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Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

35th Annual Donald Bren Honors Concert | March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Public Schools Foundation and Irvine Unified School District present this production, with this year’s theme – “Music Through Time.” It will showcase outstanding vocal and instrumental music students in grades 5-12. This concert provides an excellent opportunity for students to work with challenging musical pieces that stretch the skills of even the most accomplished students.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cypress Road by Van Gogh

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

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

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

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show

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Christopher Radko hand-crafted glass ornaments

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

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Candle Making Workshop | March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles and a member of the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective, will walk participants through the candle making process from start to finish. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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Impressionist Painting Class | March 26 from 12 - 2 p.m. Learn the techniques of Impressionist landscape painting with artist and jewelry designer Mercedes Shaffer. Her art has appeared on numerous movies and television shows including “friends,” “Will & Grace,” “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Notorious,” and “Two Broke Girls.” Her nature-inspired jewelry is sold at Seaside Gallery and Goods and carried in museum gift stores throughout the U.S. A free artist reception will be held from 3 - 5 p.m. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 24 hours prior. Cost: $55 for the art class is $55 per person and all supplies are included. It will be held in Pelican Courtyard.

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

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

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

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

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

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

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

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

Doktor Kaboom | April 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Imagine Mister Wizard and the Nutty Professor had a rock star German lovechild. Picture that child decades later, touring the world with a fully equipped lab, a wicked cool haircut, and a love of performance that knows no bounds. Now put him onstage, and let the absurdity begin. Doktor Kaboom is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, his supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Graham Nash | April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and The Hollies in 2010), Nash wrote and sang lead on CSN classics like “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wasted on the Way” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” while lending his vocals and guitar work to many of the group’s other hits. Prior to joining CSN, he was a member of The Hollies, the British group that produced Top 10 hits like “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne.” In addition to his work with CSN and The Hollies, Nash has enjoyed a successful solo career and often joined forces with CSN bandmate Crosby for recordings and tours. In 2013, the singer-songwriter released his autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” which ended up on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, and earlier this spring he released “This Path Tonight,” his first new solo recording in 14 years.

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

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

Yanni

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An intimate stage production with Yanni at Segerstrom Hall

An Evening in Conversation with Yanni and his Piano | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. Yanni, one of the bestselling and celebrated composers of our time steps off the concert stage to give his fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Accompanied only by his piano, Yanni will answer audience questions, providing unique insight into this experience traveling the globe, his creative process and his experience planning and performing mega shows in some of the most revered places on earth. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked. A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Brain Candy Live

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(L-R): Adam Savage and Michael Stevens of Brain Candy Live!

Brain Candy Live! | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39. MythBusters’ Adam Savage and YouTube’s Michael Stevens unleash their collective sense of wonder and fun in a family-friendly show that’s been described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Join a pair of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes as they mix up a secret recipe of surprise, excitement and a pinch of danger to cook-up a giant batch of magical Brain Candy for every mind in the audience.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shen Yun

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Shen Yun returns to Segerstrom Hall

Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth | April 5 - 9, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $70. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, and all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Land of the Divine.” What if you could journey back and visit this lost paradise?
Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Banned in communist China today, the non-profit Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of civilization. Experience art connecting Heaven and Earth.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island | April 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony’s 2017 American Composers Festival spotlights major works by composers Peter Boyer and John Adams, in celebration of his 70th birthday. “The Dharma at Big Sur,” composed in 2003 for the opening of Disney Hall, is actually a concerto for electric violin and orchestra. Adams composed the piece with Tracy Silverman in mind, who performs it with Pacific Symphony. “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a work for actors and orchestra with projected images. The Grammy-nominated work presents first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.

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

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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

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

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

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | 31st Annual “For the Love of the Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon, Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. The Runway Fashion Show will once again be sponsored by South Coast Plaza. The Children’s Friend Award will be presented to Lisa Castetter and the Inspirational Award will go to Julia Argyros. A partial listing of stores representing the fashions are Diane Von Furstenberg, M Missoni, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ted Baker London and Bally. Tickets are $150 each and there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To purchase tickets, visit www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2017, or contact Linda Burns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.463.8804. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

Fashion Show

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

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

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

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

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

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

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

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

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

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

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Two Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

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

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

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

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


America On Track to hold fundraiser

On Thursday, April 6, America On Track will host its annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.

The “Pouring from the Heart,” event is a key fundraising event, supporting the organization’s Brighter Futures program.

America On Track’s Brighter Futures provides mentoring and leadership programs for the most at-risk kids in Orange County, including children with one or both parents currently incarcerated. Mentors are trained and matched with children in need to create a long-term, positive influence that yields lasting effects.

“I am so proud of all the heartwarming successes I have witnessed throughout all of our programs during the past 22 years,” said Terry Thompson, president, America On Track. “I believe that one of the main reasons for this, above and beyond compassion, is good fiscal management since we have been allocating 91 cents of every dollar directly to programs.”

America On Track board members

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America On Track board members (L - R): Claire Braeburn, Donnie Crevier, Mike Chilleen, Patrick Ross, Suzy Burt, Mike Kilbride, Mike Lake and Tom Creato, with America On Track volunteers and young mentee at the 2016 wine tasting event. 

“The event brings together the Orange County philanthropic community in support of a local non-profit that is making an incredible difference in the lives of so many people in our own community,” said Suzy Burt, America On Track board member. “Those in attendance will enjoy a wonderful and fulfilling evening knowing they are making a positive difference.”

Tickets for the event are $200 per person. For more information about “Pouring from the Heart” or America On Track, contact Claire Braeburn, executive director at 714.531.7144, or visit www.americaontrack.org

America On Track is a non-profit agency based in Santa Ana, Calif., that has been in continuous operation for more than 20 years. Serving more than 15,000 Orange County children and families each year, America On Track breaks the cycle of poverty, incarceration and hopelessness through long-term youth development, education and life-enhancing programs.


ENC to present Reading in the Redwoods

March is National Reading Awareness Month, stressing the importance of reading aloud to youngsters at least 15 minutes a day. The Environmental Nature Center is embracing the benefits of reading to kids on Sunday, March 19 from 9:30 - 11 a.m., with their Reading in the Redwoods program.

Everybody Needs a Rock

“Everybody Needs a Rock” will be read aloud in Reading in the Redwoods

Attendees will get to meet some of ENC’s educational animals before heading out on a hike with Executive Director Bo Glover and naturalist Valerie Bain; followed by Glover reading his favorite book beneath the redwoods – “Everybody Needs a Rock,” by Byrd Baylor, which outlines 10 rules to finding the perfect rock.

Bo Glover reading

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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover reads aloud to kids and parents in the woods

Everyone needs a rock, so bring one to give it a personality and a backstory. Children can even take turns interviewing each other’s rocks and trade them!

All ages are welcome, but parents, please remain with your children at all times. Bring a blanket or towel to sit on.

Cost: $10 per child; $5 for children of ENC members. Adult admission is free. To register and pre-pay, visit www.encenter.org.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489.


JWA to highlight fine art photographs

An exhibition of fine art photographs by Susan Fouts will be installed on March 17 and runs through April 17 at John Wayne Airport.

Joshua Tree Parade

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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.”

Cannoli

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Animal Shelter

MEET CANNOLI

Cannoli is a 1 year old Terrier mix. He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. He weighs 14 lbs and loves people.  Cannoli likes other dogs and would make a great addition to any family.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use laundry soap, dish soap and cat litter. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Increased DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick’s Day

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is an occasion for millions of Americans to celebrate their Irish ancestry, and for many more to join in the festivities. Tragically, March 17 has also become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. In fact, the combined data from 2011 to 2015 shows that 252 people died as a result of drunk-driving traffic collisions during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, with more than one quarter of those collisions occurring in the early morning post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.).  

To help lower deaths and injuries, the Newport Beach Police Department will be deploying extra officers on overtime to target problem areas (places with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests). The DUI patrols will join regular officer deployment in looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving. 

The unfortunate truth is this: While many people are making plans for St. Patrick’s Day, they aren’t all planning out a way to get home safely.

St Patricks Day

Follow these tips to stay safe:

Before you start celebrating, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both. Some revelers think that they can play it by ear, and wait until after they drink to decide whether or not they’re “okay to drive.” By then, it’s too late. So plan before you party.

Remember that drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana, or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving. If you mix in even a small amount of alcohol, the effects can be compounded.

If you do decide to drink, you have many options: designate a sober, reliable driver; find a taxi company (or two) and keep their numbers in your phone; or download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app to get connected with free designated-driver incentives at local establishments; or order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Help those around you be responsible too. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, help them get home safely.

One aspect that is often overlooked it that of pedestrians who have had too much to drink. The NBPD would like to remind the public that walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as lack of attention can put a pedestrian at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Funding for this deployment is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who reminds everyone to be alert and “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.”  If you see a dangerous driver, call immediately.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewForkLanaJohnson

By LANA JOHNSON

Restaurants, purveyors to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish

On Friday, March 17 the most famous Irish holiday will take place - St. Patrick’s Day. Try out these happenings at our local restaurants and food purveyors.

baker & olive – Get your green on when Chef Ashley and her team lead you through a chef’s demo. The menu will feature: corned beef app on rye with mustard & Happy Pantry silly dilly kraut; caldo verde with chicken broth, cabot cheddar and harissa oil topped with crispy speck; and Guinness chocolate cupcakes, espresso balsamic whipped cream and David Bacco chocolate shavings. To RSVP, visit the store or call 949.759.1185. baker & olive is located at 928 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar Plaza. www.bakerandolive.com

Chef Ashley

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Chef Ashley at baker & olive

On Balboa Peninsula

Cruiser’s Pizza Bar Grill – Opens at 11 a.m. with the green beer flowing and Irish whiskey shots. Music videos will be playing. Participate in the 2nd annual beer pong tournament in the evening, beginning at 8 p.m. 801 E. Balboa Blvd. www.cruiserspizzabargrill.com

Malarky’s Irish Pub – Their party coincides with the venue’s 40th anniversary on the Peninsula. Arrive early, as the doors open at 6:30 a.m. and it fills up quickly. Tap beers and Irish whiskeys will be flowing and guests can expect professional bag pipers and Irish tunes. Try the popular Harp Lager in the bottle or their Scotch Mule. St. Practice Day starts today, March 16 with a kick-off toast and leprechaun shots at midnight. 3011 Newport Blvd. www.malarkyspub.com

Stag Bar + Kitchen – This spot dating back to 1908 is located in busy McFadden Square. The bar and restaurant open at 8 a.m. with cocktails and breakfast available. There are more than 75 types of whiskeys, including small craft varieties. A local favorite is the Stag Bar Old Fashioned with notes of toffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. 121 McFadden Place. www.stagbar.com

On Mariner’s Mile

A&O Kitchen + Bar – Enjoy eight on tap beers, and the outdoor terrace overlooks Newport Harbor with two cozy firepits and intimate seating at the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort. 1221 W. Coast Highway. www.meritagecollection.com

The Ritz Prime Seafood – Wearin’ O’ the Green, here? Honoring St. Patrick’s Day, they will be concocting greenish cocktails such as The Gun Runner with Bombay Sapphire Gin, green chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and fresh mint. Sounds like a refreshing libation to me. It all starts at 5 p.m. 2801 W. Coast Highway. www.theritzprimeseafood.com

The Shamrock Bar & Grill – You’ll be lucky if you get in when they open at 8 a.m. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast, Reuben sandwich, corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips and Guinness Irish stew. They’ll be pouring Irish coffee, your favorite beers, with live Irish music beginning in the early afternoon. 2633 W. Coast Highway. 

Fashion Island/Newport Center

Aqua Lounge in the Island Hotel – Try The Blind Irish cocktail with Jameson whiskey featuring their concept of an Old Fashioned. Cocktails start at 3 p.m. 690 Newport Center Drive. www.aqualoungenb.com

Muldoons

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Muldoon’s Irish Pub – Doors open at 9 a.m. Two fun live party bands will get you dancing a jig or two. Irish specialties served at breakfast, lunch and dinner…plus visit the Building Café in the Celtic Bar for corned beef sandwiches and hand-cut pub chips. 202 Newport Center Drivewww.muldoonspub.com 

Yard House – A weeklong celebration, enjoy Irish-inspired dishes and cocktails. Try the Dublin Mule as well as the green beer on tap. Not to be missed are the corned beef brisket and shepherd’s pie. 849 Newport Center Drive. http://www.yardhouse.com/locations/ca/newport-beach

Newport Coast

Coliseum Pool & Grill – Try some of their special dishes, including a breakfast of 

corned beef hash, potato and leek soup for lunch and Guinness pie for dinner. Leave room for desserts featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee. Open 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road. www.coliseumnb.com 

Oak Grill – Take in authentic Irish fare. Breakfast features green eggs benedict and dinner showcases corned beef and cabbage. Imbibe in green beers all day. 690 Newport Center Drive. www.oakgrillnb.com 

Pelican Grill – The restaurant and lively sports lounge offers spectacular vistas of the Pacific. Sample Irish beers in the tasting flights, and a special lounge Irish menu. Open 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 5 - 10 p.m. 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road. http://www.pelicangrillnb.com

JWA Area

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations –  If you can tour it, check out their private Whiskey Room with more than 300 select bottles of whiskey, bourbon and scotch. Opens at 11 a.m. 4647 MacArthur Blvd. Bosscatkitchen.com

Editor’s Note: The famous NB Pub Crawl starts at Baja Sharkeez and features $3 draft beers, $4 domestic beers and $5 shots of Irish whiskey. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

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I had the absolute pleasure of attending the unveiling of the new Spring menus at Back Bay Bistro, yesterday. I chose the Reuben sandwich … delicious! So, just wanted to share some of the highlights.

Ruben Sandwich

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This tasty NY Reuben sandwich was filled with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on a rye marble roll

What caught my attention on the lunch menu, that I would suggest you’d try: the award-winning French Onion and Seafood Chowder (by the cup or bowl); Bistro Sandwiches (in addition to my Reuben!): Santa Fe Turkey, Blackened Swordfish and Parisian Chicken. Bistro Salads: Kale Caesar, Bistro Steak Salad and Calamari Salad. Among the signature dishes, Grilled Salmon on a bed of spaghetti squash, Grilled Baja Fish Tacos and Crab Cakes. The chef’s monthly special is Slow Cooked Short Rib. The menu includes wines by the glass and bottle.

I perused the dinner menu, too! From the signature dishes, I’d like to try the Cornish Game Hen, Shrimp Scampi, Chilean Sea Bass, Pan Seared John Dory, Prime New York and the Filet of Beef. The chef’s monthly special is Rack of Lamb. The side of Lobster Mac N’ Cheese seems like a given. And again, wines by the glass and bottle.

For more information, visit www.newportdunes.com

Ciao Vincenza!


You must remember this: The Great Kite Flying Contest or how to have fun when there isn’t any surf

By NANCY GARDNER

When there are no waves, you can play cards (“Do you have any twos?” “Go Fish.”  “Do you have any jacks?”) and complain (“No waves. Bummer.” “Yeah, bummer…no waves.”). Or maybe someone snarks, “Go fly a kite,” and you end up with a unique event in local history.

One flat day in the ‘60s, a couple of surfers went off and flew kites. They had such fun they invited their friends who in turn invited their friends, and within a brief period, it morphed into the Great Kite Flying Contest, an annual event that combined elements of Woodstock and Sesame Street.

The contest was held in the hills where Newport Coast is today, and there was no site preparation, no grading. You hiked in, and you knew you were at the right spot only because you saw a bunch of people flying kites. The one concession to the event aspect was a loud speaker. There were more than 50 contestants, and there were probably 50 types of kites. Some looked like they’d been picked up at a toy store on the way, while others were clearly designed by engineers from Boeing. Some kites were flown on cotton string and bobbed around harmlessly, while others were flown on piano wire and wreaked havoc in the sky – which reflected the havoc on the ground. All the entrants seemed to feel their performance would be enhanced with a little alcohol, and as they were a competitive group, the liquor flowed freely.

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If the competitors showed diversity, so did the spectators who numbered in the hundreds. One group came in black tie. So they would not be out of place in the sage, they also brought chairs, a table covered with a linen tablecloth and toasted the various fliers with Champagne quaffed from crystal flutes. Another group, not so splendidly attired, brought their own bathtub of gin into which they kept falling. And then there was the group that didn’t relish the hike in and commandeered a German tank.

Because it was a contest, it had judges, and even though one of them was my father, I am forced to confess that the judges were no more sober than anyone else.  Finally, there was the announcer. Play-by-play was handled by Hevs McLelland who had honed his talents at surfing contests. Since those events featured a lot of kids, he had to tailor his material accordingly. With the broader parameters of this particular contest, he let it fly. As this is a “family” publication, I will not relate specifics, just note that box kites featured heavily.

Why the Great Kite Flying Contest came to an end I don’t know. I am assuming that with this many people, someone had gotten permission from the landowner (presumably The Irvine Company) and if a representative of that landowner was present and saw a German tank careening across the landscape under the direction of a driver definitely under the influence, visions of lawsuits may have danced in his head. Maybe the organizers themselves felt that it had gotten out of hand and thought to stop before anyone got hurt. Whatever the cause, it was terminated.

As for trying something like that today? If you’re interested, the following checklist will help: Form an organizing committee, find sponsors, get necessary permits, get insurance coverage, hire a—oh, forget it. Just go fly a kite.

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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.


Spirit Run race results…and so much more

Spirit Run Kids

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On Sunday, March 12, the Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools, took place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, with more than 1,800 registered participants. 

We thought it would be insightful to ask a few questions about the race from the top man and woman elites’ perspective – Reid Buchanan and Tori Tsolis.

Reid 

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Reid Buchanan

Elite Mile – 1st Place Overall and 1st Male - Finishing Time: 4 minutes 5 seconds

5k - 1st Place Overall and 1st Elite Male - Finishing Time: 14 minutes 50 seconds

Tori Tsolis

Elite Mile - 16th Place Overall and 1st Female - Finishing Time: 4 minutes 40 seconds

5k - 19th Place Overall and 5th Elite Female - Finishing Time: 17 minutes 41 seconds

Q: Why do you enjoy running? 

A: Reid: I have been running competitively since I was 16. I like running because in a sport like this there is hard work but not much glory. Still it is popular in every century. There must be some beauty which ordinary men can’t see, but extraordinary men do.

A: Tori: Running is such a primal, natural sport where you can push your body to its limits. I’m constantly learning, adapting and challenging myself. Sometimes I don’t actually enjoy running, but I know I’m addicted to racing and the rush that comes with it. This sport has also introduced me to lots of incredible people and the running community is very welcoming and supportive. 

Q: What are some of your most notable running achievements? 

A: Reid: Finishing 5th in the NCAA Division I Championships for the 10k last Spring sticks out in my mind because it was the third time I had ever run the distance. Entering college, if someone had told me I’d be running a 10k, I would have laughed and said “good one.”

A: Tori: During my senior year at UC Santa Barbara (2016) I was named Big West Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and UCSB Female Athlete of the Year. I also hold UCSB’s school record in the 1500 meters and was the women’s 1500 Meter Big West Conference champion. 

Q: Why did you choose Spirit Run? 

A: Reid: The Spirit Run just kind of worked in my schedule. I love to stay in California for races since the travel is easy and I also was a big The O.C. fan back when it was on television.

A: Tori: I had only raced one road mile prior to this race and I really enjoyed it. There aren’t very many chances to race a mile (instead of 1500 meters), so when my coach told me about this opportunity, I was excited to give the road mile another shot!

Q: Did you enjoy Spirit Run? 

A: Reid: The Spirit Run at the surface had a goal of getting the community out and active early on a Sunday morning and I definitely think they achieved that. There were lots of prizes and vendors which created a fun atmosphere! I thought the prizes were great! Anytime you can get paid to do a workout it’s a win-win situation.

A: Tori: The Spirit Run was such a fun, organized event and was very accommodating last minute at the start line when I accidentally left my bib in my bag (oops!). 

Q: Will you return to Spirit Run and why? 

A: Reid: Spirit Run as of now will be on my racing schedule for 2018 because I have to come back and defend my title.

A: Tori: Yes, I will return to Spirit Run for the wonderful hospitality and great race conditions. I also love Southern California and always need reasons to come back!

Allen and Diane

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Alan Wakeling, 77 years old, placed 1st in the 70-79 division in the Open Mile and won a Yard House “Burger & Brew”. He also placed 1st in the 75-79 division in the 5k. He is pictured here with Spirit Run President and Race Director Diane Daruty.

Click here for a PDF of winners

For complete Spirit Run race results, visit http://nmspiritrun.org/race-inforesults/.


Lifeguard tryouts were competitive

On Saturday, March 4, the Newport Beach Fire Department conducted lifeguard tryouts for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Trainee.

Lifeguard tryouts

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Applicants competed in both a 1,000 meter swim and 1,000 meter run-swim-run. The top candidates from the combination of these events were invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process, including a physical and background check.

After successfully completing the hiring process, candidates will be invited to a 100-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Classes will be held on weekends this Spring. The training classes focus on Ocean Rescue Prevention and Techniques, City Municipal Codes and Polices, CPR and First Aid.


AERIE project to make its mark on CdM blufftop

By AMY SNIDER SENK

AERIE – a luxury condominium complex overlooking Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean – finally is making its mark on the Corona del Mar coastline, 15 years after its developer first spotted the property.

The project, at the end of Carnation Avenue at Ocean Boulevard, replaced a 50-year-old apartment complex, which dozens of Corona del Mar residents fondly claim as their former home. Richard and Karen Julian purchased the property with dreams of creating a property that appeared to be “growing out of the bluff.” For years, they battled neighbors, planning commissioners and the Coastal Commission before breaking ground in 2015. Along the way, the project shrunk in size from eight to seven units and a 17 percent reduction in square feet and a 61 percent reduction in bluff excavation – all to address concerns that the project was too big and too destructive to precious coastal bluffs. Some neighbors said the style of the project, inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, was ugly – although they didn’t love the dilapidated apartments that were on the site, either.

Aerie project

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The seven condo units are expected to sell in the $15 - $20 million range

Today, the project has risen above ground and is taking shape. Sawdust scatters the floors, and temporary metal staircases grant access to the higher units – some of which are still only accessible by ladders. This will be a kitchen, Julian said on a recent tour. This will be an office. This will be the deck. There is no glass in the windows, which will be expansive. These days, it’s just open air looking out at the waves, the boats and the jetties.

Construction is moving rapidly, and the project is at a framing stage. Imagination is required to picture the dividing lines between units, where walls will be, and how it ultimately will look. AERIE’s dock, below the construction site in Carnation Cove, is complete.

Back in summer of 2014, the Julians hosted a pre-construction party. About 200 people attended, including architect Brion Jeannette, neighbors and former residents of the 14-unit apartment building. The Julians had engraved shovels, symbolic of breaking ground, with hopes to begin excavation that fall. At the time, Julian said one neighbor who bitterly fought the project had moved away. Others, he said, sent notes of congratulations.

But instead of a Labor Day start date, Julian found himself dealing with another roadblock – a tricky easement that put the project on hold for a year while they went “back and forth” to iron it out, he said. Construction actually began in 2015, beginning with excavating 9,810 cubic yards of coastal bluff.

Three of the units are claimed by project partners, including Julian, who will take a top-floor unit. The others are not officially on the market, but they are expected to sell in the $15 to $20 million range.

Julian said he expects another year of construction. “My 65th birthday is March 29, 2018,” he said. “And I want to be moved in. It will have been two years of construction…but you know, I started this project in my 40s.”

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

The legendary Bill Ficker passes at 89

TomJohnson

Newport Beach lost a legend this week as William “Bill” Ficker passed away on Monday, March 13, at the age of 89. Bill, as I was fortunate to know him, was an exceptional yachtsman, but was also a noted architect and a lover of Newport Beach.

On the water, Bill was as accomplished as any, winning the 1958 Star World Championships and the 1970 America’s Cup aboard INTREPID.

Upon hearing the news, I reached out to some in the community for their thoughts and remembrances of Bill.

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (Mayor Pro Tem, City of Newport Beach/owner Duffy Electric Boats) – “I’m very sad to lose him. He was very special to me. I am a sailor and he made a tremendous mark on our sport. I was so lucky to have been able to be a small part of his legacy…one in a million type guy. Newport Beach was lucky to call him a local.” 

Seymour Beek (Balboa Island Ferry) – “Bill Ficker was an important figure in my life. I met him when I was 7 years old and he was about 14. Our families were interconnected with many friendships between family members. I always looked up to Bill as a smart, industrious and meticulously careful person, not to mention his unique sense of humor. His achievements in the world of yachting and in his architectural career are legendary. I fell victim to his superior sailing ability innumerable times when we were on the racecourse together. We had a lot of fun racing over the years and a lot of fun talking about it afterward. Bill will be missed by many for his informed opinions and his amusing satire.”

Steve Rosansky (former mayor and current President/CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce) – “Bill Ficker was one of Newport Beach’s treasures. He was an acclaimed sailor, winning the America’s Cup in 1970. He was also a respected architect who designed many significant buildings in town, including the old Chamber of Commerce building at Jamboree and Santa Barbara now known as the Chase Bank building. In 1981, Bill was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as the Newport Beach Citizen of the Year. More recently, Bill led the fight to move the Newport Beach City Hall to its current location in Newport Center.”

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Jim Dale (formerly owner/operator of Villa Nova restaurant) – “Many sailing experts describe Bill Ficker’s win as skipper of INTREPID in 1970 to be a watershed event in the post-war history of the America’s Cup. I would also say it became a watershed event in the history of Newport Beach. The community turned out by the thousands to welcome Bill and his INTREPID crewmembers home with parades and celebrations, and “Ficker is Quicker” bumper stickers were displayed everywhere. Our seasonal beach town all of a sudden experienced the international sailing world descends upon it. But from that period, Newport also began to attract individuals and businesses to make the city their home. Bill’s vision of a better Newport for its citizens is his legacy for the city he loved.”

I, too, will miss Bill. I remember a late summer day in 2011; Bill invited me to the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, his home away from home, for lunch. I was excited. When I arrived, however, I realized he had led me into a surprise event for me. 

Although the event that day was great, I realized afterwards that I missed an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with one of the true legends of Newport Beach.

Fortunately, several years later I was invited to his home. The photos, recognitions, trophies and more, impeccably decorated the walls. He was a true gentleman.

Bill, safe harbors to you my friend…you will be missed.


Police Files

Assault with a deadly piece of lumber

On Sunday afternoon, a Los Angeles man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

A parking control officer followed the sounds of screams to an alley in the 100 block of 24th Street, and called for reinforcement. The bike units of the Peninsula Enforcement Team responded quickly and separated the two men who were fighting.

“During the ensuing investigation, officers found that the victim did not previously know the assailant. He had seen him in the alley holding a knife and had approached him to tell him to put the weapon away,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “A verbal confrontation ensued...[which became physical...”]

The victim defended himself from the knife with a piece of lumber, which the assailant took control of and tried to use it against the victim as well.

Omar Castro, 26, of Los Angeles, was arrested for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon – one for the knife and one for the lumber – brandishing a deadly weapon, assault and battery, challenge to fight in a public place, and due to the obscenities he yelled at officers, offensive words in a public place.

The victim suffered minor scrapes and denied medical attention. Castro had minor injuries to his eyes but also refused medical attention. 

Early morning drug bust

On Monday at 4:41 a.m., officers responded to Dover Drive and Mariners Drive following reports of two suspicious subjects.

“It was visually apparent that the two men were under the influence of narcotics,” said Jennifer Manzella of the NBPD. 

The two men provided conflicting statements about why they were in the area, where they lived, and if they knew each other. 

Both men, Evan Miller, 30, of Newport Beach, and Ryan Jay Pestana, 26, Hesperia, were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. During booking, Pestana was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia, and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Todd Marinovich convicted of drug and trespass charges

A former star quarterback was convicted yesterday of drug and trespass charges. Todd Marvin Marinovich, 47, Irvine (formerly of Newport Beach), pleaded guilty to a court offer of five misdemeanor counts including attempted aggravated trespass of a residence, trespass with interference of property rights, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public nudity. Marinovich was sentenced to three years of formal probation and 90 days in county jail stayed pending successful completion of outpatient drug rehabilitation. 

Todd

He was a first round draft choice of the Raiders and played professionally in American and Canadian football until 2001.

Sometime before 9 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2016, the Irvine Police Department (IPD) received a phone call from an Irvine resident reporting a naked man on the Venta Spur Trail near a home on Bluecoat. 

Marinovich left a brown bag containing methamphetamine, marijuana, syringes, a marijuana pipe, and his wallet and driver’s license on the trail. The defendant was naked and trespassed into the backyard of a home on Bluecoat before he attempted to gain access to the residence by pulling at the sliding back door. 

Deputy District Attorney Danielle Mosh of the Harbor Justice Center prosecuted this case. 

From a press release

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

Moments Between Oceans

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

Tuesdays @ 2: YouTube Basics, March 14, 21, 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Enhance your YouTube experience with tips and tricks on viewing, browsing and searching for your favorite videos. Central Library Friends Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, March 14 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Featured guest speaker Matt Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience. Learn about good credit or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and explore answers to key questions such as ‘How much housing can I get and afford’. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, March 15 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration is required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Pokemon Clay Party, March 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Make Pokemon creatures out of clay, and make your very own Pokemon to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 5-9. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. 949.644.3076.

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

St Patty Day crafts

St. Paddy’s Day Crafts, March 16 from 3 - 4 p.m. Leapin’ leprechauns! Join the fun in this all green craft club. Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

SAT Practice Test, March 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with this free, full-length practice test, administered, scored and reviewed by C2 Education of Newport Beach. There is no charge for the test, but students must register and space is limited. Sign up at the Library’s website. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Test Results for students attending this session will take place on March 22 from 7 - 8 p.m. In addition to viewing test results, students will get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. This also takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spring Crafts, March 21 from 4 - 5 p.m. Make fun crafts celebrating Spring. For ages 3-8 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lego “Block” Party, March 22 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

AP Practice Test, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test, in partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach. Students can choose between AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry or AP Calculus AB. Students don’t need to bring pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. There is no charge for the test, but students must register and space is limited. Sign up at the Library’s website. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Test Results for students attending this session will take place on April 6 at 7 p.m. This also takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. 

Don Quixote for Kids, March 25 from 12 - 1 p.m. The Festival Ballet Theatre presents highlights from the ballet Don Quixote. Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quests across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes. Families will enjoy this one-hour narrated and abridged version of the beloved tale. The Don Quixote ballet is an adventurous introduction to Spanish literature, music, culture, and history. Bring a picnic and your beach chairs for this special spring event. No alcohol is permitted. Parking and admission are free. This free outdoor performance is supported by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach.

Trio Accento

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

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

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

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

Lego “Block” Party, March 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

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Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Beyond the Canvas: Wassily Kandinsky, March 29 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Wassily Kandinksy was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Calling all women to City Hall (men too)

TomJohnson

Question…have you ever thought about getting involved in a civic or community group in Newport Beach? If the answer is yes, proceed. Are you available this Thursday evening? If still affirmative, final question…are you a woman (really, men too)? 

You see, there’s a group of women, really kind of the who’s who of involvement, that are putting on the Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) Community Forum.

It’s Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center.

Here are the particulars: Michelle Steel, chair of the Orange County Supervisors, will be the special guest speaker; there will also be representatives from virtually all city boards, commissions and every city support group. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities. Oh, and it’s free.

It should be good, former Mayor and current City Councilwoman Diane Dixon has promised me. 

Elsewhere, the Museum House issue seems to be coming to a close, but for the lawsuits, at Tuesday’s (March 14) City Council meeting. The second reading will proceed following a court challenge to “Repeal Approvals Related to the Museum House.”

Councilwoman Dixon at the same meeting is looking for support for St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Lido Village to have their property returned. According to staff documents, “An ecclesiastical trial is coming up at the end of March that could be a turning point for the local church.”

Additionally, the council will look to appoint Dixon, Scott Peotter and Jeff Herdman to a committee looking at election reforms. 

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Colleen Gill on her retirement from the Newport Beach Fire Department. Colleen, who worked as the assistant to the Chief for the past 19 years, called it quits last Friday.

For me personally, Colleen did a wonderful job in making certain former Chief (Tim) Riley’s and my calendar regularly coordinated for lunch…and maybe even an occasional tour of one of the local golf courses to, obviously, check for fire-related issues.

Colleen, enjoy yourself.


Letter from:

Steve Rosansky

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce turns 110

Steve Rosanky

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky

Yesterday, Sunday, March 12, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding in 1907 as the first business membership organized in the fledgling City of Newport Beach. At the time, the City was incorporated just one year earlier. The founding members were 16 local businessmen, who called themselves the “Harbor Boosters,” – each contributed five dollars for the initial expenses of the Chamber.

In the early years, the Chamber was a driver in the creation of Newport Harbor and its surrounding industry. In 1927, the Newport Chamber and the Balboa Chamber merged into one chamber called the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce. After several subsequent name changes, the organization is now known as the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Although 110 years old, the Chamber has remained a vibrant and ever-evolving group of businesses dedicated to its mission of promoting economic opportunity through business and community leadership and to enhance the social and civic environment of Newport Beach. Today, the Chamber has grown from the original 16 to 650 diverse business organizations representing thousands of employees and the whole spectrum of the Newport business community.

The Chamber fulfills its mission through events and programming directly related to its four core competencies: Connection, Education, Community and Advocacy. The Chamber hosts a number of monthly events including the popular WAKE UP! Newport series at the Main Library, featuring prominent speakers in an approachable environment. Our Chamber mixers are legendary and occur at the hottest restaurants and venues all over Newport Beach. We also educate our members at monthly business luncheons designed to give business people the tools they need to succeed in today’s challenging environment.

Perhaps the thing the Chamber is best known for is the high quality Civic events that we host every year. Preeminent is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights celebrating its 109th year, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the City to see this on-the-water spectacular, not to mention a $6 million+ impact on city revenues. In addition, events like the Police Appreciation Breakfast (this month on March 29th), the Scholarship and Athletic Awards Dinners, Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner, Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, Newport Beach Economic Forecast and the Citizen of the Year Gala have been connecting the business community with Newport Beach residents and Newport Beach Civil Service Employees for decades.

Not to rest on our laurels, the Chamber in the last year has beefed up its offering to include a young professionals group known as Navigate-Modern Professionals; a women’s focused group called In.Spire – Women in Business and networking and referral groups we call the Referral Roundtables.

In summary, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is the go-to organization in town dedicated solely to the continued success of the Newport Beach business community.

For more information on all of our programs and events, as well as membership, you can visit us at www.newportbeach.com

Steve Rosansky is President & CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

As has been my theme during recent weeks, I’m here to report that almost all of the bad times on MacArthur are done! Gone! Finished! Thursday was the end of the worst of it, with the final paving work done at the critical intersection of San Miguel and MacArthur. We still have some final striping to do (which is night work) as well as carving those signal indicator loops in the lanes (those are the loops that cause the signal to turn when your car or bike activates the loop) – both of these tasks are small compared to the resurfacing. 

Thank you again to all who heeded the call to take other routes. For those who braved the road, it was buyer beware. Even as we complete this project, I do need to warn you that we will be applying for Measure M funds to do the REST of MacArthur (Ford/Bonita Canyon to the 73), but that project won’t happen for up to a year or more. Whee.  

Other traffic impacts can be found on Poppy & Ocean in CdM (new cement streets, sidewalks and treescape there) and of course Irvine Avenue’s S curves. New landscaping is going in, and then the street (both lanes, both directions) will be completely resurfaced, like MacArthur. It needs it.  

Once again, consider signing up for our weekly updates on All Things Traffic. Nixle helps, too. You’ll be glad you did.

As to stuff around City Hall, the Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 14, starting at 4 p.m. (Study Session) and 7 p.m. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide.

The 4:00 p.m. Study Session has three items:

A summary of recent water quality efforts in Lower and Upper Newport Bay. This is pretty relevant because we all can be reminded of the progress that’s been made in improving bay water quality, with thanks to our residents, staff, and many others up and down the watershed. Is it perfect? No, but it’s gotten a lot better over the 20+ years that folks here have been working on it. More is still to come, especially in regards to reducing trash. 

We’ll update the Council on a possible path to assign a fair market value to commercial marinas on City tidelands. 

It’s spring and it’s “early look” time with the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). This is the Council’s chance to weigh in on what they’d like to see in that capital program. It includes streets, alleys, storm drains, sidewalks, street lights, facilities, landscaping and more. 

Then the Regular Session begins at 7:00 p.m. Just a few items jump out at me:

Seeing if the City’s policies on asset forfeiture should be updated to more closely align with new State law.

“Second reading” of an ordinance that repeals (generally) the Museum House project’s entitlement. This time, it comes before the Council as a consent calendar item. A judge this week refused to grant a temporary restraining order that would have blocked the Council from considering this follow-up action on Tuesday. As you likely saw, the Council took the first steps in repealing the Museum House project’s entitlement at the February 28th meeting, but the Council did act to preserve the environmental document that looked at this project and alternatives. The thinking is that it is likely that something, someday will happen to the OCMA site that is different from the current use, and the environmental document is a good foundation for whatever that might be given all of the alternatives it studied.     

There is an ad hoc committee proposed to be formed that would look at Election Reform issues.   

Sending a letter in support of St. James the Great Church (the Episcopal Church near the Lido House Hotel site) that supports the Church retaining their sanctuary and related properties there on 32nd Street and Via Lido. St. James the Great’s congregation is closely watching an upcoming ecclesiastical hearing at the end of March that might allow them to resume services in their sanctuary. 

Setting up a new way of displaying newspapers and related material along PCH in the Corona del Mar business area. CdM businesses have been asking for a sensible way to “gang” various newsracks to improve safety, visibility and aesthetics in CdM. In part because of 1st Amendment issues, it’s a more complex issue than one might think.    

That’s pretty much it for the agenda. On to random notes:

As I noted last time, the next gathering of Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) is coming up on Thursday, March 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. here at the Civic Center’s community room. WiNN’s special guest speaker is OC Supervisor (and current Board Chairman) Michelle Steel.

Spring Forward. Clocks go forward at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 12th. Think about changing your smoke alarm batteries, too. I admit it – I’m not a fan of the darkness in the morning. 

Sharks and Rescues. We had a shark sighting Wednesday (I picture the “little” guy just going on a little swim down from Huntington and wondering why a helicopter is following him and why everyone is getting out of the water) off of 36th Street or so. Waters are reopened now. Also, kudos to a couple of our seasonal lifeguards who, just Thursday morning, were off-duty and surfing but in the right place at the right time (and were fully aware and well-trained) to administer CPR to another surfer found face-down in the waters. That person was alert and talking by the time he arrived at Hoag, which is wonderful and remarkable, and pretty much all due to the fast work and thinking of both the lifeguards and the person who noticed the surfer right away to pull him out.

Someone emailed me this week asking, “What’s going on with the tractors and such” at Big Canyon Nature Park? This is the open space area between Park Newport and the CdMHS/Our Lady Queen of Angels area (sort of southern Eastbluff). It’s not development. But it is a restoration project that removes some invasive species AND attempts to solve a significant selenium problem there. Selenium is an element (it’s in the geologic formations here) that is vital for life, but can be harmful in large amounts. When excessive amounts of it pool in fresh water, it can be harmful to aquatic and bird life. This project attempts to keep the selenium from pooling in Big Canyon to avoid later bio-accumulation in birds.

Speaking of “What’s going on in my neighborhood?” – our good IT folks have prepared an interactive map on just that subject. You can look at police calls, fire/EMS calls, and building permits and capital projects all on one map.

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

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


Look who showed up for Coffee’s On Us

A big thank you to those who joined us on Friday, March 10 at Xanadu Café to enjoy a beverage, share their story ideas and let us know their thoughts on StuNewsNewport. 

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Corona del Mar: a slow starter in early Newport Beach

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Before the township of Corona del Mar was born, it was nothing more than a windblown bluff overlooking the two growing settlements of Balboa and McFaddenʻs Landing. The promontory, known simply as Rocky Point, provided its few visitors beautiful vistas of calm harbor waters streaked with golden rays of a setting sun. Corona del Marʻs growth was slow in its earliest years, because to access it meant a trip around the back bay. This, plus a scarcity of water, made development difficult.

In 1904, George Hart bought the empty lands from todayʻs MacArthur Boulevard to Poppy Avenue, and from Coast Highway to the sea from James Irvine for $10,000 down and $150 an acre. Hart subdivided the land and started ferrying people and supplies. The extensive number of parcels averaged 30 feet x 118 feet with 18-foot alleyways. The plan included construction of piers; one near China Cove and one each at Big Corona and Little Corona. Hart also marketed a direct rail hookup to Balboaʻs Red Cars. Hotel del Mar was to be an anchor for this wonderful seaside community with its prime blufftop location. Unfortunately, Hartʻs timing was poor and the project fell into financial disarray.

China Cove House

Photo by Duncan Forgey

China Cove house was a landmark; photo taken right before it was torn down

Because of its strategic location overlooking the harbor entrance, Rocky Point became a well-known lookout for ships. Antar Deraga, a Russian born meteorologist, built a small weather station on the bluff to monitor marine traffic. Big Corona beach received massive storm surf prior to the jetties, causing damage and deaths upon unsuspecting ships. Additionally, an endless number of shifting sandbars made travel to Newport Harbor very treacherous. Using signal flags, Deraga communicated to ships as he tried to “walk” them through Newportʻs entry.

Even with Deragaʻs efforts, ships were lost to the churning and deceptive waters below Rocky Point. In 1923, he organized the “Life Saving Corps.” Manned by hardy Newport surfers, boaters and watermen using paddle boards, surfboards and dories, these early day lifeguards attempted rescues in terrible and perilous conditions. Hawaiiʻs most famous surfer, Duke Kahanamoku, spent time at the big beach surfing and volunteering as a lifeguard. Kahanamoku and other members of the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club became important in saving lives.

Early CdM

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Aerial shot of early Corona del Mar

One weekend in June of 1925, amid large storm surf, the fishing vessel Thelma foundered. Hit repeatedly by a huge waves, Thelma was going down. Kahanamoku paddled out two times bringing back water-soaked occupants of the Thelma. A third time he came back with six people clinging to his large surfboard. He, Owen Hale, Jerry Vultee and William Herwig, saved 12 of the 17 aboard the Thelma. Honored by the Hawaiian Society and Los Angeles Athletic Club, these brave souls are forever part of lifeguarding lore.

Hollywood took a deep interest in early Corona del Mar because of its unsettled marine and hillside settings. Many top producers of the silent era shot “off-lot” scenes in various parts of Corona del Mar. Locations from the Back Bay to Pirates Cove to Cameo Shores and south to Crystal Cove were used as backdrops for famous films of the times. Corona del Mar can be seen as a background in The Lash in 1916, MacBeth, and Cleopatra, including the famous Actium battle scene. The Sea Wolf and The Son of Tarzan were also shot in the area, because the shoreline was “primitive” enough to represent Tarzanʻs African home.

The F.D. Cornell Company traded prime Riverside County agricultural land for 400 acres on the bluff. It was renamed Balboa Palisades, eventually to yield to the Spanish moniker meaning “Crown of the Sea.” In 1923, Corona del Mar was incorporated into Newport Beach with a vote of 181 to 37. The election was held during winter months so that part-time summer residents would be out of town. Now part of Newport Beach, the water issue was solved and Corona del Marʻs fortunes rose again with the construction of the Coast Highway bridge connecting Corona del Mar to the rest of Newport Beach. This would lead to a coastal highway from Long Beach to San Juan Capistrano. In great hoopla and celebration, the Pacific Coast Highway officially opened, with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks officiating.

Construction activity around the bluff increased in the years leading up to the Great Depression. Trying to generate interest in the area, the Corona del Mar Bath House was built in the early 1920s and lasted nearly a decade before it burned down. The China Cove House was built in 1929, by a loving husband for his wife, and the California Institute of Technologyʻs Kerckhoff Marine Lab was finished. In 1936, Matilda MacColluch opened the Hurley Bell Restaurant and Lodge (home to Five Crowns) on the Corona del Mar corridor of the new Coast Highway, setting a standard for development along what is now some of Newport Beachʻs most sought after retail and commercial property in the “Village of Corona del Mar.”

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


CdM Chamber to hold networking luncheon

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking luncheon on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Bayside Restaurant.

Eric Woolery

Courtesy of CdM Chamber of Commerce

Eric H. Woolery, Orange County Auditor-Controller to speak at luncheon

Eric H. Woolery, Orange County Auditor-Controller will be the featured speaker. His talk will cover such topics as the financial state of Orange County, how Orange County is funded and how we spend our tax dollars, a glance at property taxes and what’s coming ahead in 2017 and beyond.

The luncheon costs $30 for members and $40 for non-members, and it’s a great way to network your business.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information or to make reservations by March 16, call 949.673.4050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Anti-Defamation League to present 2017 Jurisprudence Award to three recipients

Three outstanding attorneys and civil rights advocates will be the recipients of the 2017 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award to be presented by the Orange County/Long Beach region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The dinner and presentation ceremony is slated for April 6 at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, starting at 6 p.m.   

This year’s honorees are Andra B. Greene, partner at Irell & Manella LLP in Newport Beach; Michael Ray, executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary for Western Digital Corporation in Irvine; and Gary Singer, Senior VP & General Counsel of RSI Holding LLC and Chair of the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing, of Newport Beach.

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(L-R): Andra B. Greene, Michael Ray and Gary Singer are the award recipients

Greene heads her firm’s class action defense practice group. She previously served as managing partner of the firm’s Newport Beach office. A seasoned trial lawyer; she has a practice that encompasses a wide range of complex business litigation with an emphasis on class action defense and professional liability defense. Her extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts also extends to commercial, wage and hour, employment, business torts, real estate, lender liability, executive compensation, environmental issues, securities litigation, insurance coverage, trade secrets, white-collar criminal claims and intellectual property. She frequently represents other lawyers and major law firms when they need counsel. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Michael Ray has held a number of positions at Western Digital Corporation since joining the company in 2000, including senior counsel, assistant general counsel and vice president, Legal Services. He was appointed as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary in November 2015. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since October 2010. Currently, Ray is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal, risk management, compliance and government relations functions. Prior to joining Western Digital, Ray was corporate counsel for Wynn’s International, Inc., an NYSE-listed manufacturer of automotive parts and chemicals; served the U.S. District Court, Central District of California as judicial clerk; and practiced trial law, law and motion and labor/employment law at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. He holds a law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School.

Gary Singer serves as chair of the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing. Prior to January 2014, he was a partner with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and held various positions at the firm, including chair of the Transactions Department, managing partner of the Newport Beach office and a member of the Policy Committee. Singer practiced corporate, business and securities law, with a focus on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. He is the former chair of the Orange County Bar Association, Corporate and Business Law Section and the California Chamber of Commerce, Committee on Product Liability and Tort Reform. He has lectured for the California Bar, UC Irvine MBA Program, Forum for Corporate Directors and the USC Corporate Governance Summit. He earned his law degree from Loyola Marymount University.

The prize is named after Justice Marcus Kaufman, the 103rd Justice of the California Supreme Court and a champion of civil rights. It is given annually to those attorneys who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the legal profession and embody ADL’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the ADL is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and discrimination through programs and services that counteract hatred and prejudice.

For more information, call or email the ADL at 949.679.3737, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.adl.org/ocjurisprudence2016.


America On Track to hold fundraiser

On Thursday, April 6, America On Track will host its annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.

The “Pouring from the Heart,” event is a key fundraising event, supporting the organization’s Brighter Futures program.

America On Track’s Brighter Futures provides mentoring and leadership programs for the most at-risk kids in Orange County, including children with one or both parents currently incarcerated. Mentors are trained and matched with children in need to create a long-term, positive influence that yields lasting effects.

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America On Track board members (L - R): Claire Braeburn, Donnie Crevier, Mike Chilleen, Patrick Ross, Suzy Burt, Mike Kilbride, Mike Lake and Tom Creato, with America On Track volunteers and young mentee at the 2016 wine tasting event. 

“The event brings together the Orange County philanthropic community in support of a local non-profit that is making an incredible difference in the lives of so many people in our own community,” said Suzy Burt, America On Track board member. “Those in attendance will enjoy a wonderful and fulfilling evening knowing they are making a positive difference.”

Tickets for the event are $200 per person. For more information about “Pouring from the Heart” or America On Track, contact Claire Braeburn, executive director at 714.531.7144, or visit www.americaontrack.org

America On Track is a non-profit agency based in Santa Ana, Calif., that has been in continuous operation for more than 20 years. Serving more than 15,000 Orange County children and families each year, America On Track breaks the cycle of poverty, incarceration and hopelessness through long-term youth development, education and life-enhancing programs. 


United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s Life Without Limits Gala to honor Hoag

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) will hold their annual Life Without Limits fundraising gala on Saturday, April 22 at the Balboa Bay Resort. Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian will be honored at this year’s black-tie affair benefitting more than 5,639 local children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Event co-chairs are business and philanthropic leaders Jim Corbett, Kim Letch, Ernst & Young, LLP and Laura Meier, Meier Law Firm.

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Last year’s honoree at United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Without Limits Gala

(L-R): Neha Bhansali and Jesse Licuanan (Kiann’s parents); Dennis Kuhl, Angels’ baseball chairman; Dana Dowers, 2016 honoree and Kiaan Licuanan, UCP-OC child ambassador 

Dr. Simpson is the Individual Impact honoree and will be recognized during a special program at the event. She is a professor of ophthalmology at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UCI, and a practicing pediatric ophthalmologist whose research includes the study of visual impairment associated with pre-term birth. She has served as a member of UCP-OC’s Pediatric Medical Advisory Board since 2010 and has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the organization. Dr. Simpson is a respected leader in both medical and philanthropic communities.

The Community Impact Award recipient is Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. An approximate $1 billion nonprofit, Hoag is a regional health care delivery network that treats more than 29,000 inpatients and 305,000 outpatients annually. Hoag has long supported United Cerebral Palsy of OC as they serve families of infants who require highly specialized care through their level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Hoag’s relationship with UCP-OC ensures that NICU discharged infants and their families have access to necessary follow-up care from infancy through young adulthood.

The Life Without Limits gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by gourmet dinner, awards ceremony, live auction and dancing to live entertainment.

Individual tickets are $500; table and other event sponsorships are available, though the event is half way to being sold out.

For more information about the gala or UCP-OC, call 949.333.6401 or visit www.ucp-oc.org/gala.


Temple Bat Yahm to hold fundraising event benefitting Syrian refugees

Temple Bat Yahm will be holding a fundraising event on Sunday, March 26 from 6 - 8 p.m., benefitting Syrian refugees. The program will feature Shadi Martini, director of humanitarian relief and regional relations Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, who will share his eyewitness account of the Syrian civil war and his narrow escape.

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Shadi Martini, director of humanitarian relief and regional relations Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

A minimum of $100 per person tax-deductible donation will be requested. Financial contributions will support direct humanitarian relief for displaced Syrians abroad. The event will launch a diaper drive to benefit locally resettled refugee families. Refreshments will be served.

Other participating Orange County organizations include St. Mark Presbyterian Church, HIAS, A Country Called Syria and the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County.

The fundraiser will take place at Temple Bat Yahm located at 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. To RSVP and/or donate, visit www.oc-syrian-refugee-relief.eventbrite.com.


St. Andrew’s celebrates renovated campus

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach will celebrate their newly renovated campus at a Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication event happening at all worship services on March 18, 5:30 p.m., and Sunday 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 

Jon Batarse, Minister of Communications at St. Andrew’s states, “As part of our 2020 vision, we are working on what we call ‘Creating Space to Belong’. St. Andrew’s is a place where you can belong and be free to be yourself. Whether you’ve never heard of St. Andrew’s, you’ve been once or twice, or you’ve been part of our community since 1947, you’re welcome here! Come relax, feel at home, and see the newly renovated campus at our Grand Opening and Celebration. All ages are invited.”

Part of the vision that launched two years ago is improving the campus to make it more inviting,” Batarse continued. “Our community is encouraged to simply come and enjoy the beautiful campus and just relax. We’ve opened a delicious café, serving the best of the best from our local community, like Kéan Coffee, Shirley’s Bagels, Caliente, Black Market Bakery, Pressed Juicery, Thunderking Cold Brew and Cha Cha Kombucha.”

Hundreds of students from local schools come to the church at all different times of the day. Many parents bring their children to the preschool on a daily basis, and rather than just leaving after drop-off or pick-up, parents will stay to have coffee with friends while their children enjoy the safe space to run around and play.

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Besides the new Corner Café, changes include adding new multi-use spaces, an improved, organic children’s play area, an open-air space called “the Well” that features a large water fountain wall, and plenty of inviting features and spaces for people of all ages to hang out and enjoy one another.

“We aren’t adding square footage,” Batarse said. “We were very creative in the way we made previously uninviting, unusable, and unattractive spaces into very open, usable, flexible and welcoming spaces. “You need to come and see. You are invited to come and see.”

To learn more, visit www.sapres.org or contact Jon Batarse, Minister of Communications at 949.574.2291.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is located at 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach.


Spirit Run on Sunday was fun filled

Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools took place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach on Sunday. There was a running or walking event for every age, from toddlers to seniors. Even favorite, furry four-legged friends joined in for the new Dog Mile.

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 With more than 13 events, 200+ prizes, vendor booths, youth & fitness and dog expos, and kids enjoying the rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and many other activities at Camp Newport, the day stayed lively. 

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Look for complete race results in an upcoming edition of StuNewsNewport.

Enjoy the slideshow below with more photos

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Sage Hill celebrates with Multicultural Fair

Sage Hill School will open its campus to the community for a day of food and festivity at the 16th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, March 18. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Newport Coast hillside will transform into a global village as an expected 1,000+ visitors enjoy 16 authentic international food booths, lively cultural entertainment, an ethnic bazaar, a philanthropic marketplace run by Sage Hill students and hands-on craft making. 

Parent organizers Zetta Magliarditi and Anita Razin noted the World’s Playground will welcome guests of all ages to participate in fun activities such as face painting, henna, “fishing” and leather stamping. A vibrant ethnic bazaar will beckon with souvenirs – colorful jewelry, unique purses, keychains, housewares and hundreds of items priced at $5 or less – from every continent.

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The event will feature continuous entertainment that celebrates music and movement from around the globe as well as America’s own cultural heritage. Student and faculty performers will be joined by professional artists from the extended community for a lineup that includes: Chinese Lion performances; Irish, Persian and Indian dancing; a traditional Chinese fan dance; KPOP and Korean drums; Ballet Folklorica; a parent-student fashion show highlighting traditional attire from around the world; and Sage Hill student bands and guitar duos.

New to their international food booths will be the flavors of the Philippines and Vietnam. Visitors can stroll along the plaza where freshly prepared tastings from China, Croatia, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Persia, Poland and the Southern U.S. will be available. 

Save room for a treat with “Desserts Around the World,” with sweets inspired by faraway lands such as France, Ghana and Italy. Among the delicious food options will be specialties from the restaurant kitchen at the Resort at Pelican Hill.

Sage Hill students will run a philanthropic marketplace where you can learn about a wide variety of community service agencies including Amnesty International and Enable Community Foundation.

Admission is $5 per person. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Food tickets are $1 each. Most food items are priced at two or three tickets per serving. Family four-packs and family three-packs are also available for $50 and $35 respectively that include wristbands, food and activity tickets. 

Tickets are available online at www.sagehillschool.org/Page/Support/Multicultural-Fair.


Police Files

Two burglars caught in Newport Beach this week

Newport Beach police officers arrested two people for burglary in two separate incidents this week.

On Tuesday, March 7, at 1:06 a.m., officers went to the 300 block of Turtle Bay Lane in Costa Mesa where they located and arrested Raymond Christopher Rocker, 27, of Seattle for burglary of garages, both with forced entry and without. He had fled there on foot.

He was also charged with possession of burglary tools, receipt of stolen property, and attempting to commit a felony crime. To top it off, he was also arrested for vehicle theft. He was held with $50,000 bail.

Then on Thursday, at 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Galaxy Drive, officers arrested Jason Michael Bellamy, 33, Lake Forest, for residential burglary with forced entry, while he was inside the residence which he was burglarizing.

Bellamy was also charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of tear gas. He also had a warrant out for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held with $60,000 bail.

His companion, Leslie Anne Lawrence, 52, Newport Beach, was arrested for trespassing. 

Drug dealer and friends arrested

On Thursday, March 9, officers went to the 1600 block of Mesa Drive around 8:15 p.m.

There, they found and arrested a drug dealer and two of his buddies.

Timothy Warren Lambert, 35, Irvine, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance for sales and possession of narcotics for sales. His bail was set at $25,000.

Naveed Rastagaran, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of burglary tools.

Lawrance Plummer, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, false personation of another, and a warrant for burglary. His bail was $20,000. 

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


Passenger traffic up, overall operations down at JWA

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in January 2017 as compared with January 2016. In January 2017, the Airport served 793,774 passengers, an increase of 1.2 percent when compared with the January 2016 passenger traffic count of 784,248.

In January 2017, commercial aircraft operations increased 1.5 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 55.7 percent when compared with January 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in January 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In January 2017, there were 20,116 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 5.1 percent decrease compared to 21,197 total aircraft operations in January 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 63.5 percent of the total aircraft operations during January 2017, decreased 8.0 percent when compared with January 2016.

The top three airlines in January 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (341,723), American Airlines (125,184) and United Airlines (118,609).


NOSA announces Race Week Kick-Off Party

Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) are thrilled to announce that the Race Week Kick-Off Party on Sunday, April 23, will be held at Marina Park, the City’s waterfront sailing and community center. The public celebration will take place from 12 to 4 p.m.

The 10.5-acre park that opened December 2015 is operated by the City’s Recreation & Senior Services Department. The party will celebrate the 70th running of the iconic Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race – that is now less than seven weeks away – and its relationship to its host city, its residents and sailing partnerships.

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“I’m pleased that the Newport Ocean Sailing Association chose to have the kickoff event at the City’s Marina Park. It was recently built as a ‘window to the bay’ for our residents and visitors to enjoy so it’s the perfect location to bring people together to celebrate this year’s race,” said Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon.

At the new docks, guests can tour two participating race boats or watch juniors compete in a demonstration regatta. The University of California, Irvine’s Campus Recreation Department that runs year-round sailing programs at the facility for residents and students will offer basic sailing instruction, including a sail, and will rent out paddleboards and sailboats throughout the day. Children’s activities will include rides on a Coast Guard boat.

If you’re nostalgic, there will be a six vehicle display of Woodies, the old-time beach cruising cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. If you like to go fast in the latest street machines, Sterling BMW will have several of its new cars on display. Sponsor tents will be set up for browsing, with representatives from the Mexican and Ensenada Tourist Boards in attendance.

Upstairs in the open community center, guests can visit with competitors; racers can pick up their official race packets, and everyone can enjoy the Stella Artois beer garden and entertainment while ogling a selection of beautiful N2E trophies that will be vied for in the race that starts Friday, April 28, off the Balboa Pier.

“The Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race has been a Newport Beach tradition for seven decades and is woven into our city’s nautical heritage,” Muldoon said. “Each year, it draws sailors and spectators to the coastline to watch as hundreds of boats line up for the start of the race. It’s a spectacular sight.”

Marina Park is at 1600 Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. Parking is free for this celebration. Food will be available for purchase from the onsite park restaurant, The Lighthouse Cafe.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Two Pink Shells by Georgia O’Keeffe

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela at 7 p.m.

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

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

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Sketches by Mark Ryden

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

35th Annual Donald Bren Honors Concert | March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Public Schools Foundation and Irvine Unified School District present this production, with this year’s theme – “Music Through Time.” It will showcase outstanding vocal and instrumental music students in grades 5-12. This concert provides an excellent opportunity for students to work with challenging musical pieces that stretch the skills of even the most accomplished students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

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

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

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show

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Christopher Radko hand-crafted glass ornaments

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

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michelle Bendetti of Bramble Candles to hold a candle making workshop

Candle Making Workshop | March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles and a member of the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective, will walk participants through the candle making process from start to finish. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

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

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

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

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

Danish National Symphony Orchestra to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall

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

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

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

Doktor Kaboom | April 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Imagine Mister Wizard and the Nutty Professor had a rock star German lovechild. Picture that child decades later, touring the world with a fully equipped lab, a wicked cool haircut, and a love of performance that knows no bounds. Now put him onstage, and let the absurdity begin. Doktor Kaboom is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, his supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Graham Nash | April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and The Hollies in 2010), Nash wrote and sang lead on CSN classics like “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wasted on the Way” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” while lending his vocals and guitar work to many of the group’s other hits. Prior to joining CSN, he was a member of The Hollies, the British group that produced Top 10 hits like “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne.” In addition to his work with CSN and The Hollies, Nash has enjoyed a successful solo career and often joined forces with CSN bandmate Crosby for recordings and tours. In 2013, the singer-songwriter released his autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” which ended up on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, and earlier this spring he released “This Path Tonight,” his first new solo recording in 14 years.

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

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

Yanni

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An intimate stage production with Yanni at Segerstrom Hall

An Evening in Conversation with Yanni and his Piano | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. Yanni, one of the bestselling and celebrated composers of our time steps off the concert stage to give his fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Accompanied only by his piano, Yanni will answer audience questions, providing unique insight into this experience traveling the globe, his creative process and his experience planning and performing mega shows in some of the most revered places on earth. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked. A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Brain Candy Live

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(L-R): Adam Savage and Michael Stevens of Brain Candy Live!

Brain Candy Live! | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39. MythBusters’ Adam Savage and YouTube’s Michael Stevens unleash their collective sense of wonder and fun in a family-friendly show that’s been described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Join a pair of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes as they mix up a secret recipe of surprise, excitement and a pinch of danger to cook-up a giant batch of magical Brain Candy for every mind in the audience.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth | April 5 - 9, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $70. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, and all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Land of the Divine.” What if you could journey back and visit this lost paradise?
Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Banned in communist China today, the non-profit Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of civilization. Experience art connecting Heaven and Earth.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island | April 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony’s 2017 American Composers Festival spotlights major works by composers Peter Boyer and John Adams, in celebration of his 70th birthday. “The Dharma at Big Sur,” composed in 2003 for the opening of Disney Hall, is actually a concerto for electric violin and orchestra. Adams composed the piece with Tracy Silverman in mind, who performs it with Pacific Symphony. “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a work for actors and orchestra with projected images. The Grammy-nominated work presents first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.

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

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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

Contact: Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.., www.supportnhhs.com

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

Beach.

NHHS Clock Tower

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

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

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

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

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

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Elite Mile

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

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

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

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

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | 31st Annual “For the Love of the Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon, Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. The Runway Fashion Show will once again be sponsored by South Coast Plaza. The Children’s Friend Award will be presented to Lisa Castetter and the Inspirational Award will go to Julia Argyros. A partial listing of stores representing the fashions are Diane Von Furstenberg, M Missoni, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ted Baker London and Bally. Tickets are $150 each and there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To purchase tickets, visit www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2017, or contact Linda Burns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.463.8804. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

Fashion Show

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

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

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

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

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

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

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

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

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

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

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Two Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the Harbor: the race to Cabo

By LEN BOSE

This Saturday, March 11, is the start of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s race to Cabo San Lucas. I will be aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon, like always, the week before the start is much more intense than the race itself.

The owner of Horizon lives in Singapore and arrived in town on Wednesday. Picture the organizational chart, for Horizon, as a sports team with owner, general manager, coach and players.

Over the last three years I have been the general manager and have selected the captain or coach. The captain’s responsibilities are preparing the boat for the racing season, crew selection, provisioning and delivering the boat home after the race.

This year, I have also taken the role of captain and to say that I am a little bunched up right now is an understatement. I was very fortunate to have found Doug Cary, who has just moved into the area from the East Coast, and was crew member from a prominent sailing team. I am grooming Cary to become the skipper after a couple of seasons on our coast. Along with organizing and completing our boat’s maintenance schedule he is our bowman for this season.

Our navigator and delivery skipper is Richard “Chewy” Parlette, whom I have sailed with in five Trans Pacs and six long-distance Mexico races. The rest of our team is some of the best sailors Newport Beach has to offer: Buddy Richley, Justin Law, Greg Helias, Alex Steele and Carson Reynolds.

This is the youngest team I have put together thus far, with five members in their early 30s. What I am nervous about is how the team will come together, out on the ocean, and can we obtain the same results we did last year. We had a winning season last year with a 1st Overall in the Puerto Vallarta Race, California Ocean Racing Week and Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race.

Cabo 1985

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NHYC Cabo race aboard Amante, 1980

This season started with the SDYC/NHYC Islands Race around Catalina and San Clemente Islands and finished in San Diego. We sailed well and the boat was up to speed with only a couple of bugs to work out with the boat’s electronics.

The Cabo Race is the second race of the season with the World Series being the Trans Pac race to Hawaii. With nine boats entered, that are Santa Cruz 50 and 52’s, the competition will be very strong this year.

I am headed out the door now to start provisioning the boat along with dealing with the immigration papers for Mexico. All eyes are on the weather and all the different weather models. Wish us luck!

But, who needs luck when you have Greg Helias on your team. Helias won this last weekend’s Harbor 20 A’s Spring regatta and he has also won the Mid-Winters a couple of weekends ago.

A fleet is extremely competitive with 13 boats entered this last weekend. Perry & Brian Bissell finished in second followed by Walter Johnson in third. I pulled out all the stops and brought in a ringer Justin Law and finished fifth. In B fleet, Alex Steele won five of the seven races and won the regatta. He still had his hands full with Alex Curtiss finishing in second place just eight points behind him. Ted Reed sailed very consistently and finished in third. In C fleet, Tad Springer sailed away from the fleet with five firsts and will be moving up to B in the next event. At this pace, the Springers will be in A fleet in no time.

Out on the PHRF course this weekend, BCYC ran the Doug Mills Series with Seth Hall aboard his beautiful blue J-124 Marisol and won PHRF A, while Caleb Everett sailing Tortuga won PHRF B. This is a three-race random leg series with the last race scheduled for April 8. BCYC will also be hosting the next Harbor 20 event – the Loren Weiss Series on March 12 and the PHRF Bogart Series Race to Avalon on March 25.

Boat name of the week: Bar Killer

Sea ya!

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


JDRF Dream Gala to honor CdM resident

JDRF Orange County Chapter’s annual Dream Gala has been known as one of Orange County’s premiere social and charitable events drawing hundreds of business and philanthropic leaders each year to raise funds and awareness for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

This year’s Dream Gala, themed “Make Type 1 Disappear,” will honor Corona del Mar resident Ellen Darling for her contributions to Orange County’s T1D community. Darling wanted to help in any way that she could, so she and her family immediately took action and became involved with JDRF and used their connections to promote awareness about the disease and raise money to find a cure. Her family purchases a table at the Dream Gala every year to support the cause, filling it with numerous other individuals that have been among the most generous donors in supporting the quest for a cure. Darling is partner at K&L Gates where she concentrates on product liability and commercial litigation, including handling nationwide consumer products class actions. She was named to the Top Women Lawyers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 by The Daily Journal.

Ellen Darling

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This year’s event takes place Saturday, March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Festivities include: hosted cocktails, a silent & live auction and entertainment at 5 p.m.; the dinner program emceed by Justin Willman at 7:15 p.m.; live auction & supporting Fund A Cure at 8:30 p.m.; and dancing and entertainment at 9:40 p.m.

Guests also have the opportunity to win a Toyota Prius, donated by Capistrano Toyota. Plus, an exclusive VIP After Party will be held for Dream Gala sponsors. Nearly 500 JDRF supporters are expected to come together for this magical evening.

The JDRF Orange County Chapter has raised an estimated $21 million for T1D research during the annual Dream Galas.

Couple Tickets are $1,750. Sponsorship ticket pricing with tables is available from $7,500.

For more information on JDRF and the 2017 Dream Gala, visit www.jdrf-oc.ejoinme.org.


Guest Column

William O’Neill

Giving Back What We Receive: Our Newport Beach Public Library

Will ONeill

Newport Beach City Councilman Will O’Neill

Before passing from this Earth as one the richest people in history, Andrew Carnegie funded approximately 3,000 public libraries across the world. He once stated that there “is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” Mr. Carnegie’s philanthropic and democratizing ideals live on over a century later.

The Newport Beach Public Library system remains world-class and attracts approximately 1.2 million physical visitors and 1.4 million virtual visitors each year. Our public library services around 142,000 active borrowers, has around 249,000 physical books, 13,000 electronic books, and rents out the electronic devices on which those books can be read.

Beyond the numbers, we are a blessed community where leaders and volunteers have long supported our public libraries. Appointed by the Newport Beach City Council, the Board of Library Trustees is a policy-making board responsible for the administration of City libraries. 

Even with a generous level of public support, our libraries – especially the Central Library – would not offer nearly the same quality of services and programs without philanthropic organizations. The “Friends of the Library” have donated time, talent and money to the library since 1957. As the vision of the library system grew, donors formed the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation in 1989 as a public-private partnership with the City.  

Volunteers also provide remarkable free literacy services to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area. Homebound residents can also apply for service through the library to ensure that they receive personal attention, and book delivery and pickup. Teenage volunteers also provide much needed services to our younger children – including assisting with the Summer Reading Program – and through the Young Adult Advisory Council.  

Children of course remain priorities at all branches. Librarians developed the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program to equip children for school readiness. Storytimes for all ages occupy each of the branches, but are most prevalent in the Stahr Children’s Room. And don’t forget about the Fourth Annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival on May 13.

This article would be remiss not to mention the exceptional educators and authors attracted to our city each year by the Witte lectures and the Medicine In Our Backyard series. This season marks the Witte lectures’ 20th year where dozens of preeminent speakers have presented, including Andy Rooney, Tom Brokaw, Robert Gates and Jeffrey Toobin. 

Any person reading this article knows the value of literacy. Please consider helping fellow citizens through the myriad programs and volunteer opportunities presented.  And, of course, thank your local librarian.

Will O’Neill is a Newport Beach City Council Member, District 7


Letter from:

Gary Sherwin

Tourism Matters: Newport Beach “Springs” Forward

Gary Sherwin

Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin

This winter is one for the record books. No, not for tourism in Newport Beach which had more rainy days than it has in probably six years. Tourism and rain usually aren’t a great combination unless you are marketing a rainforest. But the upside is that our medians around town are finally green, and the hillsides rival that of Ireland with their emerald sheen.

Aside from the weather, our industry is facing some challenges heading into the rest of the year. The much publicized “travel ban” from Washington has already caused a slowdown in international arrivals according to the U.S. Travel Association, and as national economic policy is clarified and a proposed tax plan is presented and approved, the economy is a bit uncertain although most people have seen their retirement plans soar thanks to a vibrant Wall Street. It seems many people, including meeting planners, are taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach before making meeting and vacation plans. Here at Newport Beach and Company, we are watching developments closely and adjusting our plans where appropriate.

Here in town, we bid farewell to the Fairmont Newport Beach (and its excellent General Manager Karl Kruger) as it temporarily becomes the Duke Hotel and eventually the Renaissance Newport Beach after an upgrade and renovation. Our newest gem, the Lido House Hotel, is rising from the ground on the peninsula with an expected opening in March 2018. Local resident and developer Bob Olsen has put his heart and soul into this project and when finished, it will solidly reflect our unique and special Newport Beach culture. Both properties will be very welcome additions to our community.

Spring is almost here, and it is about time to get out and enjoy our wonderful community again. And if you see one of our visitors out there, please thank them for choosing our wonderful community to relax in.

 Gary Sherwin is President & CEO of Newport Beach & Co.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

See what we’re doing to become Newport’s go-to news source

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Last September when we started StuNewsNewport, we had several things in mind we wanted to accomplish.

First off, other newspapers seemed to be reducing costs, or expanding their territories of coverage in an attempt to garner additional circulation in a dwindling market with a futile attempt to get advertising, while at the same time reducing their news hole devoted to Newport Beach.

StuNewsNewport at the same time has been growing to expand our coverage of Newport Beach.

Over recent weeks, we’ve welcomed Len Bose and his coverage of the harbor. This week we’re adding a pet of the week in coordination with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter.

We want to publish as much as we can about our City. Today we have the usual updates/columns from Lynn Selich and Newport Beach & Co. CEO Gary Sherwin. Additionally, City Councilman Will O’Neill sent us a great piece on the Newport Beach Public Library.

In addition to the news, we also have the opportunity to work with groups that tirelessly put on events that improve our community. Lately, that has been the Spirit Run. As you may or may not know, the Spirit Run takes place this Sunday, March 12 in Newport Center.

This year, there are 5K and 10K courses; elite, sub elite mile and even a new dog mile course. That’s right, you can run with your pooch if that’s your thing.

There’s also an open mile for those not elite or sub elite and youth 1/4 and mile courses.

We are proud to me a media sponsor of Spirit Run, because we believe in the importance of helping a local event raise money for schools.

We’ll be there manning a booth Sunday, or, as I should say, we will be “womanning” a booth Sunday as our editor Lana Johnson and business partner Shaena Stabler will be there. Go by and say hi.

To still register or find out more about the great happenings Sunday, go to nmspiritrun.org.

Besides all that, we also want to hear from you our readers. So, tomorrow, Friday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will be hosting a Coffee’s on Us get-together at Xanadu

It’s simple, come by and meet our staff and some of our columnists and we’ll buy you coffee. We’re looking for thoughts on coverage, story ideas and, quite simply, just another opportunity to connect with our readers.

If you haven’t been to Xanadu, you’re in for a treat. Located in the new two-story building at the corner of Coast Highway and Dover, Xanadu has become StuNewsNewport’s home away from home. The coffee is good and the food is better. I think you’ll be impressed.

We hope to see you.

In any case, remember StuNewsNewport is here for you. Please send any and all ideas, guest letters, etc., to me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We’ll give serious consideration to all submittals. 

All in all, we’re giving it our best. You can help in another way, too. Don’t be afraid to share the website with friends. As we say, the more the merrier.

Please also know, StuNewsNewport is in a growth mode. We’re not cutting news the hole, we’re expanding it. And be assured that our market of coverage is Newport Beach. We figure you’re not as interested in Huntington Beach or Fountain Valley, so we’ll let someone else tell their story.

Finally, we’re always looking for advertising support. Our business model prices an ad that runs for the entire month for the same amount or less than you’d spend on one ad, one day in a traditional print product. Quite simply, we think it’s the best advertising deal in town.

And, be sure that as we get more advertising we will reinvest, expand our staff and give you more. Thanks for all of your support. We appreciate it.


Coastal Commission unanimously approves restoration of Crystal Cove cottages  

On Wednesday, March 8 the California Coastal Commission approved the coastal development permit for Crystal Cove State Park Historic District’s final 17 cottages. California State Parks and Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) were joint applicants on the permit. The approval will increase public access to affordable overnight stays and offer education programs to underserved students.

For the past four years, CCA and California State Parks (CSP) have been working with the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on the permitting process for the final 17 unrestored cottages on the north beach area. These [unrestored] cottages represent the capstone project for CCA under its mission of Preservation, Education and Conservation. 

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Even unrestored, the Crystal Cove cottages are charming beachside abodes

All 17 cottages are identified as part of the overnight rental program in the previously approved Preservation and Public Use Plan (PPUP). Once restored, this will add an additional 48,000 annual rental opportunities for these much-coveted, and affordable, beachside rentals.

This is a huge public access success story considering this was a private community for approximately 60 years.

“The approval marks a significant milestone for preservation of one of California’s most iconic and historic destinations,” said CCA Founder and Vice President Laura Davick. “CCA will now be able to re-estimate this project and begin planning and developing a campaign to raise the balance of funds needed to make this dream a reality and add an additional 47,815 rental opportunities for families every year.”

The California Coastal Commission has been a long-time dedicated partner on the project and has provided $5 million in mitigation funding to assist with the Crystal Cove final phase rehabilitation project. The current CCA and California State Parks (CSP) proposal allocates $4 million toward the infrastructure and restoration project, and $1 million toward a permanent education endowment. As part of this proposal, a Coastal Dynamics Education Program will be developed. CCA and CSP have been working in partnership with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for the past 10 years or more to create innovative education programs and research projects. The coastal engineering program is designed to help study the extraordinary stress that the California coastline is experiencing from a combination of sea level rise and human modification of physical and environmental systems. Crystal Cove State Park represents a natural laboratory for science and engineering, ideal for engaging underserved K-12 and college students.

CCA President and CEO Alix Hobbs added, “With the project approved and the mitigation funds secured, we now have the catalyst to create the new educational program focusing on coastal engineering. Students and park visitors will learn about our dynamic and changing coastline due to climate change and sea level rise and will experiment with innovative solutions. The program will provide an opportunity for students to stay overnight, just a few feet from the shoreline, to help deepen the understanding of coastal dynamics in ways that day trips cannot.”

The 17 unrestored cottages will yield a total of 22 affordable overnight rental units. Rental rates will range from $35 per dorm bed to $245 per night for the largest cottages that sleep up to 10 guests. One of the cottages, No. 20, will be dedicated as an “open bed” dorm lodge and will be the first of its kind at Crystal Cove. Other dorm-style lodges, also funded by Coastal Commission, provide a private locking bedroom with shared common areas. The “open bed” dorm will have 11 beds and will be available for up to 36 nights per year to be used by students. The balance of the year it will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis, for $35 dollars per bed, per night.

James Newland, assistant district superintendent for California State Parks’ Orange Coast District, and the project manager and historian for the Cottage Restoration project since 2003, remarked that “State Parks is very pleased to reach this important milestone for the long-awaited completion of this model project that balances high-quality historic preservation and unparalleled public access – clearly illustrating the department’s dual mission of preserving California’s most significant cultural and natural resources while providing extraordinary recreational experiences for all Californians.

“This project will offer a truly unique opportunity to engage students in an innovative outdoor classroom that captures the fundamental tension between human and natural systems,” said Travis Huxman, director, Center for Environmental Biology at University of California, Irvine. “We envision a coupled research and education program that engages K-12, undergraduate and graduate students in measuring and analyzing coastal changes at Crystal Cove.”

California State Parks and Crystal Cove Alliance will work through the end of 2017 to complete estimates for construction. Restoration could begin as soon as 2018.

For more information, visit www.crystalcovealliance.org.


Call for entries now open for City exhibition

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission invites artists to participate in the 53rd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition to be held on Saturday, June 17, at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive.

For more than 50 years, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission has recognized the talent and contributions of local and regional artists by hosting a juried art exhibition that gives the community the opportunity to view and purchase the art on display, mingle with the artists and enjoy a festive atmosphere of music, wine and food. Last year’s Newport Beach Art Exhibition featured more than 300 works of art by 150 artists. 

Call to Artists

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Artists, 18 years of age or older, may submit one or two original works of art to be displayed and judged. Entry fees are $30 for one entry and $40 for the maximum two entries. Categories include Painting: Watercolors and Painting: Oils and Acrylics, along with Photography and 3D Art. 

Awards in the one-day juried exhibition range from $100 - $300. Awards will be announced at the reception at 4:30 p.m. on June 17 in the Civic Center Community Room.

The deadline for entries is May 26. Applications should be submitted online at CallforEntry.org. Eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts under “Newport Beach Art Exhibition” or at CallforEntry.org.

For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach: first, LP-certified Deaf-Friendly City to be recognized during ceremonies

On March 10, the City and the Language People will be hosting an event to celebrate Newport Beach being recognized as the first, LP-certified, Deaf-Friendly City.

This community celebration will take place at Marina Park, located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. The event reception begins at 6 p.m. and presentations are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. by Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon; Lisa Wrench, CEO, Language People; and a member of the deaf community. The open house event will conclude by 9 p.m. 

Late last year, the City of Newport Beach installed tablet devices with an application-based technology to connect individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or are non-English speaking with City services. Community members are invited to learn more about this unique free service which is available to visitors during regular business hours at the following City facilities:

Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach

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

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach

Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

Language People staff will be in attendance to demonstrate the technology. Refreshments will be served and parking is free.


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

Head cold poetry: life with Charlie

Nearly five years ago, we adopted an extended-family member named Charlie, a dainty little apple head Chihuahua of black and tan. I’ve always considered myself a “big dog” kind of gal, so while I was committed to adopting her, I never thought I’d fall so in love with a four-pound teacup of a dog.

But fall in love I did, and now I can’t imagine life without her daily antics and constant charm. Last week, I came down hard with the latest of horrid head colds going around, and as if she sensed my misery, Charlie never left my side. As I lay in bed trying to ignore my aching body and thoroughly clogged-up head, I wrote a little poem about Charlie based on Robert Fulghum’s famous “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” 

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All I Really Need to Know I Am Learning from Charlie

Most of what I really need
to know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I am learning from Charlie.

Wisdom was not at the top
of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sweet countenance of my tiny constant companion.

These are the things I am learning:
Share treats whenever someone does good.
Play, sleep, eat, play some more.
Don’t freak out if someone makes a boo-boo.
Put things away…especially those you don’t want chewed.
Clean up messes with a smile, the reward is greater than the hassle.
Don’t take life too seriously (see line two).
Look genuinely sorry when you do something bad.
Wash up before you go to sleep.

Praise often.

Steamed chicken, carrots and rice are good for you.
Live a balanced life (see line two).
Learn a new trick and ponder those you want to learn.

Bark at shadows and chase your tail no matter who’s watching.

Be frisky everyday, some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
watch out for traffic and big dogs. Leave a calling card.
Stick together.
Enjoy the wonder, each day is new.

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Contributing columnist and Charlie’s foster mom, Lynn Selich is currently the Chair of the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and resides in Newport Beach. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New Directions for Women to hold annual breakfast

In celebration of its 40th year of transforming lives, New Directions for Women is holding its Annual Circle of Life Breakfast on Monday, March 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Newport Beach Country Club.

The organization’s largest fundraising event, in attendance will be those from the recovery and addiction field as well as philanthropic individuals who have been touched in some way by alcohol or drug addiction.

New Directions for Women

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New Directions for Women is an exclusively female, private drug and alcohol rehab program providing addiction treatment services for women of all ages, including pregnant women, women with children, women who have relapsed, and/or had prior treatments and suffer from a co-existing disorder. The NDRW sober living home is only one of two accredited facilities in Orange County.

To attend this event, RSVPs are required. You can RSVP directly to Tania Bhattacharyya, director of development and PR, by calling 949.313.1193, ext. 300, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The registration deadline is March 17, and space is limited.

Newport Beach Country Club is located at One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

Welcome to our new column! 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.”

Hannah

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Animal Shelter

MEET HANNAH

Hannah is approximately 1 1/2 years old and is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She came to the Newport Beach Animal Shelter with an injury to a hind leg. It appeared to be fixed incorrectly, and she was unable to put weight on it for any long period of time.

With the help of generous donations, Hannah had surgery on her leg again, and it was fixed properly. It’s all healed and she was given the “all clear” by the veterinarian for her to be adopted out.

Hannah is young at heart, and loves to play with other dogs. She is great with children and might need a little time to warm up to men. She would do best with a big yard to run around and an active family. As you can tell by her face, she is a “goofy” pooch.

She weighs roughly 45 lbs., and is spayed, microchipped and up to date on all vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use laundry soap, dish soap and cat litter. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Police Files

Beating suspect arrested following standoff with NBPD

On Tuesday, March 7 at 4:34 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center was notified of an assault at a residence in the 800 block of 15th Street. On arrival, officers contacted the victim, who had fled to a neighbor’s home for safety. Staff from the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to the scene to render medical aid and transport the victim to a local hospital for further medical attention. 

Officers attempted to contact the suspect (identified as Scott Patrick Cole) at the residence where the assault had occurred, but he repeatedly refused to come to the front door. Cole appeared extremely agitated and began breaking windows and objects inside the home. He subsequently barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to come out. The Crisis Response Unit was activated, and members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team and Crisis Negotiation Team (C.N.T.) responded to assist with the incident. A Newport Beach Police Department K9, Irvine Police Department K9, and members of the Irvine Police Department S.W.A.T. Team also responded in support of the Crisis Response Unit. 

After several hours of attempted negotiations, Cole still refused to engage with NBPD staff or leave the residence. His behavior continued to be erratic and destructive. Officers obtained warrants to enter the home and to take the suspect into custody. Cole was safely apprehended without incident at 10:14 p.m. 

Although initial information indicated that Cole was armed with a knife, that detail is still being investigated. This investigation is still open and ongoing. 

Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Ryan Peters at 949-644-3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD.

From a press release

Routine traffic stop ends with three drug dealers arrested

On Sunday just after 10 a.m., a NBPD officer noticed a Mercedes with expired registration and a cracked windshield that seemed to be driving aimlessly through the area. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of Marina Park. 

“Once the Mercedes stopped, a man exited the rear driver’s side door and tried to leave the area,” said NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella. “Under orders from the officer, he returned to the car, but the occupants refused to comply with the officer’s request to keep their hands visible.”

Other officers arrived to provide backup, and the driver was identified as an unlicensed minor. Open containers of alcohol were spotted in the vehicle, and a thorough search was initiated. 

“The officers found methamphetamine pipes, methamphetamine, baggies and a digital scale, and a false compartment in the car that appears to have been used in the past to conceal narcotics,” said Manzella. 

The juvenile driver was taken into protective custody. The three passengers, identified as Hector Orozco, 23, Costa Mesa, Juan Portillo, 36, San Juan Capo, and Steven Fuente, 26, Costa Mesa, were arrested for a list of various charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, transportation of a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacturing a false compartment in a vehicle, possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and presenting a false ID to a police officer.

To top it all off, the juvenile driver also had an outstanding warrant. 

Speaking of juveniles….

NBPD cites five establishments for selling alcohol to minors

On Thursday, March 2, Newport Beach Police Detectives partnered with Investigators from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to conduct a compliance check operation on local liquor-licensed establishments. Under the direct supervision of NBPD and ABC staff, minors attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 12 different retail licensees in the city of Newport Beach. 

Citations were issued at five establishments: Circle K, Pizza Bar, Bal Harbor Liquor, Henry’s Groceries, and Azar’s Pizza. 

The remaining seven businesses did not sell alcohol to the underage decoys: Outpost Liquor, Sessions West Coast Deli, Sancho’s Tacos, Sportsman’s Liquor, Bal-Port Liquors, Patty Macs, and Baja Beach Café.

Those who sell alcoholic beverages to minors face a fine of $1,000 and/or 24-32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license belonging to the businesses where the sales to minors occurred. Possible repercussions include fines, suspension of the establishment’s liquor license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

Minor Decoy Operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s. In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool for law enforcement to ensure that licensed premises are complying with the law.

Funding for this operation was provided by a $48,191 grant awarded to the NBPD from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control 2016/2017 Grant Assistance Program (GAP). The GAP grant award allows the Police Department to work with retail alcohol establishments on issues such as over-service, underage drinking, and ABC condition violations.

On May 24, the Newport Beach Police Department will host a Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training, in which ABC Investigators educate employees of local bars, restaurants, and other retail establishments on responsible beverage service. The Police Department has hosted two prior LEAD classes, which over 100 local employees attended.

The City of Newport Beach has over 439 active retail ABC licenses.

From a press release

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


Sculptor brings down billionaire in art case; piece sited at Corporate Plaza

A sculptor whose work was copied by real estate billionaire Igor Olenicoff, the world’s 156th richest person according to Forbes, is entitled to collect the $450,000 a federal jury awarded him, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

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In 2004, Donald Wakefield, who creates large sculptures out of stone and metal, was seeking buyers for his work in Southern California. One of these buyers was Olen Properties Corp., Olenicoff’s real estate business, and Wakefield sent the company a link to his website, which contained pictures of his work.

Four years later, Wakefield saw one of his pieces, “Untitled,” at an Olenicoff property in Newport Beach. At the time, Wakefield believed he was looking at his own, original work.

But in January 2010, he saw more sculptures at other Olenicoff properties that were either exact replicas of or derivative of “Untitled.” In addition to the Newport Beach piece, Olenicoff had commissioned six copies of Wakefield’s work and had them manufactured in China.

Wakefield and another artist, John Raimondi, filed concurrent lawsuits in December 2012 for copyright infringement against Olenicoff and Olen Properties Corp.

In June 2014, a federal jury found in Wakefield’s favor and awarded him $450,000 in actual damages. The court also ordered that the sculptures be destroyed or turned over to Wakefield (Olenicoff elected to have them destroyed), but vacated the damages.

According to the blogazine “Hyperallergic,” Raimondi was also successful in his lawsuit and was awarded $640,000, though the court ordered that the sculptures, rather than be destroyed, should have plaques included that identify Raimondi as the artist.

On Monday, the Ninth Circuit panel found Wakefield’s money award appropriate.

“The jury’s award of $450,000 in actual damages was ‘sufficiently supported by evidence’ and was ‘non-speculative,’” the panel wrote. “From the evidence presented at trial, the jury could have determined that the actual use made by defendants of plaintiff’s work was worth $75,000 per infringing copy.” However, the trial court properly granted summary judgment to Olenicoff on Wakefield’s claim for indirect profits.

Olenicoff sought partial summary judgment on statute-of-limitations grounds regarding Wakefield’s discovery of the infringed-upon sculptures. The trial court granted the motion in regard to the Newport Beach sculpture, but denied it for the other six works.

The Ninth Circuit found that the trial court should have denied both motions.

“A reasonable jury could find that plaintiff had neither actual nor constructive knowledge…that the first sculpture was a copy of ‘Untitled,’ rather than ‘Untitled’ itself,” the panel wrote.

The panel also wrote that the trial court had discretion to order that the infringing sculptures be destroyed.

“I have a great admiration for the creativity and passion that artists bring to their work,” attorney Gene Brockland, who represented Wakefield, said in a statement. Brockland is with Herzog Crebs in St. Louis.

“The Copyright Act exists for their protection, and is meant to deter infringers. We were very pleased that the Ninth Circuit recognized the damages Don suffered, and the harm that artists suffer when people buy and display knock-offs. This is a great day for artists’ rights and a bad day for a billionaire who wouldn’t pay a fair price for original art.”

Eric Schiffer & Buss in Costa Mesa represented Olenicoff.

“We disagree with the court’s decision in this case and believe Judge Guilford’s previous ruling vacating the jury’s damage award properly applied the law pertaining to damages in this unusual set of circumstances,” he said in an email, adding that he was not surprised given that the court usually prefers to defer to jury verdicts.

He also said he and his clients are currently deciding what to do next.

“Despite the jury’s findings, Igor Olenicoff and Olen Properties maintain that when Olen purchased the sculptures from a Chinese artist they were unaware of Mr. Wakefield’s similar design.”

The panel consisted of Ninth Circuit Judges Susan Graber, Jay Bybee and Morgan Christen.

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Spring forward: Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend

You're going to lose an hour of sleep because Daylight Saving Time happens this weekend! It officially starts on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., so remember to set your alarms and clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. With this comes longer nights with sunshine. Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on March 12 than the day before. Remember: Spring forward, Fall back (into Standard Time).

It’s interesting to note: The only places in the US who don’t observe Daylight Saving Time are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

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Stump the Stu

Today: An art history lesson by former mayor Don Webb

As we said Monday, Walkin’ Don Webb, former mayor, councilman and longtime city employee submitted this week’s challenge. “This quote is visible when driving southeast on Coast Highway just before Avocado Ave. It is one of the eight Intaglios that adorn the Old Bank of Newport building (now Shape Up Gym at 2101 East Coast Highway). Each Intaglio has a quote or saying by a recognized individual. These intaglios were created by artist Tom Van Sant for the new bank in 1980. Van Sant also has his art displayed on The Irvine Company Buildings in Newport Center, the Pelican Wall across from the Sea Base and on the Hoag Hospital parking structure. The hanging bells on Macy’s in Fashion Island were also created by Van Sant.” 

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

Stump the Stu 3.9.17

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Stump the Stu

Words to certainly live by in Newport Beach

Walkin’ Don Webb, former mayor, councilman and longtime city employee submitted this week’s challenge. The saying seems to be something many Newport Beach residents live by. So where did Walkin’ Don find it…well, he’s walked every street in Newport Beach several times over, so your guess is as good as mine.

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

Stump the Stu 3.6.17

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Stasha Has a Nose for News – she knows how to show off her “pearly whites” and the importance of doggie dental care

Stasha Super Model

I love to show my pearly whites, but did you know that doggie dental care is vital to a dog’s overall health and long life? 

Yes my furry friends, taking care of your teeth could extend your lifespan two to five years according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. 

It’s scary when you think about the fact that 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by age three!

We might not get cavities like our human counterparts, but dogs do develop problems like tartar, plaque buildup and gingivitis – not to mention bad breath and yellow teeth. 

Doggie dental problems can lead to life-threatening infections and issues like heart, liver and kidney disease.

Pet parents need to pay attention to their fur babies’ mouths as well as behaviors which could indicate they’re developing a dental problem. 

Symptoms like bad breath, change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face or mouth, depression, drooling, missing/broken/discolored or misaligned teeth, swollen bleeding gums are all indicators there’s a dental issue which should be addressed.   

My veterinarian suggests dogs have their teeth cleaned at least once a year. Because we’re a jittery bunch, it’s common practice to sedate us during the teeth cleaning process.  

My mom wasn’t crazy about the idea of anesthesia when our vet first approached her with the whole dental health issue, since I was just a puppy of 5 months old. So, he urged mom to see if she could make brushing my teeth a nightly lifelong routine. 

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Five years later, my teeth and gums are in great shape according to my doctor who we just saw for my annual checkup. 

He’s really proud that mom and I worked together on this, but at first it wasn’t easy. 

I thought the toothbrush was some weird chew toy, and I couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t letting go of it. 

Was this a new tug of war game she was playing with me? 

Apparently not. 

After a few nights of struggling mom changed her tactic. 

Lights were low, DogTV was playing on the television, and my favorite furry blanket was on the bed as I jumped up to get comfy.

For the first couple of nights she just let me lick the poultry-flavored toothpaste off the brush and pet my head.

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Once I got with this groove, she started gently putting her hand around my snout, introducing the toothbrush into my mouth, and just brushing a few front teeth. Eventually I became more comfortable with her brushing my far back teeth and ultimately my whole mouth.

These days I look forward to my nightly brushing. It has become mom and my “thing” before we cuddle up and fall asleep.

If you’re ready to start taking care of your teeth, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Always use a double-headed toothbrush with the brushes at a 45 degree angle to clean below the gum line, and dog toothpaste. 

Virbac has a toothbrush and paste combo we buy regularly on Amazon for $10. I’m partial to the poultry-flavored toothpaste over the vanilla one.

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NEVER use human toothpaste for your dog as most contain fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to us.

And there are other things you can do to contribute to good dental health. 

Dry kibble keeps teeth stronger than soft food, and there are synthetic bones and chew toys designed to strengthen gums and teeth. Remember, after a certain age hard bones can break a dog’s teeth. There are also treats which claim to be teeth cleaning as well. 

But as dog guru Cesar Millan says on his website, “Giving your dog a good bone to chew on can help get rid of buildup and keep teeth strong, but imagine a human who only chews gum and uses mouth rinse. That’s not an effective means of ensuring good dental hygiene and overall health. The same is true for your dog.”

So, start brushing your teeth and send me some photos and updates on how it’s going.

Bark at ya’ next month!

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Spirit Run comes this Sunday – join the fun!

Sunday, March 12, the Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools, takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. Have you registered yet? Visit nmspiritrun.org to register now and learn about all the fun in store for you, your family and friends.

Spirit Run has a running or walking event for every age, from toddlers to seniors. Even your favorite, furry four-legged friend is invited to join you in the new Dog Mile.

Race to win your share of $2,600 in cash offered in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile or one of more than 250 prizes in the other races. If you’re really looking for a workout, compete in multiple races and you will be eligible to win awards in each one.

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In between races, visit Spirit Run’s Expo for coffee, a gourmet pancake breakfast by Plum’s Café + Catering, and a variety of other food and beverages. Wind down with a massage and enjoy live music by the Corona del Mar High School Jazz Band.

The kids will enjoy the rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and many other activities at Camp Newport. And, bring your pooch, or maybe adopt a new one, at Spirit Run’s new Dog Expo.

Click on the link below for an event timeline with brief descriptions of each racing and walking event and available prizes. And remember, your participation supports youth education and athletics!

http://nmspiritrun.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/schedule-races-including-15k-rev-for-dicks-asics-for-website.pdf


Speak Up Newport to tackle JWA issues

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Come and hear the status of the John Wayne Airport, its history and what the future may hold at the Speak Up Newport (SUN) monthly program this Wednesday, March 8, at the Civic Center Community Room.

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing modifications to flight patterns at John Wayne Airport, which is generating interest in the Newport Beach community. The FAA recently prepared an Environmental Assessment, which has prompted litigation from the City of Newport Beach and the County of Orange.

Thomas Edwards, consultant to the City of Newport Beach for airport policy implementation and former Newport Beach Mayor, will present an update of events occurring at the airport and explain such terms as ADD, MAP, PIGGN, STREL, FINNZ, GANO, Settlement Agreement and Metroplex. 

Questions and answers will follow the presentation.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. with the program following from 6 - 7 p.m. The event is free.

The Civic Center Community Room is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Speak Up Newport is a non-partisan citywide residents group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community.


Shop Talk

  By LANA JOHNSON  

Welcome to a new column focusing on retail news, as well as showcasing cottage industries, boutiques, and up and coming artists and craftspeople making a difference in our community. 

Discover Piajeh, a new pop-up shop in Westcliff Plaza. They are currently offering 50-75 percent off retail on Nicole Miller, Abyss, For Love & Lemons, Hudson Jeans and 7 for All Mankind denim.

They opened in the beginning of February and plan on extending their sales until the end of March.

Their Piajeh flagship store is located in Crystal Cove Shopping Center, where new merchandise arrives to the pop-up regularly and is sold at sale prices.

Peruse the well-appointed store, with creations by European designers, apparel to accommodate all sizes (and age groups), one-of-a-kind shoes, scarves, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Looking for something special to stand out from the crowd at an upcoming gala or wedding? Their selection of gowns range in price up to $500.

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Piajeh Pop-Up Shop offers women’s apparel and accessories below retail

Piajeh Pop-Up Shop, where the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, is located at 1062 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach. Store hours are Monday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.piajehboutique.com.

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Sadly, Sweet Lady Jane on 3732 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar has closed its doors. They have been purveyors of fine desserts including pies, wedding and customized cakes, cookies and confections for nearly 30 years in a variety of locations. They are in the process of re-evaluating their retail store location in the Newport Beach area. www.sweetladyjane.com.

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Sweet Lady Jane has shuttered its doors

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Pop music icon Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons back by popular demand

This summer season, Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to Orange County on June 24, 2017. Single tickets start at $49 and are on sale now. They are available online at 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.

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The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with The Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles with unforgettable tunes such as “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Grease.” His songs have been omnipresent in other iconic movies such as The Deer HunterDirty DancingMrs. DoubtfireConspiracy Theory and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover. 

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


Take Five: Who knew that former Council candidate and educator Tim Brown was really a baseball guy

By TOM JOHNSON

Tim Brown has many friends around town. His involvement in so many aspects of our community is impressive. He has been a longtime Commodore with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, founder of Lobsterfest, and has spent years overseeing the organization of Leadership Tomorrow. Brown ran for City Council in 2014, while serving as a Planning Commissioner. Usually where you find Tim, you find his longtime girlfriend Stephanie Murguia.

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Tim Brown, a former Planning Commissioner and City Council candidate, is an educator and now baseball coach

Q: Tim, we know you around town as an educator and a guy that’s been tremendously involved in our community. What’s this about a new summer job coming up for you?

A: I have been hired on to the coaching staff of the Vermont Mountaineers. The Mountaineers are a collegiate summer league team made up of college baseball players we recruit from major universities across the country. The team competes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with 12 other teams located in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The league is subsidized by Major League Baseball because it provides their scouts the opportunity to see draft prospects using wooden bats. In college baseball, the players use aluminum bats. We play 44 league games in just over seven weeks beginning June 5th and ending August 1st. The regular season is followed by a four-team playoff bracket so I expect to be home near the end of August. Our home field is historic Recreation Park located in Montpelier. I will be living in a residence hall at the Vermont College of Fine Arts with the rest of the coaching staff. The players and team operations interns are hosted by families. 

Q: You’ve obviously played a little baseball…give me the career highlights?

A: My professional career began as a high school physical education teacher and baseball coach, but I quickly realized that the public school system was not the best fit for me. After one year, I returned to graduate school and began my college-coaching career. I served two years as a Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach at Pan American University now University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. We made the NCAA playoffs in 1978 and were eliminated by Mississippi State University. I was hired as the Assistant Baseball Coach in 1978 at UC Santa Barbara. In 1981, I was appointed by the United Baseball Federation to help develop youth baseball in Ecuador prior to baseball being reintroduced into the Olympic Games. UCSB made the NCAA playoffs in 1983 and missed a trip to the College World Series with a close loss to Stanford University. In the spring of 1984, I was appointed the Head Baseball Coach at Riverside City College where I still teach critical thinking but no longer coach. 

Q: I know you’re a great supporter of Arizona State athletics…tell me about your involvement, which I know includes attending a lot of games?

A: Arizona State University is my undergraduate alma mater, so although I have three additional graduate degrees, ASU is home to me. I remain very involved with ASU athletic fundraising for athletic scholarships and with my college fraternity Sigma Nu. Steph and I are season ticket holders for football and we attend every game home or away and have been doing so for about 10 years. As fans, we log a lot of miles to college towns all over the country, which can provide for some interesting experiences. We were actually refused service at a restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin because we were wearing ASU sweatshirts. Steph’s undergraduate alma mater is Cal State San Marcos, so she did not have the opportunity to enjoy college football and consequently has adopted Sun Devil football as her own. We attend as many men’s and women’s basketball games as we can, but because of the way they are scheduled, we are not able to attend them all. Of course, we support Sun Devil baseball by attending games when the team plays a series in California and if the team gets a bid to the NCAA playoffs.

Q: A few years back, you made a run for City Council…do you see another run in the future? If not, why?  If so, when?

A: I am not sure whether I will run for the Council again. I know that I am more excited than I thought I would be about returning to coaching baseball, and I was also more disappointed in the outcome of my Council race in 2014 than I thought I would be, particularly when I was not reappointed to the Planning Commission for my second term. I have kept my election committee organized, although I have not filed the “Intent to Run” form 501. I am hopeful that residents will come to realize that having a Council majority with an ultra-conservative political philosophy informing their deliberations, as well as promoting their own personal political aspirations, is not in the best interests of our city in the longer term. We deserve a deeper personal commitment from our civic leaders than that. If I get the sense the “political winds” have changed by 2018, then yes, I would consider running again. If not, then I will be spending my summers in Vermont.

Q: What do you feel are the biggest issues facing our town today?

A: The biggest issue in our city today is that we have four people sitting on our City Council that were not even full-time residents in our city five years ago. These Council members are making decisions about the future of our city with absolutely no knowledge of how our city has evolved over time. Context is vital in a decision-making role and, in my view, should be the driving force behind why someone desires to serve the community in an elected role, not personal ego or to champion a partisan cause. Without context, all you have is a political philosophy to guide you and frankly, that is why the make-up of our current Council disturbs me. Our residents should be confident in the wisdom of their Council members. Wisdom is derived from years of experience serving the city. Only two of the seven sitting Council members had a substantial record of service to Newport Beach before running.


Police Files

Newport Beach teen victim in fatal accident

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:31 a.m., the Huntington Beach Police Department responded to Springdale Street and Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach regarding a two-vehicle traffic collision.

Upon arriving at the scene officers located a 19-year-old female from Newport Beach and an 18-year-old male from Costa Mesa in the same vehicle in need of immediate medical attention. Paramedics transported the pair to UCI Medical Center. The female has sustained major injuries and last week succumbed from them. 

Her name was not yet released by HBPD and we were unable to get additional information at this time.

The involved driver, a 26-year-old male from Huntington Beach, was arrested at the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The investigation is ongoing and we will provide more details as we learn of them. 

From a press release

Strong arm robbery suspect arrested

On Thursday, March 2 at 2:52 p.m., officers arrested Lavandis Hartley, 26, of Evergreen Park for strong arm robbery. 

The incident occurred in the 700 block of Dover Drive. The stolen property was valued at $700.

During the booking process, any person arrested for a felony offense, including robbery, must submit to DNA testing. Harley refused to comply and was additionally charged with refusing to provide a blood or saliva specimen. 

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


Police Appreciation breakfast planned for late March

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast will be held Wednesday, March 29, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The Newport Chamber of Commerce event recognizes the efforts of the dedicated men and women of the Newport Beach Police Department. Awards of Merit will be presented. The breakfast program takes place from 7:15 to 9 a.m. 

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Michele Gile will serve as the breakfast’s emcee

Michele Gile, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 reporter, will be the special guest emcee. Gile, a Corona del Mar resident, is an Emmy and Golden Mic honoree.

Tickets for the event are $50, which includes admission, self-parking and breakfast. Tables of 12 are $550. Purchase tickets at www.newportbeach.com. For more information, contact Rochelle Lindlaub at 949.729.4400, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Orange is making its West Coast premiere

Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil, inspired by and set in Orange County, continues its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory, through March 26. Seen through Leela’s eyes, the coastal county is a wondrous and thrilling place in a tale that is part rebellious teen thrill ride and part self-discovery. The production is directed by Jessica Kubzansky.

Kapil wrote Orange on commission through SCR’s CrossRoads program, which develops plays that explore the cultural diversity of Orange County through artist residencies. CrossRoads is supported by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. Kapil spent her residency on a road-trip adventure through Orange County.

A free pre-show talk will take place Tuesday, March 7 at 6:45 p.m., when Kapil will talk with Literary Director Kimberly Colburn about the CrossRoads residency and the development of her play. This event is on the Segerstrom Stage and open to everyone. Latecomers welcome. There will be a “community faire” on the terrace before and after the pre-show talk.

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“This coming-of-age story is wrapped in an action-adventure thrill ride, about a young South Asian woman on the autism spectrum,” Kubzansky said. “It’s a powerful and profound journey that makes us laugh and moves us.”

The story follows Leela, a teenager from India who draws life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to run for it, with her boyfriend, and takes Leela along. As they careen through Orange County, navigating dangerous situations in a night-long wild ride, Leela challenges their view of her and each other.

Special events about the production will also be taking place. On Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, there are free, post-show discussions with Orange cast members, led by the SCR’s literary team on the Julianne Argyros Stage. “Inside the Season” takes place Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR’s production staff, offering insights into Orange. The morning includes a guided tour of the set on the Julianne Argyros Stage. 

The performance graces the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets, starting at $22, are available at www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Orange County Restaurant Week has arrived

The most anticipated local culinary event of the year – Orange County Restaurant Week – with more than 30 Newport Beach restaurants participating, began March 5 and continues through March 11. Patrons can choose from dining at casual eateries to upscale and fine dining establishments, with prix-fixe menus for lunch ranging from $10 - $20 with dinner offerings price at $20 - $50. Select restaurants are providing “luxe experiences” during dinner for $80 to include wine or cocktail pairings.

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Moulin is offering its famous rotisserie half-roasted chicken with a choice of French fries, roasted potatoes or salad during Restaurant Week

Girls Scouts of Orange County is partnering with OC Restaurant Week, whereby various restaurants are offering Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts, celebrating the service organization’s 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies. And what better way to cheer young girls on then incorporating their new cookie – S’mores – into scrumptious desserts!

For more information, visit www.OCRestaurantWeek.com


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

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

Tuesdays @ 2: YouTube Basics, March 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Enhance your YouTube experience with tips and tricks on viewing, browsing and searching for your favorite videos. Central Library Friends Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Portable Veblen

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

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

Free Home-Buying Workshop, March 14 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Featured guest speaker Matt Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience. Learn about good credit or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and explore answers to key questions such as ‘How much housing can I get and afford’. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, March 15 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration is required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Pokemon Clay Party, March 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Make Pokemon creatures out of clay, and make your very own Pokemon to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 5-9. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. 949.644.3076.

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

St Patty Day crafts

St. Paddy’s Day Crafts, March 16 from 3 - 4 p.m. Leapin’ leprechauns! Join the fun in this all green craft club. Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

SAT Practice Test, March 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with this free, full-length practice test, administered, scored and reviewed by C2 Education of Newport Beach. There is no charge for the test, but students must register and space is limited. Sign up at the Library’s website. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Test Results for students attending this session will take place on March 22 from 7 - 8 p.m. In addition to viewing test results, students will get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. This also takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. 

Spring Crafts, March 21 from 4 - 5 p.m. Make fun crafts celebrating Spring. For ages 3-8 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lego “Block” Party, March 22 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

AP Practice Test, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test, in partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach. Students can choose between AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry or AP Calculus AB. Students don’t need to bring pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. There is no charge for the test, but students must register and space is limited. Sign up at the Library’s website. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Test Results for students attending this session will take place on April 6 at 7 p.m. This also takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. 

Don Quixote for Kids, March 25 from 12 - 1 p.m. The Festival Ballet Theatre presents highlights from the ballet Don Quixote. Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quests across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes. Families will enjoy this one-hour narrated and abridged version of the beloved tale. The Don Quixote ballet is an adventurous introduction to Spanish literature, music, culture, and history. Bring a picnic and your beach chairs for this special spring event. No alcohol is permitted. Parking and admission are free. This free outdoor performance is supported by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach.

Trio Accento

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

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

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

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

Lego “Block” Party, March 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

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Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Beyond the Canvas: Wassily Kandinsky, March 29 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Wassily Kandinksy was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


My Take on Real Estate

By DAVID GIRLING

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on David Girling’s Top 10 Economic Factors Affecting Real Estate. The first part ran Thursday, March 2 and counted down from 10 through 5 to include: The Trump Effect, Interest Rates, Housing Inventories, Housing Affordability, U.S. Homeownership Rate and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. This edition shares factors 4 through 1 and looks at the current real estate market in Balboa Island.

4. Foreign Investment 

While the housing market was fueled primarily by low interest rates and foreign investment the past few years, the strong dollar has caused foreign investment to pause because U.S. real estate is now viewed as being more expensive. The Chinese, who have overtaken the Canadians as the No. 1 investors in U.S. real estate, are an exception because they view the United States as a safe haven and continue to invest at a steady pace, despite the strong dollar. Foreign investment is important for the continued strength of the real estate market because it supports prices.

3. Home Prices (Includes Q4 results for the Orange County Home Price Index)

Home price appreciation for the CA and Orange County Median home price as measured by the year over year change for each month has leveled off over the past few years. Since 2014, the rate has remained in a range of approximately 3 - 6 percent (see below). In California, the CAR median home prices for December was $509,060 (up 4 percent year over year), and for Orange County it was $745,000 (up 4.8 percent year over year).

2. 2007 Peak versus 2017

Low interest rates, reduced inventory levels, foreign investment and an improving economy have all contributed to a strong housing market over the past few years. As a result, prices in some areas of California are approaching peak ’07 levels and in some cases have surpassed peak levels. For December, the California median home price was 14.4 percent below peak levels while the Orange County median home price was 3.9 percent from its peak level.

1. Is There a Real Estate Bubble?

With all the safeguards that have been put in place since the mortgage meltdown, it is my opinion that we will not experience anything like that again. I believe the more appropriate question is, “How much will prices and sales volume correct in this environment?”

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Balboa Island Market Summary

Commentary: Inventories (active properties for sale) on Balboa Island are still at historically low levels. Lot value according to the Balboa Island Price Index (“BIPI”) in the 4th quarter was $1,817,724 (see below). In general, values are within 10 percent of the peak levels in 2007, and some areas have exceeded them, especially newly constructed homes. New construction on Balboa Island is very “hot,” selling at prices that are well above peak level prices.

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Current Actives - 14 listings

Breakdown: Six interior properties (listed from $2,095,000 to $3,995,000), three on Little Island, two Grand Canal properties and six Bay Fronts.

Closed Sales

2017 Closings to date:  6 

2016 Closings: 42 Sales

2015 Closings: 37 Sales

2004 was the highest: 53 

Pending/Under Contract: 3

If you need additional information, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In 2008, David Girling formed the Real Estate Investment Group (Girling REIG) with his father, Bing. He serves as a Commissioner for the Newport Beach Harbor Commission and followed in his father’s footsteps serving as President of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (NBAOR) in 2015 and as a director on the NBAOR Board through 2016.


Women in Leadership Series: How to thrive in a male-dominated industry

Cheryl Osborn

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Cheryl Osborn, president and founder of Casco Contractors, Inc., a multi-million dollar commercial general contracting firm, will be the featured guest speaker at the upcoming Women in Leadership Speaker Series this Thursday, March 9.

The event, put on by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Club.

Osborn, a pioneer in the male-dominated construction industry, will talk about being a woman in a man’s world, her communication methods, successes, challenges and her approach to balancing business, family and personal goals.

Her accolades are many, including NAWBO Business Woman of the Year, Orange County Business Journal’s Top 20 Women Owned Businesses and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman-Owned Companies.

Tickets are $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members and can be purchased at www.newportbeach.com.

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


Local youth orchestra to perform at Library

The Newport Beach Public Library will host a family concert featuring ensembles from the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave.

Talented young musicians from the CYOSC Academy program, ages 5 through 8, and Concerto program, ages 6 through 17 will perform entertaining and inspiring classical repertoires in ensembles with violin, viola, cello, and oboe. The concert will feature Concerto Competition Winners Jonathan Ku, Emily Kung, Audrey Ma, Vivian Kung, Kennedy Leehealey and Elliot Wong.

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Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is a City of Irvine-based 501(c)3 non-profit arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 years they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages (from 3+) and ability levels. They rehearse and perform at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Admission to the concert is free. No registration is required. Seating is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Funding is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 949.717.3800, ext. 2. www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Seaside Gallery & Goods hosts culinary series

Embark on some unique culinary experiences at Seaside Gallery & Goods with their upcoming Spring/Summer Culinary Series, when Chef Justin Myers of JM Events presents specially catered dishes in the Pelican Courtyard.

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Chef Justin Myers of JM Events brings his talents to the culinary series

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The line-up for the “Eat. Drink. Learn.” series incorporates a variety of cuisines, and offers participants the opportunity to enjoy great food and libations while learning about different food regions and making new friends.

Sunday, March 12 at 11 a.m.: Brunch presents a fresh mix on frittata muffins, cinnamon quinoa (and more) and mimosas. Cost: $55 per person.

Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m.: Provencal Dinner features Comté [cheese made from raw cow’s milk exclusively in the Jura Mountain region of France] roasted chicken accompanied by unique Provencal dishes and wine pairings. Cost: $75 per person.

Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.: Cinco de Mayo Dinner with a new twist on Mexican favorites and margaritas. Cost per person: $55.

Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m.: Mediterranean Summer Delight showcases salmon and lamb, couscous and other amuse bouche with wine pairings. Cost: $75 per person.

Justin Myers, a Newport Beach native, recently moved to Laguna Beach. He got a flair for travel when he participated in a student exchange with Newport Beach Sister City and Newport-Balboa Rotary to Okazaki, Japan 20 years ago. He served as an events manager for a private vineyard and winery for several years, and two years ago ventured off and started his own event planning and catering business. He offers an array of menus and event styles both small and large, including hands-on dining experiences and themed events for friends, family and clientele. He was named the new executive director of the Laguna Food Pantry, which is a non-profit fighting to end hunger in Orange County. 

We caught up with Chef Justin to find out a bit about him and his love for food.

Q: Why kick the series off with brunch? What do you enjoy most about preparing one?

A: I mean why not brunch? It is such a great time to share amazing food and conversations with people close to you. I guess maybe reminiscing of my youth and my family going every Sunday to John Dominis and spending holidays at the Hyatt Newporter.

Q: How did you hook-up with Seaside Gallery & Goods?

A: I have held a few charity events in the Courtyard, so I had an opportunity to meet the owners. A dear friend of mine has her art in the shop as well, and helped with re-introducing us and coming up with a plan of holding these cooking demonstrations in the Courtyard.  

Q: Favorite pantry items you can’t live without.

A: Truffle Oil and Lavender

Q: What’s your go-to in the kitchen? Favorite utensils, pots/pans, knives?

A: My Kitchen-Aid Mixer, a bamboo spatula and Shun Classic 7-inch knife

Q: Where did/do you get your culinary inspiration from? Great dining experiences?

A: Much of my inspiration came from spending many nights at my next door-neighbor’s house helping her and her husband prepare their dinners. My grandfather had a big passion for cooking and experimenting. I’ve taken several Japanese cooking classes.  Lastly, I would say from many of my travels and spending time in the South of France in Newport Beach’s sister city, Antibes Juan Les Pins. A great new surprise was roasted carrots I dined on during my last visit to Antibes that were tossed in pesto and cumin. Such a sensational combination! One of my all-time favorite go-to salads is a shaved Brussels sprouts salad served at Bottega, Michael Chiarello’s Napa restaurant.  

Q: Do you conduct hands-on cooking classes or pretty much stick with catering events?

A: Yes, I offer both hands-on as well as customizing individual dining experiences. I have a group of women that I alternate each month, cooking at one of their houses on a Friday afternoon creating lunch, while making it interactive by showing them how to make each dish while they socialize. 

Q: If you had to choose, what’s one favorite recipe to make and why? Favorite dish to eat and why?

A: My lavender buttermilk pancakes, a weekend staple at my home for my friends and family to enjoy. I also love grilling up my limoncello and herbs de provence marinated chicken breasts. I tend to lean toward Provencal/Mediterranean-style cuisine.

Q: Some advice you’d give to someone wanting to learn how to cook but is a bit intimidated by it all.

A: Never fear experimenting! Do not fear “coloring out of the lines!” Find dishes and experiment with your own versions to mold to your taste. Add more or less certain spices and substitute them to your liking.

Q: Worst cooking mistake you made and what you learned from it.

A: With my baking by not always following recipes to the T! Also, when I was younger my mother always likes to bring up a pasta I made where I added way too much garlic. I used both fresh chopped garlic cloves as well as substituting garlic salt for regular salt. She was a trooper though and still ate it! The biggest lesson I learned when trying out a new dish is to fully read the instructions for the recipe before you get started. 

Q: What’s your take on wine/cocktail and food pairings? Any tips?

A: I think one should never fear pairing reds with chicken or fish…it all comes down to the spices and sauces you have. Don’t be fooled into thinking because a wine doesn’t have 90+ points or a million gold medals that it is bad. There are so many wonderful moderately prices wines out there that don’t have a big name producer that are simply amazing.  

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Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Pelican Courtyard is situated in back of the shop. To register for workshops and events, visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Districts redrawn, voting rules changed, now we just need term limits

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Last week the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to change two major components of the way they’re elected. Number one, the Trustees agreed to redefine the borders of each district, and, number two, voters in the future will only vote and elect their own district candidates.

In the past, a voter would cast a ballot district wide.

I applaud the decision. First, the boundary redefinitions more evenly spread the total number of students under each Trustee. Two, it potentially allows for a minority candidate to have a stronger opportunity to attain elected office.

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That second point about minority candidates was an important part of the changes. Last August, Costa Mesa resident Eloisa Rangel and a Malibu-based attorney, Kevin Shenkman, threatened Costa Mesa and other Orange County cities with a lawsuit challenging their voting system.

Rangel alleged that the old system didn’t allow for Latinos to elect another Latino. 

The vote on the issue passed 5-2, with Trustees Judy Franco and Martha Fluor dissenting. And to me, therein lies the problem.

Our Board of Trustees has not only never addressed a boundary change (last one 50 years ago), but they’ve never addressed another bigger issue: term limits.

So this is what we get: Franco has served for 37 years, Fluor for 25 and Dana Black for 20. Heck, Walt Davenport seems inexperienced with only 14 years on the board.

I remember Franco walking into the Daily Pilot offices back in the ‘90s to meet with our editorial board to discuss her then reelection. “This is my last time, I just want to serve one more term,” she’d plea. That was 20 years ago.

Thirty-seven years is enough. Think of it this way, Franco has been serving since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

However, I believe the new voting by district only will clarify this concern. If her District believes she’s the person for the job then they can vote for her, but if they don’t, they have to follow her popularity and name-recognition throughout the rest of the district.

And please, don’t hate me. I like and respect Judy and all the others and sincerely appreciate their many contributions over the years. I just think their time has come. Who knows, maybe they’ll approve that next.


Eifman Ballet returns to Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg from June 16 - 18, 2017 performing Red Giselle, Boris Eifman’s ballet fantasy inspired by the tragic and tumultuous life of one of Russia’s greatest ballerinas, Olga Spessivtseva.

This North American tour is in celebration of Eifman Ballet’s 40th anniversary. Eifman’s works appeal to the dance fan as well as those who crave powerful and provocative theater.

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Red Giselle is set during the beginning of the 20th century, an era of worldwide revolution, expatriation and personal tragedies, and Eifman’s ballerina is both a force and a victim in this captivating psychodrama. The New York Times declared, “It is a highly dramatic and theatrical (the two are not the same) work, a perfected form of narrative ballet for which others in the West have strived.”

Tickets for Eifman Ballet in Segerstrom Hall start at $29. They are on sale now at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, by calling 714.556.2787, or on the website at www.scfta.org.


Childhelp to hold fashion show and luncheon

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp invites you and your friends to their 31st Annual “For the Love of a Child,” Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. It will held at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. The Runway Fashion Show will once again be sponsored by South Coast Plaza.

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The Children’s Friend Award will be presented to Lisa Castetter and the Inspirational Award will go to Julia Argyros. A partial listing of stores representing the fashions are Diane Von Furstenberg, M Missoni, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ted Baker London and Bally.

Tickets are $150 each and there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To purchase tickets, visit www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2017, or contact Linda Burns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.463.8804.

Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive.

At Childhelp, the goal is to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They focus their efforts on prevention, intervention, treatment and community outreach. Childhelp programs and services help children from any situation and let them experience the life they deserve: one filled with love. The principle theme across all of their programs is to provide children they serve with an environment of compassion and kindness.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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A 1935 photo of the Balboa Ferry that has operated with continuous service in the Harbor since 1919. The Ferry crossing is approximately 800 feet. BTW, Seymour Beek, whose family operates the Ferry, would have been 2 years old at the time of this picture. What a life he’s had.

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


Very slight increase to JWA passenger traffic

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2016 as compared with December 2015. In December 2016, the Airport served 870,956 passengers, an increase of 1.4 percent when compared with the December 2015 passenger traffic count of 858,598.

In December 2016, commercial aircraft operations increased 5.8 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 76.3 percent when compared with December 2015 levels.

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Total aircraft operations decreased in December 2016 as compared with the same month in 2015. In December 2016, there were 21,266 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 3.2 percent decrease compared to 21,970 total aircraft operations in December 2015.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 63.7 percent of the total aircraft operations during December 2016, decreased 6.2 percent when compared with December 2015.

The top three airlines in December 2016 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (407,668), American Airlines (132,933) and United Airlines (109,950).


U.S. National Tour of The Bodyguard comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard

Grammy Award® nominee and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star in the first U.S. National Tour of the hit musical, The Bodyguard, coming to Segerstrom Hall May 30 - June 11, 2017.

Television star Judson Mills will play bodyguard Frank Farmer, while Jasmin Richardson will play Rachel Marron in the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

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

Tickets start at $29 and are available now online at www.SCFTA.org or 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, June 10, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

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


Stump the Stu

Will the real Jason Maloney please stand-up

Well, if you guessed Jack’s Surf Shop at PCH and Avocado, you win. Interesting, Stu did hear from the artist, Jason Maloney. 

“I’m the owner of the kids apparel line ‘Jason Maloney’ and I’m a Newport Beach resident. [The] huge window sticker I put up on the corner of Avocado and PCH in Newport Beach at Jack’s Surf Shop was posted on StuNewsNewport.

“JasonMaloneyArt is my website address of my kids apparel company,” said  Maloney.

“I have been creating art my whole life and that elephant you see surfing in that window sticker is my logo. I created him over 15 years ago as a doodle. Now he and his fun friends are on a mission to inspire kids!”

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

Stump the Stu 3.2.17

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Save the date for Second Annual Community WiNN Forum

Mark your calendar for the Second Annual WiNN (Women in Newport Networking) Community Forum taking place Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Chair Supervisor of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel.

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Network with current and former elected and appointed officials and community leaders.

Representatives of the following city boards, commissioners and support groups will be available for questions:

Board of Trustees

City Arts Commission

Civic Service Board

Harbor Commission

Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission

Planning Commission

Community Emergency Preparedness Team

Friends of OASIS

Newport Beach Arts Foundation

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

NBPD Volunteers in Policing

Leadership Tomorrow

For more information and to register, visit www.newportveachca.gov/winn and facebook.com/womeninnewportnetworking.

The forum will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Potential traffic delays today for helicopter work

Today, March 2, the County of Orange will be using a helicopter and support equipment to perform erosion control measures along the Los Trancos section of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 

This area is east of Newport Coast Drive and south of Pelican Hill Road/Ocean Ridge Drive. Traffic may be delayed intermittently for the helicopter operation. 

The project will begin around 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m.

Additional information is available on the County of Orange’s website: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/news


Police Files

Newport Beach man whacks employee with ‘Wet Floor’ sign

On Sunday afternoon, a man, later identified as Adam Singer Brown, 57, entered a food service business on Campus Drive and ordered a meal. While ordering and paying for his food, he became increasingly hot-tempered.

“Brown eventually picked up a ‘wet floor’ sign and swung it at one of the employees, striking him,” said NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella. “Brown then took a knife from behind the service counter, brandished it at the employee, and threatened to return with a gun.”

Officers arrived and arrested Brown for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, battery, and exhibiting a deadly weapon. But that wasn’t it for Brown.

“When contacted by officers, he was verbally and physically hostile,” said. “He attempted to kick them, adding the charge of battery on a police officer.”

Car stealing duo arrested in the wee hours

Newport Beach police officers who responded to a call just after midnight on Sunday regarding a traffic collision found an empty vehicle on N. Bristol Street near Dove Street.

The driver was located in a nearby parking lot, and the passenger was found in a nearby business.

“As officers began to document the traffic collision, they learned that the license plates on the Nissan Sentra belonged to another car,” said Jennifer Manzella, of the NBPD. “A check of the VIN revealed that the Sentra was a reported stolen vehicle out of the City of Industry.”

While searching the car, officers found methamphetamine in the trunk.

The driver, Jorge Luis Cuevas, 28, Tustin, was arrested for vehicle theft and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. The passenger, Aleana Suarez Marquez, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for vehicle theft. Bail was $20,000 apiece.

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


Orange to make West Coast premiere this week

Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil, inspired by and set in Orange County, has its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory, March 5 - 26. Seen through Leela’s eyes, the coastal county is a wondrous and thrilling place in a tale that is part rebellious teen thrill ride and part self-discovery. Jessica Kubzansky directs Orange on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.

“This coming-of-age story is wrapped in an action-adventure thrill ride, about a young South Asian woman on the autism spectrum,” Kubzansky said. “It’s a powerful and profound journey that makes us laugh and moves us.”

The story follows Leela, a teenager from India who draws life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to run for it, with her boyfriend, and takes Leela along. As they careen through Orange County, navigating dangerous situations in a night-long wild ride, Leela challenges their view of her and each other.

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Kapil wrote Orange on commission through SCR’s CrossRoads program, which develops plays that explore the cultural diversity of Orange County through artist residencies. CrossRoads is supported by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation. Kapil spent her residency on a road-trip adventure through Orange County.

Broadway World called Orange “soulful and hilarious” at the play’s world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called it “moving and sensitive…hip, sharp and surprising.”

Kapil is a writer, actress and director who grew up in Sweden, with a Bulgarian mother and an Indian father, and now lives and works in Minneapolis, Minn. She frequently weaves her diverse background into her writings. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, American Sign Language and English, received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award. Love Person was produced in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, Marin Theater and Phoenix Theatre. Kapil’s Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy consists of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy ShowThe Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv. These internationally produced plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre. She currently is working on commissions with La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Kubzansky is co-artistic director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena. At SCR, she previously directed Theatre for Young Audiences productions (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) and numerous readings.

The cast includes Anjali Bhimani, Pia Shah and Karthik Srinivasan.

The design and creative team includes Michael Raiford, scenic design; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting design; Denitsa Bitznakova, costume design; John Nobori, sound design; Mike Tutaj, projection design; and Lyuben Dimitrov, illustrator. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi, the stage manager is Kathryn Davies and the dramaturg is Kimberly Colburn.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit www.scr.org


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

A Gentlemans Guide

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist Karlin Meehan

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Family at OCMA

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

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Busch

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Heisler Park

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A painting of Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela at 7 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

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

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

Treasure Island

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A painting of Treasure Island, Laguna Beach

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

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

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

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

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

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

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

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

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

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

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


Work for Poppy Avenue improvements set for 16 weeks

A contractor retained by the City will soon begin work on Poppy Avenue between Coast Highway and Ocean Boulevard. The 16-week project involves removing the remaining Blue Gum Eucalyptus and the removal and replacement of the street pavement and deteriorated sections of concrete curb, gutter and alley approaches. The contractor will also reconstruct the access ramps to meet current and Americans with Disability Act standards.

Work is scheduled to begin the week of March 6 on the west side of Poppy Avenue (the odd-numbered addresses) by removing concrete, planting new trees and pouring new concrete curb, gutter and sidewalks. This work is estimated to last approximately four weeks, weather permitting. To accommodate the work, Poppy Avenue will be closed to traffic during the day from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more detail and information go to

http://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/public-works/capital-improvement-program/projects/poppy-avenue-street-improvements.

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Natural Perfume Workshop coming to ENC

Join Stacey Lazzara of Jade Daisy Perfumes at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a Natural Perfume Workshop on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sample and discuss 18 different natural essences from around the world, and learn about top, middle and base notes and where each essence fits into a perfume blend.

Stacey Lazzara

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Perfumer Stacey Lazzara to hold a workshop at ENC

Create your own individual scent during the hands-on mixing session, then take home your signature fragrance that you’ve created in a one-third ounce spray bottle. All materials are provided.

Lazzara has been studying natural perfume for the past 20 years starting in the 1990s in the back of a little apothecary in Chicago. She moved to California in 2001 and shortly after received her certificate in aromatherapy. In 2008, she began studying with master perfumer, Mandy Aftel, in her Berkeley, Calif. Studio. Lazzara has a small perfume and soap line called Jade Daisy Perfumes.

The cost is $67.50 for ENC members and $75 for non- members.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information and to register, visit encenter.org.


My Take on Real Estate

By DAVID GIRLING

David Girling

This is the first of a two-part series as we welcome David Girling of Girling Real Estate Investment Group as a new contributing columnist. He’s counting down his Top 10 Economic Factors Affecting Real Estate. Here’s the first edition, with his countdown from 10 to 5.

We have a new President, Donald Trump. Interest rates are higher having risen since the election. Housing inventories are still constrained and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is at all-time highs. It is important that we read past the headlines and make sense of the news to understand how they might affect real estate. Below are some economic factors that have been in the headlines lately with some brief commentary. If you need additional information for any of these factors, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

10. The Trump Effect

President Trump conveys different messages about real estate. Some are optimistic while others are pessimistic and still others fall somewhere in between. Since the election, mortgage rates have climbed anywhere from 0.50 percent to 0.625 percent and I think we can expect that trend to continue. President Trump’s policies on trade, infrastructure, tax rates and immigration will lead to bigger deficits and higher inflation which translates to higher interest rate. And the Federal Reserve is signaling that it will be raising the Fed Funds rate in 2017 as well. Combined with statements that the administration will attempt to dismantle much of the regulatory safeguards (e.g., Dodd-Frank) that have been put in place since the 2007 translates to a great deal of uncertainty associated with the effect a Trump presidency has on Housing. All in all, the news thus far has created a great deal of uncertainty in the markets and the ultimate effect it will have on housing. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months.

9. Interest Rates

For the past three or four years, mortgage rates have been at historic lows because the Federal Reserve employed a monetary policy that kept rates low (see below). Since the election, rates have climbed but they are still near historical lows. The impact may be positive in the short term because home sales in the short term may increase as a result of buyers wanting to take advantage of today’s rates before mortgage rates climb higher.

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8. Housing Inventories

Low housing inventories have added support to home values and they will not improve significantly for some time because: 

Some homeowners still have negative equity and cannot sell.

Higher property taxes for someone selling one property and buying another or just downsizing.

Capital gains taxes could be significant.

Some homeowners may be reluctant to give up their low mortgage rates.

New construction is not meeting demand, and homebuilders are underperforming.

A fear of not finding an adequate replacement because of low supply and/or high rents.

Some homeowners affected by the 2007 crisis are unwilling to sell.

7. Housing Affordability

Affordability is certainly one factor about which most economists are concerned.  In California, the percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing, single-family home as of the third quarter of 2016 was 31 percent according to the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The number was even lower for Orange County at 23 percent.

6. U.S. Homeownership Rate 

Across the United States, the homeownership rate currently stands at 63.7 percent, peaking at 69.2 percent in 2004, reaching its lowest level of 62.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016.  Sadly, California is 49th in homeownership according to CAR.

5. Dow Jones Industrial Average 

The low rates created by the Fed’s monetary policy forced investors to look elsewhere for yield, and both real estate and stocks benefitted. However, the increase in rates since the election may see investors look more closely at fixed income investments as an alternative. This may have an impact on real estate values going forward.  While real estate prices have leveled off, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to soar, and has surpassed 20,000. Unlike stock prices however, not all home price levels have reached 2007 peak levels. And there are some who suggest that both real estate values and equity prices can no longer be supported, and may be overinflated.

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In 2008, David Girling formed the Real Estate Investment Group (Girling REIG) with his father, Bing. He serves as a Commissioner for the Newport Beach Harbor Commission and followed in his father’s footsteps serving as President of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (NBAOR) in 2015 and as a director on the NBAOR Board through 2016.


Good Morning CdM breakfast to welcome Tom Naughton

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Good Morning Corona del Mar” breakfast on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The featured speaker is Tom Naughton of Airport Working Group of Orange County.

Also at the breakfast, the CdM Chamber will present legislative updates from the offices of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

The breakfast is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary. Complimentary refreshments.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For additional information, contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949.673.4050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Museum House rescinded, both sides speak

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Both sides turned out Tuesday night to speak their minds on the Museum House condominium project proposed for Newport Center. The Newport Beach City Council was there to determine the fate of the development by either rescinding it or placing the item on the calendar for a future community-wide vote.

Several supporters spoke in favor of the project, while many others angrily denounced it and some even attacked councilmembers who are potentially up for reelection in 2018.

When the dust settled, a motion made earlier in the evening to rescind the project by Councilman Jeff Herdman was finally seconded. Herdman noted that although the Museum House impressed him, he felt the people of Newport Beach had spoken through the signature gathering effort opposing the development.

Once the discussion began on the Herdman motion, Councilman Will O’Neill proposed an amendment asking to leave the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in place, even if the project was rescinded. After some brief discussions, the Council unanimously approved the amendment.

When the overall project vote finally took place, the Council voted 5-2 to rescind, with O’Neill and Councilman Scott Peotter opposed.

Yesterday, I caught up with both sides on the issue to see what’s next. 

According to a spokesperson from Related California, “While the City Council voted unanimously to preserve the environmental impact report on Museum House, we are disappointed by their decision to rescind the approval of our project. We await word from the Superior Court on the validity of the referendum process. After the court’s decision we will then have further comment.”

Line in the Sand Political Action Committee (LITS) obviously had a differing view, applauding “the City Council’s decision to rescind their approval of the Museum House project as a direct result of the strength of voter feedback.”

A lawsuit remains with the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) challenging the legitimacy of the petition signature gathering effort. OCMA was attempting to sell the property to Related California, so that they could move their operation to Costa Mesa.

This project is too big to just go away, trust me; we’ll be hearing more.

Another controversial development project was passed Tuesday. A three-story, seven-unit project on Santa Ana Avenue, across from Santa Ana Country Club, was approved following much opposition expressed by a next-door neighbor. The project, although controversial with its three-stories, actually met all zoning requirements, including height restrictions.

Elsewhere, no more jet packs for Newport Beach. The item passed on the Consent Calendar eliminating any future jet pack operation, but not before Mayor Kevin Muldoon strongly voiced his opposition.

Congrats to Zoe Ziebarth who was named Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard of the Year and recognized in Tuesday’s Council Study Session.

Finally, I was forwarded a letter from the State of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) exonerating Councilman Brad Avery of any wrong doing with his previous vote on the elimination of jet pack operations in the bay. Community activist and former council candidate Mike Glenn had filed the complaint. The FPPC basically said that Avery, an employee of Orange Coast College, had no financial gain that would present a conflict of interest by voting on the item.

Good for Brad. Most members of the Council were upset by Glenn’s filing.


Come meet the StuNews team and we’ll buy you a coffee

Stu News Newport will host a “Coffee’s on Us” event on Friday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Xanadu Café, 100 West Coast Highway.

The community is invited to come meet the StuNews team, pitch story ideas and connect with other neighbors.

“We’re only as good as our community, so we’re inviting you to join us for a cup of coffee and tell us what’s on your mind,” said StuNewsNewport Publisher Tom Johnson. “We invite readers to bring us new ideas and to offer constructive criticism on what could make us better.”

The Xanadu Café has become the quasi-meeting place for StuNewsNewport team and is located at the corner of Coast Highway and Dover Drive.


CdM library/fire station: Where do we go from here?

By AMY SNIDER SENK

The Corona del Mar library/fire station project is on hold while the city deals with its unfunded pension liability, a delay that could last as long as five years. That’s plenty of time to consider other options, according to City Councilman Scott Peotter, who represents Corona del Mar.

For example, Peotter said in a recent telephone interview, maybe keeping a fire station in that location isn’t the best idea. Maybe, he said, it makes sense to work with state officials and build a new fire station in Crystal Cove State Park. That way, firefighters could answer calls in the park, in parts of Newport Coast and in Corona del Mar more efficiently.

And maybe, he said, the state would donate the land, or offer a really cheap lease, and the land on Marigold Avenue could be sold, with proceeds paying for the new fire station’s construction. That would be a win-win, Peotter said – a virtually free new station built on virtually free land, accessible to more people and away from a tight, residential neighborhood where midnight sirens are likely to bother people. The library and fire station currently sit on adjacent lots in the 400 block of Marigold Avenue, an area close to East Coast Highway and a gas station but also to many homes.

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The city is not considering selling the property, Mayor Kevin Muldoon said at least twice at a recent City Council meeting. City Manager Dave Kiff said he was aware of Peotter’s idea, but it needed more analysis.

Peotter confirmed that he hadn’t gone beyond brainstorming. Maybe the library stays where it is, but the fire station relocates, he said. Maybe, the library moves to the Community Youth Center in Grant Howald Park, or becomes part of the OASIS Senior Center. There could be programs where seniors read to toddlers. The possibilities are worth exploring, especially now that the entire project is on the shelf, he said.

The project was first confirmed by city staff in spring of 2014, and community members became involved in the planning process, forming a group called Friends of the Corona del Mar Library. At one point, construction was to begin last summer and take up to 16 months.

Meanwhile, Corona del Mar residents seemed accepting of the current plan to halt the project temporarily. After all, they told the City Council, they didn’t start out asking for a brand-new building. They just didn’t want to lose their little library, an easy walk for nannies with strollers or senior citizens who no longer drive. When plans to combine the fire station and library were first released, the library was reduced in size – they didn’t want that, so they got involved.

If the project is on hold, maybe the city could find funds to add air conditioning, and to replace windows that no longer open and close. City Council members seemed to agree that they could find money for those upgrades while they work out how to handle the city’s unfunded pension liability – a $315 million question.

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. 


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

Pokemon Clay Party, March 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Make Pokemon creatures out of clay, and make your very own Pokemon to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 5-9. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. 949.644.3076.

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Police Files

Building collapse results in emergency evacuation

On Friday, Feb 24 at 11:27 a.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a structural collapse call at 4341 Birch Street in Newport Beach. Units arrived on scene and discovered a soffit that was cantilevered from the roof of the building, had collapsed. The soffit and roof were undergoing some type of repair. The cause of the collapse is currently under investigation. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collapse. 

Newport Beach Engine 67, Newport Beach Truck 63, Newport Medic 63, Newport Beach Battalion 6, Newport Beach Building Department and the Newport Beach Police Department all responded to the call. In addition, Costa Mesa Fire Department USAR 86 was also dispatched to the call. Over 15 personnel responded from three City of Newport Beach departments as well as the Costa Mesa Fire Department. 

Upon arrival, first in units ensured that everyone had been safely evacuated and assessed the building’s structural integrity. The building sustained damage primarily to the side of the collapse. Once the building was safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. The City of Newport Beach building department also assessed the building and determined that it was safe to re-occupy. Access to the area outside of the building where the collapse occurred has been blocked off until the area has been cleared of debris and secured. 

In addition to the building, three vehicles parked next to the side of the building also experienced damage as well as a wooden fence that runs along the side of the property. 

At this time, there is no cost estimate to the damage caused by the structural collapse.

From a press release

Counterfeiters manufacture more than 1,000 false marks

On Wednesday Feb. 22 at 2:40 p.m., Newport Beach police officers went to the 7900 block of Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach to arrest two counterfeiters.

Nancy Nam Dang, 39, and Juan Romero Villela, 36, both of Midway City, were arrested for manufacturing more than 1,000 counterfeit marks.

They were booked with bail set at $20,000 apiece.

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Finally, Museum House comes before Council this week

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Feb 28, the Museum House project comes before the Newport Beach City Council.

There are several choices the Council can make. The first one is to rescind the previous approval by the prior Council of the project. The Council would waive the reading of the ordinance and vote to “rescind all approvals for the 100-Unit Museum House project,” and then come back March 14 for a second reading to terminate it.

Or, the Council could direct the City Clerk “to return at a future meeting with resolutions calling for an election to the electorate.”

If the Council calls for a vote of the people, there are several important issues that would arise. First off, the City’s 2016/17 budget has no line item to cover the costs of a special election.

According to the City, “depending upon the attachments that are mailed to the voters, the cost may range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars” for the vote.

Could the finish line be in sight? Probably not.

Here’s what is still out there. The Orange County Museum of Art is suing the City under the premise that the font used in the 1,100 page petitions was too small.

I can hardly see a judge overturning nearly 14,000 signatures gathered by Line in the Sand calling for a vote.

One thing is for sure, I’m glad I’m not the fundraising person for OCMA who is going to potentially have to go back out into the community at some point to fundraise.

Then there’s Related California. They followed all of the processes to get the project approved and now are probably feeling that they’ve been harmed. Could a lawsuit against the City follow if the project is rescinded? All I can say is that I’ve heard rumors to that fact.

The bet, however, is that the Council people have realized what a lightening rod this project is and with the 2018 elections less than two years away they want to distance themselves from the project as far as they can.

Remember, in 2018, Scott Peotter, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Diane Dixon and Mayor Kevin Muldoon will be up for re-election.

Adding to that, there are already rumblings throughout the community of potential new candidates for Council lining up.

Tuesday will certainly be interesting.

A couple of additional clarifying points: If an election is called, it would have to be held at least 88 days later. Now if the project is rescinded or loses in a vote of the people, the project cannot be revisited by Council again for a period of one year.

I’ve given a lot of credit in these columns to Line in the Sand to get the project to this point. However, the other side has compelling arguments also: 1. It’s a beautifully designed project and 2. Related California has committed upwards of $21 million in developer fees to the City.


Take Five: Steve Scott returns to participate in Spirit Run, again

By TOM JOHNSON

Had a chance to catch up with Steve Scott last week. Scott obviously is one of the greatest runners in American history. He attended college at UCI before embarking on a running career that took him around the world and to the top of his profession. Today, Scott coaches at Cal State San Marcos, where he has built one of the most successful NAIA collegiate track and cross country programs in the country. At San Marcos he’s led their women’s team to three National Titles and the men’s team to a runner-up for the National Title. Scott returns each year to the Spirit Run (Sunday, March 12) where he participates in the elite mile, but also uses his name and fame to attract and work with kids at the event.

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Steve Scott, one of the greatest milers in U.S. history

Q: Why do what you do for the Spirit Run, year-after-year?

A: I have a special love for kids, so this gives me the opportunity to spread the word about track, cross country and running. It’s about getting kids exposed to running and helping to keep them fit. I see too many kids overweight, so if I can expose them to running and show them that it’s fun, then to me that’s rewarding. Too often we’ve looked at running as a punishment, like with a coach yelling, “Take a lap.” Running should be fun.

Q: What are your proudest memories of your storied running career?

A: The World Championships in 1983 (Helsinki) where I won a silver medal and then when I set the American record in the mile.

Q: What were your major disappointments?

A: The Olympics in 1984 (10th place)…I was coming in as one of the favorites. Instead of following my normal routine I let nerves get to me and then did things differently. I felt like the whole country was depending on me.

Q: What is training like today versus during the peak of your career?

A: At the peak of my career I would run 80-90 miles a week, fast. I’d average about 5:40-5:50 for 15 miles. Now, it’s 20 miles a week at a 7:30 pace. My wife said when we got married, “I married an Olympic athlete, you need to stay looking like one.” So I get on the scale every morning and that dictates my run.

Q: If you weren’t a runner, what would your fallback position in life have been?

A: I probably would have been a firefighter…definitely something in public service. I also looked into the FBI. But then my running career took off and I figured I could make a good living doing that.


Stump the Stu

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s an elephant? 

This “spot” would certainly make Dr. Seuss proud...however, don’t know if Theodore Geisel surfed. That said, where is this Jason Maloney Art? 

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

Stump the Stu 2.27.17

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Newport Heights: Blue Collar to a Golden Ribbon

By DUNCAN FORGEY

After the “discovery” of Orange County by the Portola Expedition in 1769, the face of indigenous California would change forever. Franciscan missions represented a different way of life in New Spain. Ranchos were deeded to loyal friends of the King. This included 62,000 acres distributed to the Yorba and Peralta families with the vast Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Jose Sepulveda obtained Rancho San Joaquin which represented much of todayʻs northern Orange County. Most of this huge piece of land would later transfer to the Irvine family. The coastal portion included Newport Heights, the bluff hosting Hoag Hospital, Cliff Haven, Harbor Highlands, Westcliff, Baycrest and Dover Shores.

The beaches, islands and harbor areas were not desirable in the 18th and 19th centuries due to their inability to pasture cattle or grow crops. Newport Harbor would sit idle until it was “discovered” in 1860. Decades later, Newport Harbor will be developed to compete with harbors in San Diego and San Pedro.

In those early years, Newport Heights and the hillsides of Corona del Mar were suited for cattle and agriculture and therefore remained an important part of the early Ranchos and the Irvine Ranch. As the towns of Balboa and McFaddenʻs landing expanded in the harbor region, most residents preferred to live “down the hill” near the sea.  “Goat Hill” a moniker for Newport Heights and Costa Mesa remained a place for farming. As the population grew, the Marinerʻs Mileʻs expansion, between the current Arches [A Restaurant] and Bayshores, resulted in many commercial businesses and a Pacific Coast Highway bridge, connecting Corona del Mar in 1926.

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Aerial shot of Newport Heights and Mariner’s Mile, 1931

In 1917, Newport Heights was incorporated into the City of Newport Beach. A key reason for this was the purchase of 1,700 acres by the Townsend-Dayman Investment Company. It subdivided “Goat Hill” into “gentleman farms” selling for $300 an acre. An increasing marine-related industry and a spirited oil boom in Huntington Beach brought an influx of new residents into the area. This resulted in 200 sales. In the 1920s and 1930s, the automobile made travel easier, so people expanded desired distances for working, shopping and vacationing. The heights and bluffs of Newport Beach were in the right place at the right time.

Earl Stanley (member of the State Assembly from 1948-1958 and personally responsible for a law prohibiting offshore oil rigs off of Newport Beach that has protected our horizon to this day), was one of Newport Beachʻs unsung developers. Stanley started out selling real estate for J.A. Beek on fledging Balboa Island in its early years.  Additionally, he was there for the dredging and building of Harbor Island and the boundary fiasco at Beacon Bay. In 1941, the Irvine Company asked him to sell 258 lots in Bayshores, another waterfront community in the tradition of Lido Isle. He then moved up the hill to Cliffhaven where he sold parcels on Pirate, Signal, Kingʻs and Snug Harbor roads.

Prior to that, Cliffhaven was nondescript except for nice vistas and a large gulch full of flora, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, snakes and critters. The area is now the well known Environmental Nature Center which provides approximately 28,000 annual visitors the chance to see 15 different native California ecosystems. Cliffhavenʻs early residents were blue collars working around the harbor with boats and wharfs, in the oil fields, or at Rosan Manufacturing on the Coast Highway. They purchased lots that were oftentimes large and oddly shaped in Cliffhaven. Even the standard lots, the Heights provide a much larger living area than the standard 30-foot rectangles sold surrounding the bay.

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Newport Harbor High School

In Spring of 1921, a long struggle for a high school in Newport Beach commenced. At the time, Santa Ana High School was the school available and kids were forced to travel, via red car or bus. City leaders were adamant about the need to expand the educational opportunities for the children of Newport Beach. With an expansion of Santa Ana Union District east to Tustin, the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa saw an opportunity and jumped on it. The process began and after nearly a decade, groundbreaking took place on our new high school on June 16, 1930. Newport Harbor High School opened with 200 students, and a faculty of 14.

Members of the St. Andrews Church held their first service at Baltz Mortuary in Corona del Mar, as the “Chapel by the Sea.” In 1947, the congregation bought land across the street from Newport Harbor High School for $15,000.  Dedication for their new church took place on September 10, 1950. St. Andrews Church would soon take a leadership role in the growth of Newport Beach until 2004 when it found itself embroiled in an angry fight with residents of Newport Heights over its planned 35,948-square-foot addition to the existing campus. A compromise was eventually met and a new but smaller rebuild was completed.

In yet another controversy, the residents of Newport Heights fought successfully with an eminent domain fight against the State of California. During the governorships of Edmund Brown and Ronald Reagan, Californiaʻs Department of Transportation wanted to create the Pacific Coast Freeway. This large freeway would travel via Fifth Street in Corona del Mar, across Newport Center and the Back Bay and then take out homes on Kingʻs Road and Cliff Drive. This was to be done so occupants of automobiles would have “ocean views” to enhance their travels. If successful, it would have resulted in the destruction of some of OCʻs most valuable oceanview land. Needless to say, Cliffhaven would have become a Cliff Hell. It was defeated with a united and aggressive response by Newport Beach residents.

The latest fray in the Heights is the battle to underground electrical wires. Thought of as an unnecessary expense, Newport Heights residents voted it down in mid-2016. Developers of Lido Isle placed all its electrical wires underground as far back as the great depression. Elsewhere, Newport Shores, as did portions of the Peninsula, dropped their overhead lines transforming the neighborhoods in a positive way. There are other older beach neighborhoods that are in constant negotiations with the city regarding undergrounding. The battle in Newport Heights will likely rise up again in the near future.

On an adjoining bluff, west of Newport Heights, the Hoag Hospital Foundation bought 20 acres for $20,000. By 1952, a 75-bed hospital was built on the site for under $1,000,000. It opened its doors with 68 staff physicians and 60 employees. Today, the Hoag Health Network serves approximately 30,000 in-patients and 350,000 out-patients every year.

The ambience of the old blue collar neighborhoods has slipped into what Wikipedia calls “upscale neighborhoods.”  With the new homes maximizing square footage, the days of gentleman farms is long gone. Kids chase soccer balls instead of butterflies while playing outside has given way to games on the big screen in “great rooms.” Each time another “grandma-grandpa” house goes down, it is a step toward the “mega-mansioning” of Newport Beach. Cottages are being replaced with top-of-the-line beautifully appointed 5000 +/- square-foot shoe boxes. The bigger the better seems to be the motto of the day in Newport Beach blufftop living.

So, if you grew up in the Heights and walked to all three schools (Heights Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor) rest assured that thousands of kids are still experiencing the same Ozzie and Harriet lives albeit in much larger homes. As one of the Newport Beachʻs finest “family” neighborhoods, the Heights remains in high demand.

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


Newport Beach lifeguard tryout applications due today

The Newport Beach Fire Department will hold a competitive tryout for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Trainee on Saturday morning, March 4, 2017. Applications are on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov and are due today, Monday, Feb 27 by 5 p.m. Applicants will compete in both a 1,000 meter swim and a 1,000 meter run-swim-run on Saturday. The top finishers will be invited to an interview scheduled for the following week.

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The top candidates from the combination of these events will be invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process, including a physical and background check.

After successfully completing the hiring process, candidates will be invited to a 100-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Classes will be held on weekends this Spring. The training classes focus on Ocean Rescue Prevention and Techniques, City Municipal Codes and Policies, CPR and First Aid.

The City is looking for dedicated, aquatic-minded individuals with a strong desire to serve the public.

The Tentative Tryout Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - Check-in/Arrival on Saturday, March 4 at Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters at the Newport Pier (No applications will be allowed at this time.)

9 a.m. - 1,000 Meter Competitive Swim approximate start

10 a.m. - 1,000 Meter Competitive Run-Swim-Run approximate start

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Newport Beach: first, LP-certified Deaf-Friendly City

Late last year, the City of Newport Beach installed tablet devices with an application-based technology to connect individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or are non-English speaking with City services. According to LP Connect, a division of the Language People, Inc. and the Deaf United World Alliance Foundation, Newport Beach is now recognized as the first, LP-certified, Deaf-Friendly City.

On March 10, the City and the Language People will celebrate the achievement by hosting a community event at Marina Park, located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. The event reception begins at 6 p.m. and presentations are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. by Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon; Lisa Wrench, CEO, Language People; and a member of the deaf community. The open house event will conclude by 9 p.m. Community members are invited to learn more about this unique service. Language People staff will be in attendance to demonstrate the technology. Refreshments will be served and parking is free.

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Tablet connects users to city services

Mayor Kevin Muldoon envisioned providing access to government for every citizen including the deaf community. The Language People’s proprietary video remote interpreting mobile application provides an on-demand interpretation service. Using a tablet with the Language People’s app, visitors are connected virtually to an interpreter. The interpreter assists the visitor and the City staff by breaking down the communication barrier using American Sign Language or a variety of other spoken languages.

“When I first envisioned the need to connect all residents and visitors with City services, I did not think the City would be leading the way,” Mayor Kevin Muldoon stated. “It’s an honor to be recognized as the first, deaf-friendly city in the nation.”

This free service is available to visitors during regular business hours at the following City facilities:

Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach

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

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach

Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

City Hall in the City Clerk’s Office and the Permit Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach


Seaside Gallery & Goods to hold floral workshop

On March 20, come join Kathe Hayden, floral designer, for a fun and informative Floral Design workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seaside Gallery & Goods. Hayden has more than 30 years experience, and will walk participants through the process of creating a unique and beautiful arrangement.

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From (L-R): Workshop participants Ruth Jolley and Lisa Hovagimyan share their succulent creations

Held in the picturesque Pelican Courtyard, attendees will create a personalized floral arrangement. The cost is $55 per person, which includes hands-on instruction, and all supplies and flowers. You are welcome to bring your favorite pruning shears or scissors. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

For more information and to register online, visit the website at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.27.17

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Fishermen with their marlin catch in 1947 at the Balboa Angling Club. The Club’s motto today is “Once you’ve joined you’ll be hooked for life!” Catching fish like this would hook anyone.

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


Hometown fundraiser attracts competitors from throughout Southern California and beyond

Most Newport Beach natives and long-time residents know Spirit Run as a school fundraiser and community event. Many have fond memories of cheering for their children as they raced the mile and visiting with neighbors at the expo. But who were the people they didn’t recognize? Who were those kids in green who flew past them in the 10K?

Roughly half of Spirit Run registrants live outside the Newport-Mesa area. This year Strava Track Club, an elite running team, is traveling from Northern California to compete. Equalizers, the team in green based in Tustin, always has more than 100 children and many adults at the event. Why Spirit Run, a Newport-Mesa school fundraiser? That’s simple, the prizes.

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Equalizers, the team in green at the start line

Spirit Run arguably has the most impressive prizes of any race around. This year, they will be better than ever, including a $2,600 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile. At most races, the cash purse is won by a handful of elite runners. At Spirit Run, less than half of the purse is offered to elite competitors. The majority is available for 42 men and women in seven age groups from age20 to 89. Serious, non-elite runners have a real chance to win.

Spirit Run also offers more than 250 non-cash prizes for ages 4 to 89. The most popular are gift cards for food and dining. Spirit Run is offering 150 of its most coveted food prize – free pizza every month for a year at Blaze Pizza, Fashion Island. New prizes include the Yard House “Burger & Brew” for 50 adults to win in the Open Mile, and lunch or dinner at Lazy Dog Café for 12 Dog Mile participants. The youngest children enjoy Baking Betty’s cookies. Other prizes include Spa Gregorie’s massage certificates and $50 gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Asics.

During Spirit Run, there are multiple races and participants may compete to win in as many as they’d like. For years, Olympic Silver Medalist, Julie Ertel, has competed in the 10K and 5K to win prizes.

“I love all the prizes, that is what motivates me,” Julie said. “I’ve done a couple of Spa Gregorie’s massage days with friends and my family heads to Blaze Pizza every month.” This year Julie will add the Sub Elite or Open Mile for the chance to win cash or a Yard House “Burger & Brew.”

According to Diane Daruty, Spirit Run’s race director, not everyone is fond of the prizes. “With 13 consecutive racing events over a four-hour period, it’s very challenging for our timing company to finalize results and determine prize winners at the event,” Daruty explained. “They often question why Spirit Run can’t have fewer prizes like the other events.”

But Spirit Run is different than other events and the prizes have become part of its lure. As a nonprofit dedicated to fitness, it is committed to celebrating its athletes, particularly children, and awarding them for their hard work. Moreover, the prizes allow more sponsors to be part of the event. These sponsors benefit Spirit Run by donating prizes and promoting the event to their customers. Most importantly, the participants love the prizes.

Dan Deuel, who competes in two or three races each year sums it up best: “It’s kind of like going to an Easter egg hunt where everyone finds something,” Duel said. “At the end of the event the question is not if you received booty, but how much!”

For more information, and to register for Spirit Run, visit www.nmspiritrun.org.


Harbor High to hold College Knowledge Night

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The 18th Annual Newport Harbor High School College Night will take place on Wednesday, March 8.

Sessions include: University of California; California State University; SAT/ACT Preparation & Timeline; International Baccalaureate Diploma; Highly Selective College Admissions; Essay Writing; NCAA Eligibility; Fashion, Police Academy and Cosmetology programs; Attending an East Coast School; Community College Transfer Programs; Abroad Travel Program (outside table); Financial Aid & Scholarships; and Attending a Private University.

All students and parents are welcome from all high schools in NMUSD.

For additional information call NHHS Counseling at 949.515.6304.

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

For the next 10 days or so, please try not to use MacArthur Boulevard. At all. Just don’t. I promise you you’ll be happier; and similarly….

Please consider clicking here to sign up for a weekly e-mail about traffic advisories in the city. It will help avoid future curse words and one-fingered waves. No, this isn’t a perfect way of letting you know stuff like this, but it’s OK. And we need to further upgrade this technology (per what Mayor Muldoon has asked for) and that’s coming. But for now, this is a good tool to avoid gnarly road construction areas.  

The Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, Feb 28, starting at 4 p.m. (Study Session) and 7 p.m. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The 4 p.m. Study Session will be focused on some Newport Harbor-related issues – like onshore and offshore moorings. The Newport Mooring Association (NMA), along with our staff and representatives of the Harbor Commission, have been working on further modifications to some of the mooring rules and regulations adopted 3-4 years ago. Council will be briefed on that plan, and offer Council’s thoughts before it comes back to the Council as a formal item for adoption in a few more weeks. The other items on the agenda for Study Session – also about the harbor – are a range of miscellaneous updates from eelgrass to dredging to gosh knows what (staff has broad leeway for this update).

Then the Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. Items include:

Earlier in the school year, we adopted some parking changes around CdMHS to try to balance the needs of area residents, parents, students and teachers. So far it seems to be working out OK. We’ll memorialize some of those changes, including the new street sweeping day (Monday morning) via a consent item.

There is a public hearing planned on a seven-unit residential condominium project in Santa Ana Heights (western side) off Santa Ana Avenue. The Planning Commission approved the project in November 2016, but a neighbor appealed it to the City Council.

A couple of big dollar items follow that item, these being construction of a new water main near Lido Village and West Newport ($3.15M!) and a contract that tags onto the County of Orange’s sand management work near the Santa Ana River mouth. This latter effort (at $785K) will bring some of that sand to Balboa Island, China Cove and parts of the Balboa Peninsula. We’ve lost some sand (OK, it’s never really lost – it just goes offshore for a while) due to the storms, so this is helpful and comes at a good time.

And then finally (drumroll please), the Museum House project comes back to the Council for a decision following residents’ submittal of a petition to put this 100-unit residential condo project in Newport Center (at the current OC Museum of Arts location) to a vote of the NB electorate. Council has a couple of choices: (1) they could rescind the approvals for the Project – doing so would stop the Project; (2) they could decide on Tuesday to come back at a future meeting to place the matter before the voters, picking a time and date for that election at that time. Under the latter action, the project is stopped until/if the voters approve it. As I note all of this, there are a few court cases going around that could change these plans/actions.    

That’s pretty much it for the agenda. In the category of random notes and/or Dave’s infamous long-winded education bits:

Thank you for your patience with last weekend’s storm response. That was a wallop. We had fallen trees, leaning trees, ocean pier damage (mild), a foot of sand on the Ocean Front Walk, and branches and leaves all over the place. Our hard-working Municipal Operations Dept. (MOD) crews have pretty much gotten the community back to normal, and I thank them for the work they did. They are a great group of people who care a lot about the community. If you have any issues that are residual from the storm, or want a tree looked at, please don’t hesitate to contact MOD at 949-644-3055.

The next gathering of Women in Newport Networking is coming up on Thursday, March 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. here at the Civic Center’s community room. WiNN’s special guest speaker is OC Supervisor (and current Board Chairman) Michelle Steel. To RSVP, click here.

Is the drought over? Is it? Please, can it be over? Even as the rain poured down upon us, this is a stubborn drought. So it’s not over. Why? It has to do with how we in Newport Beach get our drinking water. Remember that about 70 percent of our potable water comes from a huge groundwater basin beneath HB and Fountain Valley (thus FV’s name) administered by the Orange County Water District (OCWD). The other 30 percent comes from surface water systems (Colorado River, CA and Fed Water Projects, etc.) administered by the Metropolitan Water District and its OC affiliate (MWDOC). MWDOC has declared the drought over. Good for MWDOC. But that’s really in words only, because MWDOC doesn’t have that power. But that’s still just 30 percent of our water.   

Read how OCWD respectfully disagrees with MWDOC. The most important issue for the other 70 percent of our water is the current level of the OCWD groundwater basin. The Basin is down (from where it should be) by about 400,000 acre feet of water, following years of drought draw-downs. This year’s storms (to date) are projected to add about 80,000 AF, leaving a deficit of 320,000 AF. That’s still a big deficit. FYI, the basin is recharged both by stormwater and by injection of highly treated wastewater.  

To learn more about this, click here. So no, as hard as it is to see when the rain has been so great, our drought really isn’t over ‘til the basin is recharged more. But the City will still work with the State and our OCWD/MWDOC partners to review our conservation goals and restrictions to see what makes sense for us – giving you (hopefully) the maximum flexibility to moderately conserve in the manner you see fit.  

Back to MacArthur Boulevard – good news, the end is in sight. You will want to avoid MacArthur basically at all times. Even when lanes are not closed, the pavement isn’t fun to drive on. And when lanes seem open right before you and it looks clear, that can be deceiving. You go around a turn and you’re stuck – stuck for a while. Dang, that happened to me and I should know better. Good alternatives are: (1) Jamboree, (2) Newport Coast, (3) finding your way to San Miguel; or (4) Marguerite to San Joaquin Hills to San Miguel to Ford/Bonita Canyon. Please know that this is daytime work – in part because we have residents that live along this route (the grinding is quite loud) and the paving material (rubberized asphalt) needs a certain air temperature for it to set properly.

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

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Richard Blade to spin the tunes for Parent Dance Party

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The Corona del Mar Middle & High School Foundation will hold a Parent Dance Party on Saturday, March 18, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Newport Beach Country Club. The Event will feature legendary ‘80s DJ Richard Blade.

The goal is to raise $400,000 to fund the reconstruction of the unused library into a Learning Resource Center – a state-of-the-art student meeting, study and collaboration center.

The CdM Foundation Board recently voted and approved a $400,000 allocation of funds that may be the biggest single donation contribution in the school’s history. It approved the full first phase to completely remodel/renovate the main campus library.

If approved by the NMUSD school board, the CdM Foundation will use the donations to add multimedia, tablet stations, private student project rooms, a full class tech room, improved private office space, team tech work areas, a parking lot main entrance, smooth flow to/from the Student Resource Center (SRC), all the furnishings, a tablet support station and much more. 

Many research sources, periodicals and certain books will be migrated to electronic format, while specified fiction and other more commonly checked out books will be more efficiently shelf organized: all to make the most efficient use of space and various technological opportunities now available in modern education. 

Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has raised $11 million and has funded the following capital improvements:

Currently funding new Student Health Center and Attendance Office,

Currently funding new Technology Room in the Enclave,

Currently funding new game field for soccer and lacrosse,

Currently funding new athletic lockers with boosters and PTA,

Renovated the Quad area,

Renovated the athletic fields,

Renovated the gym foyer and new trophy case,

Painted the exterior of the entire school, landscaping and resurfaced 

the parking lots,

Pressure-washed the entire campus and repaired leaky roofs,

Renovated the Little Theater.

For ticket information on the Parent Dance Party, visit cdmfoundation.org.


ENC welcomes microbiologist Nancy Caruso

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a presentation by marine biologist and founder of “Get Inspired!,” Capt. Nancy L. Caruso on March 23 at 6 p.m.

As part of the ENC Adult Speaker Series, Caruso will share how we can change the world through community-based restoration projects.

“Nancy is a dedicated marine biologist who is doing incredible work to conserve kelp forests,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “She is the perfect guest to inspire the community to conserve local wildlife.”

Nancy Caruso in kelp

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Microbiologist Capt. Nancy Caruso to speak on kelp forests

Caruso began The Orange County Ocean Restoration Project, which has highlighted the importance of conserving kelp forests along our coast and trained 5,000 students to grow giant kelp in their own classrooms. To further her conservation campaign, she started a nonprofit organization called “Get Inspired!” to restore kelp forest ecosystems by teaching children to raise white sea bass and green abalone, and return them to kelp forests.

Guests will enjoy an open house with appetizers and wine from 6 - 7 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7 p.m. This is an adult only event. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, which are available at encenter.org.

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


Ash Wednesday blessings at Starbucks…really!

Ash Wednesday

Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees of St. James the Great Episcopal Church will be offering Ash Wednesday blessings and administering ash crosses at a local Starbucks on Wednesday, March 1. 

Rev. Voorhees is the vicar of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, and with her congregation remains locked out of their Newport Beach church building because their bishop wants to sell it to a condo developer. 

She is frequently called the “Vicar of Starbucks” because she often conducts meetings, administers pastoral care and other church business, and sometimes ministers to customers at local coffeehouses.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the 40 days of Lent, during which many Christians forgo indulgences and luxuries. The first day is often marked with a ritual blessing in which a cross of ashes is applied to worshippers’ foreheads.

Rev. Voorhees will be at the drive-through Starbucks from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and 12 - 12:30 p.m. located at 450 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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

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

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

Beach.

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

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

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

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

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

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

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

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

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

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

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Elite Mile

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

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

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

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

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

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

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

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

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

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Two Guys

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

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

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pelican Hill is awarded Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide

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

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Stunning views, uncompromising luxury awaits at Pelican Hill Resort

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

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

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

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


On the Harbor: Harbor 20 Midwinter regatta 

By LEN BOSE

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

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

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

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Harbor 20 on the bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wish us luck and not to much wind.

Boat name of the week: Lucky Duck

Sea ya!

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


Stump the Stu

Look who’s reading StuNewsNewport…thanks for the guess 

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

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

Stump the Stu 2.23

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Police Files

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

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

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

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Newport Beach Police

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

Duo arrested for kidnapping

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

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

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

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

This investigation is still open and ongoing.

Peninsula Enforcement Team stops potential burglar

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

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

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

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

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


NB Chamber Networking Mixer tonight

Cucina Enoteca

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

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

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

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


Mother and daughter to sparkle at Spirit Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Most awarded new musical of 2015 to debut at Segerstrom Center

An American in Paris

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This stunning musical takes the stage at Segerstrom Hall

An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a two-week engagement April 25 - May 7, 2017.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

Tickets, on sale now, start at $29 and are available online at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in 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, May 6, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

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


Jewish Collaborative of OC to hold Shabbat services

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.jewishcollaboragtiveoc.org.

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


Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout at NB Marriott

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

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

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


Intuitive paintings inspired by the Runes at JWA

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

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

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

Flower of Life

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Flower of Life by Irena Carlson

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By NANCY GARDNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By LANA JOHNSON

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

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

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

Fly N Fish

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

Chef Julio Hawkins

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Chef Julio Hawkins of Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Fly N Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

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

Chef Cathy Pavlos

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Chef Cathy Pavlos of Provenance

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

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

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Chef Shinya Toyoda of Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku

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

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

Chef Yvon Goetz

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Chef Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

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

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

Chef Deborah Schneider

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Chef Deborah Schneider of SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina

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

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

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

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

A Partnership with Girl Scouts of Orange County

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

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

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Another officer shot and Newport Beach once again stands tall

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

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

This stuff sickens me. 

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

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

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

It was signed Ruth Sanchez Kobayashi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome Len.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Discover Saturdays at Lido Marina Village

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

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

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

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido.


City advises motorists to avoid MacArthur

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

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

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

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


CdM Chamber Networking Mixer at Bayside

Bayside

The Corona del Chamber of Commerce will hold their Sunset Networking Mixer on Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bayside Restaurant.

Enjoy an evening of networking, and great food to include heavy appetizers and wine. Cost: Chamber members, free; non-members and community friends, $20. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 949.673.4050, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Artist Outreach Project for seniors

The Picerne Family Foundation in Newport Beach is conducting an Artist Outreach Project, giving accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to share their passion and expertise with underserved members of our community.

Selected artists, age 55 and older, contribute to their community by providing educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic art experiences to underserved groups. These art experiences are intended to reach people of any age group who might not otherwise have opportunities to enjoy the benefits of quality arts programs.

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Artists applying for the grant propose the arts programming they wish to provide, identify the population they are interested in serving, and choose a local nonprofit to collaborate with. To be eligible for this grant, artists must be at least 55 years old, and live in or plan to serve people in Orange County, South West Los Angeles County, or North San Diego County. Sixty-three percent of artists have continued their porjects beyond the grant period.

The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Picerne Foundation at 949.267.1517 to discuss their plans for an Artist Outreach application.

For more information and to submit an email, visit www.picernefoundation.org.

The Picerne Family Foundation is located at 5000 Birch St., Newport Beach.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.759.5003, www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

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Paint with friends at Seaside Gallery’s workshop

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

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

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

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

A Gentlemans Guide

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist Karlin Meehan

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Busch

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Heisler Park

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A painting of Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela at 7 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

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

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

Treasure Island

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A painting of Treasure Island, Laguna Beach

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

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

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

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

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

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

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

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

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

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

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

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

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


Friends, family gather to celebrate Ralph Rodheim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ENC celebrates 45 years

Little Naturalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programs scheduled throughout the year include:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stump the Stu

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

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

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

Stump the Stu 2.20

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Save the Date: NB Wine & Food Festival

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Wine & Food Festival

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

Tickets will be on sale starting in June.

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


Police Files

The couple that drugs together, gets busted together

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

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

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

Thief stole 10 identities

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

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

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


Pelican Grill celebrates an evening with Oscar

Oscar

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

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

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

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

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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

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

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

Beach.

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

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

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

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

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

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

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

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

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

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

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

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

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Elite Mile

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

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

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

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

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

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

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

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

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

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

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

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

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

Moments Between Oceans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, March 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. There’s a party to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and you’re invited! Come enjoy stories, crafts and birthday cake in honor of everyone’s favorite children’s author. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Joe Nocera, Inside the NCAA, March 3 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports – a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents – scholarships that don’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera’s latest book is “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.” Tickets required. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Nocera’s “Inside the NCAA” provides an inside look at college sports

Once Upon A Time…Drop-In Crafts, March 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Spark their imagination and create crafts from some favorite fairy tales. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 5, 12, 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Book Discussion Group: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, March 8 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Sessions are free and no reservations are required. Attendance is welcome, even if you haven’t finished or read the book. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. For more information, www.nbplfoundation.org.

LEGO “Block” Party, March 8 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration is required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lenten Series, March 8 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. St. James the Great and a team from IBM Watson will explore emerging technologies in a five-week series about the latest trending technologies and how they are being applied. This first session is an overview of the current trends in technology to include: What is Big Data, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Autonomous Intelligence and how these types of technology help us today and what the future looks like. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Future lecture dates: March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 6 will take place at the Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Fabulous Fridays @ 4, March 10 from 4 - 5 p.m.  Spring Gardening – Kick off your weekend with some fun and fabulous stories and crafts. Children ages 4-9 will enjoy listening to engaging stories and creating a special craft to take home. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, March 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is an arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages and ability levels. CYOSC rehearses and performs at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers, and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.20

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A Shining Beacon. This photo of a statuesque lighthouse was built by the Spencer family in 1926 and was situated on North Bay Front.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout at NB Marriott

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The 17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout will take place Feb 23 - Feb 26 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. Events taking place all day include performances by jazz musicians, daily evening big band concerts in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom, Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunches in the ballroom, and afternoon sessions by the pool on the grounds of the resort. The event is presented by the Jazz Cruise and Blue Note at Sea. Reserved seating is available.

For tickets and an entertainment line-up of 100+ artists, call 949.759.5003, or visit the website at www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Lawsuits and complaints highlight the local political scene 

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Is the Museum House project destined for the defeat? I don’t know, but the parent company of the organization is now facing some huge problems in San Diego and their public relations effort seems to be going nowhere.

First off, Related California is the company that wants to develop the Museum House. Line in the Sand, a political action committee, through a citywide signature gathering effort has forced the issue to the ballot box, or the City Council can rescind their previous approval of the project.

In San Diego, Related California was previously chosen to develop a $409 million parking and apartment complex. Approval was subsequently cancelled following a report that San Diego Redevelopment Executive Nancy Graham had a conflict of business with Related’s Florida arm.

Graham has pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanors for conflicts of interest and resigned her positions as President of the Centre City Development Corp. in San Diego.

Following the loss of the project, Related California has sued the development agency for annulling the 42-story project. Related California claims they have only a minor interest in the Florida arm and shouldn’t be penalized.

This kind of news can’t be good locally after a very contentious effort by Related California against the Line in the Sand folks. Recent personal attacks continue against leaders of LITS.

Speaking of lawsuits, Orange County Museum of Art finally served their lawsuit to LITS. They are claiming that LITS violated election laws by printing some of the 1,100 page petitions with too small of print fonts and want the signature gathering effort thrown out.

Let’s remember, LITS needed some 5,600 signatures to get the matter to the ballot box and gathered nearly 14,000. Personally, I don’t think any judge will go against that kind of voice of the people. Besides, who would really read an 1,100-page document before signing a petition in front of a CVS or a Gelson’s.

Another issue brewing is a complaint filed by former City Council candidate and Save Newport Publisher Mike Glenn against sitting Councilmember Brad Avery.

Avery, who works for Orange Coast College’s Marine Division on the bayfront, voted to eliminate Jet Packs operating in Newport Beach moving forward.

Glenn thinks that’s a conflict of interest and has filed formally against Avery with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

While Avery voted on the issue, Mayor Pro-Tem Marshall “Duffy” Duffield recused himself because of his bayfront business of electric boats.

I think Avery’s contention is that he is an employee of OCC and therefore does not stand to gain financially from the decision, whereas Duffy might, and might here is very remote.

In talking to other council people, some were upset about Glenn’s effort. We’ll see where it goes.

Finally, we said goodbye yesterday to our friend Ralph Rodheim. Ralph fought ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease for the last three years. A Celebration of Life was held yesterday at Harborside Restaurant.

Ralph loved the peninsula and it was only fitting to say our farewells there. We’ll miss you my friend.


Community meeting on CdM sports field

On Oct 15, 2015, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved the initial design of the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field. Currently, the district is in the process to evaluate the impacts of the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Draft Impact Report (DEIR) has been circulated and comments will be received through March 22, 2017.

In an effort to continue to inform the neighbors surrounding the school community of the planned project and next steps, there will be an informational meeting hosted by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District staff on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Corona del Mar High School Lecture Hall.

They will provide a general overview of the DEIR and allow for questions during the scheduled meeting. Written comments can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the March 22 deadline.

For more information, contact Ara Zareczny, director, facilities development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.424.7522.


Caroline Zimmermann art show at Lahaina Galleries

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Come and meet artist Caroline Zimmermann, who will be at Lahaina Galleries on Saturday, March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her new collection is inspired by her recent experiences in Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Venice, Italy.

“As a surfer, I’ve always had a close relationship with the ocean and have had many hours of observing the waters of all the seven seas,” Zimmerman said. “As an artist, I have enjoyed the challenge of depicting the constantly changing qualities of water as a vital force of nature.”

To RSVP, call 949.721.9117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lahaina Galleries is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Hats off to former mayor who had first-hand experience 

The picture in Stump the Stu this week is of the monument that recognizes the 3rd National Boy Scout Jamboree held on the Irvine Ranch in July 1953. This monument is at the corner of Santa Barbara and Jamboree Road across from the Newport Beach Police facility and in front of what used to be the Chamber of Commerce office. It was installed by the Newport Beach Historical Society. 

Jamboree Road is named to recognize and remember the Jamboree which brought over 50,000 Boy Scouts together to camp for a week in the area of the Irvine Ranch (before it was annexed to Newport Beach) between the Upper Bay and MacArthur Blvd. and between Coast Highway and about Bison Avenue. 

This monument is one of two recognizing the Jamboree. The other is between the escalators in Fashion Island. The Jamboree was my first visit to the Newport Beach area as a boy scout from Tucson, Arizona.

Don Webb 

Centennial Mayor of Newport Beach

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If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!


Segerstrom Center announces 2017-2018 Broadway Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its line-up of Broadway shows for its 2017-2018 season! In addition to Hamilton, the Broadway Series includes Something Rotten!, The King and I, Love Never Dies, The School of Rock and On Your Feet!. The Curtain Call Series features Motown the Musical, Kinky Boots and The Color Purple. Back by popular demand for special limited engagements are Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon.

Something Rotten

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Something Rotten! makes its Center’s premiere debut, Nov 7 - 19, 2017

Free pre-show and intermission activities will entertain and inform audiences, and the popular Talk Backs with cast members will again be offered after most Thursday evening performances. One Saturday matinee performance of each show will be Open Captioned, Audio Described and ASL interpreted.

Jersey Boys

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A Special Broadway bonus, Jersey Boys takes the stage, Jan 19 - 21, 2018

Current season subscribers can renew their tickets now. New season tickets packages will be available starting Feb 24 at 10 a.m. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Season ticket prices for the Broadway Series start at $130. Tickets for the Curtain Call Series start at $70.

The King and I

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Rogers & Hammerstein’s The King and I takes the stage, Feb 27 - March 11, 2018

Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about the current season and the 2017 - 2018 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

School Of Rock

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School of Rock makes its Center premiere, July 24 - Aug 5, 2018

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.556.2121.


Police Files

Sunday motorcyclist caught with drugs, warrant

Residents may have noticed a large group of motorcyclists come in to town on Sunday around lunchtime. Newport Beach Police officers certainly noticed when some of the group started driving recklessly. 

“An officer placed himself behind the group while they were stopped at the signal for southbound Jamboree at Eastbluff Drive,” said Jennifer Manzella, press information officer. “He observed one motorcyclist make an illegal turn, and noted that the motorcycle was not displaying a rear license plate.”

The officer initiated a traffic stop on the motorcyclist, who did not yield but instead weaved through the group of motorcycles, causing a collision with two others. He made a U-turn at a red light and continued to evade, speeding and failing to stop at red lights. Due to safety concerns, the officer had to terminate the pursuit.

But that wasn’t the end of it.

According to Manzella, an anonymous motorist indicated that the motorcyclist had ridden into a large complex in the 3100 block of Michelson in Irvine. “With the assistance of Irvine PD, the driver was located on the fourth story of a parking garage,” said Manzella.

He was identified as Diego Ramirez, 25, Highland, and arrested for evading a police officer with wanton disregard for safety, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and other vehicle code violations including failure to stop at a red light, improper turn, license plate required, unsafe lane change and excessive speed. It was also discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for speeding and several marijuana cigarettes in the front pouch of the motorcycle, adding drug charges and bringing his bail to $52,500.  

DUI enforcement operations planned this weekend

Newport Beach Police Officers will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers in our ongoing efforts to stop drunk driving and help save lives. DUI Saturation Patrols will take place from Friday, Feb 17 through Monday, Feb 20, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Officers will be patrolling the areas of our city with the highest frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

High Visibility Enforcement (like DUI Saturation Patrols) has been proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely. 

Tragically, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries throughout the state California in 2014. Over the course of the past three years, Newport Beach Police officers have investigated 373 DUI collisions in our city, which have claimed four lives and resulted in another 303 injuries. 

A study of active drivers revealed that more people tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, and showed slightly higher use than alcohol (7.4 percent). Everyone should be mindful that, if you are taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol in combination with your medication can greatly intensify impairment. 

Consider using the California Office of Traffic Safety’s DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app, which is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app helps designated sober drivers find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives (from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more). Those who have been drinking can use the app to contact Uber, Lyft, or Curb to get a sober ride home. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. 

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to Newport Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach


Newport-Mesa Unified names new Wilson School principal

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has selected Mia King as the principal of Wilson Elementary School. King has 15 years of experience in education and is known for her approach to creating positive school cultures and developing successful instructional programs.

King, a former elementary instructional support specialist with NMUSD, has served as the interim principal for Wilson Elementary since November 2016.

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Mia King will serve as Wilson Elementary School’s new principal

“Mia has done an outstanding job of connecting with the Wilson students, the staff and the community. Her focus on positive relationships and her deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction will be instrumental in her role as the school principal,” said Kurt Suhr, executive director of elementary education.

As a teacher on special assignment with NMUSD, King developed instructional literacy programs, facilitated lesson designs, created and organized professional development for teachers and provided instructional support in the English language arts curriculum.

Prior to joining NMUSD, King served as a teacher in grades first through sixth with Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD). During her time at GGUSD she was a grade level chair, facilitated parent meetings surrounding nutrition and academics, organized school community events, contributed to school-wide discipline plans and participated in School Site Council, where she contributed to the review and evaluation of school improvement programs and budgets.

“I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue as part of the Wilson community,” King said. “I am committed to collaborative approaches to achieving greatness with staff, students and the parent community,” she added.

King’s appointment will be recommended to the Board of Education at the Feb 14, 2017 Board meeting. Upon approval, the appointment will be effective Feb 15, 2017.


NBPD is Walkin’ on Sunshine…say what?

The Newport Beach Police Department has come up with a fun way to offer tips to deal with a serious crime that affects our community: car burglaries. Here are three little steps to remember every time you park your car.

Check it out here:


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Up close and personal with the Chargers; another NB leader passes

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Several months ago, I committed to a speaking engagement in town; it was politically related; love doing that stuff. So last week, I get an email from the event organizer apologizing for not taking the time to thank me afterwards.

I wish I could tell him/her that I was waiting by the mailbox everyday for the past few months, hoping that the thank you note would be in that day’s mail…not even close. To have the opportunity to be a part of furthering the dialogue in this community is always a pleasure; no thank you ever required.

However, if you want to send money, it’s capital T…just kidding…not a politician…don’t have a Sacramento or D.C. address. 

Apologies to State Senator John Moorlach (R - 37th District) and Assemblyman Mathew Harper (R - 74th District)…both good guys doing the heavy lifting in a very unfriendly Sacramento.

Speaking of Harper, ran into him Monday at a community-welcoming luncheon for the Los Angeles Chargers at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Steve Rosansky was also in attendance.

It’s pretty cool that the Chargers are moving their headquarters to our neighboring Costa Mesa…that means real estate purchases, shopping, community involvement, et al.

Had the chance to meet Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos…he was genuinely excited and it showed. 

Charger Coach Anthony Lynn was also there. Regarding a question concerning his mentors in the coaching business, Lynn listed Bill Walsh, Mike Shanahan and Bill Parcells. Those are some pretty good names to emulate.

Seems like a great guy for the job, and very approachable to the community. 

Newport Beach was rocked by another legendary loss with the passing last week of Dr. Norm Loats. Loats was an educator and then an administrator at Newport Harbor High School. He became superintendent of schools with the Costa Mesa School District, prior to the development of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Today the auditorium at NHHS bears his name.

Dr. Loats was a longtime Commodore in the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and was named Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Loats also served in World War II aboard the USS Gambier Bay that became the only American aircraft carrier sunk by enemy gunfire during the war. Norm floated in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by many other sailors who had been killed, avoiding sharks that came to join in a feeding frenzy. He was rescued three days later.

Funeral services for Norm will be held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar at the chapel on Thursday, March 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Norm’s wish would be that a donation be made to the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation (http://newportmesaschoolsfoundation.com).

Dr. Loats is survived by his wife, Sarah.

Elsewhere around town, no more jetpacks on the Bay, the City Council voted to eliminate them in the future through a Consent Calendar item on Tuesday’s agenda.

Additionally, the City, the Village Inn ownership and neighbors on Balboa Island finally agreed on all prior differences to allow outside dining and entertainment moving forward.


NB Fairmont sells, changes name to The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. has announced the sale of the 444-room Fairmont

Newport Beach for $125 million, or approximately $281,500 per key.

According to Chief Investment Officer Robert Springer, “We are pleased to announce the sale of the Fairmont Newport Beach which in 2016 produced RevPAR nearly 25 percent below our portfolio average.”  

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The Duke Hotel Newport Beach to undergo multi-million dollar renovation

Crescent Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the property moving forward under the flag The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, an upscale, lifestyle hotel. The property will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018.

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated “White Label” hotel effective Feb 22, 2017. It will be positioned and operated under Crescent’s Lifestyle division, Latitudes, Lifestyles by Crescent.

Adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, the property has 444 luxury guestrooms including 54 suites, rooftop pool with cabanas, an 8,000-sq.-ft. spa, bocce court, tennis/sport courts, wedding gazebo, fitness center, restaurant, full bar and 42,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including 27,000 sq. ft. of outdoor function space.

“The Duke Hotel Newport Beach aligns well with Crescent due to our extensive experience in repositioning unique and complex lifestyle hotels,” said Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an elite Marriott International hotel manager, combined with our experience operating in Southern California, will maximize the potential of this great hotel.”

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach is located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd.