13 - 15; October 11 - 13; November 8 - 10; and December 13 - 15.

Winners will be drawn at the annual soiree that’s been held this Saturday, Oct. 6. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified after the soiree on Friday, Oct. 12.

To purchase tickets, call Crystal Cove Conservancy at 949.376.6200, ext. 201.


Rotary club holds barbecue, pumpkin carving party for Okazaki exchange students

Rotary Club holds barbecue exchange students

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Newport Beach and Okazaki have been sister cities for 34 years

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Newport Balboa Rotary Club and the Newport Beach Sister City Association entertained exchange students visiting from Okazaki, Japan at a neighborhood park on Private Road. The festive evening featured a barbecue and pumpkin carving party.

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Rotarians grilling burgers for the evening’s barbecue

The Okazaki students arrived in Newport Beach on September 27. Early October 3, the students departed for Japan to return to their homes. While in Newport Beach with their host families and going to school, they enjoyed many activities like going to the beach, having a painting party at Timree‘s Paint Studio in Westcliff and the famous Pumpkin Carving party. Many wonderful memories of Newport Beach go with them as they return to their families.

Rotary Club holds barbecue pumpkin carving party

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Getting busy during the pumpkin carving party

Newport Beach and Okazaki have been sister cities for 34 years. Each year, seven local students and two teachers from the eighth grade class are selected to visit Okazaki, live with a host family and go to a Japanese school. 

To find out more about Newport Balboa Rotary Club, visit www.newportbeachrotary.com.


NMUSD celebrates accomplishments and shares goals at annual breakfast

By LANA JOHNSON

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments CdM Cheer

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CdM Cheer welcomes attendees to the morning’s State of the Schools Breakfast

On Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, school staff and students, civic leaders, city service personnel, along with community notables and supporters came together at the Newport-Mesa State of the Schools Breakfast held at Corona del Mar High School to engage, be informed and garner a better understanding of what is occurring in our school district and how it is pursuing its goals.

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro

Guests were enthusiastically greeted by the CdM High School cheer team as we were directed into the gymnasium to enjoy breakfast and the morning’s presentations.

We were welcomed by Vicki Snell, president of the NMUSD board of education and Pat Courter, president of the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation. Our national anthem was led by the Newport Beach Police Department Cadets color guard with music by the CdM High School Madrigals. CdM Principal Kathy Scott shared a special school welcome, followed by a whimsical vignette from CdM Middle School Drama students and a video featuring CdM Middle and High School’s diverse offerings and programs, much of which was from the students’ point of view.

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments CdM ASB students

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CdM ASB students holding goodie bags to present to attending guests

The State of the Schools address spearheaded by NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro encompassed five major themes: Paying it Forward, Recruiting & Retaining the Best, Caring for All Kids, Cultivating the Best & Brightest and Safety – Top Priority. Dr. Navarro stated, “Everything we do today, is about tomorrow...paying it forward, whereby most of our funding goes to people who interact with our students.”

With respect to Recruiting & Retaining the Best, NMUSD ranks 20 in certificated personnel in the country with some of the lowest class sizes. An emphasis is on providing leadership opportunities for both certificated and classified employees in addition to professional development for the district, which is 2,700 strong.

Regarding Caring for All Kids, much time and attention is directed to the most challenging and vulnerable students. For those with special needs, the goal is to have them attend regular classes as much as possible, and bring special services in to enhance growth and development. In fact, NMUSD is the only school district in Orange County to run a school health center, and this past year, four additional school psychologists were hired.

Crisis Support has been a diligent goal. Sixteen schools have been recognized with successful programs regarding Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS). This is a discipline process centered upon making students accountable for their action and also providing them support to improve. It is proactive and positive, as opposed to reactive and punitive. It finds ways to promote and encourage positive behavior, as opposed to focusing on the undesirable behavior.

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments Katrina Foley

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Costa Mesa Councilmember Katrina Foley with Costa Mesa High School ASB students

Cultivating the Best & Brightest is so inspiring, as 96 percent of our students are college and career ready. Out of 3,000 students, at least one or more are attending AP (advance placement) and IB (international baccalaureate) classes. In addition, there are three new Career Technical Pathways which are educational programs centered on industry-driven needs. They are Engineering and Design at CdM High School (we already have this at Costa Mesa High School), Patient Care Pathway (medical academy) at Estancia High School, and Production and Managerial Arts Pathway at Newport Harbor High School.

Safety – Top Priority relies very heavily on the value of partnerships with parents, community, law enforcement, the FBI and Homeland Security. NMUSD has partnered with Newport Beach-based Titan HST, which has developed a comprehensive emergency alert and mass notifications system, that employs cutting-edge technology in advance of a life-threatening situation; there’s a standard visitor management system in place that lets each school know who is on campus at every given moment, and there is also additional access to the website via the Public Information Office.

The program ended with ASB student ambassadors taking the stage from all six high schools.

I came away with how important community collaboration is to making our schools excel.


57th Annual Sandcastle Contest this Sunday

57th Annual Sandcastle Pirates

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

This pirates creation at last year’s contest wished passersby a trick-r-treat

Whether you are a novice or experienced sandcastle builder, enter the 57th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest taking place this Sunday, Oct. 7 at Big Corona State Beach from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Have A Ball,” presented by The UPS Store and hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. There is still time to sign up your team, or just bring the family to see the creations and have a great day at the beach.

The event attracts thousands of spectators and contest participants ranging from seasoned professionals to first timers. Get your team together – family, friends, work, church or school group. You can even win a cash prize!

57th Annual Sandcastle Pirate Ship

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Ahoy, matey aboard this pirate ship sandcastle at last year’s event

In addition to incredible sand creations, the event will feature food and activities for youngsters.

When you sign up a team, it includes eight T-shirts.

Team costs: Families or Civic Organizations: $30; Businesses: $40; and Masters Class: $60.

For participation and registration, and sponsorship opportunities, call 949.729.4400, or visit www.newportbeach.com.


Stump the Stu

Where does this red, white and blue piece of history hang?

Stump the Stu 10.5.18

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Our Stump the Stu readers knew where this red, white and blue barber pole is displayed, adorning the front of Coast Barber Shop at 333 Magnolia in Corona del Mar – lovingly referred to as “Fast Eddie’s.” Congratulations to Alice Brownell, Bill Finster, Charles Davison, Debra Allen, Jim Kaminsky and Joe Stapleton, many of whom shared found memories of getting their hair cut here. This establishment has been there for 40 years.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Sunday concert at Marina Park features Tijuana Dogs 

Sunday concert at Marina Park Tijuana Dogs

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

This Sunday, Oct. 7, the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department presents Concert at Marina Park featuring the Tijuana Dogs from 4 - 6 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, rock, R&G and pop sounds. Bring your beach chair and blanket, and nature will provide the beautiful harbor views. Food will be available for purchase. Parking is available.

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

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


You Must Remember This: The Masters (family, not the golf tournament)

By NANCY GARDNER

Chuck Masters was the only man I ever met who could wear an ascot and not look affected. I don’t know anything about his antecedents, but I suspect he was like Fred Astaire, someone from a place like Omaha who remade himself into something much more debonair. Dee Dee Masters, his wife, was tiny, like an atom as opposed to a piece of thistle down. If she had been born 20 years later, with her energy and smarts she would have been Trump’s opponent in the election instead of Hillary, and for sure she would have been the Democratic candidate. The Masters were lifelong liberals in our conservative community.

Chuck was a builder with a significant local legacy, particularly in Corona del Mar with at least three commercial buildings he built and managed with the help of Dee Dee. The building at Poppy and PCH is still called the Masters Building. In addition to commercial properties, he built a number of private homes including the one in China Cove where they lived for many years – the first house on the left when you drive down the hill. The house was the frequent site of Gardner/Masters card games, always accompanied by an excellent meal. (It is interesting how many of my parents’ friends were great cooks. Maybe that was my mother’s way of compensating for her own indifferent skills).

A good friend of the cartoonists Virgil Partch and Dick Shaw, Chuck was a member of the Balboa Island Punting and Sculling Society which meant he was often at the Village Inn for a toddy with other members of that august organization. He was part of the crew that sailed the Society’s flagship, Michigan, to Las Vegas, and both husband and wife were on board that somewhat unseaworthy vessel for other notable voyages, including the duel with a ferry from San Diego. 

You Must Remember This Masters cartoon

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Cartoonist Virgil Partch’s drawing of a typical “Michigan” outing

A typical Michigan outing is memorialized in one of Partch’s cartoons (pictured above). Chuck and Dee Dee are labeled: Chuck looking like it’s much too early to be out of bed. The figure in glasses in a red shirt is Partch, who drew the cartoon. The “admiral” in black garb is Shaw, and my father is behind him, easily identified because of his eyebrows. As can be seen, alcohol was a critical component of any Michigan voyage.

The Masters had two children. My mother always shook her head over their daughter, Tina. “Dee Dee is always doing her homework. I don’t know how Tina’s ever going to make it in the world with Dee Dee doing everything for her.” Well, Dee Dee couldn’t take the LSAT or the bar exam for her daughter, and despite my mother’s head shaking, Tina did splendidly in both and then went on to establish a solid legal practice for herself in Toluca Lake where she now practices.

Firstborn Charlie was into art. A favorite event was the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, where he and his father were regular attendees. He was also into surfing, making Reef Point his home beach. He got into drugs for a period. It was a difficult time for the family, as it always is, but eventually he cleaned up and became a stalwart at AA. He also began to help with the family business, Corona del Mar Realty, eventually taking over all the property management. After his folks died, Charlie lived in the house in China Cove until his own death last year.

Dee Dee was actually Chuck’s second wife. Adding to the worldly aura that surrounded him, Chuck’s first wife was a maharani. It must have been a very amicable dissolution, because the maharani left bequests to both Tina and Charlie, but then a man who could pull off an ascot could certainly pull off an amicable divorce.

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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.


Malibu Farm opens in Lido Marina Village

Malibu Farm has opened its first Orange County location at Lido Marina Village. The farm-to-table restaurant – best known for its fresh, organic and local ingredients – is right on the water in a beautiful space.

The menu is be a “best of” combo between the current Malibu Farm Cafe and Malibu Farm Restaurant & Bar menus, as well as some exclusive specials to the Lido Marina Village location. Welcome owners Helene and John to their new locale.

The wildly popular farm-to-table eatery, Malibu Farm originated with communal dinners at Chef Helene Henderson’s two-acre hillside farm in Malibu. Since then, her concept has expanded to include waterfront outposts in Lanai and Miami, with her recent debut in Newport Beach.

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Asked about her choice of Lido Marina Village as Malibu Farm’s newest presence, Helene said, “Lido Marina Village is impeccably curated, perfectly scaled, and we are thrilled to be open in such a spectacular waterfront location.”

Holding true to Malibu Farm’s fresh, local and organic approach, the Lido Marina Village location serves the restaurateur’s full, simple-yet-stylish menu. Additionally, this location features Malibu Farm’s first-ever ice cream shop, offering organic and vegan ice creams. As if it couldn’t get any better, there is an adjacent boutique and marketplace carrying Malibu Farm’s favorite cooking, home and lifestyle items.

Malibu Farm is now open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with dinner service expected soon.

Upcoming fall and holiday events:

Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.: Free pumpkin carving (while supplies last) – outside the retail shop plus a petting zoo.

All of December – Let it Snow at Malibu Farm, beginning at 5 p.m. daily, with free hot chocolate and Glogg.

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.: Gingerbread house decorating, reservations required – outside the retail shop; a fee is involved.

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.: Santa Lucia (Swedish holiday) – reservations recommended, but not required.

–Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa – no reservations are required.

Malibu Farm is located at 3420 Via Oporto, Ste. 101 and 3416 Via Oporto, Ste. 104, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.malibu-farm.com.


OASIS Senior Center to hold Rummage Sale

OASIS Senior Center Rummage Sale Tags

OASIS Senior Center will be holding a Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 2 (admission $3) and Saturday, Nov. 3 (no admission cost).

They will begin collecting donated items in Room 4 at OASIS on Monday, Oct. 22. They can accept housewares, kitchen items, small electric appliances, linens, jewelry, collectibles, nice small furniture, sale antiques, purses, notions, office supplies, arts & crafts, pictures/picture frames, books, toys, sports equipment, holiday items and decorations.

They are not able to accept clothing, electronics, large furniture, TVs, or common vases.

This is one of two major fundraisers for the OASIS Senior Center and donations are tax deductible. So, get ready to clean out your closets and garage to help make this fundraiser successful.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.644.3244.


Save the Date: Honoring our Citizen of the Year

Locals are invited to the Citizen of the Year Gala, being held Friday, Nov. 2 at Balboa Bay Resort. Presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newport Beach, the evening will recognize Debbie Snavely with this distinguished honor.

The evening kicks off with a no-host cocktail reception with butler passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner with wine and dancing with live entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Business or cocktail attire is recommended. The cost is $125 per person; Tables of 10 are $1,250.

Save the Date Honoring Debbie Snavely

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2018 Citizen of the Year Debbie Snavely

Snavely’s distinguished career with Marriott International began 33 years ago as a front desk intern at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Over the next 15 years, she remained in Anaheim, gaining invaluable leadership experience as Front Office Manager, Director of Convention Services, Director of Event Management, and ultimately Resident Manager. During her tenure there, she also championed several corporate-related initiatives. For the past 18 years, she has served as General Manager at various hotels in Southern California.

Over the course of her career, Snavely was a part of the opening team for several hotels, domestically and internationally, including Surfer’s Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Going beyond her day job overseeing the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, Snavely chairs the Newport Beach tourism business improvement district board and the board of directors for Newport Beach & Co., the city’s destination marketing agency. She’s also a member of the Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club and is a member of its board of directors, also playing host and organizer of the organization’s Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner.

According to Newport Beach Chamber President Steve Rosansky, Snavely personally makes the centerpieces for the Chamber’s Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade awards dinner. Gary Sherwin, Newport Beach and Co.’s President shares she transcends the hospitality business, with gestures like providing lunches for meetings of the Newport Beach Foundation leadership development organization.

As part of her commitment to further excel in leadership, Snavely has held several high-ranking positions within the community. They include Chairman of Marriott’s Orange County Business Council; Co-chair of Marriott’s Western Region Diversity Council and Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

An Orange County native, born and raised in Garden Grove, and studying hospitality at Cal State Fullerton, Snavely lives in Corona del Mar with her husband, Ned.

To make reservations for the gala, visit www.newportbeach.com.

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


Join Sherman Library & Gardens for Book Talk

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Join Sherman Library & Gardens for Book Talk – Plague in Paradise: The Black Death in Los Angeles, 1924 to be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Book synopsis: Plague in Paradise is a powerful narrative of the 1924 Los Angeles pneumonic plague outbreak and gives readers an all-encompassing view of what happened during this turbulent time. The terror of the two-week span that took the lives of almost 50 people created a scene of unrest not only for the victims and their families in the Mexican community, but also for the Los Angeles city government. Plague in Paradise dives into the manifestations of fear, racism, and greed that the civic and medical leaders had to confront in their quest to transform Los Angeles into the “Paradise of the West.”

Author Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature.

The event is free. RSVP at 949.673.1880, or online at www.slgardens.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes this could be a tough one, as it’s a new business. But where would you find this captivating “eye”?

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

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 10.5.18

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Good Morning CdM features new city manager

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce presents Good Morning Corona de Mar on Thursday, Oct.11 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Come meet and welcome our new Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung, who will provide a city update.

Good Morning CdM features Grace Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Also, there will be a Ballot Review from our legislative offices, with updates from these representatives: Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

Bring a friend or colleague. No RSVP is necessary and the event is free of charge with complimentary refreshments.

Good Morning Corona del Mar, a monthly discussion group, takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.CdMChamber.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Who has raised what in money for our city council races?

TomJohnsonSo, what does it take to win a Newport Beach City Council seat? Most people say it’s money. If that’s the case, then put Mayor Duffy Duffield and councilwoman Diane Dixon as the runaway leaders.

All that being said, the challenger to Dixon, Mike Glenn, is not going outside to raise money. He’s basically running a social media campaign.

For all the others, get ready for mailers. It’s what politicians do these days.

So, who has raised what to date?

Let’s start with Mayor Duffy. This past period, ending at the close of September, showed contributions of $77,998, bringing his overall war chest to $104,548 in calendar year contributions.

Of the $104,000+, $39,409 has already been spent.

Duffy’s opponent is Tim Stoaks. Stoaks this last period raised $13,672 to make his overall y-t-d contributions $30,658.

So far, he’s spent $15,466.

In District 1, it’s back to Dixon versus Glenn. Glenn simply filed a Statement of Organization and no contributions.

Dixon, on the other hand, raised $15,799 this past period for an overall y-t-d total of $72,219. 

So far her campaign has spent $37,373.

In District 4, incumbent Kevin Muldoon raised $9,843 this past period, bringing his total y-t-d to $45,159. 

His expenditures to date are $28,719.

Muldoon’s opponent is boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht. Roy, like Glenn, does not want to be dependent on contributions. This past period he raised $875 to bring his overall total to $9,125.

Of that, Englebrecht has spent $5,483.

Finally, incumbent Scott Peotter and challenger Joy Brenner.

Peotter showed contributions of $28,254 in the period, bringing his overall total to $31,739.

Of that, he’s spent $31,363.

Brenner raised $17,111 this past period running her total to $81,708.

Of the $81,708, $18,871 has been spent.

All that said, you might want to reinforce those mailbox posts. With just over 30 days of campaigning left, there’s a lot on money that could be spent.

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Congrats to my friends at the OC Fair. Earlier this week, the International Festivals & Events Association honored them with seven 2018 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards.

The Fair received golds in Best TV Promotion, Best Radio Promotion; silvers in Best Event Website, Best Social Media Site and tied for Best Promotional Poster; and finally, two bronze awards for Best Event Program and Best Sponsor Program.

There are 69 overall categories in total that were judged and the competition drew entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events.

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Reminder, Speak Up Newport features what promises to be an active political discussion next Wednesday, October 10, between District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his challenger, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

Let’s just say these guys are not close.

The doors open at the Civic Center Community Room at 5:15 p.m., the program will begin at 6.

Spitzer will present first for 20 minutes beginning at 6:05 p.m. and Rackauckas will follow with his 20 minutes at 6:35 p.m.

There’s no charge, free hors d’oeuvres and good entertainment. What’s not to like.

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Finally, get out there and join in on the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival all weekend on the Civic Center lawn, and on Sunday is the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Big Corona, the Dory Beach Clean-Up near Newport Pier and the Fire Service Day – Open House at Fire Station #7 on Acacia Street.

Lots going on to get involved in!


Free October events on Argyros Plaza

There’s lots to celebrate this October on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. It all begins on Saturday, Oct. 6 when Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts its first All Abilities Celebration. This event will feature a free resource fair with more than 20 local community organizations and live performances throughout the day. You’ll have the chance to meet a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence; create artwork with Very Special Arts; and learn more about the organizations dedicated to meeting the needs and concerns of our large and diverse community.

With a new season comes new performances live on the Argyros Stage. This month the Center highlights local female singers in support of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical playing in Segerstrom Hall. Three soulful women – Devan M., Maria Schafer and Sophia Dion – will entertain audiences as they relax on the Argyros Plaza.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Fall for All celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. With more than 43,000 people attending more than 125 performances in its first year and voted “Best Community Performance Venue” by Orange Coast Magazine, the Argyros Plaza has become a gathering place for the Orange County community.

People of all ages are invited to this free fall celebration featuring engaging performances, festive activities, line dancing, face painting, a giant maze and more. Come show your best moves and close out this festive celebration dancing the night away with Salsa DJ Ceazs Hernandez. Costumes are encouraged. 

Free October events

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Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Event Schedule:

All Abilities Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This free celebration embraces the chance to learn, participate and enjoy local community partners highlighting opportunities and services for individuals with and without disabilities. Enjoy art workshops, balloon artists, live performances, and a resource fair featuring services and opportunities for individuals of all abilities. Leading up to Veterans Day, the Center’s Give Back program is collecting travel-sized items to include in 150 care packages for members of our military. Help reach the goal by donating a travel-sized shampoo bottle in person at the All Abilities Celebration, then join in when the 3rd Annual Center Salutes Our Veterans event on November 11 assembles care packages for soldiers in need.

Live on Argyros Stage: Devan M. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. 

Enjoy free live performances before Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza by singer-songwriter Devan M. Devan’s rich soulful vocals and simple, yet genuine lyrics, combine to create a powerhouse performance that radiates audiences. She creates music that connects with the human spirit, in harmony with her passion for igniting love through music.

Live on Argyros Stage: Maria Schafer on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 12 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Join the festivities before Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for a free outdoor performance by soulful singer Maria Schafer. After spending two years traveling the world with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, young and captivating singer Schafer has quickly resumed her place in the LA music scene as an ever-growing and fascinating artist to watch. With carefully crafted originals and modern arrangements of jazz and world music, listeners are welcomed with intimate and moving performances peppered with palpable musical chemistry. Her quartet’s energetic charm of dreamy guitar, driving drums, and dancing bass create a warm sonic bed for entrancingly smooth vocals and weighted lyrical delivery.

Live on Argyros Stage: Sophia Dion on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. 

Enjoy more soulful, Southern California sounds before Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with a free outdoor performance by singer-songwriter Sophia Dion. From the Sundance Film Festival to the KAABOO Discovery Tour, Dion thrills audiences with mellow lyrics and soulful guitar riffs. Drawing inspiration from musicians Joss Stone and KT Tunstall, Dion recently garnered an audition for Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Dion’s indie-pop lyrics and soulful guitar riffs encouraged Acoustic Guitar Magazine to name her as an up-and-coming female artist to watch.

First Anniversary Celebration: Fall for All! on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 - 9 p.m. 

Fall for All! celebrates the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza’s first anniversary. Fall for All! is free for all, and features engaging performances, festive activities and friendly appearances from Journeys to the Past, Makara Center for the Arts, El Centro Cultural de México, Kia, OC Parks, and more. Kick up your boots with line dancing lessons, visit the face painting station and pop-up bookshop, then find your way through the giant maze. Show off your best moves and end this festive celebration dancing the night away with Salsa DJ Ceazs Hernandez. Costumes are encouraged. Leading up to Veterans Day, the Center’s Give Back program is collecting travel-sized items to include in 150 care packages for members of our military. Help reach the goal by donating a travel-sized shampoo bottle in person at the All Abilities Celebration, then join in when the 3rd Annual Center Salutes Our Veterans event on November 11 assembles care packages for soldiers in need.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org.

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


CdM’s Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and OC Sisters in Crime host Ladies of Intrigue on Sunday, Oct. 7

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Ladies of Intrigue, presented by the nonprofit Orange County Sisters in Crime and hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author and host of KUCI’s Writers on Writing, will meet at the Mesa Verde Country Club from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is the author of Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, which made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and received An American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award. She has a story in Orange County Noir and USA Noir, published by Akashic.

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Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author and host of KUCI’s Writers on Writing

The 2018 headliners are: Carola Dunn, author of more than 60 books, mostly set in England, where she was born and raised. Her Daisy Dairymple series is set in the 1920s, and the 23rd book, The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, was just recently released.

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; Night Night, Sleep Tight; and You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is a five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel was an Edgar Award finalist.

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Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

Panelists will be: Lisa Brackmann, Janelle Brown, Ellen Byron, Anne Cleeland, Hannah Dennison, Daryl Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara, Rachel Howzell Hall, Maddie Margarita, Ivy Pochoda, Amy Stewart and Wendall Thomas.

The cost is $70, which includes lunch. Register at www.ocsistersincrime.org via Paypal.

For more information, contact Debbie at Mystery Ink at 714.743.6127.

Mesa Verde Country Club is located at 3000 Club House Road, Costa Mesa.


Bluemercury celebrates grand opening this weekend

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Celebrate the newest location of Bluemercury at Corona del Mar Plaza with their grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. The first 200 guests in line will receive a deluxe sample gift bag. Enjoy complimentary makeup services all day long along with sips and sweets.

This location features a spa and luxury brands such as La Mer, Trish McEvoy, Kiehl’s and Bluemercury’s own proprietary brands, M-61 Powerful Skincare and Lune+Aster Beauty.

Bluemercury is located at 912 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach (near Jack’s Surfboards).


Blessing of the Animals this Sunday

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St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, Oct. 7 in the courtyard of the church at 32nd Street and Lafayette Road.

Everyone from the community is invited to come at 10 a.m. on Sunday to have their pets blessed by Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees. There will also be a white-dove release, face painting, and a light lunch and coffee during a social hour following the service.

“The Blessing of the Animals has a long tradition in the Church,” noted Voorhees, who said she has bestowed blessings on a wide variety of God’s creatures, from horses to iguanas to birds of all sorts.

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


ARTventure 2018 comes to Segerstrom Concert Hall today and Saturday

The fourth annual ARTventure event, a free two-day cultural arts event, is being held today, Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the multi-tiered glass lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

On Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 - 9 p.m., the Concert Hall will be transformed with more than 325 pieces of art. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Dylan Romaine Quartet band, and refreshments will be served as the city celebrates the incredible talents of local artists with an opening reception and awards presentation.

This one-of-a-kind juried exhibition of art will showcase the work of local artists in a variety of media, including but not limited to: oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, metal sculpture, wood and leather crafting, fashion, photography, fiber art and mixed media.

On Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Concert Hall and the Argyros Plaza will offer a family-friendly day full of live art entertainment, including musical, theatrical, literary, culinary and hands-on demonstration. Art activity booths are sponsored by Art Steps, OC Fair & Event Center, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Chuck Jones Center, Inspired Art and Wine, and Vanguard University.

This community event is organized in partnership with the City of Costa Mesa and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, highlighting Costa Mesa’s “City of the Arts” motto. The Cultural Arts Committee along with the Parks and Community Services Department of Costa Mesa are serving as hosts. Artwork will be available for purchase.

For event details, parking information or to RSVP, visit www.ARTventureCM.com.

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


Stump the Stu

Where does this red, white and blue piece of history hang?

Stump the Stu 10.2.18

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Stump the Stu found this old-fashioned barber pole. Whether you are a guy in need of a clip, buzz or shave, where would you find this helix of colored stripes that dates back to the Middle Ages?

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

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

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


Spa Gregorie’s turns 20, exceeds $600,000 in local charity donations

This October, Spa Gregorie’s will celebrate 20 years in business, serving Orange County residents with the finest in health and wellness services and products. Founded in 1998 by Chuck and Angela Cortright, Spa Gregorie’s is known as one of the premier spa facilities not only in Southern California, but the nation. Over the years, Gregorie’s has garnered top honors from both local and national organizations including the Orange County Register, DaySpa magazine, Spafinder, Skin Inc., Citysearch, Yelp, Nextdoor, OC Metro, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and the spa industry association, ISPA.

Spa Gregories turns 20 quiet room

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Spa Gregorie’s Quiet Room

One of the most significant aspects of Gregorie’s business is its support of and contribution to the community. Since its inception, it has given more than $600,000 in contributions to dozens of local charities. In addition to donations to numerous charities, Gregorie’s closes its doors five times a year to provide complimentary services to cancer patients. All retired robes and linens go to the Orange County rescue mission. Regular drives for clothing have netted truckloads of clothes to benefit Working Wardrobes and Women Helping Women. This, and many other philanthropic endeavors, is the heart of Gregorie’s.

“Of all the accolades we have achieved, I am most proud of our Humanitarian of the Year Award we won from the Women’s Cancer Research Association for the work we do with cancer patients,” said Angela Cortright, founder of Gregorie’s.

Spa Gregorie’s is also proud of its retention of staff in an increasingly competitive business. “Our goal is to enrich not just the lives of our guests, but also our staff. For that reason, many of the team members who helped us open in 1998 are still with us today,” said Scott Duncan, president of Spa Gregorie’s.

To celebrate its 20 years, Gregorie’s plans on treating its guests to many gifts during the month of October including:

A complimentary custom luxury robe with any 90-minute service ($130 value)

$20 Tuesdays ($20 off any massage or facial of one hour or more)

Lucky Lockers: Each day, one lucky guest will find a surprise in their locker –maybe even a complimentary service.

Champagne all month: now proudly serving Coppola’s Sofia sparkling wine

Spa Gregorie’s has locations in Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita California.

For more information, contact Angela Cortright at 949.922.0455 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visitwww.spagregories.com


Sign of the times

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

Stu received lots of correct answers from readers who know “BR” stood for the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store located at 1220 Bison Ave., Newport Beach.

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson, Barbara Peckenpaugh, Cathie Cook, Diane Seals, Jerry Murray, Jo Carol Hunter, Kelly Couzens, Kim Crawford, Pamela Curry and Paul DeRidder. And some of our correct guessers shared their favorite flavors: Carol Strauss loves chocolate chip, Carrie Allen yearns for strawberry, Charles Davison loves chocolate mint, Derek Fox loves two scoops of the gold ribbon and mint chip, Jan Landstrom opts for chocolate chip, Pam Smith goes for the quarterback crunch, Rebecca Lightfoot orders peanut butter and chocolate, and Rick Langevin goes for chocolate. For those of you who might not know what gold ribbon is...it’s a combo of vanilla and chocolate ice creams swirled with a caramel ribbon, and quarterback crunch is vanilla flavored ice cream with rice crunchies with a chocolate flavored coating – perfect during football season. YUM!

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 10.2.18

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Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Pet of the Week Ginger

MEET GINGER

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Ginger is an 8-year-old chihuahua mix. She loves to give kisses.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

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

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


NMUSD to hold monthly family workshops

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In partnership with Harbor Council PTA, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has developed a series of eight monthly workshops with current topics that are relevant to NMUSD families. They have a variety of informative speakers and are looking forward to seeing you attend. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other NMUSD families.

All workshops will begin at 6 p.m. Child care is available. Spanish interpretation is available. Additional languages are available upon request.

Workshop Schedule:

Thursday October 4 – Ways to Keep Your Child Safe

Corona del Mar High School – Lecture Hall, 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach

Wednesday November 14 – Parenting with Love and Logic: A Neuroscience Perspective

Costa Mesa Middle School – Tech Room 190, 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Wednesday December 12, 2018 – Bullying Awareness and Prevention

Newport Harbor High School – Reading Room, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

Wednesday January 16, 2019 – Ways to Support a Healthy Lifestyle for your Child

Estancia High School – Theater, 2323 Placentia Ave Costa Mesa

Thursday February 7, 2019 – Supporting your Child and their Mental Health

Corona del Mar High School – Lecture Hall, 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach

Wednesday March 13, 2019 – Helping Your Child Build Character and Setting Them Up for Success

Costa Mesa High School – Library, 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Wednesday April 3, 2019 – Ways to Help Keep Your Child Balanced

Newport Harbor High – Reading Room, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

Wednesday May 8, 2018 Family Resilience During Tough Times (including divorce)

Estancia High School – Theater, 2323 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa

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Newport Beach Wine & Food takes place this weekend

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A cooking demonstration by celebrity chefs Brooke Williamson and Hubert Keller

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, is returning for its fifth year on Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

The weekend’s VIP events include interactive chef dinners, wine tasting panels, and the new “Fire It Up!” event and yacht party, celebrating open-flame cooking and barbecuing, all of which will take place at various locales around Newport Beach. The Grand Tasting, hosted again at The Newport Beach Civic Center from October 6 - 7, will feature small plates from more than 40 of Orange County’s top restaurants, more than 250 varieties of world-class wines, beers, and spirits, and celebrity chef cooking demos and more. 

Events that are still open to attend:

Friday, Oct. 5 

–Fire It Up! Party at Balboa Bay Resort: All dishes will be prepared over a barbecue, with offerings from Hubert Keller, Top Chef Winner Joe Flamm, Top Chef Alumni Brian Huskey, Carrie Baird, Christopher Scott, Fatima Ali, Joe Sasto, NBC’s Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander, and Balboa Bay Resort executive chef Rachel Haggstrom. Guest appearances will be made by Duff Goldman and Jet Tila. Live music is by “Common Sense.” 

Celebrity Chef Twilight Cruise on the Hornblower’s Endless Dreams Yacht: 250 VIP guests will cruise Balboa Bay with all participating celebrity chefs. Music by Chef Duff Goldman and Bruce Kalman’s band, “Foie Grock.” Cost: $150 per person. Time: Boarding at 6:30 p.m.; return at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6 

Pacific Sales Grand Tasting at Newport Beach Civic Center: Includes celebrity chef cooking demonstrations on the Sub Zero Wolf stage by Food Network Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, Bravo star Richard Blais, Food Network star Jet Tila, and Top Chef Season 15 winner Joe Flamm and finalist Tyler Anderson. Tastings from more than 40 of OC’s top restaurants, 250 varieties of wine, spirits, and brews, and more. Official Host, Chef Jamie Gwen. Cost/Time: VIP: $200 per person from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Cost/Time: General Admission: $150 per person from 3 - 6:30 p.m.

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Enjoy inventive libations by creative mixologists

Sunday, Oct. 7 

Pacific Sales Grand Tasting at Newport Beach Civic Center: Includes celebrity chef cooking demonstrations by Bravo’s Top Chefs Amar Santana, Katsuji Tanabe, Christopher Scott, Joe Sasto, Carrie Baird, and Fatima Ali. Guest will also enjoy tastings from more than 40 of OC’s top restaurants, 250 varieties of wine, spirits, and brews, and more. Cost/Time: VIP: $200 per person from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; General Admission: $150 per person from 3 - 6:30 p.m.

VIP Master Sommelier Wine Tasting and VIP Pacific Sales Grand Tasting & Cooking Demo: Learn how to taste like a Master. Four Master Sommeliers – Michael Jordan, Will Costello, Thomas Price and Steven Poe will teach you how to blind taste with a flight of four wines. Then enjoy VIP entrance to the Pacific Sales Grand Tasting and Cooking Demonstrations. Cost: $225 per person. Times: Tasting Panel: 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Grand Tasting: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This year’s participating restaurants include Marché Moderne, Puesto, The Winery, Bluegold, Old Vine Cafe, Pizzeria Mozza, Bourbon Steak, Sushi Roku, Pelican Grill, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and more, with wineries such as Nellcote, J. Wilkes, Williams Selyem, Domaine Della, Anhfeldt Wine and Goldschmidt Vineyards.

The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival has partnered with the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) as its charitable partner for 2018. The organization operates the nation’s only non-corporate, general interest culinary museums, as well as documents and celebrates food and drink from all cultures through exhibits, programming and media efforts. NatFAB is the nation’s most comprehensive institution studying food and drink-related topics and issues, and often collaborates with strategic partners, like The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, to maximize impact and find solutions to hunger, nutrition, obesity, and more.

Tickets are available at www.NewportWineandFood.com/Tickets. For ongoing updates, follow the festival @NewportWineFood on Facebook and @NewBe_Fest on Twitter and Instagram. 


Mixology meets music to celebrate Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony recently approached Patina Restaurant Group, which handles concessions for Segerstrom Center for the Arts, to discuss ideas to add a sense of occasion to the orchestra’s 40th anniversary season.

The celebrated Patina Restaurant Group is a master in the creation of special events across the nation. As caterers to the famed Emmy® Awards Governor’s Ball, Patina is no stranger to concocting creative craft cocktail menus that have been blockbuster hits. Patina tasked their talented mixologists with designing a carefully curated collection of artisanal libations and creative contemporary signature cocktails inspired by the season’s concert offerings as a way of infusing festive cheer into the Symphony’s anniversary year. And these unique beverage creations promise to surprise and delight symphony-goers all season long.

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Make a toast with the Ruby Anniversary Sparkler

Crafty cocktail lovers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of expertly crafted libations that will be offered at all the Patina bars in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for Pacific Symphony’s Classics and Pops concerts and selected special concerts throughout the 2018-19 season for only $14 a glass. In celebration of the 40th anniversary season opening (September 27 - 29), symphony-goers can enjoy the “Ruby Anniversary Sparkler,” a riff on a classic kir royal (champagne and crème de cassis), that is scented with elderflower liqueur and a kiss of Chambord.

Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary season of specially crafted spirits is one that could capture Ernest Hemingway’s own heart. Symphony enthusiasts – as well as Hemingway enthusiasts –  can enjoy variations on Papa’s two favorite Cuban drinks in the form of the “Viva La Diva Daiquiri,” with its citrusy sweet marriage of rum and lime, for the opening of the Pops series featuring Vanessa Williams (October 12 and 13) and also the exotic “Persian Mojito” with a hint of pomegranate liqueur in celebration of the “Nowruz: Persian New Year” program (March 24, 2019).

The orchestra invites you to enjoy this season’s cocktail intersection where art influences life. Cheers!

For more information on upcoming Pacific Symphony performances, visit www.pacificsymphony.org.


Meet author Michele Khoury at Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) will host a visit by Michele Khoury, author of her new novel Busted, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

An Orange County writer, Khoury will share the riveting story of a 24-year-old artist who gets sucked into the world of wealth, luxury and cocaine. In September 2018, Khoury received the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award contest for excellence in writing.

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Author Michele Khoury

In her review for Readers’ Favorite, Arya Fomonyuy writes, “Michele I. Khoury’s novel is a gem, the kind of story for readers who love suspenseful plots, character-driven writing, and well-developed conflicts in what they read. The story is fast-paced and absorbing, the writing balanced, with impeccable world-building. Busted is a page-turner, as exciting as it is entertaining.”

Khoury began writing her book while taking Novel Writing Classes through the University of California Irvine’s extension programs. She attended weekly critique sessions for six years to hone her research and writing skills. While writing, she interviewed and consulted with a variety of interesting individuals, including artists, a retired DEA Special Agent, a lieutenant in Narcotics from the Anaheim Police Department, Judge James Gray, a retired Superior Court Judge, a defense attorney, a prosecutor for Los Angeles County, a retired CIA agent, an emergency room doctor, two women who spent time in the Orange County Jail, several party animals and a “gentleman” who sold cocaine for Pablo Escobar in the Southwest U.S. during the 1990s.

Khoury will share some of their stories as well as her own journey developing realistic characters and conflicts in this exciting new page turner. She is currently working on her second book, which is a story about domestic violence and abuse.

Admission to the event is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no reserved seating. Seating will be limited by the room capacity. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author.

For more information, go to www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3830.


Mark Your Calendar: Economic Forecast – October 12

Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 12, when the USC Marshall School of Business and the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the 2019 Economic Forecast at Balboa Bay Resort.

Mark your calendar Reisman

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Richard Reisman

Moderated by Richard Reisman, publisher and CEO of the Orange County Business Journal, the distinguished guest speakers include: Richard Green, Ph.D., professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Marshall School of Business and Lusk Chair in Real Estate addressing “Prospects for the 2019 U.S. Economy”; Selma Hepp, chief economist and vice-president of business intelligence at Pacific Union International, Inc. discussing “2019 State and Local Outlook”; and Barry Altschuler, executive vice-president investments, Equity Residential and board member, California Apartment Association sharing “Rent Control – Proposition 10: Will it Be the Best of Times or the Worst of Times.”

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 (L-R) Richard Green, Selma Hepp, Barry Altschuler

Registration takes place at 11:15 a.m.; the Luncheon Program is from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Individual seats are $65 for NBCC members; $75 for guests. Lunch is included and valet parking is $10. Reservations are required and space is limited.

To register, visit www.newportbeach.com,contact Rochelle Lindenlaub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4400.

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


Junior sailors to compete in BCYC’s Corinthian Cup

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) will host the 13th Annual Corinthian Cup Regatta on October 20 - 21. The regatta takes place over the course of two days in Newport Harbor. All junior sailors of SCYYRA (Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association) member clubs are eligible to participate.

According to Regatta Chairman Derek Johansson, “The Corinthian Cup is one of the biggest junior sailing events every fall in Newport Harbor. BCYC is proud to host racers from across Southern California for this unique event.”

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The RS Tera Fleet made their first appearance in the 2017 Corinthian Cup Regatta

Approximately 70 - 80 junior sailors (7 - 18 years of age) will represent Southern California yacht clubs from Long Beach to San Diego. Sailors will compete in the following one-design sailboat classes: Sabot, Laser, Laser Radial, CFJ, C420 and RS Tera.

The Corinthian Cup is a major junior regatta that has been held each fall since 2006. The event is unique, because sailors compete not only as individuals within their respective classes, but also as part of their racing team to win the Corinthian Cup perpetual trophy. The perpetual trophy is awarded to the yacht club with the highest overall score based on participation and performance. Extra points will be awarded to sailors traveling from yacht clubs outside of Newport Harbor to encourage sailors from San Diego to Long Beach and beyond to participate.

Last year, Long Beach Yacht Club became the first team from outside Newport Harbor to win the Corinthian Cup, and they look forward to defending their title this year.

Trophies are given to class winners and Olympic-style medals are awarded to each member of the winning team. Sportsmanship awards are also given to juniors who demonstrate Corinthian Spirit on and off the water during the regatta. Each is also entered into a free opportunity drawing for several prizes.

The BCYC Columbia Room and dining room are available to sailors and their families for drinks and dining throughout the weekend, offering Saturday breakfast service, Sunday omelet express buffet, lunch and Sunday supper buffet.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.bcyc.org.


“Have A Ball” at 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest

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Last year, pirates took over Corona del Mar State Beach

Whether you are a novice or experienced sandcastle builder, enter the 57th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest taking place this Sunday, Oct. 7 at Big Corona State Beach from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Have A Ball,” presented by The UPS Store and hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Sign up your team, or just bring the family to see the creations and have a great day at the beach!

The event attracts thousands of spectators and contest participants ranging from seasoned professionals to first timers. Get your team together – family, friends, work, church or school group. You can even win a cash prize.

Have a Ball treasure

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A creation filled with treasure at last year’s Sandcastle Contest

In addition to incredible sand creations, the event will feature food and activities for youngsters.

When you sign up a team, it includes eight T-shirts.

Team costs: Families or Civic Organizations: $30; Businesses: $40; and Masters Class: $60.

For participation and registration, and sponsorship opportunities, call 949.729.4400, or visit www.newportbeach.com


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Get ready to eat, drink and be merry

TomJohnson

Food and wine…more food and more wine. It’s the Fifth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival this weekend and there’s a lot to it.

World class chefs, including Nobu Matsuhisa, Hubert Keller, Jet Tila and Duff Goldman. From the local dining scene there’s Jamie Gwen, Amar Santana and Richard Blais. More than 50 chefs throughout the weekend presenting their food and their ideas.

The same goes on the sommeliers side of things where there will be “experiences for wine lovers of all levels.”

The event has grown tremendously over the five years. Credit goes to Founder & CEO Stefanie Farnsworth Salem and a pretty impressive local advisory board.

For all info on the weekend, go to www.newportwineandfood.com

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There’s a great nonprofit in Orange County that flies under the radar much of the time called the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation.

Most of their recognition comes from their annual dinners honoring such sports celebrities as Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart, Rod Carew, Teemu Selanne and many, many others over the years. 

OCYSF provides funding to “youth who have physical, mental or financial hardships to participate in sports activities they otherwise would not be able to attend.”

A couple of years back, OCYSF decided to expand their fundraising opportunities and partnered with the Annual Charity Fashion Show Luncheon, planned for Wednesday, October 17 at The Fashion Island Hotel.

It’s an organization everyone should consider supporting. Check them out at www.ocysf.org

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Tickets are on sale for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Gala honoring Debbie Snavely. The event is Friday, November 2 at the Balboa Bay Club.

Snavely, of course, has run the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa for a number of years, while at the same time helping to lead Visit Newport Beach by serving on their board.

Just ask organizations around town all that Debbie does and contributes, and you’ll quickly realize why she’s this year’s honoree.

For tickets, gohere.

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Finally, if you’re following the Newport Beach Police Department’s Countdown to Capture: the podcast about murderer and fugitive Peter Chadwick, on Saturday, September 29, the final episode was released.

The entire series is about 90 minutes and discusses Chadwick’s crimes, his arrest, early court proceedings and then his escape from justice.

According to the NBPD, “On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Peter Chadwick and his wife Q.C. disappeared from their Newport Beach home. The next day, Chadwick called 911 from a gas station in San Diego, and told local authorities that his wife had been killed by a handyman, who had subsequently kidnapped Peter, and then taken Q.C.’s body. 

“Chadwick, however, quickly became the primary suspect in his wife’s murder and was arrested for the crime. One week later, Q.C.’s body was discovered in a dumpster in suburban San Diego.

“Chadwick was released on bail in December 2012. And, by January 2015, he disappeared again, and became a fugitive from justice.”

To listen to the podcast, go to www.countdowntocapture.com


David Ivers named new SCR artistic director

South Coast Repertory (SCR) and its board of trustees has announced David Ivers, acclaimed director, educator and actor, will be the theatre’s new artistic director. The appointment followed an extensive national search.

Ivers joins Paula Tomei, managing director, as co-chief executive officer of the 55-year-old Tony Award-winning theatre, and takes up the position full-time in March 2019. Until then, he will be wrapping up prior projects and commitments, while working collaboratively to program SCR’s 2019-20 season. 

Currently artistic director of the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), Ivers has a proven track record of theatrical excellence, dynamic leadership and creating meaningful connections with audiences. Prior to ATC, he served more than 20 years as an actor and director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. He was a resident artist at the Denver Center Theatre Company for a decade, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory (One Man, Two Guv’nors, 2015). He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area.

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SCR Artistic Director David Ivers

“Among the pool of distinguished and diverse candidates, David immediately stood out,” said Samuel Tang, president of SCR’s board of trustees and chair of the search committee. “He’s a dynamic visionary – one who will lead us into the future. We sought someone who could build on SCR’s foundation of stellar theatre artistry and strong financial position. His commitment to the classics, contemporary works and new plays align perfectly with SCR’s mission. David is a special and collaborative individual.”

“New work, classics and modern masterpieces will remain at the center of the SCR experience,” Ivers said. “I’m eager to elevate our national profile as we continue developing world premieres, supporting a wide range of emerging voices and enhancing the complete theatre-going experience. We’ll move forward with programming that not only engages and entertains, but also allows every citizen to see themselves in our work. I’m dedicated to serving and engaging with our community – especially when attending my boys’ soccer games – while creating innovative, entertaining and surprising theatre that reflects the vibrant diversity of our region and nation.”

“I’m delighted that David will be joining SCR,” Tomei said. “He is both passionate and discerning when it comes to the art onstage and is committed to extending our work in the community. His positive energy, keen sense of humor and joyful spirit are infectious and I look forward with excitement to our partnership.”

“I am profoundly grateful and deeply humbled to be SCR’s next artistic director,” Ivers said. “Returning home to California, to the organization that helped inspire my early desire to pursue a life in the theatre, is a dream come true. I’m grateful to founders David Emmes and Martin Benson and the trustees who have all guided this institution for more than half a century. I’m inspired by Managing Director Paula Tomei, the playwrights, artists and staff members who create great theatre, and in awe of the roster of new plays that have been developed at SCR. I look forward to the months ahead as my family and I make our way back ‘home.’”

Ivers earned his BFA from Southern Oregon University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Jack and Elliot. 

The search was conducted by Albert Hall & Associates LLC, a nationally recognized search and consulting firm.

The 2018-19 includes 13 productions, three evening readings, the Pacific Playwrights Festival (a three-day, new play showcase) and three productions from SCR’s Theatre Conservatory. Complete information is available at www.scr.org.


CdM business owner dies, boutique window smashed...

By AMY SENK

CdM business owner dies shop closes

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The owner of Del Mar Wine & Spirits passes away, shop closes

A Corona del Mar business owner, whose shop had recently closed, died September 24, according to signs in the window and online tributes. Passersby also have left flowers on the sidewalk in front of the shop, and candles have been lined up inside in the window.

Polo Gustavo Lopez, 55, owned Del Mar Wine & Spirits at 3537 E. Coast Highway for the past 15 years. The shop had signs in the window in September announcing it was closing permanently and going out of business.

“He always had a kind word for everyone he met,” his obituary states. “He is survived by his wife, Anita, and two children, Jannina and Brandon. He was not only the best father anyone could ask for but also a kind friend, caring brother and most loving uncle. He was quick to offer a shoulder to lean on or a willing ear when needed. He loved serving his customers and being a part of the Corona del Mar community. His kind heart and compassionate soul was always available for anyone in need.”

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The White Dress bridal shop was recently vandalized

In other news, a man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public early Friday morning after a window was smashed at The White Dress bridal shop in Corona del Mar.

Police were called to the shop at 2853 E. Coast Highway about 3 a.m., and crime scene investigators were at the scene a few hours later, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella, who added that police were classifying the incident as vandalism and not burglary. By midday, the broken glass had been replaced with plywood.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Corona del Mar Residents Association held its 2018 Election Forum at the OASIS Senior Center. More than 150 people attended the event, which some candidates said was the 10th candidates forum of this election season. All City Council challengers – Mike Glenn in District 1; Tim Stoaks in District 3; Roy Englebrecht in District 4; and Joy Brenner in District 6 – were on the dais to answer both yes-and-no and short answer questions. Incumbents Diane Dixon (District 1), Kevin Muldoon (District 4), and Scott Peotter (District 6) attended, but Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, District 3, was out of town on a long-planned trip and missed the event. Organizers left his chair empty, and his absence at yet another forum was noted by the other candidates and many in the audience.

The event began with a social hour including sandwiches provided by Gallo’s Italian Deli in Corona del Mar, and a chance to mingle with candidates and collect literature, yard signs and swag like fans and buttons. Students from the Corona del Mar High School’s Academy of Global Studies moderated the forum. They also developed several of the questions posed to candidates, and reminded them that they and many of their peers had turned 18 and planned to vote in November. Among the topics covered in the forum were the role of citizen commissions and committees in City Council decisions, whether a new police station should be built and environmental issues. The event also featured a discussion about Measure T. 

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Tickets are now on sale for the 45th Annual CdM Home Tour, which will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Tickets cost $80 and include a morning reception, tours of eight homes, a luncheon and boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens and an afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design. Tickets can be purchased at Corona de Mar High School, as well as at several retail locations including Roger’s Gardens and Barclay Butera. The event is the only fundraiser of the year for the Corona del Mar High School PTA. For more information, visit the event website at www.cdmhometour.com.

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


Look at what’s happening in October at the OC Fair & Event Center

Events happening at the OC Fair & Event Center in October include the OC Japan Fair, SoCal VegFest, and Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project, among others.

Oct. 4, Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN

Negrete vs. Franco is a 10-round fight for the NABF Bantamweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 7:30 p.m.; ESPN 3 will livestream the fights beginning at 6 p.m.

When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-10 p.m. at The Hangar

How much: $55 general admission. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.goldenboytickets.com.

Oct. 6 - 7, Crossroads of the West Gun Show

Two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

How much: $18 general admission; children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit isit www.crossroadsgunshows.com.

Look at whats happening Costa Mesa Speedway

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Oct. 6, Costa Mesa Speedway – 50th US National Speedway Championship

The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live-action racing event in the nation. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family. 

When: Saturday, 6-10 p.m. at Action Sports Arena

How much: General admission $20; senior (65+) $15; junior (13-17) $15; child (3-12) $10; military with ID $15; children 2 & young are free. Parking is $10.

For more information, visitwww.CostaMesaSpeedway.net, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.492.9933.

Oct. 11, Fight Club OC

Boxing and MMA together on the same night inside the same ring. Fight Club OC is where your fights and entertainment are guaranteed.

When: Thursday, 7-10 p.m. at The Hangar

How much: $60 admission. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.fightcluboc.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.903.8586.

Oct. 11, Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project

Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project is returning to Heroes Hall for its next installment of personal and poignant stories of service. Producer Dave Barton works with veterans offering them basics on how to write and shape their life experience into something that can be shared in a public forum. The workshops will culminate with the veteran’s story being shared in a free public performance. The reading is suggested for mature audiences.

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at Heroes Hall

How much: Free admission 

For more information, RSVP at www.voicesoct2018.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 12-14, Gem Faire

Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. 

When: Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

How much: General $7, children 11 & younger are free. Admission is good for all 3 days 

For more information, visit www.gemfaire.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503.252.8300.

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Oct. 13-14, Repticon – Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Repticon Los Angeles at Costa Mesa is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free opportunity drawings for coveted prizes.

When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

How much: $12 general admission; $5 children 12 and younger (free for children 4 and younger). Parking is $8. 

For more information, visit www.repticon.com/california/losangeles-costa-mesa/.

Oct. 13, Costa Mesa Speedway – Harley Night Finals / Sidecar Nationals

The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live-action racing event in the nation. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family. 

When: Saturday, 6-10 p.m. at Action Sports Arena

How much: General admission $20; senior (65+) $15; junior (13-17) $15; child (3-12) $10; military with ID $15; children 2 & young are free. Parking is $10.

For more information, visit www.CostaMesaSpeedway.net, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.492.9933.

Oct. 19-21, OC Japan Fair

Enjoy Japanese food, culture, traditions and innovations at one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. OC Japan Fair includes shopping, tasting and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performance, games, kimono models and more.

When: Friday, Oct. 19, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 20, Noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

How much: $8 general admission; $5 pre-sale online. Children 6 and under and seniors 65+ are free. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.oc-japanfair.com.

Oct. 20-21, SoCal VegFest

SoCal VegFest is an annual vegan festival with lots of free samples, entrees and drinks to purchase, marketplace, speakers, food demos, celebrity chefs, social media celebs, famous musicians and DJs, comedians, yogis, games, kids area and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 20 & 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

How much: $5 online, $10 day of, $50 VIP weekend; children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.socalvegfest.org.

OC Fair & Event Center is located ay 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Student exchange program brings group to town for visit

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Newport Beach Sister City Association Student Exchange Program welcomed seven students and two teachers from Okazaki, Japan yesterday, Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Okazaki students will live with the families and attend school at Newport Harbor High and Corona del Mar High School through October 3. This past July, the Newport Beach students visited Tokyo and traveled by bullet train to Okazaki to live with a Japanese family and attend school.

The student exchange program has been a part of the Newport Beach Sister City Association for 34 years.

Each January, eighth grade students at Ensign Intermediate School and Corona del Mar Intermediate School submit applications for this lifetime adventure.


On the Harbor: Vessel moorings and more

By LEN BOSE

As we enter the first week of fall, there is a lot more going on than just a Wild Wave of activity in the harbor.

Over the years, there always seems to be that one problem boat, on a mooring, that’s more difficult and time-consuming to remove from the harbor than balancing the federal budget.

The task of revoking a mooring permit can drag on for years and normally ends up confrontational with the permit holder and the city of Newport Beach Harbor Department.

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Which vessel or mooring am I referring to? I am not a betting man, but I would bet that most of you know of the boat and mooring I am referring to. Just off the West Bay Avenue beach on mooring F-14 lies a vessel that came from the movie Waterworld and continues to grow as time goes on. With more than 16 code violations ranging from unsanitary conditions to unruly conduct by the vessel operator. To date, the vessel still remains on mooring F-14 as it has over the last five years.

September’s Harbor Commission meeting took the first steps in the revocation of mooring permit on F-14. One of my sources indicated that they had never seen the Police Department attend a Harbor Commission meeting to ensure the safety for the meeting. All said and done, the Harbor Commission will continue the process to revoke the mooring permit, while the permit holder will appeal the findings of the Harbor Commission and will drag this out for as long as possible. Best case, the vessel will be headed out of the harbor sometime before the end of the year.

In other news around the harbor, the city has received more than 40 applications for the job as Harbor Master. A panel has been selected to review the applicants with requirements being a Harbor Master for seven years, a bachelor’s degree and a strong understanding of our harbor, etc. It will be rather interesting on who will be selected and which of the requirements were overlooked to find the right person. The job pays quite well, and I would have to assume prospects are applying from all around the country.

I had another of my silly ideas the other day while sailing on the harbor. We had just entered into our starting sequence in the Five Points area, that I still call it the turning basin, when I noticed a mega yacht just off the pavilion heading west into the harbor. The captain clearly understood the situation they were entering and did an outstanding job maneuvering through the Five Points area and up the Lido Channel. I was giving the race committee my two cents on why they should postpone the start. The race officer indicated that they had transmitted a Sécurité on VHF Channel 16, my thoughts were how does one security call reach someone who is over three hours out of the harbor. So here is my silly idea: Can the Harbor Department record a daily Sécurité alert and broadcast them every two hours between 6 a.m. to whenever needed? The concept can include social media alerts in the form of an app. The idea is a copy of the Notice to Mariners just a little easier to access. The day before an event, the organizing authority can call in and remind the Harbor Department of their event, be it a sailboat race, permitted raft-ups, large charter boat routes, dredging barges, crew events, etc. The Harbor Master can create the recording, take notice of the Sécurité alert on CH 16 then switch over to another channel for the complete alert. I feel it would be a pro-active measure to safety in our increasingly busy harbor.

Dredging has continued in the Bayside Village Marina and will continue for the next month. Bayside Village is located in the Upper Bay (I still call it the Back Bay) behind the trailer park. The process is time consuming, because there is mud under the docks and simply said mud has a lot of bad things in it and has to be removed out to sea. To get the barges out of the harbor you have to work around the tides and the travel time.

Dredging is always good, along with updating the infrastructure of our harbor. I am not one to tell a marina owner how they have to design their marina. With the Newport Beach Shipyard and the property down Pacific Coast Highway along with the planned redevelopment of Bayside Village, I am concerned with the reduction of slips for smaller boats. You Duffy and Harbor 20 owners, who are not fortunate enough to own a waterfront home, could easily be paying $ 2,000 a month for a slip within the next five years. Will this lead to less accessibility to the harbor?

I received good JuJu from you readers for the Harbor 20 races so far so PLEASE wish me more good luck. The next two weeks are for the big pickle dishes. If you have a moment, check out Don Logan’s drone footage of BCYC Club Championships at my blog site lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.

Sea ya

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


Segerstrom Center presents vocalist Kurt Elling in “The Beautiful Day”

Segerstrom Center presents Kurt Elling

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Vocalist Kurt Elling

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling in a special holiday set “The Beautiful Day” – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas for two performances on December 15 at 7 and 9 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

Declared by the New York Times as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time,” Elling returns to the Center with a special program that features a repertoire of songs from his holiday album, The Beautiful Day.

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

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

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


State of the Schools Breakfast scheduled for Oct. 2

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District in partnership with the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation presents the State of the Schools Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 - 9 a.m. with an update on the NMUSD as a whole. School, government and community representatives will salute our neighborhood schools, and learn more about their goals and achievements.

This year, the breakfast will be held at Corona del Mar High School, 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach. Cost: A donation of $32 per person is tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation to support classroom activities district wide.

To make a reservation and purchase tickets, and for more details, visit www.NewportMesaSchoolsFoundation.com.


SCAPE gallery to hold artist reception

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“Closeness,” an oil on linen by Carin Gerard

SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar is holding an artist’s reception on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 6 - 8 p.m. There is a meet and greet with artist Carin Gerard, whose exhibit, “Resplendence” is on display from October 2 - November 3.

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Race for the Cure raises $956,775

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On Sunday, Sept. 23, 15,000 breast cancer survivors, supporters and volunteers from Orange County and beyond gathered in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island for the 27th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure.

This year’s race called for supporters to “Be More Than Pink,” to get more involved, to build more awareness and to raise more funds for the breast cancer movement.

The event included two 5K run/walks in which 385 teams participated in and a Survivor Tribute ceremony, which united 727 breast cancer survivors on the steps of the Pacific Life building.

Currently, the race has raised about $956,775 towards its $1.5 million goal. Donations are still being accepted for the cause until Wednesday, Oct. 31. To donate, visit the website at www.komenoc.org/race.


JWA announces new ride app pick-up location

Effective October 1, John Wayne Airport will introduce a new pick-up area for passengers using ride apps Lyft, Uber and Wingz. The new procedure will reduce traffic congestion on the Arrivals (lower) Level, and facilitate a more efficient procedure for guests and ride app drivers.

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“Providing a designated pick-up location for Lyft, Uber and Wingz will result in a more convenient process for our guests,” said Airport Director Barry Rondinella. “To ensure a smooth transition, guests will find additional wayfinding signage and increased customer service assistance in the Terminal and at curbside.”

The ride app pick-up locations are located in parking structures A2, B2 and C. The airport advises users to wait until they get to the pickup location to hail a ride, so that ride app drivers can make the pick-up and exit on a timely basis. Ride app drivers will continue to drop off passengers on the Departures (upper) Level at curbside.

How to take Lyft, Uber or Wingz from John Wayne Airport:

–Airport guests without checked bags can go directly from the upper level of the Terminal, cross the roadway to Parking Structures A2 and B2. In Terminal C, go through the ticketing area on the upper level to the parking structure.

–Guests with checked bags should use the elevators from the lower level baggage claim area or parking structure to the upper level and follow the signs to the designated pick-up area.

–Request your ride.


A Restaurant celebrates 10th anniversary

A Restaurant is offering Social Hour specials in celebration of the restaurant’s 10th anniversary in October 2018.

The 10th month of the year welcomes a menu of 10 items for 10 dollars, courtesy of Corporate Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford. Indulge in menu favorites like the “A” Burger with blue, onion, arugula, bacon and 1000 island, or the Crispy Duck Salad with arugula, lentils, shallots, carrots, spiced vinaigrette and parsnips. Sip on A’s celebratory cocktail, the Black Tie Martini, comprised of Ketel One Citroen Vodka and Nolet Gin with lillet blanc, served up in a martini glass with a lemon twist, or try a variety of Kettle One Botanical cocktails.

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A Restaurant’s signature anniversary cocktail, the Black Tie Martini

10th Anniversary Social Hour Menu for $10 each is available during Social Hour

Monday - Friday: 4 - 6 p.m.

–Spicy Yellow Tuna – Crispy eggplant, sriracha aioli, sweet soy

–“A” Burger – Blue, onion, arugula, bacon, 1000 island

–Hatch Chili Sausage - Chochoyotes, hatch chile, oaxaca cheese

–Brussel Leaves – Lemon, butter, capers, grilled bread

–Fried Green Tomatoes – Carolina bbq, rogue smokey blue, herb salad

–Crispy Duck Salad – Arugula, lentils, shallots, carrots, spiced vinaigrette, parsnips

10th Anniversary Cocktail Menu for $10 each, available during restaurant hours

–Black Tie Martini – 

Ketel One Citroen Vodka and Nolet Gin with lillet blanc, served up in a martini glass with a lemon twist

–Kettle One Botanical Cucumber & Mint, with soda

–Kettle One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, with soda

–Kettle One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom, with soda

A Restaurant is located at 3334 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Classical concert at St. John Vianney Chapel

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On Tuesday, Oct. 9, a classical concert series will feature Vitali Gavrouc, a talented Romanian pianist in a Fall Concerto from 7 - 8 p.m. at St. John Vianney Chapel.

Gavrouc, who has earned several notable awards, will perform works from Bach, Liszt and Enescu. He was trained in Moscow and has traveled around the world. His recordings are released under the LP Classics label.

Tickets are $10 and available at Island Home Décor or at the door, if not sold out.

St. John Vianney Chapel is located at 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


ENC’s Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch comes October 14

Be part of the excitement at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) 44th annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch taking place Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This family-friendly festival attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy delicious food from local restaurants at their Savor OC restaurant showcase, entertainment at the Fire Circle Stage, a pumpkin patch, children’s games and crafts, face painting, live animals, pony rides, Birds of Prey and more.

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 Join the Craft Crawl and hike through the Center to five different craft stations. Craft Crawl donation is just $5 per participant, which includes a re-usable ENC shopping bag. All proceeds of the Faire help the ENC provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

Parking is limited, so if you are close by, you are encouraged to ride your bike or walk.

For more information, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Keep the Promise benefit raises funds for The Wooden Floor

Nearly 300 guests gathered at the 12th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit at Big Canyon Country Club on September 13, in support of The Wooden Floor, a Santa Ana creative youth development nonprofit with a track record of sending 100 percent of its low-income graduates to college. The evening, which has become Orange County’s premier wine tasting benefit, broke its own record by grossing nearly

$410,000 for the organization, with more gifts expected. Over the past 12 years, the benefit has netted almost $3 million to support The Wooden Floor’s goal of transforming young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access higher education.

More than 200 bottles of 12 of the globe’s most extraordinary wines – each scoring in the top 1 - 3 percent in the world by leading wine critics – were uncorked throughout the evening, including the 100 point 2011 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon from Rhone, France, which is valued at $350 per bottle, and the 99 point 2012 Realm The Bard Proprietary Red Wine from Napa Valley, valued at $300 per bottle. The wines were hand-selected over the period of several years and generously donated by Newport Beach residents Janice and John Markley, longtime and fervent supporters of The Wooden Floor who founded the benefit in 2007 as a way to use their love of wine to raise funds for the actively growing organization.

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(L-R) Volcom Co-Founder Thom McElroy; Andrea Young, artistic director of The Wooden Floor; Falon Baltzell, CEO of The Wooden Floor; Dawn S. Reese, board emeritus; and Lift Campaign Chairman Damien M. Jordan 

Under candlelight in Big Canyon’s richly appointed clubhouse, guests were treated to a toast led by the organization’s Lift Comprehensive Campaign Chairman, Damien M. Jordan, who helped kick off the evening in celebration of The Wooden Floor’s 35th Anniversary of changing lives through dance. Guests sampled small plates of rosemary roasted Colorado lamb, halibut brandade, sesame crusted ahi tataki pops, lobster tacos, pork belly sliders, wild mushroom and black truffle risotto served from a parmesan wheel, a raw bar featuring shucked oysters, snow crab claws, and jumbo shrimp cocktail, and other stunning global fare created by Executive Chef Nick Wynn and Master Sommelier Steven Poe to complement the wine selections. Guests enjoyed an elegant setting designed by The Fashionable Event, reminiscent of wine country but with a modern twist. The space was filled with florals designed by Corona del Mar Florist, including grapevine wreaths, rustic raised bouquets, traditional Napa wine crates and modern tin vases filled with a variety of florals and branches.

The crowd-favorite blind tasting competition resulted in a tie by Jesse Lo Ré and RJ Sommerdyke, who both correctly guessed seven out of the 12 covered wines, winning a selection of the night’s featured wines. Other items up for grabs included opportunity drawings for a $2,500 shopping spree at South Coast Plaza; a Hermès gift basket filled with gorgeous accessories valued at more than $3,000; a sophisticated $700 dining experience at Mastro’s Steakhouse; a collection of five magnums of red wine; and a collection of five magnums of white wine. Silent auction items included a four-night stay at a luxury cabin in Promontory, Utah; a private five-course wine dinner for 10; as well as sports and arts experiences.

The Wooden Floor’s successful outcomes and poised students were the main focal point of the night. The highlight of the evening came from 14-year old Mariana Garcia, speaking on behalf of her fellow The Wooden Floor students as well as her sister Cristina, who graduated from The Wooden Floor in 2016 and is now in the Nursing program at UCLA.

“My goal is to excel in high school and continue on to college, just like my sister Cristina who did it before me. And I want to make a difference, like her. I am hoping to become either an obstetrician or a special education teacher,” said Garca. “I have four sisters who are in special education classes and I understand the importance of teachers who can relate to them.”

Keep the Promise Honorary Co-Chair Janice Markley, The Wooden Floor Board Chairman Arthur Ong and CEO of The Wooden Floor Dawn S. Reese, shared, “We believe when dance is used as a means of social change, innovation flourishes into courageous life-changing outcomes for the children we serve and moves The Wooden Floor’s exciting mission forward, which helps move our community forward.” 

For more information on The Wooden Floor Foundation, visit www.thewoodenfloor.org.


Public participation invited on JWA DEIR

The County of Orange has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed update of general aviation facilities at John Wayne Airport. The draft EIR is out for a 45-day public review and comment period, which began on September 20, 2018 and ends on November 6, 2018. City staff is reviewing the Draft EIR for potential impacts to Newport Beach.

The Draft EIR is available for public review and comment at www.ocair.com/deir627.

The County will hold a public meeting on the Draft EIR at 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 2018 at the John Wayne Airport Administrative Offices, 3160 Airway Avenue.


Stump the Stu

Where does this objet d’art hang?

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Our Stump the Stu readers know where this rustic hanging metalwork replete with fish and interesting shapes hangs. It adorns the front window of Gulfstream restaurant in Corona del Mar Plaza. Congratulations to Bill Lobdell, Carolyn Di Orio, Debi Doolittle, Diane Seals, Gracie Hoffman, Joe Stapleton, Paul Blank and Scott Small!

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Speak Up Newport presents OCDA Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Speak Up Newport is presenting a Candidates Forum for Orange County District Attorney at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room.

The race to be the next Orange County District Attorney is arguably one of the most important in Southern California, with fair and efficient law enforcement and criminal justice at the top of many residents’ list of important civic issues.

Speak Up Newport presents Rackauckas Speak Up Newport presents Spitzer

(L-R) Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, candidates for Orange County District Attorney

Speak Up Newport presents a rare opportunity, on the same program, to hear from the two candidates in this closely watched race between incumbent District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, running for a sixth term, and challenger Todd Spitzer, former prosecutor and current Orange County Supervisor for District 3.

The candidates will each have 20 minutes to present their platforms. Spitzer’s presentation begins at 6:05 p.m. and Rackauckas will speak at 6:35 p.m.

Schedule: 5:15 - 6 p.m.: Complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase; 6 - 7 p.m.: Program.

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend. RSVP is not necessary.

For more information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you will know where this two-toned “BR” calls home. 

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

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 9.28.18

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Letters to the Editor:

Challenging year for Republicans so you need to know your players

This is a challenging year for our Republican Party. Even historically safe seats are competitive this year. 

 I wanted to be sure you were aware of events in Newport Beach so as to avoid embarrassment during this election season.

As noted below, Newport Beach Councilmember Scott Peotter is having a fundraiser hosted by Andrew Goetz.

Mr. Goetz was convicted of 13 felony counts related to filing false plan checks with the City of Newport Beach. The goal of this conspiracy was to evade the city height limits in various neighborhoods. Mr. Goetz was initially charged with 26 counts. He pled guilty and surrendered his architect’s license. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Mr. Goetz subsequently was convicted of fraud in obtaining a real estate license by making false statements on his application and fined $1,000. In 1984, he was convicted of theft by credit card.

These were not random crimes or unrelated to municipal business. They were frauds committed against the City of Newport  Beach. The case was investigated, and the arrest made by the Newport Beach Police Department. 

I will leave to you to draw your own conclusions regarding Mr. Peotter’s judgment, ethics and suitability for public office, given his decision to have Mr. Goetz host this event.

Let me assure you that polls show Mr. Peotter trailing badly. As you may know, last year over 10,000 Newport Beach residents signed a petition in support of recalling Peotter. He was elected with approximately 11,000 votes.

Because of what many feel are his lack of actual accomplishments in office and severe unpopularity, Mr. Peotter will very likely attempt to run for reelection by wrapping himself in the Republican banner. (I know, odd for a candidate who voted for the largest property tax increase in Newport Beach since Prop. 13, up to $4,500 per year for the new homeowners in Uptown Newport).

He will likely seek to use your endorsement, photo, or statement in support of his campaign. May I respectfully suggest that in light of this new information regarding his association with known felons, that now, it would be appropriate for you to pull your endorsement or not make it in this race.

Because I know how much you value your well-deserved reputation for integrity in our community, it would be unfortunate if a mailer from Peotter highlighting your support arrives on the same day as one detailing his pending conflict of interest and campaign finance violations, building code violations, abuse of staff, personal self-dealing while on the council and association with known felons. That certainly will not help the Republican cause in November. A review of the financial reports filed today will demonstrate that there will indeed be a robust campaign supported by former Republican mayors and notable Newport Beach citizens to tell this story.

It is worth remembering that the local Republican Party embarrassed itself before through its involvement in Newport Beach politics. In 2006, the party endorsed Jack Wu for city council. Many well-meaning elected officials followed the party and supported Wu who was subsequently found guilty of felony embezzlement related to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign funds. Several elected officials have since told me how embarrassed they were to be associated with Wu. Ironically, one of Wu’s strongest supporters was Scott Peotter.

I don’t want this to happen to you. I hope this information is helpful as you decide on who to lend your good name in the November election.

Yours for a Corruption Free Republican Party,

Keith Curry, Former Mayor

Newport Beach

It’s been a long road back to re-gain my reputation

To be clear, it was the roof midpoints and grade averages that were altered and/or affected. This is now how the current zoning code determines building heights.

In the past 15+ years, I have completed over a hundred projects (all by referral) with an amazing sense of space, beauty and attention to detail.

Collectively, these projects have added hundreds of millions of dollars of value which, in turn, have yielded millions of dollars annually to property tax rolls. 

In addition, they have added to the revenues of hundreds of people, including real estate agents, suppliers, subcontractors and City staff. 

Re-establishing my work took a very long time. It cannot logically be said that the City does not follow zoning rules, and at the same time bring up my mistakes from long ago. 

Andrew Goetz, Architect

Corona del Mar

Peotter provides better conservative path than Brenner

I am an unapologetic conservative that believes in electing Republicans to city councils.

I have walked precincts and donated to Republicans my entire adult life because they believe in free enterprise and limited government.

As the Newport Beach city council campaigns approach election day, I have learned that over the past two years candidate Clyda “Joy” Brenner has made over 40 donations to liberal Democrats across the country.

Federal Elections Commission records reflect her “earmarked” donations through Socialist Bernie Sanders’ ActBlue PAC include 17 contributions to liberal New Jersey senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker. (www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&contributor_name=clyda+brenner&min_date=01%2F01%2F2017&max_date=09%2F26%2F2018)

Brenner also earmarked a donation to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Now that I know where Brenner stands, I will vote for Scott Peotter for city council. Scott has done a great job for taxpayers the last 4 years.

Kurt English

Newport Beach


Kahuna Cares to hold inaugural Charity Golf Tournament on Nov 2 at Pelican Hill Golf Club

Kahuna Cares Foundation, a local nonprofit providing support for organizations that help enrich the lives of people with special needs, announced it will be hosting the inaugural Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Nov. 2 at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party will be held at the beautiful Pelican Hill South Course in Newport Beach with an afterparty featuring live music by Nick Hernandez, Billy Sherman, and Phil Gough of Common Sense with proceeds to benefit Surfers Healing, OC Autism, and Fish for Life, and the thousands of individuals they serve.

Co-founded by Jennifer Tracy and Veronica Hoggatt, and launched earlier this year, Kahuna Cares was founded in tribute to Jennifer’s father, the late Terry “Tubesteak” Tracy, who sparked the inspiration for the “Big Kahuna” role in the Gidget movie craze. Kahuna Cares honors his legacy of love for others by raising money for organizations that support children, teens, and adults with special needs.

“Kahuna Cares’ philosophy is to hold events which bring together many family and friends, new and old, celebrate the memory and legacy of an amazing man, support our special needs community, and raise awareness of the value of those community members living with special needs,” Hoggatt said, which includes championing the needs of her son and others with autism. “That’s what this Charity Golf tournament is all about.”

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Surfers Healing will benefit from funds raised at the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament by providing people with special needs a priceless experience

Tracy and Hoggatt have been actively involved with the special needs community for decades; it’s their passion. Together, Kahuna Cares has raised money through holding special events like the popular “Big Kahuna Koncert for A Cause” concerts, and the Charity Golf Tournament and After Party.

“Today, one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism and one in 700 are diagnosed with Down Syndrome,” Tracy said.

“To me there is nothing more meaningful than working with special needs kids. There are so many local Orange County programs that offer great free programs, which Kahuna Cares raises funds for and supports,” Tracy said. “I have seen the effects of these programs and the happiness it brings to the kids and families and to my own family members.” 

“The setting at Pelican Hill Resort is spectacular, and we wanted to share this amazing experience, have a great party, and at the same time, raise money for great charities, along with introducing people to our new nonprofit,” Hoggatt said. 

Participants will have an opportunity to win a brand new Ford Explorer, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Tuttle-Click Ford Irvine.

For more information about the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, Nov. 2, or to register, go to www.kahunacaresfoundation.org or click here.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Sometimes remembering the past, softens the present

TomJohnsonI went into Floyd’s the other day. It’s a barbershop in Costa Mesa. I like it for its old time feel. 

While I was sitting waiting for my eventual haircut and badly needed shave (it had been 30+ days) from Izzi, I observed two young boys, sitting on the booster bench in the chair, one doing it probably for a first time.

It harkened me back to my childhood, growing up in Pleasanton. Larry, Pete and Benny were our barbers down on Main Street. It was a three-chair shop.

Fans spun overhead to cool the shop, a multitude of magazines filled the racks. Fact is, it took me years to figure out why my dad and other men were always reading a “magazine within a magazine.”

Go figure.

Saturdays often involved a bike trip or a ride with my dad to get my crewcut shaved down and his flat-top, well, flattened. I still even remember the prices, six bits for a kid and a buck-and-a-quarter for adults.

The barber shop in those days was always fun times. The banter, the jokes and the education of growing up were priceless for a kid. Sure, on some levels inappropriate, but still part of the maturing process.

One time I remember explaining to one of the three barbers that I had decided to grow out my hair.

Whoever it was, looked over at my dad and he shook his head. It was their sign language. Anyway, the result was another crew cut.

Larry, Pete and Benny knew everything and everyone in our little town it seemed.

I miss those somewhat innocent days now that so much of life has become so much more complicated.

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Okay, get your calendar out. Lots happening around town.

Sunday, October 7 is the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Commodores Club puts on the event. 

And you don’t have to be a pro to participate. If you haven’t done it before, get a team together and have some fun.

This year’s theme is “Have a Ball.”

For info, go here.

Speaking of the Chamber, their 2019 USC Marshall Economic Forecast will be held at the Balboa Bay Club on Friday, October 12 from 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Three speakers planning: Richard Green, Ph.D., a professor of public policy at Marshall, will discuss the prospects for 2019 with the U.S. economy; Selma Hepp, chief economist and V.P. of business intelligence for Pacific Union International, will give a 2019 state and local outlook; and Barry Altschuler, executive V.P. of investments for Equity Residential and a board member of the California Apartment Association, will focus on rent control and particular Proposition 10.

Find more info here.

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Sad to see that Barry Allen passed September 17. Barry, obviously, married to Debra. Barry made a career as a successful lawyer and was active in civic affairs. He served on the Harbor View Hills Community Association and CdM Residents Association boards.

He’s survived by Debra, son Kurt and grandchildren Ryan and Alexandra.

His family has requested that in lieu of flowers, make a donation to your own family charity in Barry’s name.

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Planning on watching the Ryder Cup this weekend? Well, here’s a local angle. The young woman with Rickie Fowler is none other than his fiancé, Allison Stokke, former student and athlete from Newport Harbor High School.

As is often the case in the Ryder Cup, the wives, fiancés and girlfriends play a big role. 

The Ryder Cup is being played at Le Golf National in France.

USA, USA, USA…just sayin.


Newport Beach Wine & Food returns October 4 - 7

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Stefanie Salem, NBWF founder and CEO, with participating chefs in 2017

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, is returning for its fifth year on Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

The weekend’s VIP events include interactive chef dinners, wine tasting panels, and the new “Fire It Up!” event and yacht party, celebrating open-flame cooking and barbecuing, all of which will take place at various locales around Newport Beach. The Grand Tasting, hosted again at The Newport Beach Civic Center from October 6 - 7, will feature small plates from more than 40 of Orange County’s top restaurants, more than 250 varieties of world-class wines, beers, and spirits, and celebrity chef cooking demos and more. 

Four-Day Event Itinerary: 

Thursday, Oct. 4 

Opening Night Reception and Dinner at Pelican Hill Resort: A five-course dining experience and a Q&A with James Beard award winners Hubert Keller and Phillipe Haddad, Top Chef Stars Bruce Kalman and Tyler Anderson, and local masters Jean-Pierre Dubray, Yvon Goetz and Rainer Schwarz. Master Sommelier Michael Jordan will pair wines. 

Friday, Oct. 5 

–Fire It Up! Party at Balboa Bay Resort: All dishes will be prepared over a barbecue, with offerings from Hubert Keller, Top Chef Winner Joe Flamm, Top Chef Alumni Brian Huskey, Carrie Baird, Christopher Scott, Fatima Ali, Joe Sasto, NBC’s Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander, and Balboa Bay Resort executive chef Rachel Haggstrom. Guest appearances will be made by Duff Goldman and Jet Tila. Live music is by “Common Sense.” 

Yacht Sunset Cruise on Hornblower’s Endless Dreams: 250 VIP guests will cruise Balboa Bay with all participating celebrity chefs. Music by Chef Duff Goldman and Bruce Kalman’s band, “Foie Grock.”

Saturday, Oct. 6 

VIP Riedel Master Glass Education and Wine Tasting with 10th generation owner of Riedel glasses, Georg Josef Riedel, and Hundred Acre wine. 

VIP Champagne and Petrossian Caviar tasting with Master Sommeliers at Newport Beach Civic Center. 

101 Reasons to Drink More Wine, A Hilarious Romp Through Science, Medicine, History, and Religion of Drinking led by Wes Hagen, J. Wilkes Winemaker & Raconteur. 

Pacific Sales Grand Tasting at Newport Beach Civic Center: Includes celebrity chef cooking demonstrations on the Sub Zero Wolf stage by Food Network Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, Bravo star Richard Blais, Food Network star Jet Tila, and Top Chef Season 15 winner Joe Flamm and finalist Tyler Anderson. Tastings from more than 40 of OC’s top restaurants, 250 varieties of wine, spirits, and brews, and more. The event’s official host is Chef Jamie Gwen. 

NBWF Mixologist

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A mixologist with his inspired concoctions

VIP Shaken, Stirred, and Twisted presented by Duke Spirits & Modern Luxury: Top Chef stars Joe Flamm, Chris Scott, Joe Sasto, Carrie Baird and Fatima Ali will create unique courses and go head-to-head in a blind draw mixology challenge set to inspiring music by special guest DJs. Hosted by mixologist and vinter, Chris Radomski of Duke Spirits. 

Sunday, Oct. 7 

VIP Cooking Demonstrations and Lunch prepared by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu Newport Beach, with cocktail, wine and sake pairings. 

Blind Tasting Masterclass with Master Sommeliers Michael Jordan, Steve Poe, Thomas Price and Will Costello. 

Pacific Sales Grand Tasting at Newport Beach Civic Center: Includes celebrity chef cooking demonstrations by Bravo’s Top Chefs Amar Santana, Katsuji Tanabe, Christopher Scott, Joe Sasto, Carrie Baird, and Fatima Ali. Guest will also enjoy tastings from more than 40 of OC’s top restaurants, 250 varieties of wine, spirits, and brews, and more.

Participating restaurants include Marché Moderne, Puesto, The Winery, Bluegold, Old Vine Cafe, Pizzeria Mozza, Bourbon Steak, Sushi Roku, Pelican Grill, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and more, with wineries such as Nellcote, J. Wilkes, Williams Selyem, Domaine Della, Anhfeldt Wine and Goldschmidt Vineyards.

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Two celebrity chefs, Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung, at last year’s NBWF 

The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival has partnered with the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) as its charitable partner for 2018. The organization operates the nation’s only non-corporate, general interest culinary museums, as well as documents and celebrates food and drink from all cultures through exhibits, programming and media efforts. NatFAB is the nation’s most comprehensive institution studying food and drink-related topics and issues, and often collaborates with strategic partners, like The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, to maximize impact and find solutions to hunger, nutrition, obesity, and more.

Tickets are now available for purchase at www.NewportWineandFood.com/Tickets. For ongoing updates, follow the festival @NewportWineFood on Facebook and @NewBe_Fest on Twitter and Instagram.


Celebrity Chef dinner benefiting SOS, October 5

Celebrity Chef dinner Chef Alessandro Pirozzi

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Chef Alessandro Pirozzi, Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Salerno Laguna Beach and Alessá Laguna

The 28th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner takes place on Friday, Oct. 5 at Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach. An evening of fun, delicious food & drinks, and philanthropy, the event highlights one-of-a-kind gourmet cuisine cooked by local chefs with a passion for their community, with all proceeds benefitting the SOS (Share Ourselves) Food Pantry, which provides bags of groceries to an average of 235 families and individuals each day, as well as the Comprehensive Service Center, which provides food and services such as rental and utilities assistance, behavioral health, case management and seasonal programs, whereby meeting the basic needs of the homeless, and low-income individuals and families living in Orange County. The event nets approximately $200,000.

Celebrity Chef dinner Chef David Man

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Chef David Man, Fashion Island Hotel

Guests will take in stunning ocean views while enjoying hors d’oeuvres stations, beer & wine tastings, live music during the reception, a silent auction and photo booth. After the reception, the three-course dinner is held in the ballroom with outstanding chefs pairing up to prepare each course. The dinner portion of the evening also includes a program and live auction.

Chefs to date who have committed to donating their time and creative talents to this great cause include:

Alessandro Pirozzi – Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Salerno Laguna Beach and Alessá Laguna

David Man – Fashion Island Hotel

Octavio Flores – SOL Cocina

Michael Beck – Hotel Irvine

Rainer Schwarz –Driftwood Kitchen, The Deck on Laguna and Hendrix

Rachel Klemek – Blackmarket Bakery

Kevin Meyer – Paséa Hotel and Spa

Dee Nguyen – Break of Dawn

Jose Rodriguez – Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Eric Mickle – Orange Hill Restaurant

Celebrity Chef dinner Chef Octavio Flores

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Chef Octavio Flores, SOL Cocina

The schedule for the evening’s festivities includes: 5:30 p.m. – Gourmet Food & Wine Tastings and a Silent Auction; 7 p.m. – Dinner, Live Auction and Program. Individual tickets are $195 ($110 is tax deductible).

California cuisine attire is requested. To purchase tickets, find out about sponsorship opportunities and for more information, visit www.shareourselves.org/events.

Paséa Hotel & Spa is located at 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.


Sherman Library & Gardens to present mixed media mosaic workshop

On, Friday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., learn to work with both porcelain and glass tiles to create a garden panel that explores layers and space while learning mosaic techniques at Sherman Library & Gardens. The instructor is David Jarvinen of The Mosaic Guys.

Sherman Library mosaic art

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Photo by David Jarvinen, The Mosaic Guys

Your project will measure 8” x 10”. Come inspired with images of ‘close-up’ garden vignettes – think container gardens for instance...so you will have a focal point, supporting actors and background.

The process is simple and fun. The workshop is all-inclusive (instruction and materials) – just bring a lunch, snack and beverages. The cost is $175 for Friends and $125 for Non-members. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at www.slgardens.org.

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


Sign of the times

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

Stu received only one correct answer from Yvonne Mohar who knew the sign was for Organic Babies, located on 500 W. Coast Highway. Congrats Yvonne!

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 9.25.18

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Speak Up Newport presents OCDA Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Speak Up Newport is presenting a Candidates Forum for Orange County District Attorney at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room.

The race to be the next Orange County District Attorney is arguably one of the most important in Southern California, with fair and efficient law enforcement and criminal justice at the top of many residents’ list of important civic issues.

Speak Up Newport presents Rackauckas Speak Up Newport presents Spitzer

(L-R) Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, candidates for Orange County District Attorney

Speak Up Newport presents a rare opportunity, on the same program, to hear from the two candidates in this closely watched race between incumbent District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, running for a sixth term, and challenger Todd Spitzer, former prosecutor and current Orange County Supervisor for District 3.

The candidates will each have 20 minutes to present their platforms. Spitzer’s presentation begins at 6:05 p.m. and Rackauckas will speak at 6:35 p.m.

Schedule: 5:15 - 6 p.m.: Complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase; 6 - 7 p.m.: Program.

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend. RSVP is not necessary.

For more information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.


Win a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14 

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Welcome to Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14, just steps from the sand

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach – the restored South Beach Suite – by entering an opportunity drawing to benefit Crystal Cove Conservancy. The winner will receive three nights in the two-story, two bedroom, two bath oceanfront cottage – No. 14. Occupancy is six guests.

This is the only Crystal Cove cottage with a king-sized bed, large, sunny living room and an expansive private outdoor deck just steps from the sand.

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The large sunny living room

Tickets to the opportunity drawing are $100 each or $500 for seven tickets. All existing cottage rental rules apply. Reservation dates must be coordinated with Crystal Cove Conservancy. Restrictions apply. The 2019 reservation dates include: January 11 - 13; February 8 - 10; March 8 - 10; April 12 - 14; May 10 - 12; June 14 - 16; July 12 - 14; August 9 - 11; September 13 - 15; October 11 - 13; November 8 - 10; and December 13 - 15.

Winners will be drawn at the annual soiree on Saturday, Oct. 6 (need not be present to win) and notified after the soiree on Friday, Oct. 12.

To purchase tickets, call Crystal Cove Conservancy at 949.376.6200, ext. 201.


Segerstrom Center kicks off Jazz season with Ahmad Jamal

Segerstrom Center kicks off

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Jazz master Ahmad Jamal

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Grammy®Award Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Ahmad Jamal for one performance only on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The extraordinary night of music features the jazz legend and celebrated pianist-composer, who returns to the Center with his quartet: James Cammack, bass; Herlin Riley, drums; and Manolo Badrena, percussion. 

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


NBPL presents “Beyond the Canvas” art series

If you’re an art lover, you are in for a treat. The Newport Beach Public Library holds an ongoing monthly series titled, “Beyond the Canvas,” with award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn exploring the Great Masters.

NBPL presents Beyond da Vinci

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On Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7 - 8 p.m., Hahn will discuss Leonardo da Vinci – an Italian polymath of the Renaissance, whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. 

NBPL presents Beyond Michelangelo

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On Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 - 8 p.m., Hahn will discuss Michelangelo –an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered by some the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.

Learn more about the great masters of art in this fascinating visual presentation. The events are free to the public; seating is first come, first served. They take place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Newport Elementary: a truly unique experience

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Mom’s hand slipped away as she turned, leaving me standing outside the door to the kindergarten class. It was the first day of school and she cried walking to the car. In an era of black and white T.V., big heavy cars with rounded rear ends, fresh foods from within miles of your home, the Brooklyn Dodgers and “Ike,” Newport Elementary stood as bastion of safety.

Newport Beach was but a puddle-jump beach town that was less known than Newport News, Virginia or Newport, Rhode Island. Locally, Newport Beach was loved by Angelenos, but nationally it was still part of the social Wild West known as California.

Newport Elementary’s newest kindergarten class knew nothing about school other than we would not be at home and around a bunch of kids we didn’t know. Some of us were excited, frightened or manic about soiling ourselves.

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Newport Elementary...school on the sand

That first day is one of the most important days in any person’s lifetime. It is the beginning of distancing oneself from family, plus society starts molding and conforming kids to fit in. The problem is that many simply do not fit in, no matter how hard we wish we could. Through a lifetime of struggles, children are thought to be soft and easily damaged but after decades of worrying, most parents find out how tough their children really are.

The events of that day are hazy. The class socialized, played, learned and napped, setting in motion a learning process that would continue until post-adolescence. One thing would become evident over the years of walking the beautiful California-Colonial building – it was the beginning of the most influential period of life for many in early Newport Beach.

There are die-hard USC, UCLA or Notre Dame fans, a tight fraternity of Marines and military or Union Tradesmen Local #37, but being a student on the beachfront during those formative years trumps all else.

All of us experience negativities such as death, divorce, war or depression that never leave our conscience, while others are so spoiled by money that they never grow up. Those that experienced Newport Elementary seem to be more resilient to some of these obstacles. There is no Tommy Trojan sitting in front of Newport El, but the influence of this little grade school runs deeper and stronger than most realize.

The essence of our personalities was learned by the curriculum created by 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Kirkwood (whose name changed mid-year teaching us about marriage); 4th Grade, Mr. Hart (he taught in winter and in summer worked with the Harbor Patrol...a true super hero); 4th Grade, Mrs. Lyle (work in groups); 5th Grade, Mr. Case (an essence of stability); 5th Grade, Mrs. Tuttle (a bit on the strict side); and Mrs. Robins (still a loving and dear friend). 

Newport Elementary a truly Peter Rabbit

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Peter Rabbit stories cultivated a love for reading

Our “celebrity” teacher was Helen Beatrix Potter whose “Peter Rabbit Stories” reached us all the way from England through the love of Delores Bowles. Dick and Jane “went up the hill to fetch a pail of water” allowed us to read on our own, while The Safety Patrol taught us responsibility and dealing with others with respect. In case there was a problem, Principal Vestal was the go-to person. To this day, remembering how to spell principal is easy because unlike principle – Mrs. Vestal was our “PAL.”

We all became comfortable at school. Our personalities were developing and each of us was wonderfully different. The days of taking school for granted was not yet there.

No one was a perfect student, not even Bill Kennedy, Robin Holden or Lolly Fields, even though they were exemplary students. Some incredible “musicians-to-be” were class clown Anna Fellhauer and Craig Buhler, who carried his “suitcase” and saxophone for the rest of his life. Chris Wall could be heard singing “House of the Rising Sun” while selling lunch milk for a nickel.

Then there were the boys: Ernie Orchard, Craig Anderson, Bob Taylor, Terry Smith, Larry Powell, Steve Farmer, Don Fuller, Jeff Merickel, Rob Lovell and Pancho Edler et al: who were “lifers” at Newport El. Then there were the “latecomers” who trickled in over the next six years of school. We didn’t have fights when someone new showed up, because the old timers quickly showed them how much fun life can be on the oceanfront.

Newport Elementary Larry Powell and Steve Farmer

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Larry Powell and Steve Farmer on their way to Newport Elementary

Then there were the girls. How could so many great ladies end up in the same school at the same time? Too young to know why, but boys and girls were attracted to each other from the beginning. Different girlfriends and boyfriends came along almost every year and nobody got mad. Relationships in those years were innocent, which included a cheap pink valentine card, limited time together in sweet conversation, challenging each other on the blacktop and hopefully an opportunity to visit their home and meet the parents. Oh, life was good!

For shorter boys, some girls just didn’t work. Due to insecurity by both boys and girls, it felt uncomfortable when the girl was taller. Louisa Tennille, Laura Brame, Judy Reynolds, Paulette McDonald, Cyndy Hoagland and Sally Hutchinson suffered this fate, demonstrating another uncomfortable learning experience. Girls mature much sooner than boys...leaving them behind. Shorter girls had the pick of the litter, with boys running to them at Cotillion: Cece Cotton, Carla Von Hoffman, Judye Hart, Laura Loveland, Mindy Allen, Chris Spencer, Peggy Ostling or Cheryle Alderson.

As students we spent time learning our A-B-C’s, math and writing skills. Especially interesting was fourth grade California history, with Native American Sand Painting on the beach or sculpturing Missions out of Ivory soap. Each Friday we had quizzes to see what we learned, which were a bit stressful and definitely not special memories.

Grades range from excellent to not living up to your potential to needs to improve.  Classrooms were a place to sit quietly for many of the kids, but when the buzzer went off, we hit the playground with full abandon. Games of marbles (gambling agates and steelies), intense four-square, difficult double-dutch (two-jump ropes), monkey bars, tetherball, kickball and “organized” baseball created the ideal place for learning. Not academic in nature, we were learning to love life and understand our peers. On the blacktop, girls and boys were equals even though it was in different ways.

Newport Elementary a truly early rendering

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Architectural drawing of Newport Elementary

In those early days of Newport prior to the transition to a status city, children of the wealthy played shoulder to shoulder with sons and daughters of fishermen, boat workers and blue-collar tradesmen. No one was better than any other. Lido Isle known for its money, had “gangs” of boys and girls. But, so did Peninsula Point and West Newport. Once we settled into the holy grail of Newport El, all differences were dropped, and we grew to know each other like siblings over the years. Seven decades later this depth of friendship remains.

We weren’t Depression kids nor WWII kids. We were truly “War Babies”; a result of a post-war boom. We were lucky and oft times spoiled, more by happenstance than money. But to this day, most of us carry memories, values and ideas that Newport Elementary instilled in us. By 2018, many children of several generations have graduated from Newport El. There is a pride and positiveness that comes from being so close to the ocean while you learn. Unknown to those wonderful instructors throughout the years, there is an unknown curriculum not dictated by the school board or Sacramento.

Independence and a zest for life was a natural by-product of learning at Newport Elementary. Moms and Dads today are often afraid of their child’s independence, but it is one of the major stepping stones to a balanced life. Newport Elementary, by its mere location, teaches children to look to the horizon when frolicking on the playground or riding their bikes to school. Newport El, with its everyday view of the sea and sky is the perfect place for youngsters to “broaden one’s horizons”...and we did.

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


Guest Column

Grace Leung

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

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Three weeks with the City in a blink of an eye! I am learning so much, but then I feel there’s just so much more to learn. Luckily the staff is great in getting me up to speed on many issues and community members too – the number of intelligent, engaged and civic minded people here is impressive. I suspect you will keep me on my toes!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 25, and the following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

No Study Session items this week, so a little more time for dinner before the Regular Session at 7 p.m.   

Regular Session items of note: Although the second reading of the updated ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) is on the consent calendar, we are requesting the City Council continue this item to a future meeting to provide an additional opportunity for City Council discussion on this ordinance. Changes were proposed to conform with new state requirements; however, following discussion on this item at the public hearing on September 11th we’d like to explore additional potential options to restrict ADUs while still conforming with state law.

The next step in the Water Wheel project is on the agenda, to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration in accordance with CEQA. This project will build a facility that captures floating trash that passes through San Diego Creek into the bay. Along with another trash capture facility and storm drain system trash collection efforts, this will reduce trash loads by 50-80 percent, for a noticeable impact. Construction is estimated to begin in spring 2020 and take six months.

As part of our continuing efforts to address traffic, two traffic signal synchronization projects are on the agenda. One project is to synchronize traffic signals along MacArthur Boulevard, coordinated with the City of Irvine to cover 22 signalized intersections (nine within Newport Beach). The agenda item is to approve the application for grant funds for this project. The second project is along the Culver Drive-Bonita Canyon Drive corridor, also a joint project with Irvine. Grant funds have been awarded for this project and the agenda item is to approve the cooperative agreement with Irvine. 

The Finance Committee recently considered the appropriateness of the General Fund Contingency Reserve level. A study by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) was commissioned to assess risks. Based on the findings identified in the report and other factors, staff and the Committee recommend maintaining the current Reserve funding level at 25 percent of operating expenditures. The Committee also recommends a change in how the annual contributions to the Reserve is calculated. In the past two years, the City Manager has recommended, and the City Council has approved, the exclusion of additional discretionary pension payments to CalPERS from the annual reserve calculation. Otherwise, the City is required to reserve a higher amount than intended, as the Contingency Reserve is meant to ensure services are provided during extraordinary circumstances, which would leave less available for program funding. The agenda item codifies this exclusion in F-2.

There are two items related to the additional crossing guards in the Newport Heights neighborhood. Two crossing guards were recommended in the Newport Heights Neighborhood Schools Traffic Study and were approved by the City Council on August 14. Agenda item 13 allocates the funding for those two new crossing guards, which were already added in time for the first day of the school year. Agenda item 14 amends the contract to allocate funding for a third new crossing guard recommended by the City Traffic Engineer based on pedestrian counts and field observation. The locations of the three new crossing guards are: one at Coral Place and Irvine Avenue adjacent to Ensign Intermediate and two at 15th Street and Santa Ana Avenue adjacent to Newport Heights Elementary (one for east/west pedestrians and one for north/south pedestrians).   

For public hearing is the call for review of the Planning Commission’s approval of a variance and coastal development permit to demolish an existing single-family residence and allow the construction of a new single-family residence at 3200 Ocean Boulevard. Pursuant to our municipal code, the call for review is conducted as a new hearing. This means the City Council is not bound by the Planning Commission’s prior decisions or limited to the issues raised at the lower hearing. 

Thank you to everyone who reached out after my first “Insider’s Guide.” I appreciate the kind words of support! It was also clear that there is considerable interest in maintaining this communication. As I mentioned last time, while I am looking for ways to improve our outreach, I will continue this guide. 

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

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Dory Deli Clean Up Day scheduled for October 7

Dory Deli Clean UP cleaning Newport's beaches

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Cleaning Newport’s beaches

Come join the fun during the 4th annual Dory Deli Beach Clean Up on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – all for a great cause. Meet up at Tower 22 for free coffee, hot cocoa, bags and gloves.

Dory Deli Clean Up Tower 22

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Clean Up Day meet up is at Tower 22 near Newport Pier


15th Annual Art in the Park celebrates original works

Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts at the 15th Annual Art in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the Civic Center Green.

15th Annual Art in the Park people

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View and purchase works by more than 125 artists working in oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, glass art, textiles, jewelry, woodcrafts, photography and more.

Art activities for children will be provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Pets are welcome.

Newport Beach Civic Center Green is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Admission is free as is parking.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Your chance to finally catch up with Peotter

TomJohnsonEveryone around town is complaining that Mayor Duffy Duffield and City Councilman Scott Peotter are not showing up to community events, particularly political forums. Well, here’s your chance, a re-election reception to support Peotter. That’s the problem, support.

This one takes place Thursday, October 11 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Harcourt Newport Properties, 2747 East Coast Highway in CdM.

Better yet, maybe you want to donate. The Host Committee is within reach for $2,200.

Another interesting angle on this reception is that Ernie Caponera, Harcourt Newport Properties, and architect Andrew Goetz are behind the event.

Goetz, you might remember, was found guilty of forgery for altering architectural drawings to avoid local height requirements back in the early 2000s. At the time, Goetz lost his license and was on felony probation for three years.

No controversy there.

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Speaking of forums, Speak Up Newport will present the candidates for Orange County District Attorney on Wednesday, October 10 at the Newport Beach Civic Center in the Community Room.

DA Tony Rackauckas and challenger Todd Spitzer, an Orange County Supervisor, will each have an opportunity to present their platforms. Spitzer opening up comments at 6:05 p.m. and Rackauckas following at 6:35 p.m.

There’s a mix and mingle beginning at 5:15 p.m.

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The State of Schools breakfast for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District comes up Tuesday, October 2, 7 a.m., at CdM High School. 

The cost/donation for the event is $32 in honor of the District’s 32 schools.

To make reservations, go here.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Pet of the Week SashaSasha is a 5-month-old husky. She is very sweet and loves to play with other dogs. She would do best in a house with a very active family.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

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

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


CdMRA to hold election forum tomorrow night

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) is hosting its election forum tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at OASIS Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

CdMRA buttonCdMRA’s election forum is designed to give voters a one-on-one opportunity to visit with city council candidates and Measure T proponents and opponents, as well as listen to a moderated panel discussion querying city council candidates on topics of particular interest to Corona del Mar voters. All eight city council candidates were invited; seven have confirmed as of this date.

The evening starts with hosted refreshments and ample opportunity to network with city council candidates and representatives both for and against Measure T. CdMRA has also invited members of the Corona del Mar High School’s Academy of Global Studies to participate in the evening’s activities.

A moderated panel discussion has been designed for the purpose of providing Corona del Mar voters and opportunity to learn about the city council candidates and their positions on issues important to our neighborhood. There will be a brief presentation from Measure T proponents and opponents at the conclusion of the candidates’ panel.

RSVPs are requested. This event is open to all Newport Beach voters. Visit www.CdMRA.orgfor more information and to RSVP.

The Corona del Mar Residents Association has been advocating quality of life issues for nearly 32 years for all residents of Corona del Mar neighborhoods.


Stump the Stu

Where does this objet d’art hang?

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Stump the Stu came across this rustic hanging metalwork replete with fish and interesting shapes. Do you know where this art piece is displayed?

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

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

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


Volunteers needed: Tidepool Docent training class at Back Bay Science Center tomorrow, Sept 26

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is currently looking for volunteer Tidepool Docents to educate the public about the unique ecology in Laguna’s protected tidepools. The next class training will be held this Wednesday, Sept 26 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach. Docents are required to be at least 18 years of age and volunteer at the tidepools at least once monthly. 

Volunteers needed star

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Tidepool docents share the wonderful marine life in the tidepools with others

Explore the opportunity to become a Tidepool Docent and experience the excitement of sharing the marine life in the tidepools with local residents and visitors. 

To sign up for the program or for further information, contact Suzanne Welsh, Tidewater Docent Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 522-5187. 

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Volunteers are needed to educate the public on Laguna’s protected tidepools

For more information, visit www.LagunaOceanFoundation.org.


Cut-A-Thon at Images Salon to benefit Childhelp

It’s the last few days to join Images Salon in Corona del Mar by participating in their 17th Annual Childhelp Fundraiser. Each participating stylist is offering a number of donated haircuts now through the end of September.

Cut A Thon at Images Salon group pic

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When calling to make an appointment, mention Childhelp and request a haircut (or just get a blowout) and you will be offered the $45 rate. The entire $45 goes directly to summer outings and classes, and Christmas presents for children in OC Group Homes.

Images will also hold their annual opportunity drawing with some fabulous prizes. Last year Images Salon raised more than $17,000. One hundred percent of funds raised go to the treatment and prevention of child abuse.

To book your space at Images Salon, call 949.675.5531. Images Salon is located at 2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Stump the Stu

Does anyone know what time it is?

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Our Stump the Stu readers know where this clock is keeping time. It is located at 218 Marine Ave. on Balboa Island, which used to be above Beach Time Realty – hence the inference. Now, the clock is located above Une Beaute Spa.

Congratulations to Jeff Herdman, Kristie Hemstreet, Linnea Graves, Lisa Winter, Mickey Dunlap and Vikki Swanson.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Segerstrom Center presents the Kenny Barron Quintet

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the Kenny Barron Quintet for two performances on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Jazz Weekly calls Barron, “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Segerstrom Center presents Kenny Barron

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The Kenny Barron Quintet takes the Samueli Theater stage on November 3

For his return to the Center’s Jazz Series, Barron brings his quintet, which includes Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Dayna Stephens, tenor saxophone; Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass; and Jonathan Blake, drums.

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

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


Newport Beach, per capita, rivals the price of a Porsche

Newport Beach, per capita, sailboat in harbor

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According to Bloombergquint.com, Newport Beach’s per capita income of $97,597 is comparable to the price tag of a new Porsche 911 Carrera.

Newport Beach’s average income is nearly three times that of the entire state of California, earning the top spot of any other city or county in the state with a population of more than 65,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey.

The top 10 cities in California with the highest average income ranked by per-capita income are: Newport Beach, Palo Alto, Santa Monica, Pleasanton, Mountain View, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sunnyvale, Redondo Beach and San Mateo.


Let your palate be the judge…

The Bungalow Restaurant will be holding its Blind Wine Taste Off Series this fall. For $50 - $140, join in a comparative interactive tasting of two regional California wineries side-by-side in a semi-blind format. Festivities include sampling of six different wines (two-ounce pours each) from two select wineries accompanied by delicious cuisine. Select wines will be poured by side-by-side with tasting notes given, and guests judge which winery reigns supreme.

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Later in the evening, guests will be treated to a reveal of the favorite winery, a wine country opportunity drawing, and the chance to purchase the featured wines at a discounted price.

Scheduled tastings and pairings:

–Paso Robles, Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.: Daou Winery vs. Justin Winery ($50*)

1st Course: Daou Rose vs. Justin Rose

Summer Salad - grilled peaches, mixed greens, candied walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette

2nd Course: DAOU Chardonnay vs. Landmark Chardonnay
Butternut Squash Ravioli – Sage brown butter sauce, pistachios

3rd Course: DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
Sliced New York Strip – Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic glaze

–Sonoma, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.: Hanzell Winery vs. Flowers Winery ($50*)

Pairing Menu TBA

1st Course: Hanzell Sonoma Coast Chardonnay vs. Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2nd Course: Hanzell Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir vs. Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

3rd Course: Hanzell Single Vineyard Pinot Noir vs. Flowers Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

–The Napa Valley, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.: Groth Winery vs. Pine Ridge Winery ($60*)

Pairing Menu TBA

1st Course: Groth Sauvignon Blanc vs. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 

2nd Course: Groth Chardonnay vs. Pine Ridge Chardonnay

3rd Course: Groth Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

*Guests can purchase pre-sale tickets for one event of choice, or save $10 now to attend all three. Gratuity and tax are included. Processing fee is not included. No substitutions are allowed. Refunds are available up to seven days prior to the event.

The Bungalow Restaurant is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.thebungalowrestaurant.com.


Family Carnival coming to Lido Marina Village

On Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., come enjoy the Family Carnival on The Deck at Lido Marina Village. In a new collaboration with Cynthia Rowley & Maisonette, check out their children’s luxury brands and enjoy light bites, face painting, balloon art and more.

Family Carnival coming to Lido surfer girls

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The Deck at Lido Marina Village is located at 3446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach.


You Must Remember This: Al Irwin, jack of all sports...and more

By NANCY GARDNER

I think one of the nicest men I ever knew was Al Irwin. He was a person with deep roots in the community. His father built the W. A. Irwin building that houses Blackie’s. Can there be deeper roots than that?

Al grew up on the local beaches. He became a Newport Beach lifeguard in 1933 at the age of 15 and went on to become a four-year, five-sport letterman at Harbor High. The range of athletic abilities required for such an accomplishment is staggering, particularly in today’s world where children are pushed to pick their sport at four or five, and to specialize in that one sport for the next 10 or 15 years, or until they burn out. Instead, Al was jack of all sports, master of all as well.

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Al Irwin coaching water polo at UC Irvine

After graduating from high school, Al played football at College of the Pacific under Alonzo Stagg, earning All-Coast honors, but that didn’t mean he abandoned other sports. At one point, he entered an ocean swim and beat Buster Crabbe. If known at all, Buster Crabbe is probably known today for the old Flash Gordon movies, but before getting into film, Crabbe swam in two Olympics, getting a bronze in the 1500 in one and a gold in the 400 free in the other. To play college football and also beat an Olympic swimmer – that pretty much defines versatility.

Al got into coaching after WWII. He had a long, successful stint as head football coach at Harbor, then went on to coach both football and swimming at OCC, before moving to UCI in 1965, helping to develop the swimming and water polo programs. Under his direction, the water polo team won its first ever NCAA Division 1 championship. Passing the baton in those sports to Ted Newland, Al then served as assistant athletic director before retiring in 1978. This is impressive, but it doesn’t really explain the impact he had on the young people he worked with. There are coaches who try to make better athletes, and then there are coaches who try to make better people. Al was definitely in the latter class, not that the athletics suffered, obviously, but he had a larger goal than what was on the scoreboard, and this didn’t go unrecognized. In 2013, the Al Irwin Academic Center was opened on the UCI campus. The purpose is to “provide a quality learning environment” for 300 student-athletes, and the naming is in recognition of an “individual whose influence over young lives has made a lasting impression on many within the Orange County community.” That is a legacy.

While he retired from UCI, he didn’t retire from his community. There were very few civic events I attended where Al was not in attendance, and his home on the boardwalk was a magnet for everyone who knew him, and a lot who didn’t. If he was on his little patio, it was rare to see him alone. Everybody walking by wanted to stop and chat. He must have had to go inside and pull the blinds to have a moment to himself.

I didn’t see him that often, but whenever I did he always made me want to do better, a great quality for anyone, but particularly someone who worked with young people. No wonder he was such a success.

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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.


Save the Date: 19th Annual Orange County Arts Awards, October 16

The Orange County arts community will gather on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, to honor its arts stars at the 19th Annual Orange County Art Awards, hosted by the county’s nonprofit arts agency, Arts Orange County.

This year’s Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Awards for lifetime contributions to the Orange County arts community will recognize Mark and Janet Hilbert, the art collectors and philanthropists who created the new Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University; Orange County’s oldest arts organization, the Laguna Art Museum, now celebrating its 100th anniversary; Newport Beach artist Carol Saindon, known for her abstract photomontages, sculptures and art installations; and South Coast Repertory Managing Director Paula Tomei, whose career with South Coast Repertory (SCR) has spanned nearly 40 years.

Save the Date

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Mark and Jane Hilbert will be the recipients of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Awards for lifetime contributions to the Orange County arts community

The Emerging Artist Awards will be given to writer, publisher, multi-disciplinary artist and community activist Sarah Rafael Garcia, who founded Barrio Writers, which empowers teens in underserved communities through writing, and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana; and to artist Brian Peterson, a car designer for Kia Motors in Irvine, who founded Faces of Santa Ana, an organization that befriends and paints portraits of homeless members of our community, and helps rehabilitate his homeless subjects with the proceeds from the sale of these works.

This is the 10th consecutive year that the Orange County Arts Awards will take place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Preceding the ceremonies, honorees, sponsors and VIP guests will enjoy a pre-event reception and dinner at Leatherby’s Café Rouge before joining ceremony guests for dessert and the evening’s program in the Samueli Theater. Emcees for this year’s event are Debora Wondercheck, founder and CEO of the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa, and Richard Stein, president & CEO of Arts Orange County.

Performances at this year’s event will include The Alley Cats, America’s doo-wop singing ensemble, who will appear at the VIP Reception; Ciro Hurtado, the Latin Grammy Award nominated guitarist who performs original and traditional Andean music; Scott Barnhardt, the Broadway musical theater artist who is the newly appointed director of musical theater at Orange County School of the Arts; Jennise Hwang, assistant principal second violinist with Pacific Symphony; Dan Spector, piano, who also serves as music director for the event; Dave Cross, guitar, who will perform prior to the ceremonies on the Samueli Theater patio; and The Irvine Barclay Theatre Jazz Band featuring Ron Kobayashi and Jerry Mandel, who will entertain guests at the post- ceremonies reception on the patio.

“Since 2000, Arts Orange County has honored the people and organizations that have enriched the artistic life of our community,” Richard Stein said. “Each year, we look forward to recognizing those who have made an indelible mark on Orange County over the course of a lifetime and those who have sprung up recently in our fertile creative community. And then we plan a great big party for everyone to enjoy where we can celebrate those accomplishments.”

To purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.artsoc.org.

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


Nonprofit Forever Footprints to host OC Walk to Remember

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and nonprofit Forever Footprints (formerly known as OC Walk To Remember) will host 3,500 community members and families who have experienced the loss of a child for their 14th annual OC Walk To Remember on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., the Memorial Service is at 8:15 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9 a.m.

The Walk celebrates the precious lives of babies gone too soon in the Orange County area and beyond. Families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pregnancy loss and infant death come to walk the steps their babies will never take.

Among the Newport Beach families participating in the Walk are the Johnson family, who lost their first born son, Colton, six years ago after being born.

Nonprofit Forever Footprints to host Gary and Ciara Johnson

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Newport Beach residents Gary and Ciara Johnson embrace at a previous Forever Footprints’ OC Walk to Remember. A single white rose is given to each parent during the memorial ceremony as their baby’s name is read aloud. 

Ciara Johnson shared, “We never get to have birthday parties or celebrate our babies’ milestones of growing up. For me, Forever Footprints’ OC Walk to Remember is a time that I feel I can outwardly celebrate our son Colton with all our friends and family. While internally, I mourn and grieve the loss of my son every day. It is hard to be a “loss mom” and feel you cannot talk about your child because they are no longer here. The OC Walk to Remember is a day that I can talk about Colton, celebrate him and mourn him outwardly without feeling any judgment. The event helps keep his memory alive.”

Newport Beach resident Traci Shirachi will be attending the Walk to Remember on behalf of her son, Wyatt, who was born March 30, 2018 and passed away, April 3, 2018 in the NICU at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

“The walk is about honoring the life and legacy of my son, Wyatt, and also celebrating his life regardless of how short,” Shirachi said. “It’s also about community and letting those who want to support my family do so. Often times we are all consumed about our loss, that we want to mourn alone, without acknowledging there is a whole support group of community (work, friends, extended family, even strangers who you meet for the first time) who want to share the burden of this loss with you and grieve, too. This gives us all an opportunity to heal together. I’m deeply touched and forever grateful for such support and community.”

The remembrance ceremony and memorial walk will include a musical tribute, a guest speaker, reading of the babies’ names and rose distribution. It is the hope of Forever Footprints that the day will bring peace and comfort to the many enduring the heartache of holding a baby in their heart, but not in their arms. 

“One in four women will lose a baby in pregnancy or infancy,” said Forever Footprints Executive Director Brateil Aghasi. “The walk is an opportunity to remember, honor and celebrate these babies. It’s also an opportunity for families to find support and comfort after the devastating loss of their child.”

The event takes place at The District in Tustin, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin (by the PetSmart parking lot).

For online registration and additional information, visit

www.foreverfootprints.org/remembrance/events/oc-walk-to-remember.

Since 2004, Forever Footprints has served more than 35,000 families and ensures that families who have suffered a pregnancy or infant loss receive the best support, comfort and resources possible. To do so, Forever Footprints provides families with support through direct services, educates the medical community to improve quality of care, and offers opportunities for remembrance to help families find their own path to healing. In the last year, Forever Footprints has grown services by 25 percent to reach more families and healthcare providers.


The Red Scare, UFOs & Elvis...

On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., come enjoy a free discussion at Sherman Library & Gardens – The Red Scare, UFOs & Elvis: Long Beach Enters the Atomic Age.

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The baby boomer generation (1946-1964) grew up in a time of dramatic social change. Their experiences in the Cold War were very different from those of their parents. These youth of the atomic age wondered if they might be the last children on earth. They were raised on civil defense films, tales of nuclear annihilation, and a world taken over by communism. America had entered the atomic age. It was also a time of transition. Rock ‘n’ roll entered the scene, space flight became a reality, and the public learned not to blindly accept what the government told them.

Author Claudine Burnett will discuss this fascinating era and its ties to Long Beach. 

To RSVP, visit www.slgardens.org, or call 949.673.1880.

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


Laura Tarbox to offer investment advice at NBPL

Laura Tarbox is one of the pioneers of the financial planning profession. Her company, Tarbox Family Office, is recognized as one of the top wealth management firms in the country.

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Laura Tarbox

Tarbox will speak at two nonprofit educational events, “It’s Your Money!” on Monday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. These events are part of an eight-week series of workshops providing attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. The workshops are free of charge.

Tarbox, a UCLA graduate, founded her wealth advisory firm in 1985 and offers fee-only financial planning (including estate and tax planning, charitable giving, insurance and retirement optimization) and investment management. She will talk about how to find the right adviser, the basics of comprehensive financial planning, and how to develop a healthy investment philosophy. No RSVP is required.

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


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CdMRA to hold election forum on September 26

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) is hosting its election forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at OASIS Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

CdMRA’s election forum is designed to give voters a one-on-one opportunity to visit with city council candidates and Measure T proponents and opponents, as well as listen to a moderated panel discussion querying city council candidates on topics of particular interest to Corona del Mar voters. All eight city council candidates were invited; seven have confirmed as of this date.

The evening starts with hosted refreshments and ample opportunity to network with city council candidates and representatives both for and against Measure T. CdMRA has also invited members of the Corona del Mar High School’s Academy of Global Studies to participate in the evening’s activities.

A moderated panel discussion has been designed for the purpose of providing Corona del Mar voters an opportunity to learn about the city council candidates and their positions on issues important to our neighborhood. There will be a brief presentation from Measure T proponents and opponents at the conclusion of the candidates panel.

RSVPs are requested. This event is open to all Newport Beach voters. Visit www.CdMRA.org for more information and to RSVP.

The Corona del Mar Residents Association has been advocating quality of life issues for nearly 32 years for all residents of Corona del Mar neighborhoods.


 Barclay Butera launches luxury real estate brokerage

Renowned interior designer Barclay Butera has collaborated with Waterpointe Custom Home Builders and top Newport Beach residential brokerage Eliisa Stowell & Associates to launch Barclay Butera Properties, a boutique real estate firm. Barclay Butera Properties offers a unique new approach to the home buying and selling process, by marrying unparalleled marketing and representation with inspired interior design services, residential planning, construction design and development.

“Whether a client is looking to buy or sell a home, our culture of collaboration and creativity places us in a class above other real estate brokerage firms,” said Butera, founder of Barclay Butera Properties. “Together, we are able offer a full service and turn-key approach to real estate. We can buy, sell and create homes that are truly both custom and move-in ready.”

Eliisa Stowell, who has sold nearly $400 million in luxury homes over her career, brings her deep market knowledge to work closely with clients to find the exact residence to match their lifestyle and price range. Waterpointe Custom Home Builders, with over a decade of experience in the development business, can provide the costs of any upgrades or renovations to consider before the purchase. Barclay Butera’s interior design team then works with clients to ensure the interior look is exactly as they envision.

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“Our alliance with Barclay Butera Properties allows us to deliver quality-crafted residences that not only maximize the potential of their settings, but are beautifully designed with exquisite finishes and furnishings,” said Garrett Calacci, president of Barclay Butera Properties and founder of Waterpointe Custom Home Builders. “This combined expertise provides clients with the best service possible, from design and development to perfectly appointed interior spaces, all delivered on a precise schedule.”

“We are excited to join forces with Barclay Butera Interiors and Waterpointe Custom Home Builders to create this elevated and unsurpassed approach to home buying and selling,” said Stowell. “We have created a team of real estate and design professionals with vast experience to change the way real estate is bought and sold.”

Barclay Butera founded his Newport Beach-based interior design firm nearly 25 years ago, quickly becoming known for his approachable elegance and coastal chic style that have come to define Southern California interior design. Butera’s success led to him opening showrooms in Corona del Mar and Park City, Utah. Over the years, he has had multiple licensing ventures with some of the industry’s most respected partners and was commissioned to collaborate on the interior design of the “Yacht on Wheels” edition of the iconic Rolls Royce Dawn in 2016. The author of five lifestyle coffee table books, Butera has also been featured in countless magazines and TV shows.

Barclay Butera Properties is located at 2435 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949. 335. 4855 or visit www.barclaybuteraproperties.com


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you will know where these three yummy carrots hang out. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants, and it’s the perfect time of year to plant them in your own garden!

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

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Car shopping brings blast from the past

TomJohnsonIt was probably 1969. My dad gifted my brother Cliff and me a 1963 Ford Country Squire station wagon to drive to school and around town. Talk about being cool. 

You remember the Country Squire with the wood panels down the side. It even had a luggage rack up top and a 398 under the hood.

Well, this car was unique because in an attempt on a hot summer day a few years earlier to wash my dad’s car, I scrubbed and scrubbed those wood panels with steel wool until every speck of dirt was off. It worked, there was no more dirt, but there were also no wood panels left. The problem was that when the car was wet, perfect, but when it dried, the panels were, well, messed up.

So, several years later my dad gave me and my brother that car. Thanks dad. 

Shortly thereafter, my brother and I came up with a plan and then a deal to trade the old wagon for a pretty battered 1956 Ford Thunderbird. The car ran well but looked awful.

My dad was an executive for Ford Motor Company at one of their assembly plants and got the head of the Body Shop to fix every panel and line on that vehicle. Then the head of the Paint Shop painted it a perfect mirror-looking black. Of course, the interior was also done, and the dash taken apart and completely overhauled.

It was perfect.

I loved driving that thing every time I got into it.

But, as brothers, Cliff and I fought for who got to drive the car when. 

Then a carburetor breakdown in the amount of $50 or so led to a bigger fight on who was going to pay what.

My dad made us sell the car.

Fast forward to this week. I go into Theodore Robins Ford to turn in my Ford Fusion because the lease just completed. Lo and behold, there was an early 2000 baby blue T-Bird, with just 20,000 miles and in immaculate shape in the showroom. In fact, some of the original extras are still in original packaging in the trunk.

Well, it looks like I may be driving it around town. Okay, I know it’s only a T-Bird and not even close to the old restored ones from the ‘50s, but I think it’s going to bring about a lot of great memories from the past.

So, if you see me, give me a honk...

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The Feet to the Fire political forum is scheduled for tonight at Orange Coast College to hear from the Newport Beach City Council candidates. The problem is that Mayor Duffy Duffield, incumbents Diane Dixon, Kevin Muldoon and Scott Peotter are not planning to participate. 

Shocked? You shouldn’t be.

There’s a cry in the community that “this is wrong” that they won’t be there.

But is it? 

Let’s look at both sides. 

Feet to the Fire, under columnist Barbara Venezia, is not your typical forum. As the title says, “feet to the fire.”

So, if you’re Duffy or Peotter, remember that they’ve recently been under heavy assault from the opposition as to whether or not there’s a work-related conflict of interest between the two. So, in reality, why would they expose themselves to what would appear to be Little Big Horn in the waiting.

Dixon is probably not participating because of a fairly cool relationship with Barbara and that doesn’t surprise me when she examines the upside.

Muldoon is just being a good Team Newport player.

Then on the other side. Like it or not, one of the elephants in the room is that amongst the newcomer challengers is one of Venezia’s closet friends, Tim Stoaks, and he’s running against Duffield.

I can understand both sides’ arguments. And if I was on either team, I’d do exactly what they’re doing.

B-t-w, Stoaks, Joy Brenner, Roy Englebrecht and Mike Glenn are all expected to still attend.

No matter what, Barbara, in her head-to-toe leathers, will make it a good time.


Family launches Patrick’s Purpose Foundation

By AMY SENK

In late January, the Corona del Mar High School community was shocked by news of the suicide death of 16-year-old Patrick Turner. A few days later, parents gathered in the school gym for a meeting with district officials and experts in grief and suicide. The sorrow and fears were fresh; parents were crying, numb. It was beyond belief that this sophomore had died – leaving behind notes describing despair at the pressure and isolation some students face. He urged everyone to do better, to be inclusive.

Patrick’s father spoke that night, and as everyone in the room shared his pain, he promised that his family would work to make changes. His words offered hope and comfort at a dark and troubled time. And now, the family has kept that promise with the creation of the Patrick’s Purpose Foundation.

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Patrick Turner

“Through the formation of this foundation, we are looking forward to participating in and helping to put on events to help ignite some of the changes that Patrick wanted,” reads the foundation website, www.patrickspurposefoundation.org.

The foundation’s kickoff event took place earlier this month in Patrick’s neighborhood, with all local high school juniors invited to learn about the organization and then spread the word. For its first major event, the foundation has created a Patrick’s Purpose team for the Orange County Out of Darkness Walk. The walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The walk will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, and the Patrick’s Purpose website includes a link to donate or join the Patrick’s Purpose team.

The Foundation also created a scholarship that will be awarded to a student who plans to attend a trade or vocational school or community college. “Patrick wished for more kindness and inclusivity in our school and community, and those traits will be the focus of this application,” the website states. Applications will be available soon for students who are currently seniors. Last spring, four scholarships were awarded.

The foundation’s motto is “Be Inclusive.”

A former Corona del Mar resident and author, Jean Hastings Ardell, will be teaching a memoir writing workshop at Central Library, according to an email from the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

“Writing the Truth of Our Lives: A Memoir Writing Workshop,” will take place from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from September 25 through October 30. The classes, limited to 12 students, will take place in the Central Library at 1000 Avocado Ave. There is a $250 fee.

Hastings has been a freelance writer since 1989. Her first book, Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime, was a bestseller, and she co-wrote a book called Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey that was recently optioned as a feature film, according to the library foundation email.

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


Newport Beach Fire & Appreciation Dinner will honor local heroes

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st Annual Newport Beach Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on the lawn in the Rose Garden.

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Matt Brisbois, Joseph Harrison and Mark Herman will be honored

This year, Special Recognition awards will be presented to Fire Paramedic Joseph Harrison, Firefighter of the Year; Life Safety Specialist Matt Brisbois, Civilian of the Year; Lifeguard Captain Mark Herman, Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year; and Trent Cozza, Seasonal Lifeguard of the Year. There will also be special department recognition awards.

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Trent Cozza has been named Seasonal Lifeguard of the Year

As of yesterday, the event was sold out.


Pen on Fire Speaker Series at Lido Village Books

Enjoy an evening with authors Victoria Patterson and Mark Sarvas in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett at Lido Village Books on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. as part of the Pen on Fire Speaker Series.

About the authors:

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Victoria Patterson is the author of the novel The Little Brother, which Vanity Fair called “a brutal, deeply empathetic, and emotionally wrenching examination of American male privilege and rape culture.” She is also the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the Story Prize and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her new collection of short stories is The Secret Habit of Sorrow.

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Mark Sarvas is the author of Harry, Revised and Memento Park, called “gripping” by Salman Rushdie. The Washington Post called it “a fundamentally thoughtful and meditative story” and Newsday, “… a psychologically rich portrait of family discord.” His book reviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bookforum, The Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books (where he is a contributing editor). He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN/America, PEN Center USA. He is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. He began his literary career as the host of the popular and controversial literary weblog “The Elegant Variation” (retired), a Guardian Top 10 Literary Blog, a Forbes Magazine Best of the Web pick, and a Los Angeles Magazine Top L.A. Blog.

For more information and to register, visit www.barbarademarcobarrett.com.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Ste. 102, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Does anyone know what time it is?

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Stump the Stu is asking where this clock is keeping time.

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

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

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


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Currently, there are no pets up for adoption...but check back again next week to see if there will be a Pet of the Week that is looking for a special place to call home.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

If you are interested in finding out more about animals when they come up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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


NBPD to hold news conference tomorrow regarding search for murderer

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) will hold a news conference to announce updates regarding the search for murderer and fugitive Peter Chadwick on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

In attendance will be Jon T. Lewis, Chief of Police, NBPD, David Singer, Marshal for the Central District of California, United States Marshals Service (USMS) and Bert Tapia, Commander of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, USMS.

Chadwick is wanted for murdering his wife, Q.C. Chadwick, on October 10, 2012, and for fleeing from prosecution. He has been a fugitive since January 2015. The NBPD and the USMS remain committed to finding Peter Chadwick and bringing him to justice. Both agencies will share updates on how they are intensifying their search.

You can watch this remotely through Facebook Live at https://facebook.com/NewportBeachPolice.


Sign of the times

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

Stu received correct guesses from our readers who knew where to get on shape – Orange Theory, and we have two locations, one in CdM and one in Westcliff.

Congratulations to: Brandon Castro, Charlotte Saydah, Chase Rief, Dominic Tucci, Jim Kaminsky and Vikki Swanson.

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

Let’s have some fun!

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NBFD to hold open house on October 7

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The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) is holding its annual Fire House Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fire Station No.7, located at 20401 SW Acacia St., Newport Beach

Fun for the entire family, there will be station tours; rescue demonstrations; live structure; auto extrications; fire, paramedic and lifeguard displays; and activities for the kids. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 949.644.3381.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Email that ran as Letter in Stu News Newport causes quite a stir

TomJohnsonWow, I can tell the political season is upon us and that politics are alive and well. 

About a month ago, a Letter to the Editor ran in Stu News Newport supporting a sitting school board member.

Her opposition claimed that info. used in the letter was protected and shouldn’t have been included. Wow, you got me.

Here’s what happened, the piece was mass distributed in an email exchange and picked up as a Letter to the Editor. The writer emailed us last week and told us they did not intend for the email to run as an “Opinion” piece.

So, lo and behold, we, SNN, ran a letter that’s now causing a small stir. It’s a reminder that we have to continually be vigilant.

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Tommy Phillips has been appointed president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

According to the announcement, Tommy has “served as an important figure in classical music for more than 15 years, holding artistic positions and programming consultancies at orchestras and festivals across the country, including the San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Mainly Mozart Festival.”

According to Chantel Chen Uchida, interim president, Tommy starts October 1.

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So, you woke up this morning and said to yourself, “I’ve gotta make reservations to the Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner this Thursday evening at the Marriott Hotel.”

Sorry, too late. Save the dime. The event is SOLD OUT.

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You remember Samuel Woodward, the 21-year-old Newport Beach resident charged in the killing of Blaze Bernstein? He allegedly killed Bernstein, home on a break from the University of Pennsylvania, in what now has hate crime implications.

Well, his new attorney is Robert F. Kohler, from the Public Defender’s Office, who was appointed following the departure of former attorney Ed Munoz.

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SNN sports: Swimmer Ayla Spitz, from NHHS, has verbally committed to UC Berkeley for 2019. Her father, Eric, is the former owner of the Orange County Register

According to Swimming World magazine, Ayla “won the 500 free (4:45.91) and was the runner-up in the 200 free (1:45.56) at the CIF Southern DI Section Championships as a junior. During her sophomore year, she placed second in the 100 free (49.77) and fourth in the 100 back (55.39). She has also earned NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors.”

And, she still has her senior year of high school. Seems like she’s on the verge of greatness.


Christmas Boutique to open at Roger’s Gardens

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All that is merry and bright sparkles in The Wonder of Christmas at Roger’s Gardens, a seasonal celebration of light and laughter. The aesthetic is fresh and modern, capturing the beauty of nature juxtaposed with sparkling metallics. Twinkling lights mingle with seasonal greens and delicate hand-blown glass baubles sparkle in a magical palette of color. 

The Christmas boutique opens on Friday, Oct. 5, so come celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions while enhancing them with modern influences and themes.

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

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

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


A unique orca family sighting off the Newport coast 

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A pod of eight Eastern Tropical Pacific Orcas swimming alongside Eric with Newport Coastal Adventure last Thursday


Newport Beach Chamber to hold business luncheon

Newport Beach Chamber Andrew StenhouseThe Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding its business luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

The educational program, “Keeping Your Career on Track,” features speaker Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, graduate studies professor of organizational psychology at Vanguard University. Attendees will learn how leaders often derail themselves and their organizations through toxic self-sabotaging behaviors.

The cost is $35 for Members with a reservation; $40 for Members at the door; and $40 for Potential members. Tickets include lunch and free self parking.

Register atwww.NewportBeach.com, or call 949.729.4411.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is located at 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club to hold school board candidates forum tonight

Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWDC) will hold a Newport-Mesa School Board Candidates Forum tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the OASIS Senior Center, Room 1.

The speaker program includes these Newport-Mesa School Board candidates: Charlene Metoyer (Trustee Area 2), Michelle Murphy (Trustee Area 2), Karen Yelsey (Trustee Area 4), Michelle Barto (Trustee Area 5), Ashley Anderson (Trustee Area 7) and Diane “Dee Dee” RuoRock (Trustee Area 7). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and light refreshments; the meeting/program begins at 6 p.m.; 7:10 p.m. is an audience Q&A.

The cost is $10 for NBWDC Member walk-ins and $15 for non-member walk-ins. There is ample free parking.

For more information, visit www.nbwdc.org.

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


Orange County ignites potential, raising a record-breaking $154,843 in only 24 hours

On September 12, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) partnered with 12 local nonprofits to host “Igniting Potential,” a Giving Day to support the youth of Orange County. The 24-hour event raised $154,843 with participation from more than 535 donors.

OCCF launched this bold initiative to enhance the capacity of local nonprofits through a series of Collaborative Giving Days hosted over the next year. Nonprofits with shared missions were invited to come together to boost collective giving for their causes.

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“Thanks to the work of our local nonprofits, generous donors and our compassionate community, youth in Orange County are receiving the vital support they need to nurture their health and wellbeing, and also unlock their full potential for their futures,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We are proud to support exemplary nonprofits in tackling the most important issues facing our county.”

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural i©oc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual i©oc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned i©oc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions.

The 12 nonprofits participating in the Igniting Potential Giving Day included Assistance League of Irvine, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California, Global G.L.O.W., Kid Healthy, KidWorks, MOMS Orange County, Parentis Foundation, Playworks, Pretend City Children’s Museum, Scholar’s Hope Project, The Literacy Project.

Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced over the coming year.

For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.


Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday...still time to get out there and help out

If you haven’t signed up yet to roll up your sleeves for Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, Sept 15, two sites are still welcoming participants to show up onsite with scheduled cleanups from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers

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Volunteers rolled up their sleeves at Upper Newport Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day last year

Upper Newport Bay – Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

Get ready to get dirty! Wear old clothes and closed toed shoes or rain boots as most locations are muddy. Help reduce plastic use by bringing gloves and a bucket if you have them. You can also bring a reusable water bottle. Event and parking are free. Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center to begin your cleanup day adventure. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Muth Interpretative Center parking lot, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportbay.org.

Crystal State Park

Meet at either the Reef Point parking lot or Pelican Point parking lot #4. Parking fee will be waived for volunteers entering the park between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Bring your own grocery/retail plastic bags, bucket, garden trowel, and/or reusable water bottle. Sunscreen, close-toed shoes, hat and comfortable clothes are recommended. After the cleanup, enjoy a picnic lunch, go for a swim in the ocean, or walk along the beach. Fore more information, visit www.crystalcovestatepark.org.


It’s going to get spooky with Creatures of the Night

Sherman Library & Gardens (SL&G) is gearing up for a family-friendly evening of entertainment and education – with a bit of spooky thrown in – when a paradise of colorful flowers and blooming plants turns into a different world in “Creatures of the Night.” The event is designed for observing and learning about plants and animals that are most active at night.

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“Creatures of the Night, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., is a lively and engaging event where families can come to have fun while learning about the habits of wolves, birds of prey and nocturnal animals. Educators from Project WildSong (wolves), OC Birds of Prey, the Santa Ana Zoo and Adventures in Living Science will all be on hand to share their knowledge, and their animals, with our guests,” said Scott LaFleur, Gardens Director at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Attendees will receive a “passport” to explore the Gardens after dark and visit interactive animal stations that delve into the nocturnal world and its inhabitants.  Guests can get up close to live wolves; birds of prey; tortoises; creepy, crawly bugs; and dissected carnivorous plants. Scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, snakes and other nocturnal animals will also be in the gardens.

Take photos at the Birds of Prey selfie wall, and if you dare, stick your hand in the worm pit. There will be arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt and a gourmet hot dog cart.

Admission is $10 for SL&G members, $15 for non-members, $5 for youth ages 5 - 17, and free for children 4 and under.

For more information and tickets, call 949.673.2261 or visit www.slgardens.org.

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


Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls at St. James

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Dr. Bill Yarchin to discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Who wrote them, and why? How do the scrolls affect our understanding of the Bible?

These are some of the fascinating questions that will be explored when Dr. Bill Yarchin returns to St. James Episcopal Church for a three-Sunday series on the Dead Sea Scrolls, beginning September 16. The first session will focus on the scrolls’ discovery and authorship, and the fascination they inspire among present-day scholars and the public.

The second session, on September 23, will look at the Biblical texts as copied in the scrolls. The final session, on September 30, will assess the scrolls’ impact on our understanding of the Bible and the biblical world. All three sessions with Dr. Yarchin will begin at 9 a.m. in The Lab at St. James Episcopal.

William Yarchin, Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University since 1993, and teaches courses in biblical exegesis and interpretation. Yarchin’s scholarly interests revolve around the intersection of science and religion and the history of biblical interpretation. Lecturing on these topics has taken him to Canada, Israel and Sicily. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, Yarchin has published a book on the history of biblical interpretation. Prior to teaching at APU, Yarchin served as director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, Calif.

St. James Episcopal Church has been serving the local community for more than 70 years. Services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m. St. James Episcopal believes the essence and purpose of a local church is to serve the greater community, and its members actively pursue this goal every day.

Further information on the church, the congregation and special events is available at www.StJamesNewport.org.


Soul Language brings Bossa Nova music to NBPL

Soul Language brings Bossa Nova trio

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Newport Beach Public Library kicks off the fall series of Sunday Musicales on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. with a performance featuring Soul Language, a Bossa Nova trio. Sunday Musicales are held in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bridging the gap between Bossa Nova, Samba and the joyous and uplifting folklore of Brazilian contemporary music, Soul Language highlights the musical and emotional depth and density of Brazilian harmony and melody in an intimate setting. The trio features Stephan Oberhoff on guitar and piano, Robert Kyle on the saxophone and Larry Steen on the bass. Soul Language will be playing a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements influenced by French impressionists and American jazz.

Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve, based on room capacity.  Sunday Musicales are funded by donations from the Friends of the Library.

For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or go to www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Schools! Sign up for Spirit Run 2019 Dash for Cash

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For many years, Spirit Run’s net proceeds have benefited Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools.

Did you know that now all schools and even high school sports teams are invited to share in Spirit Run’s fun and funds?

With the “Dash for Cash” fundraiser, the more supporters who register to race for a school or team, the more money the school or team raises.

“Dash for Cash” is like dine-out or wrapping paper fundraisers, but better. While similar fundraisers pay 10 - 25 percent of what supporters spend, Spirit Run pays at least 25 percent and as much as 45 percent.

The percentage of registration fees that a school or team doesn’t receive benefits other children, not a for-profit business.

To sign up, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners.


Pacific Symphony presents special celebration concert

During Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary season, the orchestra will celebrate cultural, scientific and historic bridges between old and new worlds. Through the performance and exploration of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair will reveal extraordinary artistic and historic links between United States and Czechoslovakia.

The highlight of the concert will be a commemoration of the founding of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago. Dignitaries from the Czech Republic as well as from Southern California will join the audience for this unique celebration. Featuring multimedia elements, this special concert entitled, “Bridges of Awakenings: From Czech Lands to America and Beyond,” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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The program opens with Music Director Carl St.Clair conducting Pacific Symphony in the American and Czech national anthems, followed by introductory comments by the consul general of the Czech Republic and Dr. Hana Ayala, president of Irvine-based Pangea World, which is sponsoring the concert. A specially commissioned film produced by the Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group in collaboration with Pangea World explores globally transformative links between the American and Czech people. Then, St.Clair provides insights about Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony before the orchestra performs the entire work.

According to St.Clair, “As part of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary celebration, we are extending our hearts and our hands to different aspects of our community. This special celebration concert was conceived to connect us to the Czech people and to recognize a distinguished Czech-born leader, Dr. Ayala, who is forging new bridges between old and new worlds. We thank every audience member of Czech descent for four decades of support.”

In his two and one-half years in America, Dvořák profoundly influenced subsequent generations of American composers by drawing vivid attention to the rich musical landscape of music originating in America. In his Symphony No. 9, Dvořák drew from African-American spirituals and Native American dance to create a work fusing “old” and “new” worlds that resonates just as powerfully today as it did a century ago. Just as Dvořák’s remarkable journey to the United States helped to identify a unique American voice, some 25 years later, America played a central role in the creation of a democratic Czechoslovakia, when the visionary Czech leader and founding president Tomáš Masaryk proclaimed the country’s independence on the steps of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

“On October 28, 1918, the sovereign state of Czechoslovakia was officially born when the nation declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War I,” said Pacific Symphony president John Forsyte. “Today, a new Orange County institution, Pangea World, was founded by Dr. Hana Ayala. Their bold mission is to explore and expand the wealth of knowledge held in our natural environments, bridging new and old worlds.”

Forsyte added, “We are pleased to mark that historic event with an historic concert, linking UNESCO World Heritage sites and Pangea World’s mission to awaken the value of earth’s raw material of knowledge. We are grateful to Pacific Symphony supporter Dr. Hana Ayala for her sponsorship of this special event.”

Tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. This concert is sponsored by Pangea World (Dr. Hana Ayala) with additional support from the Westin South Coast Plaza and KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio.

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


Stump the Stu

Countryside in the middle of Newport Beach?

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Our Stump the Stu’s readers knew where this cow and chicken pastured in their cozy barnyard. They moo, graze, and hunt and peck at the red barn home on Abalone Avenue on Little Balboa Island.

Congratulations to Alice Brownell, Bill Finster, Debi Bibb, EP Smoot, Kelli Warrick, Kristie Hemstreet and Terry Callahan.

A special thank you to Mary Pat Earl who snapped this photo and sent it in to us.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


On the Harbor: Wrapping up summer and moving into fall sailing – lots to look forward to

By LEN BOSE

September brings less daylight to our harbor, yet the harbor always comes to a boil this time of year as the Harbor 20 fleet 1 championships make landfall on October 6 and 7. Leading up to the main event – BCYC Club Championships are on September 16 and on September 22 is The Harbor 20 Tune up Regatta. The following weekend is the Harbor 20 Fall One Design Regatta on September 30 at NHYC.

What does this mean to you, the average harbor user? Not a darn thing. For us Harbor 20 sailors, it means we have checked all our lines for chaff and all shackle pins and ring-a-dings have been taped and checked. We break out our “freshies” – new sails – and call our divers three times to make sure they don’t miss a spot on the bottom of the boat. Protest flags are pulled out from the bottom of the boat to make them more accessible and all the participants turn their hats around and put on their game faces.

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It’s too early to predict who are the top contenders, because registration has not opened up yet for the main event. To get a better idea on who has been on their game, I will review this past summer’s twilight scores. For the Harbor 20’s, the main two summer series are BCYC Taco Tuesdays and NHYC Twilights. Both series had more than 40 entries and more than 60 races combined between the two of them.

Top finishers in the BCYC Taco Tuesdays were, in C Fleet, Kathy Sangster finishing in 3rd aboard Dragon Lady, Dick Somers in 2nd sailing Stop Making Sense and Bob “Barbecue” McDonald taking home the pickle dish aboard Undecided. In B fleet, it was all PJ Kohl sailing A Tack Dragon to first place. In second, was Debra Haynes aboard Spirit and in third was Cole Pomeroy sailing A Salt & Battery. Over in A Fleet, David Camerini took home the third-place trophy. My wife, Jennifer and I, received the second-place award with our boat Only Child and this year’s A fleet and overall winner was Mark Conzelman sailing Shana’s Secret.

The NHYC Twilight Series runs over a three-month time span with awards handed out each month. Top finisher in C Fleet was Dick Somers taking a clean sweep across the board in first place. In B fleet, Peter Stemler won June, Jay Swigart sailing Holy Sheet won the July series and Mike Kohl was victorious in the August series. In A Fleet, Chris Allen won the month of June sailing Zephyr, in July it was Bill Menninger aboard his red boat Dart and in August, it was Perry and Brian Bissell sailing Bluebird into the top spot.

For the most part, this summer was sailed in the light breeze of under eight knots with only three races when we had evenings of breeze more than 10 knots. Another great summer on our harbor is complete...as we take off the gloves and kick it up a notch.

The best big boat racing was on Tuesday nights again during BCYC Taco Tuesdays and on Thursday nights, when Beer Cans sailed out of BYC. Taco Tuesdays had 23 entries and 16 races with Jim O’Conner sailing Celia to first place in C Fleet. Steve Fink sailed to first place in B fleet and Rhonda Tolar took home the Leopard’s skin in A Fleet sailing Wild Thing. Over at BYC, Beer Cans had more than 30 skippers sign up in a three-month series. The June series was won by John Cooper in PHRF 5 aboard Gem. PHRF 4 John Szalay aboard his boat Pussycat won his division, Larry Walter sailed Cha Cha Cha in PHRF 3, Seth Hall won Perf 2 aboard Marisol and in PHRF 1, it was It’s OK that rang the bell. In July, it was Wes Selby winning PHRF 1, Bill McKeever winning PHRF 2 aboard Reliance, Tracey Kenney sailed Slapshot to victory in PHRF 3, while Mark Hunter sailing his J 80 In Appropriate took PHRF 4. PHRF 5 was won again by John Cooper.

After I am done writing this, I am headed out to sail in the last race of the summer – so you will have to check back on who won the final series.

Wish me luck this month!

Sea ya

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


Newport Beach Foundation to hold anti-bullying seminar

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The Newport Beach Foundation will hold a “Bullying & Violence Prevention in our Schools” seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room.

Guest speakers include: Barbara Coloroso, author of the Bully, the Bullied & the Not-So-Innocent Bystander; Micaela A. Thordarson, Ph.D., ASPIRE Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program - Department of Psychology at CHOC Children’s Hospital; and Gary Clemente, Newport Beach Police Department.

Heavy appetizers will be provided, courtesy of The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Limited seats are available, so RSVP at www.NB-Foundation.org.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

We’re back…and ready for a busy fall

TomJohnsonFirst off, thanks for the many, many well wishes. Now, we’re back, maybe a step slower the next few weeks, but good.

Thanks to Maureen Cotton for the invitation for me to moderate the Central Newport Beach Community Association Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Marina Park. The program is jointly being sponsored by the Central Newport Community Association and Balboa Peninsula Point Association.

Let’s do it.

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It’s one of those subjects we’ve talked enough about...it’s time to start doing! That being said, the Newport Beach Foundation is presenting an event at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. focusing on Bullying & Violence Prevention in our Schools. Three panelists will be featured: Barbara Coloroso, author of the Bully, the Bullied and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander; Micaela A. Thordarson, Ph.D., ASPIRE Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program from the Department of Psychology at CHOC Children’s Hospital; and Gary Clemente from the Newport Beach Police.

Here’s what you should expect that evening: specialists in the fields of clinical psychology, child behavior and public safety sharing insight on how to talk to our children about bullying, how to identify behavioral/emotional/mental health issues, and how to ultimately prevent unfortunate events from taking place in our schools and community.

We’re Newport Beach, yes, but we’re far from perfect. 

So, who or what is this Newport Beach Foundation? It’s a group of young leaders that have in one way or another have organically grown into the leadership of the younger Newport Beach movement. Not necessarily the names (yet) and the flash, but the very successful doers. This is a group that I believe will dramatically impact the Newport Beach future.

To RSVP to the event above, go to www.nb-foundation.org/events. And, here’s a plus: heavy appetizers provided by The Bungalow. Let’s get there early.

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Looking for something else to occupy those evening hours? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), led by Matt Brisbois, is offering another extensive evening series from September 25 through October 27. It’s the down and dirty stuff like disaster psychology, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, terrorism and fire suppression.

And what would an extensive class be without a “Drill the Skills” graduation day?

Find out more here.

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Orange Coast College President Dennis Harkins announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, that he’s retiring at the end of the Fall 2018 semester.

Harkins leaves after a decade of service and during a time when OCC is celebrating their 70th Anniversary.


Award-winning Canstruction structures now on display

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Fluor Corporation won for Best Use of Labels. The structure is on display at John Wayne Airport.

For the 11th year, Canstruction Orange County, sponsored by Fluor Corporation, has engineered its unique design/build competition where the “bricks” are canned food, which are then donated to the Orange County Food Bank. Canstruction Orange County is the most creative food drive in the South Coast. Beginning August 30, the design build teams constructed structures made entirely of food at John Wayne Airport, South Coast Plaza and ARTIC. The teams were drawn from prominent architecture, engineering and construction firms in Southern California. In addition, the public was encouraged to come out and view the structures and vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

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TCA Architects/Englekirk Structural Engineers won for Best Meal. The structure is on display at John Wayne Airport.

Winners were announced at the Canstruction Orange County “Can-Do” Gala on Tuesday, Sept. 11, hosted by Henry DiCarlo, KTLA meteorologist, reporter and producer. Judges included Wing Lam, Pascal Olhats, Dave Nelson, Tim Smallwood and Kim Howard.

Other winnder included:

Honorable Mention

–Millennium Fal-Can – Hunger Can’t be Solved Solo

Architects Orange

4,600 Cans

–Banishing Hunger, to Infinity and Beyond!

Little Architects

12,100 Cans

Most Cans

–Banishing Hunger, to Infinity and Beyond!

Little Architects

12,100 Cans

Best Meal

You CAN Catch a Poke Bowl!

TCA Architects/Englekirk Structural Engineers

2,000 Cans

Structural Ingenuity

Ganesha – Blessing the Beginning of a Hunger-Free World

OCJ Stars

3,000 Cans

Best Use of Labels

WATER You Doing? Let’s Make Hunger DissapPier!

Fluor Corporation

5,100 Cans

Best Original Design

We CAN Make an Incredible Difference!

Disneyland Resort | Design & Engineering

8,500 Cans

The goal of CanstructionOC is to raise much needed foods and money for the Orange County Food Bank, and to provide public knowledge and raise awareness about hunger in Orange County, and the efforts that Canstruction teams make to counter hunger in Orange County. For more information, visit www.canstructionoc.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you will know where this fun logo beckons patrons to come in and feel great. 

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

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

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Sidedoor welcomes Oktoberfest, for Five Crowns it’s a Porktoberfest

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Five Crowns and SideDoor’s autumn tradition of fine swine and craft brews returns with a variety of delicious dishes and an array traditional German and craft beers to showcase the fall season’s most delectable flavors.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, SideDoor’s taps will be taken over by select German beers from Hofbräu, the official beer supplier of Oktoberfest and Weinhenstephaner, one of the oldest operating breweries in the world. The tap lineup will showcase Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, Hofbräu Dunkel, Weinhenstephaner Pilsner, Weinhenstephaner Hefeweizen and more. Enjoy favorite Bavarian brews along with a special menu of traditional German dishes like schnitzel, wurst and strudel courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla.

Then on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., the 7th annual Porktoberfest returns to Five Crowns. A five-course, plated pork centric meal will be served in the Greenhouse and Backyard Patio of Five Crowns. Each course will be expertly paired with a unique beer from the amazing lineup at Firestone Walker Brewing including a Barrel Aged Stout that has been kept on hand in the Five Crowns beer cellar, enhancing the flavor and complexity of this limited-edition ale.

Guests can also revel in the rich history of each beer as David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, shares his vast knowledge and stories behind each of his craft beers highlighted during the dinner. 

Cost: Oktoberfest beer prices vary; Porktoberfest: $120 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

Five Crowns & SideDoor is located at 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.lawryonline/five-crownsand www.sidedoorcdm.com.


Stasha Speaks!

My road trip to Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Stasha awaits her family road trip

It was a fun summer for me and Rocco. Just before Labor Day we had an adventure vacation visiting friends on Lake Coeur d’Alene. 

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View of Lake Coeur d’Alene from the boat

To give you some background, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a dam-controlled lake in northern Idaho, in the northwest United States. Its northern end is in the city of Coeur d’Alene. It spans 25 miles in length and ranges from one to three miles wide with more than 109 miles of shoreline, according to Wikipedia 

(www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Coeur_d%27Alene).

It all sounded like great fun. Rocco and I love road trips, and Idaho was going to be our longest ride to date, so I did have a talk with him about not hogging the back seat. 

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Stasha and Rocco in their dog bed as they travel

When traveling with fur babies, there can be some unanticipated bumps in the road as we discovered. Rocco and I packed food, toys and our favorite blankets. Anticipating the colder Idaho weather, we took sweaters and rain gear, as well as our life vests so we’d be safe and ready for fun on the lake. Needless to say, we don’t travel light.

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Stasha and Rocco don their life vests on their first day on the boat

Anticipating not every city is as dog friendly as Newport, before our trip, our doggie mama visited AAA in Newport to map our route and hotels along the way to avoid problems. Our AAA adviser suggested reaching Idaho with two overnight stops. The first being Salt Lake City, Utah and the Hilton Hotel. Though the Hilton represented itself as “dog friendly” according to AAA, we found that really wasn’t the case. 

Upon check-in, mom asked where the doggie potty area was located. When she found out it was two to three blocks away in a park area, she said that was unacceptable – especially if we had to do our business late at night which sometimes is the case. She canceled our stay there immediately, walked out and wasn’t happy about it. 

Back in the car she checked on our favorite site, www.BringFido.com, and found a great Best Western down the road a bit that was perfectly suited for our needs. BringFido is a great resource for hotels, restaurants and other doggie amenities across the country, because actual dog owners share personal experiences on the site with each place. It’s also important to note, that because we were traveling with two dogs, we had to look for places which had a policy, as it’s usually just one dog. And they had to accept big dogs – because Rocco is 40 pounds, and generally the weight limit is 30 pounds. To avoid another fiasco, we called our next hotel stop, the Comfort Inn Butte Montana. They assured us all was good, as there was a grassy potty area for us at their place. What they didn’t say was that the joint was under major construction! So, when we arrived the very next day the place was a mess, and again, we were out of there in a flash. With only five hours left to Coeur d’Alene, our parents decided to drive straight to our destination.

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Stasha and Rocco enjoying their car ride

At first, Rocco and I thought this sounded like a bad idea. But with a few stops in between to stretch, it actually was fine. Besides, we were looking forward to seeing our Auntie Vicki and Uncle Preston’s home.

Once we arrived, it was party time! Though our aunt and uncle don’t have dogs, they were excited to see us and rolled out the red carpet for Rocco and me. They took us boating several days on the lake.

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It’s all smiles during our boat ride

And we toured the town.

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Posing with my Auntie Vicki

But all fun vacations come to an end and I’m happy to report our drive home was smooth sailing as we passed through beautiful countryside.

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Sightseeing in Idaho Falls

And we got to stop at sights like Idaho Falls.

Now that vacation is behind us, apparently the “unfriendly dog hotel saga” we experienced on our trip isn’t. Had we booked our rooms directly, I guess there wouldn’t be a problem getting refunds on the hotels we didn’t stay at – and both the Hilton and Comfort Inn front desk clerks told us that. But the hotels weren’t booked directly – not even by AAA. Turns out AAA actually booked them through contract partners at a company called TravelBound, and that’s turning out to be a problem. TravelBound is claiming we never showed up at the Hilton Salt Lake, which our rep at AAA is arguing isn’t true – and she’s also arguing the Comfort Inn should have given full disclosure about the renovation mess. Needless to say the whole thing is a hassle and a cautionary tale when booking travel with pets.

It’s probably better to do your own bookings and make sure you ask plenty of questions. 

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Checking out Idaho Falls

I’ll be back in Stu News this winter with my annual Christmas gift guide.

You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and check out my past columns at www.bvontv.com

 

Bark at ya later, 

Woof Woof 

Stasha


You don’t have to be a millionaire to live like one

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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Balboa Bay Club welcomes you regally with its porte de cochere

On a hot July day, the Lido Gang met and devised a plan. Yesterday, it was 36th Street and body surfing after the black ball flag was raised. Today shows to be just as beautiful, but they are craving something different.

“Hey, let’s go to the BBC for swimming and lunch,” I offered, being one of two with memberships. The idea was unanimously accepted and the four of us bounded down Via Genoa, past the kid park, down to the pier and did varying degrees of swan dives and belly flops into the warm summer water. On the horizon was the famous Balboa Bay Club. Dodging an array of wooden boats, we swam towards the “best burgers in town.” Today, I don’t really know if they were the best, but surrounded by tennis, swimming and sailing, the burger reflected a lifestyle more than just a beef patty and a bun. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Bay Club, as it was affectionally called, gave membered families and their kids a real chance at “living it high.”

The Bay Club hosted Santa Claus, Easter Egg hunts, swimming and tennis lessons, as well as, grown-up charity events, fancy balls and important business meetings. For those old enough, the bars were known as a “place to meet wealthy women.” Newport Harbor High School classes of the 1960s regularly held 10-, 20- and 30-year reunions at the BBC because of fond childhood memories. 

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Balboa Bay Club celebrates its 40th anniversary

“Four burgers, three cokes, a vanilla malt and lots of French fries,” I asked on behalf of the excited boys, anticipating the delicious pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Like a grown up in a fancy restaurant, I threw out “F-86” to close the deal. It was my family’s membership number, indicating we were the 86th member with a last name starting with “F.”

So why would this childhood paradise, a multimillion-dollar resort, open itself up for children and allow a bit of anarchy for 12 year olds? That, for all you newcomers, was the attitude in old Newport. Our parents’ generation’s motto was “work hard, so you can play hard, and show the youngsters a good life.” And that it was – a good life.

After two years of politicking and financing, the city decided to turn over to Tom Henderson and Hadd Ring the transition of 25 prime bayfront acres. It would change from a dilapidated sand pit of rusty cars, broken down Naval structures and an anchorage for old schooners to a world-class hotel complex, initiating Newport Beach’s beginning as a Southern Californian Shangri-La. This transformation was just in the nick of time, because the once happy Newport/Balboa Resort had fallen on hard times after Armistice day with Japan.

Some key features of the new resort would be a men’s spa, tennis courts, pools, restaurants and prime view rooms. A key subtlety of the Club’s success was that leading business moguls, political leaders and social dignitaries were deeply entrenched in its membership. Huge financial transactions were made and political alliances drafted while wining and dining at the Club. The Candy Cane Ball, the Debutante Ball, the Character Boat Parade and the Christmas Ball helped establish BBC as the backbone for all things “social” in town. Their magazine The Bay Window became the chronicler of social events in Newport Beach.

There are many prominent names in the development of the BBC over the years. Early ownership went from Ken Kendall to C.W. Murchison, one of America’s 10 richest men, to Jack Wrather, hotelier for Disney Corporation, to Bill Ray, then to his wife Beverly. During this reign of “old style” BBC owners, a 144-unit apartment complex was added, the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club became an influential giant in tennis, the Newport Beach Country Club established the long-time tradition of the Toshiba Senior Classic, and the not-so-famous Six O’clockers morning club became a safe haven for men such as Jerry Dalebout, Chuck Spence, Jerry “the Coach” Tardie, Kirk Dawson, Bob Hitchcock and many more.   

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Bathing beauties grace the Balboa Bay Club

Key memberships were instrumental in giving the Bay Club its successes. Among thousands of businessmen, attorneys, doctors and deal makers were notables that included Morrie Smith and his wife Ramona of Lido Isle, one of the club’s first members, who raised their children on the Balboa Bay Club property. Others included the George Holstein family, the Jim Slemons family, the William Coulter family, and Jack and Betty Diamond, who celebrated their anniversary every New Year’s for half a century at the BBC.

It is impossible to not talk about those that made the club special in its zenith. Many employees come to mind, every time a valet, masseuse, gym attendant, waitress or bartender did something nice for you. However, Tom Deemer, Herbert Kalmback, Jack Macleod, and Sam and Annette Hurwitz were instrumental in the Bill Ray era, managing the ambiance of the Club. Henry Schielein knew how to “live the good life” and wanted his guests at the BBC to do the same. As CEO in the later years, he brought the finest of resort skills to Newport Harbor. 

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Barry Goldwater with BBC’s Grand Dame, Dorothy Yardley

Probably the most memorable is Dorothy Yardley. She worked first as an accountant but rapidly grew to dominance as “Ambassador of Goodwill for The Club.” This role had no real job description, so Dorothy was simply Dorothy. She was a woman of outgoing charm and class that epitomized what was needed in the Balboa Bay Club environment. As son George writes: “Love, not money was the reason she was at the Balboa Bay Club.”

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President Gerald Ford was among the heads of state who visited the BBC

Fitting perfectly in the celebrity crowd, Dorothy kept the club in the headlines by befriending the likes of Jack Benny, Art Linkletter, Andy Devine, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Lamour, Humphrey Bogart and many more. Chick Hearn, John Wooden, Yogi Berra, Roy Emerson, Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Arthur Ashe and politicians Richard Nixon, and Barry and Peggy Goldwater were part of her social and business contacts. This “Grande Dame” always made her appearance long before she came into sight, by the ringing sounds made by her distinctive collection of charm bracelets.

As the Balboa Bay Club lost its exclusiveness over the past two decades, the essence of what was the BBC and old Newport has slowly slipped away. Balboa Bay Club, singlehandedly, set in motion a run on real estate and status in Newport Beach never seen before. As more money came to town from Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and environs, another great transformation began. Newport/Balboa/CdM, the small towns, quickly grew into a bigger and bigger city. In this process, Newport Beach lost some its innocence.

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Cruising the harbor with the Bay Club in the background

In 1948, when the Balboa Bay Club opened, a powerful, dynamic and an internationally renowned metropolitan resort was an infant. Seventy years later, Newport Beach is one of the finest resorts in which to live, work and play. Despite still being one of the greatest places on the planet, those of us that swam the channel to get that “best burger in town” are a bit nostalgic about our memories, that can only be found in black and white. 

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


Laura’s House gala at Balboa Bay Resort

Laura’s House (LH), the Southern California nonprofit committed to ending the silence of domestic violence, will hold its 24th annual gala on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Balboa Bay Resort, and present special awards to two dedicated domestic violence advocates: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens and family law attorney Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group.

Presenting Sponsors Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde will host the Ports of Call-themed event which will unite Laura’s House supporters to raise critical funds that will sustain the nonprofit’s emergency shelter, transitional living center, counseling and resource center, children’s therapeutic programs, legal advocacy and community prevention/education and outreach. Since 1994, Laura’s House has been respected in the community for its commitment to improving the lives of families affected by domestic violence in Orange County. More than 25,000 individuals receive services and/or educational outreach each year.

 “This event is our most important fundraiser as it helps ensure that our life-changing programs and services continue for victims of domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and executive director. “Each year, we look forward to an unforgettable night with loyal Laura’s House supporters, as well as new faces, and mobilizing advocates to end the vicious cycle of domestic abuse.”

The 2018 gala honorees are: 

Crystal Heart Award: Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, as the top enforcement officer of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, has made it her mission to inspire hope and empower change with Laura’s House through many different channels. She has ensured that the Laura’s House Personal Empowerment Program is taught at the Women’s Central Jail, and that sheriff’s deputies are educated on domestic violence throughout the County. Hutchens also has supported local events and donation programs.

Legal Leader Award: Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, has supported the Laura’s House legal department in every way possible throughout the years and is known for going above and beyond as he stands up for Laura’s House clients and against domestic violence. Hittelman is one of Laura’s House’s longest standing legal clinic volunteers and has helped train other attorneys to volunteer in domestic violence legal clinics. Hittelman has helped numerous Laura’s House clients on a pro bono basis as they obtain restraining orders and is the first attorney called for clients with particularly difficult cases.

This year’s gala guests will embark on a memorable evening that begins with a Ports of Call-themed cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, awards presentation, live auction and dancing. Special entertainment will grace the stage throughout the evening.

Presenting Port of Monaco sponsors for the 2018 gala are Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde. Port of Rio sponsors are The Jacqueline Glass Family, Haskell & White LLP, The Joe MacPherson Foundation, The Thompson Foundation and Verizon. Port of Cape Town sponsors are Lenawee Trust, Napa Foundation, The Busch Group, Lucas Development Corporation, Neudesic, and Park Newport Apartments. Port of Bangkok sponsors are Patty Cyr, Laura & Mark Feld, The Frome Foundation, Brenda Gessell, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, IHP Capital Partners, Pat & Rick McAuley, R.D. Olson Development, Rutan & Tucker LLP and Casey & Tim Wolin.

Individual tickets are $250 and table sponsorship opportunities start at $3,500. For more information, visit www.laurashouse.org/gala.


Sponsorship deadline is nearing for CdM Christmas Walk

The 40th annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk is taking place Sunday, Dec. 2, but if you would like to be a sponsor of this event that’s attended by more than 7,000 people, the deadline to sign up is Sunday, Sept. 30.

The walk features activities for all ages with live entertainment, food booths, a beer & wine garden, merchant promotions, and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Drive.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.CdmChamber.com.


Fourth Dory Deli Clean Up Day coming October 7

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Rolling up their sleeves for a cleaner Newport Beach

Come join the fun during the 4th annual Dory Deli Beach Clean Up on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – all for a great cause. Meet up at Tower 22 for free coffee, hot cocoa, bags and gloves. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All sponsor partners can set up a table and EZ up with their organization logo, literature and products. 

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Clean Up Day meet up is at Tower 22 near Newport Pier

For more information on the event including sponsorship opportunities, contact Janae Castellanos at (714) 930-6770.


Christine Dwyer to headline WAITRESS at Segerstrom Center

WAITRESS comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts November 13 - 25 in Segerstrom Hall. Now, Christine Dwyer will put on the apron and bake across the country as she steps into the role of Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS – the Broadway musical from Grammy Award® nominee Sara Bareilles, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 motion picture.

Dwyer has previously appeared in the national tours of Finding Neverland as Sylvia, RENT as Maureen and on Broadway and the 2nd National Tour of Wicked as Elphaba.

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven,” said Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway,” according to Marie Claire

Inspired by Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

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(L-R) Charity Angél Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman appear in the National Tour of WAITRESS

Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 and are on sale now atwww.SCFTA.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Nov. 24 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

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


Sign of the times

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

Stu received correct guesses from our readers who are animal lovers and knew where this happy cat and pup reside – Petco in the Newport North Shopping Center at Bison Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. 

Congratulations to: Charlotte Saydah, Debi Doolittle, Jessica Battiola, Kim Crawford and Rebecca Lightfoot.

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

Let’s have some fun!

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Save the Date: Newport Beach & Company’s annual marketing and outlook dinner

Newport Beach & Company, the tourism organization for Newport Beach, is holding its annual marketing and outlook dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Resort at Pelican Hill from 5:30 - 9 p.m.

The festivities include the Partner in Progress Award, presented to President and CEO Robert Olson of R.D. Olson Development, and the Keynote Presentation by President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association Roger Dow.

The cocktail reception takes place from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; the dinner and presentation is from 6:45 - 9 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 12 to www.NewportBeachandCo.com/Outlook.

General admission is $100; table sponsorships are $900. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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


Guest Column

Grace Leung

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

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Greetings to the Newport Beach community!

I must confess, with four days on the job, I feel a little strange calling this the “insider’s guide” so I hope you bear with me as I get to know the City and all that is going on in this active community. And there’s no better way than to just start diving right in to the City Council agenda.

For the next meeting, on Tuesday, September 11, the following are items that may be of interest. Following Dave’s caveat, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

Study Session begins at 4 p.m., when the Library Foundation will present a check for $153,125 to the City. This will help fund valuable library resources, programs and cutting-edge library enhancements. Then Public Works staff will present an update on traffic signal system technology, a critical element to managing traffic circulation that is continually evolving. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items of note:

On the consent calendar is the award of landscape architecture and civil engineering services for rehabilitation of Grant Howald Park. This will kick off much needed renovations for this park. A key part of this contract will be to begin the community engagement process for design features as it relates to the fencing around the park. Community outreach and design is estimated to go through Spring 2019 and construction to then start early 2020 (following the Fall 2019 soccer season). We are hopeful to complete this project summer 2020.

On for public hearing is an update to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. This update amends the City’s Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program to conform with new state requirements that took effect on January 1, 2018. Our current code only allows ADUs in single-family residential zoning districts. In order to conform with state law, the code will be amended to allow development of ADUs with single-family homes in all residential districts.

In my first week with the City, I am so impressed with the pride and love that people have for living and/or working in Newport Beach. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work for Newport Beach and feel a deep sense of responsibility to serve the community and the organization well. I know transitions can be challenging and I hope to make it as smooth as possible. As part of that effort, I will be evaluating how we as a City communicate with the community. Don’t worry, I will continue this Insider’s Guide, but it may evolve in the future as I look to ensure we are communicating as effectively as possible. 

Thank you for reading. I hope to get to meet and know you over the coming months. To that end, please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

 

Grace K. Leung, City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Stump the Stu

Countryside in the middle of Newport Beach?

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Stump the Stu is asking where this chicken and cow are grazing and hanging out. Looks like they are content in their own private barnyard.

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

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

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


CdM Chamber to hold networking luncheon on September 18

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its networking and speaker luncheon at Bayside Restaurant. Come mix and mingle, and make new business acquaintances. This event is open to the public with an RSVP only by Thursday, Sept. 13.

The featured guest speaker is Professor John Quackenbush, professor of biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Quackenbush will be focusing on health in today’s data-rich world and precision medicine: using your DNA to customize your healthcare.

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Professor John Quakenbush

Check-in and networking take place from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; lunch and the program are from 12 - 1:15 p.m. The luncheon menu features pepper crusted ahi tuna, with couscous, cucumber, tomato, mini peppers, olives and white balsamic. A vegetarian alternative is also available; please notate your preference upon RSVP. The cost is $30 for CdM Chamber members and $40 for non-members and community friends.

For more information and to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Two important expos you won’t want to miss tomorrow – geared for the entire family

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., come out to the Civic Green to experience the importance of the “green on the green” Newport Beach Eco Expo & 10th Annual CERT Disaster Preparedness Expo, presented by the City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Newport Beach Fire Department. This is a single use plastic free event.

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The petting zoo is among the interactive activities for kids

The green on the green eco expo features local businesses and organizations showcasing “green” practices, innovation, products and education. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will share myriad ways on how you and your family can prepare for an unexpected disaster.

Here’s the rundown:

–Free electronics recycling and document shredding

–Exhibit booths and educational displays

–New electric/hybrid vehicle showcase

–Petting zoo and interactive art for the kids

–Drawing and storytelling workshop

–Ocean awareness art exhibit

–Instruction on how to build a disaster supply kit

–Learn about the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

–Learn how to organize your neighborhood

–Learn hands-on only CPR

–Find out about the Newport Beach Police Department and Neighborhood Watch

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NBFD demonstrates CERT life-saving practices

Following the expo at 2 p.m., come meet America’s leading earthquake expert, Dr. Lucy Jones, who will be speaking in the Central Library’s Friends Room and discussing her book, Big Ones – How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us. Sitting is limited.

Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure.

For more information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4400 or www.newportbeach.com.

The Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


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Where would you find this kneeling soldier?

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Several of Stu’s readers knew where this kneeling soldier is located. This memorial to fallen military members can be found at the base of the flagpole in front of American Legion Post 291 at the end of 15th Street in Balboa Village.

Congratulations to Carol Strauss, Charles Price, Don Webb, Jim Kaminsky, Judy Leeper and Richard Lee.

A special thank you to Bill Finster who snapped this photo and sent it in to us.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


NMUSD bus drivers continue to garner acclaim

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) bus drivers continue a long-history of statewide and national award-wining excellence in safety. At the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this past summer, NMUSD Delegated Behind the Wheel Trainer Victor Garza placed first overall. This is Garza’s second international championship.

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NMUSD Delegated Behind the Wheel Trainer Victor Garza

“I am proud to support classroom teachers by building relationships with students and setting the correct tone each day when transporting students to school,” Garza said.

In past international competitions, Garza has placed second and fifth. In state competitions, he has amassed two first place wins, a second place finish and a third place finish.

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Francine Harms (left), NMUSD School Bus Cover Driver

School Bus Cover Driver Francine Harms is another award-winning bus driver who received recognition earlier this year as an Orange County Classified Employee of the Year for her ability to manage bus routes, placement of students, mentoring drivers, maintaining records and general office management. Harms is known for her charismatic personality that builds camaraderie, support and success in the department.

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(L-R) Ricardo Sandoval, Julian Schaefer and Jason Greenberg, NMUSD bus drivers

In 2017, NMUSD school bus drivers Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer and Jason Greenberg won top honors at the Orange County School Bus Roadeo. Sandoval, won first place in the county and first place overall. Scheafer was awarded third place in the county. As a team, they placed first countywide.

School Bus Safety Roadeos are held across the United States and require drivers to pass a written test prior to competing in the seven behind the wheel events. The emphasis throughout the competition is safety and by design, increases safety awareness. Various Roadeos occur throughout California, leading up to the statewide competition. Drivers that perform well at the state level are invited to compete at the International Roadeo competition. Part of NMUSD’s success in school bus safety roadeos can be attributed to the rigorous training program, ongoing education and testing that takes place within the district.

For more information, visit NMUSD’s here.


NMUSD welcomes students back to school

Summer may be drawing to a close, but school is in full swing, as students headed back to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

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Newport Harbor High School students enjoyed donuts their first morning back

We wish them a great year filled with learning new subject matter, making new friends, and stretching their imaginations to discover and accomplish whatever goals and aspirations they strive for.

Enjoy a slideshow of more great photos from the first day of school in Newport-Mesa!

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The Inside Edge presents creator, founder of the Bullies Be Gone! Project

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, The Inside Edge will be holding its monthly meeting at the Pacific Club.

The lively program will feature Al Johnson, creator and founder of the Bullies Be Gone! Project. He has been teaching children, teens, and adults in California in anti-bullying, safety, awareness, and self-confidence skills since 1985. His program includes racial harmony, understanding and tolerance.

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Bullies count on kids not being aware. This makes it easy for a kid to be caught off guard. Johnson teaches them how to immediately “Hit the light switch!” (in their mind) when confronted by a bully or anyone else making them feel uncomfortable. Specific words, phrases and stanzas are engrained in them. The training is serious, yet fun, and in order to be used most effectively, what they learn is their secret to keep. Whenever they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation with a bully or anyone else seeking to take advantage of them, they’ll be ready.

All guests are welcome. Doors open, registration and a buffet line start at 6:45 a.m. The meeting begins promptly at 7 a.m. The Inside Edge would appreciate pre-registration to assist with food and seating needs. There is free and valet parking. Have your gate ticket validated at the front desk when you leave.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

For more information and to register, visit www.insideedge.org.

To find out additional details on Al Johnson’s Bullies Be Gone! Project, go to www.BulliesBeGoneProject.com.


Purchase tickets now for Newport Beach Wine & Food coming October 6 and 7

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food taking place October 6 - 7 at Newport Beach Civic Center. Presented by Jaguar & Land Rover, highlights of this must attend event include:

Grand Tasting and Cooking Demos 2018: Come wine and dine with all-inclusive tastings from some of the top-tier restaurants on the West Coast. Each day of the festival will feature a different lineup of restaurants and tastings. Wash down your bites with a variety of more than 250 wines. Eat, drink, dance and mingle with the elite of Newport Beach, Celebrity Chefs, Master Sommeliers, and restaurant owners from across the United States.

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Celebrity chefs in attendance at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine & Food

Two special events still open to attend (October 5), prior to the Civic Center happenings include:

Fire It Up at the Balboa Bay Resort on Friday, Oct. 5 from 2 - 6 p.m. Kick back and enjoy a top-notch BBQ prepared right before your eyes by 10 supreme celebrity chefs: Hubert Keller, Joe Flamm, Carrie Baird, Fatima Ali, Brian Huskey, Christopher Scott, Joe Sasto, Devin Alexander and Rachel Haggstrom. Wash down your gourmet bites with craft beer, wine and spirits while enjoying live music from the rock/reggae band Common Sense. The event is outside on lawns and the sand. Admission is $125 per person.

VIP Celebrity Chef Twilight Cruise in Newport Harbor on Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 - 10 p.m. Cruise through Newport Harbor and dance the night away on board the 140-foot Endless Dreams yacht brought to you by Hornblower. Live music, spirits, wine, desserts and light bites are available as you mingle with celebrity chefs. Shuttles provide round-trip transportation from the Balboa Bay Resort to the Hornblower and back. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m.; the yacht returns at 10 p.m. Bring a sweater or jacket as top level is outside and it might be chilly after sunset. The cost is $150 per person.

Purchase your VIP or General Admission tickets now. Perks of being a VIP include a 30-minute early entrance to the festival grounds before general admission attendees for a meet and greet with celebrity chefs and exclusive access to 44 of the best restaurants along the West Coast. Experience cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs from across the country and sip on more than 250 varieties of wine, spirits and brews while dancing the afternoon away.

For a detailed list of events, celebrity chefs and restaurant participants, visit www.newportbeachwineandfood.com.


You Must Remember This: Irvine Regional Park and swings

By NANCY GARDNER

I was recently at Irvine Regional Park for a meeting, and it brought back a couple of memories. When I was a child, the park was a big deal because it had swings. I don’t dare make a blanket statement like, “At that time there were no swings in the city,” but there were none that we ever visited, and the same is true for parks. Forget newcomers like Sunset Ridge and Bonita Creek Sports Park. There wasn’t even an Irvine Terrace Park, because at that point there was no Irvine Terrace. Instead of parks, there were school playgrounds, but at CdM Elementary – the only school south of Harbor High and Horace Ensign – there were no swings. So, to go to Irvine Park where not only did they have swings but big swings – I’II assume the lake was there and other features – for me it was all about those tall swings where you got such height you felt you were touching the sky.

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Of course, at a certain point, I got too old for swings. Children are very definite about what they are and aren’t too old for, and that was one of those things that no matter how much fun it might be, I was now too mature to indulge. Since I had no particular desire to drive all the way to Irvine Park just to disdainfully dismiss the swings as something for little kids (while secretly yearning to hop on), a number of years passed with no visits, and then one spring day, Al Beltran suggested we ride there. Al ran the pasture (now Crystal Cove State Park), where we rode our horses like wild Indians through the fields, on the beach – wherever we wanted – but this was a new adventure. Now I’m quite sure if someone suggested such a ride today...almost every parent would forbid it absolutely, and those that did acquiesce would get arrested for child endangerment, but those were simpler times.

Ride from Newport Beach to Irvine Park – why not? About 20 of us set off, the oldest barely in her teens, most of us riding bareback, wearing our normal riding outfits of jeans, tee shirts and tennis shoes. As you shudder at this vision of irresponsibility, remember how different it was. Part of the way we rode undisturbed through the Irvine hills, being sure to shut all the gates so any cattle wouldn’t get out. When I say gate, I mean a barbed wire gate – three strands of wire attached to two poles. One of us would get off, unhook the fence and drag it aside while everyone passed, then hook it up again, hop on the horse, and off we’d go until the next gate.

We didn’t ride Irvine property the whole way, however. Eventually, we left the hills and began making our way through the towns. It’s hard to imagine a group of riders making such a trip today, skirting freeways, trying to find space on busy streets for a line of horses, but much of the county was still agrarian. (Yes, Virginia, there is a reason we are called Orange County). Instead of freeways, busy city streets and miles of concrete, there were acres of citrus groves, few cars and we were usually on dirt roads or shoulders. It couldn’t have been more bucolic, an adjective difficult to use about our area today. Once at the park, we camped out, roasted wienies and s’mores, and the next day we rode home.

It was a lovely adventure, but we didn’t repeat it, and Irvine Park gradually faded into childhood memories, mine, at least. But at a recent meeting, I learned that while I may not be visiting, a heck of a lot of other people are. In a survey of local parks, it was second only to Crystal Cove in visitors, drawing people from throughout the southland and beyond. Not bad for a site that began with the simple donation of an oak grove by James Irvine Jr. Now it has 490 acres with a train, a zoo, riding and bike trails, picnic areas, fishing and, of course, swings.    

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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.


Speak Up Newport to host candidates forum

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Speak Up Newport will host a candidates forum at Newport Beach Civic Center in the Community Room.

The forum provides an opportunity to meet and query those who would be leaders of our community. The event includes a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m., with a complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase; the program and a Q&A is scheduled for 6 - 7 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited. Reservations are not necessary. Ample parking is available on site.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6, have been invited to participate. Note: (i) signifies the incumbent.

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

In addition to the forum, candidates will have tables outside the Community Room, offering materials and the opportunity to talk to attendees prior to and after the program.

For additional information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes all you animal lovers will know where this happy cat and pup reside. Along with your guess, tell us why you like to come to this business. 

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

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 9 7 18

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Spyglass Hill Meet ‘n’ Greet Picnic for community residents planned

The 6th annual Spyglass Hill Meet ‘n’ Greet Picnic takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4 - 7:30 p.m. at Spyglass Hill Park.

Spyglass Hill residents are invited to come join the fun. Festivities include music, games and free ice cream. The first 200 RSVPs will receive free burgers, free chips and free drinks. A T.K. Burger food truck will be onsite with beef, chicken and veggie selections available, or bring your own picnic. Residents are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets.

RSVP to Lore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.721.0718.

The event is being organized by the Spyglass Hill Picnic Committee and sponsored by Will O’Neill, mayor pro-tem; the Spyglass Hill Garden Club; and VIEW magazine


National Geographic author headlines special children’s series

Newport Beach Public Library is launching an exciting series of children’s author programs with a visit by National Geographic author, Trudi Trueit, and Nat Geo Explorer and snake wrangler, Zoltan Takacs, on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

Trudi Trueit, author of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, was selected by National Geographic to launch the first book in their children’s fiction series. Her background in science and early career as a weather forecaster plays an integral part in inspiring her to write science-based fiction.

National Geographic author Trudi Trueit

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National Geographic author, Trudi Trueit, will be speaking on her book, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret”

The Nebula Secret is an exciting, action-packed adventure, based on real-life technology, people, and places with lots of science facts, hidden puzzles and codes embedded throughout the book that will captivate readers ages eight and up.

National Geographic author Zoltan Takacs

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Nat Geo Explorer and snake wrangler, Zoltan Takacs

The author will be accompanied by Zoltan Takacs, a National Geographic explorer, snake wrangler, herpetologist and toxinologist. Takacs has been chasing venomous snakes in the world’s most remote locations since he was a teenager. He’s traveled to 133 countries and survived seven snakebites. But Takacs doesn’t go after these deadly creatures just for the thrill; he collects venom and brings it back to a lab, where he and his colleagues analyze it with the goal of treating diseases.

Admission for this event is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve, based on room capacity. A question and answer session along with book signing by the author will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase from Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. Author visits by John Flanagan, author of The Ranger’s Apprentice and The Brotherband Chronicles on October 7, and Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Whatever After series on November 2, are also scheduled.

For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Letters to the Editor:

Conflicts of interest...Newport Beach deserves better

It is widely believed that Councilmember Peotter has been retained by Mayor Duffield to assist in the relocation of some of Duffield’s boat manufacturing facilities to Utah. The refusal of Duffield and Peotter to answer the simple question, “Does Peotter work for Duffield?” is very troubling.

Duffield refuses to voluntarily answer the question, and Peotter calls it “rumor”.

This is not some political “gotcha” issue. Residents have a right to know if Peotter’s vote can be influenced by compensation Duffield pays to Peotter; or affect a vote over resource allocation between Duffield’s and Peotter’s districts; or is it just plain illegal.

Duffield is required to recuse himself on most harbor issues. However, Peotter votes on these issues, some of which may financially benefit Duffield. Is it allowable under conflict of interest laws? Should Peotter also be recusing himself because Duffield is a source of income to Peotter?

What about the City Council’s duty to police itself? Both Peotter and Duffield are already the subject of multiple complaints regarding campaign law and conflict of interest violations, none of which the Council has directed the City Attorney to review. Yet again Council shirks its duty, by not directing the City Attorney to look into this employment issue. How long will Council ignore its duty, as ethical issues pile up with Duffield and Peotter? This is politics at its worst, and confirms voter skepticism about the ethics of government officials.

What about the City Attorney’s independent duty to assure that Council is acting lawfully? When asked, the City Attorney reportedly said, “trying to find answers to these types of issues is not possible given the ethical rules related to the performance of your duties”. Really? This “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude is disingenuous and disrespects his office as well as the citizens of Newport Beach.

I think it is entirely possible to find the truth. Duffield and Peotter should be asked directly, under oath, if necessary, so City business can be conducted in the open without fear of conflicts of interest. And then, depending on the answers, Councilmembers should conduct themselves in a lawful, transparent way without even the appearance of a conflict.

Open and transparent government in Newport will not begin until these kinds of egregious cover ups are stopped.

Mike Henn

Former Mayor, Newport Beach

Time to cancel the Team Newport Show in Newport Beach

The Newport Beach City Council has been on vacation for nearly a month, but like a TV series finale, they left us with a few cliffhangers.

On July 30, the council issued a statement designed to embarrass Jeff Herdman, but failed to reveal the three councilmembers who advanced the name of Shawn Nelson as City Manager. In response to a Public Records Act request, the city said they did not have any “relevant documents.” Really? Why don’t you just admit who it was? You were there.

It was revealed that Scott Peotter is apparently employed by Duffy Duffield to plan the relocation of part of Duffy’s business to Utah. This raises some significant conflict of interest issues for both councilmembers. At the West Newport Beach Association forum, Duffield flat out refused to answer the question, “Does Peotter work for you?” It’s time for Duffield and Peotter to stop the cover up and answer the question.

On August 14, the council approved $600,000 in contracts to four firms to provide maintenance services in the harbor. Only four firms submitted proposals and all four got contracts. Duffield declared he had a “source of income” conflict of interest on this matter. Exactly which firm or firms is a “source of income” for Duffield and how much is it? Looks more like Duffy is a source of income the other way. In addition, if Peotter is working for Duffy, shouldn’t he also have recused himself?

A court ruled that the public cannot compel the city council to appoint a special prosecutor, only the council can make that decision. Alright, what is the council going to do about the campaign finance and conflict of interest violations that have been piling up against Peotter and Duffield? So far they have done nothing. I thought Muldoon was running on “law and order?”

Finally, Peotter announced he was going to hold a fundraiser at the home of Bob McCaffrey. McCaffrey wrote a rambling and incoherent opinion piece in which he compared Peotter opponent Joy Brenner and other women leaders to “drooling dogs”. Will Peotter have the moral courage to move his event from McCaffrey’s home? If he does not, will the other members of the council attend and validate McCaffrey’s remarks? At West Newport, Peotter defended McCaffrey and Duffield was silent.

I am looking forward to the fourth, and hopefully final, season of Team Newport Follies.

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach

The future of Newport

The key concern which unites Newport Beach residents now is overdevelopment. Most of the other problems engender from this one main problem – traffic, pollution, safety issues, expansion of Pacific Coast Highway, code and General Plan noncompliance and lack of civility and trust between residents and City Council. As a result, Newport Beach is losing its vibrant personality.

For those who live in West Newport, the number one overdevelopment issue is the expansion of Pacific Coast Highway. This has been a concern that dates back to the early 1970s by a group who were called the “Freeway Fighters” and included the father of one of our current Council members. If expansion takes place, this area of Newport Beach which is considered by most residents as the heart of our city, will lose that “small town” feeling, and safety issues for students crossing the Highway to reach the three schools in the Newport Heights area will become a major concern. Already the lack of crosswalks and the dangerous speeds frequently maintained by people passing through the Heights have led to unfortunate and even tragic accidents.

Overdevelopment in other areas of Newport Beach has also impacted public views and tranquility. For instance, the development planned for Koll Center deviates from the character and guidelines for buildings in that area. Fortunately, concerned citizens have been able to stop plans for some of the other proposed structures and private homes whose sizes have violated code and General Plans. But it has been a constant struggle for residents who want to maintain the character of Newport Beach which is being violated by unwise development.

We have a chance to change this lack of communication and transparency by electing Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks and Roy Englebrecht to City Council! They will work to preserve the quality of the city that we all love.

Tim Stephens

Corona del Mar


Interfaith Council meeting to feature school superintendents

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Newport – Mesa – Irvine Interfaith Council welcomes new clergy and two local school superintendents – NMUSD Superintendent Fred Navarro and Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker – at their upcoming luncheon meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Interfaith Council Fred Navarro Interfaith Council Terry Walker

Courtesy of NB Chamber of Commerce

and Irvine Unified School District

(L-R) NMUSD Superintendent Fred Navarro and Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker

The cost is $12 with an RSVP, or $15 at the door.  To reserve your seat, RSVP to Farrah Khan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will be held at the Newport Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach.