Back to Top

Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicks off today!

The Bungalow rack of lamb

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Newport 

Beach Restaurant Week

A favorite dish at The Bungalow in Corona del Mar – coriander and pepper crusted rack of lamb with yukon gold mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, garnished with a mint gastrique

Newport Beach Restaurant Week (NBRW) presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association kicks off today, Monday, Jan. 5 and continues through the 28th. Celebrating its 12th year, there are 56 restaurants participating including five new ones, so get out there and discover some unique culinary adventures, as well as revisiting some of your traditional favorites!

Touted as the longest-running restaurant week in Orange County, NBRW is the top-grossing culinary event in the City of Newport Beach. In 2017, this foodie experience garnered $3.3 million in consumer spending.

The Winery filet mignon

Click on photo for a larger image

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar’s grilled filet mignon on a bed of succulent corn with prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Take a trip around the world to discover what’s so special about these 14 days of palate-pleasing experiences. You’ll embark on a culinary journey of two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. 

Participating restaurants range from local havens such as Summer House in Corona del Mar and 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront to chic dining experiences such as Red O and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new to Restaurant Week participants include Balboa Lily’s, Free Range, La French Touch, Pizza Nova and Nobu.

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.

Nobu Rock Shrimp

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Steven Freeman

Nobu’s rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 1.15.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Old Newport Realty with its sign that read, “We handle Balboa Island, Balboa Beach, East Newport and Newport Property.”

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Peotter’s on a winning streak…how long can it last?

TomJohnson

One year ago at this time the odds seemed stacked against City Councilman Scott Peotter surviving the year ahead.

He was connected to the losing side of the Museum House and targeted in a recall effort by a local citizen’s group.

After months of gathering, the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter turned in 10,696 signatures to the Newport Beach City Clerk and seemed confident of a positive outcome.

They only needed 8,445 valid signatures, so the padding seemed enough. However, eventually only 8,339 were confirmed valid. The Recall Committee had fallen short.

Peotter survived!

Then, last week the news got worse for the Recall Committee. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office seized all of the previously submitted signatures/petitions in what appears “inconsistencies.”

Former City Council candidate Phil Greer, who acts as the recall committee’s attorney, said he “doesn’t think anyone from the committee acted improperly.”

Peotter, on the other hand, has never agreed with the effort and claims the “circulators told lies to get people to sign the recall effort.”

Susan Skinner, one of the key players behind the recall, told StuNewsNewport, “You may have heard that the D.A. confiscated the petitions related to the recall of Scott Peotter. We understand that this occurred because one of the paid professional circulators allegedly forged signatures on the petition.”

She added, “The Committee to Recall Scott Peotter was shocked to learn that a paid professional circulator allegedly forged a small number of signatures on our petition. We applaud the decision of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to investigate this matter and we urge his office to also investigate if this activity was coordinated with any third party in an effort to undermine the petition process.”

I’m sure Councilman Peotter is sleeping more comfortably these days. Rest up my friend, something tells me, the big next chapter comes in November.

• • •

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has been looking for a new Lead Pastor and Head of Staff since Dr. Richard Kannwischer left earlier last year to take the Senior Pastor role at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.

Well, they appear to have found their man. Dr. Chapman “Chap” Clark has been proposed to the St. Andrews’ congregation following an extensive 100+ candidate search by the church’s Pastor Nominating Committee.

Dr. Clark’s resume includes extensive work with the Fuller Theological Seminary and a previous stint in Southern California at Glendale Presbyterian Church.

 Dr. Clark will be presented for affirmation to the congregation in a Session on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 12:45 p.m.

• • •

Did you hear about the yellow-bellied sea snake that was found in Newport Beach last week? It’s a rare venomous, warm-water snake not usually found in these parts. In fact, only five similar snakes have ever been found locally.

So, why’s it here? Some folks are suggesting climate change.

It’s no longer here, however, so don’t worry. It’s now in a jar at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

So much for science.

• • •

Congrats to Supervisor Andrew Do, First District, who was named Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday, Jan. 9. He replaces Supervisor Michelle Steel who served last year and represented Newport Beach in the Second District.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District, will serve as Vice Chair.


CdM could see library/fire station construction begin in Spring

By AMY SNIDER SENK

CdM Library

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

It might be more expensive than it would have been a year ago when city staff first asked for construction bids, but it’s possible that the Corona del Mar fire station and library project might actually break ground in 2018.

The buildings on Marigold Avenue are about 60 years old, and city staff has been discussing plans to replace them for years. In 2014, staff confirmed they were considering a plan to demolish both buildings at the same time, then rebuild as one combined project, with a library downstairs and room for firefighters on the second floor.

But when the first official plans appeared a year later, locals were unhappy to learn that the library space in the new building would be reduced to 2,500 feet from its current 3,750 feet. A group called Friends of the CdM Library formed, calling for and attending town meetings. The library space grew, along with the project’s price tag, but in the end, the City Council approved the $7.35 million project. Bids went out in November 2016, but city staff found the results too expensive. But before they could re-bid the project, the City Council decided to put it on hold, possibly for five years, because of pension-related budget concerns.

In October, however, the Council had a change of heart and CdM representative Scott Peotter requested new bids be sought. So, city staff currently has opened the project for bids with a February 8 deadline. If all goes well, staff could ask the City Council to award a contract in March with construction beginning in the Spring.

But the construction business is booming, with costs increasing. From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, construction costs for Newport Beach rose 5 to 6 percent, according to Mark Vukojevic, the city’s Public Works director. In the past six months, those costs ramped up even more, he said.

If the bids are out of line, he said, staff might try again. Or, he said, they might try to find money to pay for the increased costs if the bids seem in line with market costs.

“We’ll analyze it and make a recommendation in March,” Vukojevic said. “We’re excited to get this project off the ground.”

When (and if) construction begins, the project should take 18 months to complete, according to Vukojevic. Some library services will be offered at Grant Howald Park’s Community Youth Center, with the Central Library taking up the slack. The fire station will take over part of the OASIS Senior Center’s auxiliary parking lot at Fifth and Marguerite avenues, with firefighters working and sleeping in trailers.

Joy Brenner, founder of the Friends of the CdM Library group, said she worried that expensive bids might give the Council reason to delay the project.

“I think we’re in limbo,” she said. “I’m still hopeful. I have a wait-and-see attitude, but I’m hopeful.”

~~~~~~~~

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


Auto racing legend Dan Gurney reaches life’s finish line

Dan Gurney

Submitted photo

Dan Gurney

Auto racing legend and Newport Beach resident Dan Gurney died Sunday, Jan. 14, following complications of pneumonia at 86.

During his career, Gurney became the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR. He retired from racing in 1970 with 51 victories.

Funeral arrangements are to be private, but the family asked that donations be made to the Hoag Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.


“Be the One” to drive change in Orange County during Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Kathleen Neff

Submitted photo

Kathleen Neff, Junior League’s Human Trafficking Awareness Manager

In collaboration with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. (JLOCC), based in Newport Beach, is marking Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a number of activities and educational events to increase awareness of human trafficking in Orange County.

One primary focus is centered on a social media campaign called “Be the One” to inspire people to be the one to drive change in Orange County. Interested people are asked to post a photo of themselves in the month of January holding a sign that reads: BT1. BE THE ONE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Participants in this social media campaign are asked to create a tagline for their photos identifying who they are: “I am a mother,” “I am a teacher,” “I am a police officer,” “I am a volunteer,” etc., then paste in the following statement into their post: [Insert personal tagline]. Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. I encourage you to replicate this photo at home and join the anti-trafficking movement with us. BE THE ONE to make a difference! Visit these websites, www.jlocc.org

and www.ochumantrafficking.com to learn more.  #BeTheOne, #EndItMovement, #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth, #StopTrafficking, #JLOCC, #OCHTTF, #OCTA

Another way JLOCC and OCHTTF are teaming up is by holding a drive to collect gift cards in $25 increments from Target, Walmart and Uber, along with other items for distribution to local victims of sex trafficking.

Members of the public can get involved by bringing donations during January to JLOCC’s office at 5140 Campus Drive in Newport Beach. The phone number is 949.261.0823. Appropriate items in their original packaging are as follows: laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags and tampons. Alternatively, an Amazon Wish List has been created; click here for details: http://amzn.to/2qTJb0n.

According to OCHTTF, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the county involving primarily female victims as young as nine years old, who are recruited into this modern-day version of slavery, most often kept against their will and then sold repeatedly for sex. Statistics show 241 victims of sex trafficking were assisted in Orange County in 2016 alone, with each victim on average worth potentially more than $200,000 yearly to their pimps. This statistic only indicates those who have been assisted, and does not pinpoint how many victims are actually out there. The fluidity of this crime makes it hard to know how many people are truly affected.

While no young girl is completely safe from potential abuse, foster children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in that they often lack a stable home life and support system. Criminals use online advertising tactics to attract their potential customers, and find their victims at malls, skating rinks, schools and other locations.

The OCHTTF states commercial sex or prostitution involving anyone under 18 is human trafficking and those who are prostituted are considered trafficking victims. Members of OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation.

Recognizing the breadth and cost of this crime, JLOCC has committed to focusing on foster youth and human trafficking by pursuing a human trafficking awareness and education campaign. It also supports the Orangewood Resource Center through the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities project that is focused on supporting teenagers emancipating from the county’s foster care system, and helping to ease their transition into independent living and adulthood.

“Community partnerships, such as that with Junior League, are important to the overall success in addressing this issue in Orange County. The Task Force has always held to the belief that we can’t address this issue alone, said Linh Tran, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s Administrator and Supervisor. “It takes a community to come together to send a message to help make Orange County a safer place for victims who were afraid to ask for help in the past and an unsafe place for traffickers and pimps to commit their crimes here.”

“Most people in Orange County are unaware that human trafficking exists here –and they would be shocked to hear that it’s happening in their own neighborhood. Junior League is pleased to do our part to educate the community and promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” said Kathleen Neff, Junior League’s Human Trafficking Awareness Manager. “We believe we can make an impact by expanding existing community-based education programs about how to identify and help victims of human trafficking in Orange County.”

Once a month, JLOCC helps support the Orangewood Foundation provide a public education forum for Orange County residents to continue to drive awareness throughout the year. To attend a public community forum, click here: https://orangewoodfoundation.org/what-we-do/trafficking.

For more information, visit www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking or https://jlocc.org.


Shop Talk Shopping Bag

By LANA JOHNSON

Help to protect our oceans, when you shop for a good cause this Valentine’s Day

Wyland art

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

On Thursday, Feb. 8, enjoy a special evening with Kendra Scott Jewelry in Fashion Island from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy champagne, wine and gourmet desserts while you shop for the love of your life, celebrating Valentine’s Day.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Wyland Foundation.

Please RSVP to Erin O’Flaherty at 949.643.7070 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by Feb. 6. If you are unable to attend the event call Erin O’Flaherty to place your order, and your purchase will still benefit the Wyland Foundation. Shipping is free.

Kendra Scott Jewelry Newport Beach is located at 235 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects and community events.

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know operates a Newport Beach-based business that you would like to see featured in Shop Talk, please send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns January 15- 28

NBRW 2018

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos, courtesy of Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Save room, Newport Beach Restaurant Week presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week, returns for its 12th year on January 15 - 28, 2018. The event’s theme, “Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey,” showcases Newport Beach as Orange County’s premier dining destination offering diners a wide variety of culinary experiences celebrating creations that will spotlight the best of dining in Newport Beach.

New this year is an intimate dine-around experience that sold out tonight, Thursday, Jan. 11 at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center, providing dining aficionados a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes from Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea and Mayor’s Table from the soon-to-open Lido House hotel. Tickets were $35 which includes tastings for each booth and two glasses of wine or beer.

Fly N Fish Oyster BarLRG

A delicacy from Fly-n-Fish Oyster Bar & Grill

Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2018 participating restaurants will offer special, two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Participating restaurants are palate pleasing options ranging from local havens such as Summer House in Corona del Mar and 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront to chic dining experiences such as Red O and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new to Restaurant Week participants include Balboa Lily’s, Free Range, La French Touch, Pizza Nova, and Nobu. Additional details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.

For more information, visit https://www.dinenb.com/about/newport-beach-restaurant-association/.


Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club announces monthly meeting

Stephen Landsman

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the OASIS Senior Center, Room 1. There is a nominal admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a networking social and light refreshments; the meeting begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required.

Tax Reform is on everyone’s mind these days. Their guest speaker, Stephen Landsman, CPA and Tax Partner with Squar Milner, LLP, will lead an energetic and informative discussion on the Tax Reform bill and what its changes can mean. They will also provide an opportunity for an audience Q & A following Landsman’s presentation.

NBWDC’s Annual Meeting will follow the guest speaker, and include officer elections, a recap of 2017 accomplishments and a preview of 2018 goals.

Visit www.NBWDC.org to RSVP and for additional meeting information. You can also call and leave a message at 949.423.6468.

The OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Ample and convenient free parking is available.


Newport Beach Chamber business luncheon set for Jan 17

Come enjoy a delicious lunch at The Capital Grille while making connections with other business professionals – it’s networking with a relaxed vibe, presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Cost: Chamber Member, $ 35; Non-member, $40.

The Capital Grille is located at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa in South Coast Plaza.

For more information and to register, visit www.newportbeachchamber.com.


Sign of the times

Stu News Newport has some more fun in store for our readers, we’re calling it Sign of the times

We’ll pick out signs, yup, everyday signs around town that are easily recognizable in their full presentation. However, we’re only going to give you part of the image. Your challenge is to tell us what business connects with the sign and where it is located. 

If you know a business you would like to see featured in our treasure hunt, take a photo of it, let us know where it is and we’ll take it from there…just send the info. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy Hunting!

Sign of the times challenge 1.11.18

Click on photo for a larger image


Search warrant in 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s homicide investigation is served in Newport Beach

Blaze Berstein

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo courtesy of Gideon Bernstein

A search warrant has been served in Newport Beach in connection with 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s death, which is being investigated as a homicide

The body of the 19-year-old man found in Borrego Park (Lake Forest) by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators has been identified as missing Ivy League student Blaze Bernstein. Bernstein was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and was reported missing by his family to Sheriff’s Department investigators the following day. 

Sheriff’s investigators are actively investigating the case and early yesterday morning, Jan.10, “a search warrant in relation to the case was served in the city of Newport Beach,” said Carrie Braun, Public Information Manager, OCSD.

The case is now being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was performed yesterday. No additional information regarding the cause of death or the condition of the body is being released at this time. 

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS.


Pelican Hill appoints Hayato Nogaki as director of food and beverage

Hayato Nogaki TK

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Pelican Hill 

The Resort at Pelican Hill® has appointed Hayato Nogaki as director of food and beverage, overseeing all restaurant, in-room dining and banquet food and beverage operations for the 504-acre coastal destination.

“Hayato’s 15 years of experience in luxury hospitality will provide strong direction and operational accountability, as we deliver indelible memories to guests from near and far,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “We shape memorable experiences by anticipating the expectations and personal preferences of each guest around our resort tables in the same way we warmly welcome friends and family into our own homes.”

Striving for inspirational and unprecedented experiences, Nogaki will guide Five-Star service delivery to the world’s most discerning travelers and local guests throughout Pelican Hill’s ocean-view restaurants, cafes, lounges and event venues, as well as 24-hour in-room dining. He will also lead operations for the luxury resort’s popular entertainment and dining programs, including live music and holiday ballroom brunches.

With its light-filled dining room, circular bar and stunning ocean views, Italian restaurant Andrea recreates storied culinary traditions and classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy. A fun and casual restaurant serving contemporary American favorites, the Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the iconic Coliseum Pool, back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean. Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintessential California dining experience, featuring fresh and locally sourced foods, al fresco dining on the ocean-view terrace, and a lively lounge popular for viewing sports on two giant televisions.

In addition to the Resort’s three main restaurants, the Villa Clubhouse serves breakfast and lunch to resort guests exclusively and features weekend evening dining at Piccolo, a globally inspired small plates epicurean experience. Welcoming locals and resort guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between, Caffe & Market offers barista-made coffee, resort-churned gelato, and hundreds of gourmet food and beverage items for casually dining in or conveniently taking away. A lively place to gather, savor and linger, the Great Room Social Lounge features craft cocktails, small bites and weekend afternoon tea service, plus evening live entertainment.

Nogaki joined Pelican Hill from Salamander Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as resort manager for Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, and previously as corporate director of food and beverage, as well as Henderson Beach Resort’s opening food and beverage operations director. Before that, he directed food and beverage for several luxury destinations, including California’s Carmel Valley Ranch, South Carolina’s The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Florida’s Innisbrook Resort, where he later was director of operations and resort manager. Nogaki started his hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sophia University in Tokyo.

Pelican Hill is located at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast. www.pelicanhill.com


Newport Beach Chamber to hold blood drive

blood drive

Submitted photo

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a blood drive in conjunction with Hoag Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donors are advised to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. Maintain usual eating habits on the day of donation, avoiding fatty foods if possible. All donors must show picture identification.

Walkups are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Visit www.hoagblooddonor.org to schedule an appointment, or call 888.538.6199.

The blood drive will take place in the Chamber parking lot, located at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach. Parking will be validated.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachchamber.com.


Little Lido Kids Club – Wonderful Winter!

Stella Queen of the Snow

Submitted photo

You’re invited to the Little Lido Kids Club on Thursday, January 18 from 10 to11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of Stella: Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay. Kids will enjoy creating a beautiful snowflake of their very own and moms will love the opportunity drawings and specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including $25 off your purchase at Eberjay, 15 percent off your purchase at Bailey44, 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books, 10 percent off your purchase at Sweaty Betty (first-time customers only), and 10 percent off any one item at YOLK.

This event is free and open to the public, but Little Lido Kids Club asks that you RSVP by visiting bit.ly/LLwonderfulwinter. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing for a copy of the book of the day from Lido Village Books, a free week at Curl Fitness, a gift certificate to Sweaty Betty, and a $10 gift card to YOLK. You must register before 8 p.m. on January 17 and be present to win. 

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Lido, Ste. 102, Newport Beach. www.lidomarinavillage.com

snowflake

Courtesy of Lido Marina Village


Jewish Collaborative holds monthly Shabbat meeting

Julie Marzouk

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Jewish Collaborative 

of Orange County

Professor Julie Marzouk is the featured guest speaker

On Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m., the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County will hold its monthly Shabbat meeting. Get a joyful start to 2018 with Rabbi Marcia Tilchin.

Enjoy authentic davening, upbeat music melodies and meaningful discussions, followed by a community lunch for all attendees.

The featured special guest is Professor Julie Marzouk, assistant clinical professor and co-director of Aitken Family Protection Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. She will be speaking on, “For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: The Inherent Jewish Value in Embracing Those Fleeing from Persecution.”

Babysitting is available with a Junior Congregation at 10:30 a.m.

To learn more, sign up at https://jewishcollaborativeoc.org/2017/02/02/jcooc-family-friendly-shabbat-in-newport

The meeting is hosted at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.


Here comes the bride…

bride with bouquet

Submitted photo

Brides to be…mark your calendar for Bridal Affair Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Harborside Grand Ballroom.

Presented by Events by Cori, OC’s top professionals will be on hand to help you plan your perfect wedding. Sip champagne and enjoy small bites, preview a bridal fashion show by Casablanca Bridal Flagship and the learn about the most exciting new trends for 2018.

RSVP for complimentary admission, parking, a swag bag and opportunity drawing tickets good for prizes. Click here to get tickets or RSVP. 

Harborside Grand Ballroom is located at 400 Main St., Newport Beach. For additional information, call 949.322.1091, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit www.mybridalaffair.com.


Five Crowns, SideDoor names new executive chef

Chef Padilla

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Alejandra Padilla is the new Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor

Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. has appointed Alejandra Padilla as Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar.

Chef Padilla comes to Five Crowns and SideDoor from Hillstone Restaurant Group, where she served as Culinary Manager since 2015. Prior to joining Hillstone, Padilla moved up the ranks at Patina Restaurant Group where she started in 2010 as Sous Chef at La Fonda Del Sol in New York before moving to Los Angeles to take a position as Sous Chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse. She was quickly promoted to Executive Chef, a position she served at two different Market Café locations in Los Angeles. Chef Padilla appeared on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats in 2010 and was also the winner of the Season 6 premiere episode of Food Network’s Chopped in 2011.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Alejandra to our core team and restaurant family,” said Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President, Ryan O’Melveny Wilson. “She is a culinary talent that brings a passion and extensive knowledge to the kitchen that will be a tremendous asset as we continue to maintain the highest standards for both of our restaurants.”

Inspired to become a professional chef at an early age, Chef Padilla has worn many hats in the restaurant industry and has found a fitting home as Executive Chef at Five Crowns and SideDoor.

“It’s a true honor to become a part of the Lawry’s Restaurant family, and I look forward to helping make each visit to Five Crowns and SideDoor a memorable experience,” Padilla said.

To learn more about Five Crowns and SideDoor, visit www.lawrysonline.com.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge at Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach announce winter food & drink events

Macallan Whisky

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

Macallan Whisky Dinner at Oak Grill takes place January 25

During chillier January, February and March, you’ll want to make Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge your go-to destinations for winter holidays, special dinners, themed National Drink Wine and National Margarita Days, as well as NCAA March Madness viewing.

Macallan Whisky Dinner at Oak Grill, Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Whisky lovers will not get away from this experience “scotch” free. Oak Grill’s Whisky Dinner is where they’ll get a taste of premium Macallan whiskies, specifically 10-, 12-, 15- and 18-year-old aged selections, plus Rare Cask Scotch – all paired with a special chef-designed menu. Cost: $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 949.760.4920.

Valentine’s Day Night Four-Course Dinner at Oak Grill, Wednesday, Feb. 14. A romantic dinner and bubbling champagne – what’s not to love? For a holiday dinner with that special date or dining with a group of adored friends, Oak Grill’s four-course prix fixe menu starts with shared Crudo Duo of Hamachi and Ahi, and then a choice of Valentine’s Day Salad with shaved fennel, strawberries and candied pecans or 

Creamy Lobster Bisque with lump crab and brandy crème fraîche. The third course is a 12o.z. Bone-in Filet with sauce bordelaise, Shrimp and Mussels with a champagne cream sauce or Red Snapper Milanese – all entrees accompanied by awesome sides. The sweet for sweethearts is shared Strawberry Au Chocolate Shortbread with Grand Marnier Cream. A glass of champagne or rosé, plus a budding rose for a special someone is included. Cost: $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, book at www.opentable.com/oak-grill or call 949.760.4920.

National Drink Wine Day at Oak Grill, Sunday, Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. to close. If there was ever a day to uncork and unwind, it would be National Drink Wine Day! Wine lovers can order a glass of Oak Grill’s house red, white or sparkling for just $5.

Margaritas

Celebrate National Margarita Day with your favorite refreshing concoction

National Margarita Day at Aqua Lounge, Thursday, Feb. 22. On the rocks, with salt or without – however margarita fans take ‘em – the cocktail experts will be pouring up $5 house margaritas all day in honor of National Margarita Day.

NCAA March Madness at Aqua Lounge, Mar. 13 – Apr. 2 from 3 p.m. to close. Offering great deals on drinks while rooters watch the games. Wear your favorite team’s gear to receive 50 percent off select beers.

green beer

St. Patrick’s Day O’Specials at Oak Grill, Saturday March 17. Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day specials: Green Eggs Benedict for breakfast ($17), Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner ($24) and green beers all day long ($8 each).

Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge are located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4920. www.FashionIslandHotel.com

Ciao Vincenza!


Police Files

Newport man arrested on attempted murder, torture and kidnapping charges

Richard David Schlosser, 36, Newport Beach, has been arrested on a number of charges including attempted murder.

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10:17 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Newport Boulevard in response to a request for a welfare check.  

At the residence, they made contact with Schlosser and the victim. Officers identified reason to believe that a crime had occurred and initiated a thorough investigation. Schlosser was subsequently arrested without incident for the charges of torture, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, threatening crime with intent to terrorize, false imprisonment and kidnapping.

Because of entitled victim confidentiality requirements, those are the minimal details that have been shared to this point.

Schlosser’s bail has been set at $2,000,000.

Bike ride turns into bad morning in jail that just gets worse

On Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10:28 a.m., NBPD officers observed a man, Timothy Raymond Barela, 26, Newport Beach, riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Superior Avenue approaching Hoag Health Center. Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is prohibited (with few exceptions) by the Newport Beach municipal code.  

The man then crossed the intersection against a red light and officers initiated a stop.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Barela had a number of different types of prescription narcotics, without any accompanying prescriptions. He also had narcotics paraphernalia, including a glass pipe, butane torches and a digital scale with narcotics residue.

 Barela also had a large amount of methamphetamine, “far beyond the amount that would be kept for personal use and someone else’s identification,” said a NBPD spokesperson.

He was arrested for five charges: possession of the prescription pills, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, appropriation of lost property and failing to stop at the red light.  

Before entering the NBPD jail, Barela was notified that it is a felony to bring narcotics or contraband into the jail facility. During his following custody search, an officer located three baggies of cocaine, resulting in an additional charge.

Barela had his bail set at $25,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


City reaches tentative agreement with FAA

JWA

Submitted photo

Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill and their City Council colleagues, have announced that the City of Newport Beach has reached a tentative agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding flight paths from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA).

“The litigation was a bold step for the City Council in 2016 – as well as for former Chair Michelle Steel and the Orange County Board of Supervisors – and it is coming to a successful legal conclusion,” said Mayor Duffied. “Protecting our community against the negative impacts of the airport is the most important thing we do here in Newport Beach.”

The agreement remains subject to the approval of the FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the City Council’s direction, the City sued the FAA in October 2016 regarding the FAA’s environmental document associated with the FAA’s nationwide “NextGen” program’s implementation in Southern California. 

The recent legal settlement also involves the County of Orange, the operator of SNA, which intervened in the action after the City filed its lawsuit. 

The City filed the lawsuit after it did not see adequate protections for the Newport Beach community’s quality of life. The City argued that the FAA could use the document to significantly change the historical flight paths down the middle of the Upper Newport Bay. Flight paths for planes departing from SNA could have been routed across a majority of the city, from the tip of Newport Coast to the Santa Ana River, under the environmental documents prepared for NextGen.

“As a City Council, this is a good outcome, but we’re not done. We will remain vigilant in protecting the landmark 1985 Settlement Agreement – within which the JWA curfew, the noise limits, and the passenger caps are contained – so that John Wayne Airport is operated with the least impact to our residents well into the future,” said Mayor Pro Tem O’Neill.

The City Council understood that any litigation against the FAA would be an uphill battle and was by no means a guaranteed success; however, the City Council was and is committed to protecting the interests of Newport Beach residents and determined that this was a necessary challenge. As a direct result of the City’s litigation, the FAA agreed that the NextGen flight paths will stay between the existing SNA noise monitors and will design and study one of the nation’s first precision-based curved departure procedures for SNA. This procedure, planned for implementation in the coming weeks, would in theory allow planes to follow the curves of the Upper Newport Bay, therefore avoiding as many residential areas as possible.

“We have appreciated how the FAA’s design staff in Renton, WA has worked with us through these challenging talks. This demonstrates the FAA’s commitment to continuing to work with our community and the airport on a going-forward basis, and I admire that,” said City Manager Dave Kiff. “This gives me optimism for the future that our other concerns can be thoughtfully addressed, too.”

Further, the FAA agreed to ensure all future changes to flight paths will be fully analyzed anew under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Finally, additional protections were secured against excessive “early offshore turns” that, if allowed, would bring certain departures closer to Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.

According to City Attorney Aaron Harp, this settlement agreement represents an outcome “better than what could be expected had this matter gone through to trial,” as the trial would solely have focused on the adequacy of the environmental document.


City closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Newport Beach City Hall and most City facilities will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 15.

There will be no street sweeping on Monday, Jan. 15 and then for the remainder of the week, street sweeping will be on its regular schedule.

Trash collection will remain on its regular schedule, Monday through Friday. Please set your carts curbside on your regular collection day.

For questions about street sweeping or trash collection, contact the City’s Municipal Operations Department by calling 949.644.3055.


Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction on January 26

El Navegante

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Bleu Cotton Photography

“El Navegante” took first place honors as the Best Powerboat

It’s not too late to make your reservations for the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction. The event takes place on Friday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, kicking off with a cocktail reception and five-star dinner with wine. 

Open to the public, the gala will honor the winners of the 2017 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights competitions and raise funds for next year’s parade. All award winners receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take part in incredible live and silent auctions. There will be hundreds of unique items to choose from including travel excursions, weekend getaways, fine dining, rare jewelry, art, hotel stays and more. Whether you are a seasoned bidder or a novice, there will surely be an item you’ll want to take home. And once the auction is over, put on your dancing shoes as you enjoy the fabulous live entertainment.

Individual tickets are available at $125, which includes a four-course dinner with wine. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500 for a table of 10, which includes sponsor benefits, preferred tsable location and more.

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.newportbeach.com.


CdM Chamber to hold sunset networking mixer

clinking wine glasses

Submitted photo

Meet new people while you mingle and mix with community friends and neighbors at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s sunset networking mixer and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harcourt Newport Properties.

In a sunset setting, enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers which sharing your products or services with others.

This event is open to the public, so invite a friend or colleague to join you.

Cost: Chamber members are free; Guests, $10. This event does not require advance RSVP, but it is suggested for easy access and confirmation.

Harcourt Newport Properties is located at 2747 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar (next to Bruegger’s Bagels). Register at www.cdmchamber.com.

Corona de Mar Chamber of Commerce is located at 2855 E. Coast Highway, Ste. 101, Corona del Mar.


Anchors Aweigh online auction to benefit Harbor High

anchors aweigh

Courtesy of Newport Harbor 

Education Foundation

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from Feb. 7 – Mar. 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, Mar. 9 gala. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until Feb. 28 and $135 thereafter.

The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High 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 Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Local supporters are welcome to bid online and join in the gala event.

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

The gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.supportnhhs.com


Advisory: stay out of the water

Newport Beach surfLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, a rain advisory was put into effect as of Tuesday, Jan. 9, along the Orange County beach areas.

The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least three days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff of the beach during the wet weather conditions.

You can check local water conditions at www.ocbeachinfo.com.


SideDoor’s monthly cheese takeover culminates with the ultimate backyard party

SideDoor

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The evening features four creameries in the tasting series

SideDoor in Corona del Mar is known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, and in 2017 began presenting a new series dedicating one evening a month to boutique creameries and specialty cheeses. A different creamery is featured at each event, and twice a year the series culminates in the ultimate celebration of fromage with the Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party – the next taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The evening will showcase the previous four creameries of the series including Jasper Hill (Sep. 2017), Rogue (Oct. 2017), French Theme (Nov. 2017) and Adante (Dec. 2017), and offer cheese, charcuterie, passed appetizers and beverage pairings.

SideDoor’s own certified expert and cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand to educate guests on the various cheeses presented and to recommend the perfect pairings.

The cost of this delicious cheesy event is $45 per person (includes tax and gratuity). To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2BLEfwp. For reservations, call 949.717.4322

SideDoor is Corona del Mar›s first and only English gastropub. A red key hangs over the entryway on Poppy Street as an unspoken invitation to indulge in world-class spirits, craft beer and wine flights. Cozy up to one of the fireplaces, and enjoy food and drink in a convivial atmosphere. Located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.sidedoorcdm.com


School Notes

Fencing coming to secure Mariners and Newport Heights

In an effort to enhance security at the elementary school sites, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has implemented a program to better control the points of visitor access to the sites.

Adams, Andersen, Victoria and Eastbluff Elementary had fencing improvements completed in the last year. Mariners, Newport Heights and Wilson Elementary were board approved to begin assessment, schematic design and project estimates. Mariners, Newport Heights and Wilson Elementary are scheduled as the next schools to obtain fencing improvements.

Two Newport Beach Community Information Meetings will be held as follows: Mariners Elementary School – Multipurpose Room, Thursday, Jan. 11, 

6 - 7 p.m. and Newport Heights Elementary School – Multipurpose Room, Friday, Jan. 12, 6 - 7 p.m. 

NHHS Calendar

Newport Harbor Education Foundation

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Heritage Hall

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 10, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Newkirk Conference Room

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Library Reading Room

School Site Council

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Heritage Hall 

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

Winter Formal Dance

Friday, Feb. 2, 8 - 11 p.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Buena Park

CdMHS Calendar

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Lecture Hall

Parent Naviance Meeting

Naviance is a college management software program that all students are

trained on beginning in the ninth grade. Parents can access this tool as well. For more information and training, please attend this session with Kathy Hath.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10 - 11 a.m. 

Lecture Hall

Thursday, Jan. 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Lecture Hall 

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 31, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Lecture Hall

Halo Show

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 - 3, 7 - 9 p.m.

CdMHS Theater


Top five reasons to attend Spirit Run 

New Year’s Resolutions are still in our thoughts. For most, exercising tops the list. Spirit Run could be your incentive to exercise more. There are at least five reasons.

No. 1 - Wide range of running and walking events for all ages and ability levels, and even for your dog.

Mile: Depending on your age, and how fast you can finish, there are several options.

elite mile start line

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos Courtesy of Spirit Run

Elite Mile: This is for men and women who can finish a mile in four minutes 30 seconds, and five minutes, respectively. The point to point course travels primarily on a decline and is fast! The winner is expected to break four minutes.

Open Mile: If you’re not elite but can finish in 10 minutes, set a personal record or check your fitness in the Open Mile. You must be 13 or older to enter.

Sean Gildea

Last year’s Dog Mile winner, Sean Gildea, finished in four minutes 41 seconds

Dog Mile: Test your dog’s speed or jog with him in the Dog Mile. Although you’re allowed 15 minutes to finish, this race is popular with the speedsters. Last year, the winner and his dog finished in four minutes 41 seconds!

Family Mile: This new event is for families to jog and/or walk together. Participants have 20 minutes to finish.

Youth 1/4 - 1 Mile: There is a 1/4 mile race for age four, a 1/2 mile race for ages five and six, and three separate mile races for ages seven through 12.

5k: Spirit Run is the only event to host separate 5k races for children and adults. Both courses loop around Fashion Island.

fierce youth competitors

Youth 5k: This is open to high school aged youth and younger. Children race without adult interference and a child breaks the finish line.

Adult 5k: Elite athletes and joggers alike enjoy Spirit Run’s most popular adult race.

5k Walk: Infants to grandparents and all ages in between participate in the Family Walk beginning immediately following the Adult 5k start.

10k: This is the first choice of Spirit Run loyalists who demand a longer workout.

Toddler trot

Click on photo for a larger image

Toddler Trot: If they can walk, the little ones love the Toddler Trot. It takes place in a fenced, Astroturf-covered area in the expo. Multiple start times occur between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

No. 2 - Compete to win cash and over two hundred fifty great prizes.

With the help of its generous sponsors, Spirit Run strives to celebrate participants with the most impressive array of prizes around. Southern California USA Track & Field (So Cal USATF) is partnering with Spirit Run to present its 2018 Road Mile and 10k Championships. Elite and Open Mile competitors who are USATF members are eligible to win cash. Blaze Pizza Fashion Island is offering more than 150 children and adults the chance to win free Blaze Pizza every month for a year. Baking Betty’s is sharing its delicious cookies with 42 children ages 8 and younger. Lazy Dog Café is awarding lunch or dinner to six Dog Mile competitors. Spa Gregorie’s is offering a rejuvenative massage to 18 winners in the Elite and Open Mile and the 15k (5k and 10k).

No. 3 - Double or triple your workout by competing in multiple events.

At Spirit Run you can compete in two, even three races. In the 15k, competitors race the 10k and the 5k. Their times are combined and ranked and prizes are awarded.

But why stop there? In between the 10k and the 5k, there’s time to jump in the Open Mile or join your dog for the Dog Mile. Or race the Elite, Open, or Dog Mile, take a breath, and then run the Adult 5k. Even the children double their fitness and fun. Many run the Youth 5k followed by their age appropriate mile race.

The best news – you can win in every race. For example, if you compete in the 15k and the Open Mile, you are eligible to win Blaze Pizza for two for a year, two Spa Gregorie’s massage certificates, and cash.

No. 4 - Enjoy Spirit Run’s energy with family, friends, and community. 

family in dog expo

Click on photo for a larger image

The energy at Spirit Run is contagious. As a fundraiser for youth education and fitness, students and their families attend, as well as teachers, principals and other school supporters. The enthusiasm of parents watching their children compete and the school spirit is electric.

youth start with Steve Scott

Click on photo for a larger image

No one could know better than America’s Preier Miler, Steve Scott. Scott is an Olympian who holds the world record for running the most sub-four-minute miles. He has been attending Spirit Run since 1983 to warm up and run with the children in the youth mile races. “I have never been in a race with such great enthusiasm and support from the participants.” Scott said. “They cheer for everyone from start to finish.” Spirit Run began with five local schools but has grown to include the entire Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

“I first attended Spirit Run as a principal supporting our students running their races,” shared NMUSD Board Member Charlene Metoyer. “Now, I enjoy participating, seeing friends and former students and supporting all our schools. It’s such an exciting community event.”

No. 5 - Raise funds for youth fitness and education.

Spirit Run is presented by a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to youth fitness and education, and its net proceeds are donated to local schools. More than $1,500,000 has been donated, with more than $300,000 in the last seven years alone.

Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners to find out if your children’s or grandchildren’s school is participating in Spirit Run, or if not, how it can do so.

For event information, visit www.nmspiritrun.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the second consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.


Register now for ENC’s Presidents’ Week nature camp

campers looking at insects

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

Keep your children busy learning about the outdoors at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Presidents’ Week Nature Camp taking place Feb. 19 - 22.

Campers will rotate between their expert Camp Teachers and participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities. Each day, campers will explore the ENC, search for animal evidence and get crafty with nature. Full and half day camps are open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade. A 10 percent discount applies for ENC members.

For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org.


Players announced for Oracle Challenger Series

Kei Nishikori

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Japan’s Kei Nishikori

The inaugural event of the Oracle Challenger Series, to be held Jan. 20 – 28 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, has released its entry lists, which are highlighted by the entry of 22 American players (11 men and 11 women).

Nineteen-year-old Frances Tiafoe of Orlando, Fla., and Taylor Fritz of Palos Verdes, will headline the men’s field along with Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who has accepted a wild card to play in the $150,000 ATP Challenger. Tiafoe is currently ranked No. 79 in the world, while the 20-year-old Fritz is ranked at No. 104. 

Mackenzie McDonald of Los Angeles, a former NCAA singles and doubles champion at UCLA, and Ernesto Escobedo of West Covina, who has been ranked as high as No. 67 in the world, are also entered in the men’s field.

Other players on the men’s entry list include Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, Cameron Norrie of Great Britain, Canadian Peter Polansky and Darian King of Barbados.

Americans Varvara Lepchenko, Christina McHale, Jennifer Brady, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Taylor Townsend, who are all ranked in the Top 100, are entered in the WTA 125K Series event, which offers $150,000 in prize money as well. 

The women’s field also includes former two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Los Angeles and two former USTA Girls’ 18s singles champions Sachia Vickery and Sofia Kenin. Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, a former US Open semifinalist, are also on the women’s entry list.

The remaining spots in the draws will be filled by winners of the Qualifying tournament (Jan. 20 - 21) and Wildcards, which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Admission for spectators is free for each day. For additional tournament information, go to www.oraclechallengerseries.com


OCMA participating in Museums Free-for-All day

Pivotal Ruby

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OCMA

Sterling Ruby is among the artists featured in the Pivotal exhibit on display through Feb. 25

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is participating in a special day on Sunday, Jan. 28 – Museums Free-for-All – where there is free admission to dozens of museums throughout Southern California.

The goal is to get the public into museums and galleries, so people can see the kinds of fine offerings on display all year round. The event is organized by a group called SoCal Museums.

Two exhibits you won’t want to miss at OCMA are “Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection” and Shi Zhiying, both of which have been extended through Feb. 25. “Pivotal” reveals how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential and emerging artists at pivotal moments in their careers. Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying, demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures.

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 859 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. www.ocma.net


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 1.8.18

First Ferry Landing: The first ferry landing was on the South Bay Front near Pearl Street. Jessie Collins’ house, the “White Swan,” was located just west of Pearl.

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


You Must Remember This: Ted Newland

By NANCY GARDNER

Ted Newland

Courtesy of Nancy Gardner

Of all the teachers I ever had, probably the biggest influence was Ted Newland. A lot of people know him as the water polo coach at UCI or the swim and water polo coach at Harbor High. They may have forgotten that during the Harbor High years he was also a classroom teacher, history and economics being his subjects.

This is not to minimize his success in the athletic field. He introduced water polo at Harbor High. This was quite a challenge because the only pool at the time was about four feet deep, and in water polo it’s against the rules to touch the bottom. Since most of the team members were at least 5’10”, this made a hard sport even more difficult, but despite this apparent handicap, Newland turned out winning teams from the beginning, with a six-four record his first year and third place in Sunset League. He continued his success at UCI when he took over from Al Irwin, and so devoted was he to the water polo program that when it was being phased out for economic reasons he put up his own money to keep it going. He was also heavily involved in weight training for other athletes at the university. I’m sure they all got a lot stronger, and not just because he was one of the original no pain, no gain guys. He also worked out alongside the athletes. Nothing like some old dude kicking your butt to get you motivated.

As for the classroom, I met him as a junior in his history class. From the first day, it was clear he wasn’t cut from the same cloth as our other teachers, and we weren’t sure how to react to this different personality. It wasn’t just that he seemed to have more energy. It was the way he approached things. If he felt we weren’t attentive, he might drop a book on the floor with a loud bang. If he wanted to make a point, he might stand on his chair. He was adept at keeping the focus on him. Several days into the term, he alluded to some historical figure as an egotist. “Can anybody define egotist?” he asked.

The normal reluctance to respond was heightened because of our confusion about him, and then I said, and I don’t think I even thought about it, “You?” There was an uneasy silence as everyone waited to see how this unusual teacher would react to what I had said. He looked at me and gave a slight grin and nod like I had passed a test I didn’t even know I was taking. That was how I came to be part of Team Newland. I became the scorekeeper for the water polo team, even accompanying them to away games. I was dating his star swimmer and water polo player, Jim Corfman, and the three of us would go surfing, getting up at 5 a.m. to hit Tressels. Despite that familiarity, he remained Mr. Newland through high school. After graduation, and as the friendship blossomed, he became Ted, and he was the best man when Jim and I married. We lost touch, however, when Jim got him in the divorce.

Despite the fact that we became friends, it was in the classroom where he had the biggest impact. Not only were his methods a little unorthodox, so was his message. He was the first teacher I ever had who actually challenged the status quo. He pushed us to question many of the things that up to that point we accepted as a matter of course. He did what teachers are supposed to do – not just impart facts but open our eyes to new possibilities – and for that I am forever grateful, as are others, many of whom still keep in touch. I would if I hadn’t lost him in the settlement.

~~~~~~~~

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


NB Jazz Party at the Marriott

Ken Peplowski

Submitted photo

Musician Ken Peplowski is among the stellar line-up

The 18th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout is taking place Feb. 15 - 18 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Presented by The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note at Sea, enjoy evening concerts, poolside sessions and two Champagne jazz brunches.

Among the more than 70 artists and five big bands, are the Four Freshmen, Frank Capp Juggernaut, Patrick Williams Big Band, the Newport Beach Jazz Party All-Star Big Band, soloist Mike Costley and a tribute to Woody Herman with Harry Allen’s Four Others. There’s even music & comedy by Pete Barbutti and Ken Peplowski.

Events take place throughout the Marriott with reserved seating available for concerts in the Grand Ballroom.

For ticket information and a complete artist schedule, visit www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Mark your calendar for these upcoming Realtor seminars

The Newport Beach Association of Realtors (NBAOR) is holding two upcoming seminars you won’t want to miss!

On Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m., there is a 2018 Housing Forecast featuring “Reports on Housing’s” Steven Thomas. He will be addressing topics such as: When will it be a buyer’s market? Are we creating another bubble? What is going on with the interest rates and the federal reserve? Will homes continue to appreciate? Is it still a good time to buy? Come see where we are headed in 2018.

Steven Thomas

Click on photo for a larger image

Steven Thomas

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Association of Realtors

With more than 25 yeas of real estate experience and a degree in quantitative economics and decision sciences from the University of California, San Diego, Thomas is the go-to expert for answers.

Cost: $10 for NBAOR members; $20 for other attendees. To RSVP, call 949.722.2300.

On Thursday, Feb. 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., participate in the Duane Gomer Education License Renewal Seminar. The program: All students will receive the three-hour mandatory courses of agency, ethics, trust funds, fair housing, risk management, management & supervision and two consumer protection courses by textbook or PDF; although this meeting is not mandatory to renew your license through the use of their continuing education courses, it is their most popular; classroom testing on 15-hour Property Management Course immediately following the course; and instructions for online exams covering the remaining 30 hours will be given at the seminar.

Cost: $114 for members; $125 for non-members. To register and for more information, call 949.457.8930 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Association of Realtors is located at 401 Old Newport Blvd., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. www.nbaor.com


Interfaith Council luncheon scheduled for January 17

The Newport - Mesa - Irvine Interfaith Council luncheon is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 17, beginning at 11:45 a.m. It will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 801 Dover Drive., Newport Beach.

The meeting will consist of their annual update, board elections and a round table discussion on interfaith.

The cost is $12 with an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or $15 at the door. You can purchase your ticket online at www.NMinterfaithcouncil.org by Jan. 12 for $12.


Find a furry friend at Pet Days

Cute pup

If you’ve been searching for the perfect pet, you are in luck! The Orange County Marketplace is holding its 8th annual Pet Days at the Orange County Fair & Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20 - 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You will learn about caring for pets, receive information on procedures like spaying, neutering and microchipping, and hopefully find a furry friend that you will cherish.

Admission is $2, but can be waived with a donation of items to help animals which include paper towels, bleach, cat litter, potty pads, gift cards, new unopened pet food and cash.

For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com.

Orange County Fair & Expo Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Resolutions a plenty, Dems plan forum, and quiet city prepares for Restaurant Week

TomJohnson

So, we live here in California, we’re used to taxes on everything. Need money for roads and bridges, increase the exorbitant taxes we already pay on gasoline, etc. Not enough, let’s penalize the people that bought electric cars and tax them, too. 

How about the cannabis industry? There is a retail excise tax and a tax on cultivation.

Did you know that if you buy fresh fruit from the grocery store you pay no tax, but, from a vending machine you pay an additional 33 percent?

That all being said, this past Wednesday (Jan. 3), Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-74th AD) called on the “California Legislature to return the state’s expected budget surplus to taxpayers.”

According to a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, “California will have a $7.5 billion budget surplus for the upcoming fiscal year.” Harper proposes to return those excess funds to taxpayers in the form of reduced income tax rates. 

“This surplus is a direct result of Capitol Democrats overtaxing hardworking Californians,” Harper said. “The California State Income Tax should be abolished and if the Democrats that dominate the Legislature won’t do that, then they should at least work with Republicans to decrease rates for all taxpayers. Rather than expanding an ever-growing list of government programs, our leaders should figure out a way to return that money to the people who earned it in the first place.”

Something tells me, don’t hold your breath, but what a change that would be for California residents.

• • •

It’s January and Sara Gorgon from Visit Newport Beach reminds us that it’s “Restaurant Week, well really, weeks as the annual celebration will run January 15-28. 

The kickoff is this Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Lincoln Center Experience at Fashion Island. There’s a media preview at 5 p.m., followed by a public event at 7 p.m.

Gorgon reminds us that you can “sample bites from the participating restaurants that include The Bungalow, CUCINA enoteca, Andrea, Nobu, Balboa Lily’s, Mayor’s Table (first look at the new restaurant in the soon-to-open Lido House hotel), and Sessions West Coast Deli.”

Yum. Can’t wait.

Go to www.DineNB.com to figure everything out and see all participating restaurants. You can even make all your reservations there for Restaurant Week.

B-t-w, just as an after-thought, Sara has the best work title I’ve heard in a while, Senior Director of Destination Storytelling for VNB.

And with tourism the way it is, it’s probably fun storytelling about Newport Beach.

• • •

Finally, did you know that Kedric Francis, the editorial director for custom content at the Southern California News Group, has just completed a book South Coast Plaza: 50 Years of Quality?

The book is 166 pages and documents the Segerstrom family from early Orange County lima bean farmers to the development of South Coast Plaza and the accompanying Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The book is published by the Assouline publishing house and sells for $195.


21st Annual Witte Lecture Series kicks off with author David Frum, continues with David Edelman at NB Library

David Frum

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Newport Beach 

Public Library Foundation

Author David Frum kicks off the Witte Lecture Series on Feb. 9

Thanks to the Newport Beach Library Foundation, the 21st Annual Witte Lecture Series is featuring renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics at Newport Beach Public Library. Tickets are required as space is limited.

The series kicks off with David Frum on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Frum is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic and will speak about this ninth book Trumprocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, scheduled to be published by Harper Collins in Jan. 2018. From 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. Frum is the author of eight books, including most recently the e-book Why Romney Lost and his first novel, Patriots. His first book, Dead Right was described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement” and by the late William F. Buckley as “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.” His memoir of the Bush administration, the Right Man, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. 

David Edelman

Click on photo for a larger image

Dr. David Edelman speaks on technology in a changing economy on March 2

Continuing the Witte Series is Dr. R. David Edelman, speaking on his book Artificial Intelligence: How Technology is Changing Our Economy, on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, Dr. Edelman has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on technology. An expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today, his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In his talk, Dr. Edelman guides general and expert audiences alike through this period of unprecedented change – leaving them with a strong command of how technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars work, as well as the implications they will have for us as individuals, for existing industries and for global geopolitics.

“This season we chose speakers that will address topics that are timely and relevant to our audience,” said Newport Beach Public Library Foundation Executive Director Tracy Keys. “We have an activist, a bestselling author and two past presidential staff joining us to share their knowledge on topics ranging from the Trump Administration to Artificial Intelligence.”

The series will also present authors Maira Kalman and Masha Gessen in April.

To reserve your seats, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/Witte-Lecture-Tickets.html, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.548.2411.

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


Stump the Stu

Found murals…still looking for Beverly

Stump 1 1.8.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Well, we got halfway there. If you remember correctly, we were looking for not only the location of said artwork, but for more information on the artist, simply referred to as “Beverly – 1989.”

Keith Lumpkin, President of Horton & Converse (love their Chuck Taylors) came in with the only correct answer. Actually Horton & Converse is a pharmacy and home medical supply company.

How did Keith know, you ask? These murals are located in the upstairs inner courtyard of 3471 Via Lido. Building neighbors include Bank of America, Starbucks, the Lido Diner and, you guessed it, Horton & Converse. 

Great job Keith!

The pictures of the artwork were submitted by Dennis Moran. Thanks Dennis…we owe you!

And, we still want to know about Beverly. Ask around…let us know.

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 2 1.8.18  Stump 3 1.8.18

Click on photos for larger images


Stump the Stu

This week’s clue: “Beverly – 1989”...help!

Stump 1 1.8.18

Click on photo for a larger image

This Stump the Stu is going to be more like an America’s Most Wanted. Of course, as always, we’re looking for the location of said artwork, three glazed tile mosaic art pieces. However, we want to find out more about the artist, simply signed “Beverly – 1989.” 

So, location and, who’s Beverly?

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

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

Stump 2 1.8.18  Stump 3 1.8.18

Click on photos for larger images


Library Live Literary Series brings prominent literary figures to NB Library

Thanks to the Newport Beach Library Foundation, Library Live is featuring prominent writers in fiction and non-fiction, as well as emerging talent and their recent publications to audiences in the next several months at Newport Beach Public Library. Tickets are required as space is limited.

Save the Date for these upcoming events, you won’t want to miss:

Steve Lopez

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Gilles Mingasson

Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez - Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. A California native, Lopez is the author of three novels in addition to his book of non-fiction, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music. When Los Angeles Times reporter discovered a former Julliard student playing on Skid Row, he decided to help him off the streets. Their friendship – movingly recounted in The Soloist, which was also the basis for the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. – inspired Lopez, recipient of the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness. This evening is one in a series of “Kempler Conversations” sponsored by Dr. Ike and Ginny Kempler. Admission is free.

Gary Taubes

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Library Foundation

Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes - Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Taubes will be speaking about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar which came from his 2002 New York Times Magazine cover story “What If It›s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” The Case Against Sugar is a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium. Admission is free; suggested $10 donation. http://garytaubes.com/blog 

Colson Whitehead

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Madeline Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead - Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 7 p.m. Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. He will speak about his latest novel, The Underground Railroad, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Admission is $25 for non-members. $20 for Library Foundation members, students and teachers.

For more information and tickets, phone 949.548.2411, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit www.nbplfoundation.org.

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


Volunteer for the Toshiba Classic and get a front row seat

Toshiba Classic

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The 2018 Toshiba Classic is certain to be an event that you will not want to miss, as it marks the 20th anniversary of Hoag Hospital’s involvement with Toshiba, and is sure to be one of the most exciting and rewarding years in the tournament’s illustrious history.

In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the tournament is introducing several new programs and events throughout tournament week: 

A return to the “traditional” Volunteer Village; a large, climate-controlled tent with cable television service located adjacent to the 1st tee and in close proximity to the main entrance.

Reduced volunteer registration fees for early registrants (both new and returning volunteers).

Complimentary, upgraded morning breakfast and beverage service, and afternoon receptions and happy hours within Volunteer Village.

Volunteer Training Sessions and Uniform Distribution will be held in the air-conditioned, Hoag Hospital Foundation building prior to the tournament.

Generous “Incentive” and “Recruitment” programs for all volunteers.

Admission into the Newport Beach Country Club Clubhouse after play ends each day.

The Toshiba Classic, a sanctioned PGA event on the Champions Tour, is truly one of the premier volunteer experiences in all of golf, and supports a deserving cause in our community.

For more information and to register, visit www.ToshibaClassic.com/Volunteer-Info.


Pacific Life celebrates 150 years

Whale

Submitted photo

Tuesday, Jan. 2, marked Pacific Life’s sesquicentennial anniversary, celebrating 150 years of service to its policyholders. In honor of this milestone anniversary, Pacific Life is embarking on a year-long celebration, designed to showcase the company’s rich history, engage employees, give back to its communities and illustrate its preparedness for the next 150 years.

“We are proud to celebrate 150 years of service, helping hundreds of thousands of individuals and families with their financial needs,” said Jim Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Pacific Life. “As we celebrate this historic achievement, we remain committed to creating innovative products and services that stand the test of time, providing value and financial security for current and future generations.”

Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of California was incorporated on January 2, 1868 in Sacramento and issued the company’s first policy to former California Governor Leland Stanford, the company’s first president. 

Pacific Mutual overcame the destruction of its headquarters in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake by relocating to Los Angeles, and later to Newport Beach in 1972, where its corporate headquarters reside today.

Known for its customer service and financial strength, Pacific Life has become a nationally recognized premium brand. It offers financial protection, income for life, retirement income, wealth accumulation and wealth preservation solutions that meet the evolving needs of its policyholders.

Beyond the financial services the company provides, philanthropy has been an important aspect of Pacific Life’s culture. Over the past 33 years, the Pacific Life Foundation has given more than $100 million to nonprofits and community service efforts, reflecting its commitment to the communities where its employees live and work.

Morris continued, “Innovative solutions and best-in-class service have been hallmarks of Pacific Life throughout our storied history and are essential to our present-day growth and success. As we prepare for the next 150 years, we are focused on empowering policyholders and clients for long-term success.”

Learn more about Pacific Life’s rich history and explore key historic events by visiting www.pl150years.com.


On the Harbor: How will sea level rise affect you?

By LEN BOSE

Going out onto the harbor this week, with the fog rolling in, left me with a surreal feeling to the start of the new year. I could not make out what was ahead of me, yet I knew that something big was approaching though the fog even though I could not hear it.

With the King tides (the very highest tides) creating the extreme water flow in the harbor this week, my mind keeps going back, as far as five years ago, with the concerns of sea level rise. Back then and now, Balboa Island’s sea walls are of major concern. The now disbanded Tidelands committee along with city staff looked into everything from complete sea wall replacement to a tidal gate at the entrance to the harbor. After it was all said and done, city council decided to monitor sea level over the years.

Now the way my mind works, is you go out to your favorite dock pylon, at low tide, and place a type of measuring system on it. Guess what? It’s not that simple…what a surprise. About three years ago, I asked around where and how has the city been monitoring sea level rise? I received answers such as “I am not sure, you should ask public works” to “It is a fed concern, not a city’s”. To me that meant nothing was being done to monitor sea level, but I kept asking and a year ago I was informed that a team at UC Irvine is monitoring it.

So, I contacted Professor Brett Sanders form UCI and met with his team, Adam Luke and Jo Schubert who are working on hydra modeling and 3-D mapping of the Newport Harbor Bay system. A year had gone by and I was able to get a hold of Jo Schubert who directed me to their completed map, which I linked to my blog at https://lenboseyachts.blogspot.com. Take some time to look it over as it packs in a lot of information. It has everything you ever wanted to know, including flood hazard in the harbor in the years 2035 and 2050, considering sea level rise.

Flood MapLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ucirvine.maps.arcgis.com

If you learn how to use this map correctly it will show you the impact of joint occurrences of King tides and rainfall events: Visualizing the duration of flood waters on the Peninsula and islands during extreme events and visualizing how the raised sea wall on Balboa Island will impact flood hazard during tides and rainfall. The map will also visualize the frequency of flooding of the marsh in the Upper Newport Bay under different sea level rise conditions. This will inform environmental groups about potential migration of plant/wildlife habitat in the Upper Bay. No pun, but pretty deep stuff wouldn’t you say?

It all can be a bit confusing, so I would strongly suggest attending Speak Up Newport’s next meeting addressing sea level rise and now specifically it will affect you. It takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 10 with the reception starting at: 5:15 p.m. and the meeting with a Q&A occurring from 6 -7 p.m. in the Civic Center’s Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. The event is free of charge.

The following was taken from the Speak Up Newport flier: “No matter what your opinions are on climate change, the fact is that the sea level is rising. In recent years, both Balboa Island and portions of the Peninsula have been inundated with sea water during the winter King tides, reaching up to a foot higher than the tide tables. Although not new, higher tides are occurring more frequently each year. Just because you might not live on Balboa Island or the Peninsula, it does not mean you won’t be affected – even as far as Newport Coast. Speak Up Newport is presenting a forum with a panel of experts on the subject. Jim Campbell of the City Planning Department will describe what plans the City has for dealing with sea level rise and how it will affect all City residents. Robert Stein from the Public Works Department will explain the projects, including the Balboa Island Sea Wall project, which the City is planning to construct in both the near and long term. Brett Sanders and Jochen Shubert from the UCI team that’s creating the hyper-local flood maps for Newport Beach will present observations from their studies on sea level rise in the City. Such computer models eventually will be able to simulate flooding down to individual houses. Come and ask questions, and learn more about this topic. It is an important one for all coastal residents.”

To me it is kind of like turning on the stove timer when I fill up my pool. Hope you can make it.

 

Sea ya

~~~~~~~~

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


OCMA participating in Museums Free-for-All day

Ruby

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OCMA

“Ruby” is among the visually stunning pieces in the Pivotal exhibit on display through Feb. 25

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is participating in a special day on Sunday, Jan. 28 – Museums Free-for-All – where there is free admission to dozens of museums throughout Southern California.

The goal is to get the public into museums and galleries, so people can see the kinds of fine offerings on display all year round. The event is organized by a group called SoCal Museums.

Two exhibits you won’t want to miss at OCMA are “Pivotal” and Shi Zhiying, both of which have been extended through Feb. 25. “Pivotal” reveals how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential and emerging artists at pivotal moments in their careers. Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying, demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures.

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 859 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. www.ocma.net


Upper Newport Bay parking lot to close for rehab

Project area

Submitted photo

The County of Orange will complete a rehabilitation project of the Upper Newport Bay parking lot with construction scheduled from mid-January through the end of February. The Upper Newport Bay parking lot is located at University Drive and Irvine Avenue.

The parking lot will remain closed for the duration of the construction period, including weekends. Visitors to the park and the Muth Interpretative Center should plan to find alternative parking locations. 

The parking lot rehabilitation includes removing existing decomposed granite and replacing it with sand-colored pervious concrete, installing wheel stops and striping parking stalls. Construction working hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For additional information, contact Shannon Widor with the Orange County Public Works at 714.667.9759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Top 5 things to do at ENC in January

Hiking

Photos courtesy of ENC

Get outside in 2018 and what a better way to do it than at the Environmental Nature Center!

Here’s a countdown of the Top 5 programs the ENC is offering this month:

5. Wolves, Coyotes and Wildlife on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. Take a close look at the differences and similarities between wolf and coyote biology, behavior, social structure, historical and current ranges and ecosystem roles. 

4. Little Naturalists: Snow Friends on Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. They’ll read Snow Friends by Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton, and you will get to meet some of their Snow Friends, then make your own snow friends out of snow play dough!

3. Mystery Treks Hiking Club, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Each month you’ll meet at the ENC for a mini-seminar on a different hiking topic. Then you’ll venture out to a fantastic hiking spot in OC and enjoy nature together.

2. Primitive Skills Society, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Each month you can learn and work on different primitive skills, with a light meal cooked over the campfire. You’ll meet people who are also into cool stuff like: building primitive shelters, fire making and tracking. 

1. Reading in the Redwoods, Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. ENC Executive Director Bo Glover will read Raccoon Moon, a book about his favorite animal. Afterward children and their adults will hike the trails in search of Rocky the Raccoon, make their own animal tracks, and play match the skulls & skins.

For more information on these programs and to sign up, visit www.encenter.org.

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

Reading in the Redwoods with Bo

Click on photo for a larger image


Newport Coast, Newport Beach and Corona del Mar among the most expensive zip codes in the U.S. in 2017

NB coastline

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Pelican Hill

PropertyShark.com released its annual report on the 100 most expensive zip codes in the U.S., and Newport Coast and Newport Beach ranked in the Top 20, based on closed home sales (December 2017).

Newport Coast (92657) came in at No. 12 with a median home price of $2,950,000. Newport Beach (92661) ranked No. 16 with a median home price of $2,800,000. Also noteworthy, was Corona del Mar (92625), in at No. 36 with a median home price of $2,100,000. Ranked for the Golden State of California, Newport Coast came in 7th and Newport Beach at 10th.

To view the Top 100 Zip code rankings, visit www.propertyshark.com/Real-Estate-Reports/most-expensive-zip-codes-in-the-us.


NB Restaurant Week kicks off with intimate dine-around event

Salmon Sashimi

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Henry Hargreaves

Salmon sashimi specialty dish at Nobu

Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicks off with “Culinary Journey” scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11 at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center.

According to Newport Beach & Co., a limited supply of 100 tickets are available and dining aficionados will be given a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes from Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill and Mayor’s Table from the soon-to-open Lido House hotel. At the end of the event, attendees who received a stamp from each vendor will be entered in an exclusive opportunity drawing.

Tickets are $35 and include tastings for each booth, and two glasses of wine or beer. Additional beverages may be purchased for $5 per drink. Must be 21 years of age to attend. For ticket information, go to www.visitnewportbeach.com

Then get ready for Restaurant Week, a 14-day dining event that takes place January 15 - 28. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50.

To make dining reservations, visit www.DineNB.com.


Stump the Stu

Readers take a bath on this pelican

Stump the Stu 1.1.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Well, the old Stump lived up to its name this week…no correct guesses. So where is this pelican you ask? Well, naturally it’s in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave. 

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!


Steve High of Villa Real Estate named Realtor of the Year

Steve HighLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NBAR

2017 Realtor of the Year Steve High of Villa Real Estate is presented a trophy from 2016 Realtor of the Year, Cari Young

The Newport Beach Board of Realtors has named Steve High, president and partner of Villa Real Estate, as Realtor of the Year for 2017. This award is presented to a Newport Beach Association REALTOR® for their exemplary efforts in improving and supporting the REALTOR® organization, the real estate profession and their community.

High has been one of the most influential professionals in coastal Orange County’s luxury real estate market for the past two decades, having played an integral role in establishing and leading the area’s most prominent brokerages and in setting new standards of excellence and success for the industry. He has served in executive positions and co-founded multiple luxury brokerage firms, including Villa Real Estate in 2013.

Due to his extraordinary knowledge of the coastal communities within Orange County – and successful transactions representing more than $1 billion in luxury real estate – High has also forged a reputation as an agent of choice for buyers and sellers seeking exceptional luxury properties from Newport Beach to Dana Point.

Established in 2013, Villa Real Estate is one of Orange County’s leading luxury real estate team specializing in the region’s coastal communities. The firm has 150 agents and four offices with locations in Laguna Beach, the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar, and the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach.

For more information, visit www.villarealestate.com


Robert Milliken is installed as 2018 President of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors

Robert Milliken

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NBAR

Robert Milliken of Surterre Properties is installed as new NBAR president

At the recent installation ceremony, Robert Milliken of Surterre Properties was named 2018 President of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors.

For 38 years, Milliken has been a fixture in the local real estate market. His passion for his career is apparent upon examination of his impressive sales records, and his genuine concern with the interest of his clients is exhibited clearly by the amount of repeat and referral clients he helps. When it comes to residential real estate along Orange County’s coastline, all the way from San Clemente to Huntington Beach, Milliken is an authority.

Clients coming from all walks of life, including everyone from first-time homebuyers to Fortune 500 CEOs, trust Milliken as a seasoned adviser who provides honest insight and wisdom honed through years of experience selling homes. As a long-time resident of the area, Milliken possesses a deep and thorough grasp of the local market, having personally witnessed the changes it has gone through, and understanding the various adaptations that have become necessary with time. Above all, Milliken is devoted to help his clients come closer to achieving their dreams; his friendliness and caring nature are the components that cement his years of success as a Realtor.

Respected by clients and by his peers in the real estate community alike, Milliken was honored as “REALTOR® of the Year 2004” by the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® (of which he was elected President for the same year). His success in residential home sales is not exclusive to Southern California. In fact, he’s seen great results in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland areas of Washington.

Together with Surterre Properties, Inc., Milliken offers his clients solid experience, proven success and sales records, and the support of a rock-solid luxury brokerage.


LA Lakers Community Champion Award presented to ENC’s Bo Glover

Bo Glover on Lakers court

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

(L - R): Geoff Tomlinson, CEO at Vaha Sustainable Energy; Warren Nishikawa, Key Account Manager at LG Solar USA; Bo Glover, ENC Executive Director of the ENC; and Mathew Makovec, Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Lakers, flanked by two of the Los Angeles Lakers Girls

The Environmental Nature Center’s Executive Director Bo Glover was the recipient of the Community Champion of the Month award at the Lakers game on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. The award was presented by the Lakers and LG Solar to recognize him for his work at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC), where Glover and staff provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

Glover was presented the award on the Lakers court at STAPLES Center at halftime by Geoff Tomlinson, CEO at Vaha Sustainable Energy; Warren Nishikawa, Key Account Manager at LG Solar USA; and Mathew Makovec, Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Under Glover’s leadership, the ENC provides educational programming to more than 27,000 people each year by serving as the community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. Glover has worked at the ENC for 27 years – since 1991 – and he has held the position of executive director since 1995.

Glover’s accomplishments as executive director include: raising funds to purchase the Center’s property from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, building Orange County’s only Native Butterfly House and building an 8,500-square-foot Leaning Center, which became the first building in Orange County to receive LEED Platinum certification. Currently, Glover is spearheading the development of the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area at the ENC.

The Lakers and LG Solar partnered to create the Community Champions initiative to recognize individuals in the greater Los Angeles area for their outstanding work in the community, with a focus on sustainability. Each Community Champion recipient is invited to a Lakers game and honored during a halftime presentation.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “It was a thrill to stand on the court and be recognized for the work I’ve done at the Environmental Nature Center. I am so grateful.”


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council’s protected voice comes at a small cost

TomJohnson

Here’s the question of the week: Would you spend $18,000 to attempt to collect a $600 debt? That’s what community activist Mike Glenn is asking.

Glenn earlier in the year filed a lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach, City Council Member Diane Dixon and Assistant City Clerk Jennifer Nelson over a $600 dispute on Glenn’s multiple Public Records Requests from the City.

The dispute led to Dixon shaming Glenn from the dais.

Glenn asked for an apology and was never given one from Dixon. He sued in small claims court for $5,000.

The judge ruled that Glenn did not owe the $600 and that Dixon’s speech from the dais was protected (California Code 47).

To get there, the City spent $17,944.50 with Rutan & Tucker for their defense.

I caught up with Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp to get his opinion on the issue at hand:

“The City has a policy of vigorously defending itself against all lawsuits. This policy discourages people from initiating litigation against the City, and encourages people looking for an easy pay day to look elsewhere. Of course, there is a cost associated with defending against litigation; however, this cost is balanced by the important interests at stake in a given case. In the recent lawsuit, one of the central issues was the First Amendment right of our elected officials and hardworking employees to openly discuss the City’s business. The Court agreed with the merits of the City’s position and returned a complete verdict in favor of the City, Council Member Diane Dixon, and Assistant City Clerk Jennifer Nelson. We are pleased with this victory, but remain disappointed that our residents were forced to endure this litigation in the first place.” 

• • •

Went to check out a UCI basketball game over the holidays. They played New Mexico State, a team that had just come off a win over 6th-ranked University of Miami and a close loss to USC in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

UCI put up a good fight before losing 65 - 60.

But here’s what I found out. They have a fun program to watch. First off, I was two rows up near center court.

They have some good, athletic “bigs” they can rotate in 6’10” Jonathan Galloway, 6’10” Brad Greene and 6’9” Elston Jones, good quick guards, and a 6’8” kid named Tommy Rutherford, who would probably win anyone’s Mr. Hustle Award. The night I watched Tommy, he had a bandage over his brow looking more like a prizefighter.

So, here’s my recommendation. Catch a game. The next one is Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Bren Events Center versus Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m. They’re a rival. Let’s get out and support the local team. For tickets go to https://ucirvinesports.com

UCI could and should be among the top Big West Conference teams. It’s a good time to get on the bandwagon.

• • •

If you’re like me and wondering when the Toshiba Classic comes back to town, I’m here to tell you. The tournament will be played March 7 - 11 at Newport Beach Country Club.

We have a story in today’s StuNewsNewport on volunteering for the tournament. It’s really a lot of fun and there are a lot of great jobs that get you right into the center of the action. 

Also remember, the tournament raises $1,000,000+ for local charities because of the great outpouring of volunteers. 

Check it all out at www.toshibaclassic.com.


CdM: from begonias and bay watch to poppies and prestige 

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Horse on Beach

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

Trotting along the Corona del Mar shoreline

When Lucy Hill Lockett wrote her “Early Recollections of Newport Beach” from 1896 to 1903,” her descriptions of our harbor could easily be mistaken for any small town on the East Coast in that era. She talked of walking along train tracks to a wharf with old sailing ships carrying lumber, produce and supplies. It is like something out of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Names like Rocky Point, Abbott’s Landing and Harper give us no clue that she is talking about Newport Beach. In Lucy’s childhood, you read about a magical place and a fascinating small town that is as unique as the world-famous metropolitan city that it is today.

Her tales of family outings by ferry to a wind-blown bluff with beautiful views of the harbor and sunsets, yet wild enough to be home to coyotes and rattlesnakes are true reflections into Newport’s history. In her day, Rocky Point was simply a lookout for the jetty-less harbor. “New Port” was accessed by a dangerous and deadly entrance. As the harbor grew busier, ships and lives of seamen were lost due to huge waves and shifting sandbars.

Early Corona del Mar was a perfect location for the first Hollywood movie makers in the budding motion picture industry. Because of its “wild” nature, CdM was the backdrop for movies like Macbeth, Cleopatra, Sea Wolf and All Quiet on the Western Front. LA-based studios, movie stars and employees enjoyed the comforts of the town of Balboa and Hotel Del Mar during their shoots.

Hotel Del Mar

Click on photo for a larger image

The Hotel Del Mar was a favorite stopover for movie stars

A Russian immigrant named Antra Deraga, concerned with the hazardous conditions of the harbor entrance, positioned himself in a shack on the bluff in the 1920s. He tried to warn ships of dangers with a system of signal flags, allowing the meteorologist to “walk” boats in and out of the harbor. Even with this and the construction of small rock groins, tragedies continued.

In response, Deraga developed a “Life Savings Corps.” These hardy Newporters, armed with paddle boards and dories were the beginning of what would become a nationwide lifeguard system common on today’s beaches. In addition to local members of the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club, the famous Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku spent time at Corona del Mar’s Main Beach. This became a well-known surfing spot along with Killer Dana, Palos Verdes and San Onofre. CdMʻs group of surfers was credited with saving many lives when local boats floundered.

guys and surfboards

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Surfers Fritz Watson, Ted Nickleson and Hugo Barachi at the shack, 1939

Attitudes about Corona del Mar’s livability came alive when George Hart bought the Corona del Mar section of land from James Irvine in 1904. Immediately, Hart ferried people and supplies to this new destination. Plans for extending the Red Cars over water plus discovery of water in the east end of Buck Gully fed enthusiasm for the new area. In 1915, the F.D. Cornell Company traded Riverside County land for Hart’s 400 acres. Named the Balboa Palisades, the Spanish Corona del Mar or “Crown of the Sea” became the sobriquet for this unique part of Newport Beach.

The original Corona del Mar subdivision was a financial disaster with many parcels foreclosed by the county. Some new and adventurous residents staked because of the beautiful vistas of CdM. Old-time resident Boyd Stillings and his wife walked the scantly built upon bluff in the 1930s, scouting for the perfect location. They ended up paying $375 for their lot on the corner of Dahlia and Seaview and lived there for 60 wonderful years.

At the end of the Great Depression, contemporary Corona del Mar began to take shape. The Corona del Mar Hotel, also known as the Palisades Inn, spent years as the prominent fixture on the bluff. Lots subdivided upon streets named after beautiful flowers were accessed by the original upper bay bridge which eliminated a long drive around the Back Bay.

Post World War II, Corona del Mar resolved its isolation and the Pacific Coast Highway grew into a true town center. New construction was common and CdM grew quickly. The fledging township just south of the now famous Newport Beach was ready to blossom like one of its many flowered streets.

China Cove

Click on photo for a larger image

Early development in China Cove

From the 1950s to the 1980s, streets in Corona del Mar started experiencing a powerful transition from sleepy beach town to its current status as an exclusive year-round residential community. Lands surrounding CdM began a three-decade revival as Irvine Ranch lands were developed into planned communities. Many young “boomers” unable to afford homes elsewhere in Newport Beach, chose CdM with its plethora of duplexes. Living in one unit and renting the second helped pay for the extremely high mortgage rates in the years around the late 1970s. These trendsetters soon stabilized the area, making CdM a notable address. As older rental units were torn down, property owners rebuilt with new homes and/or high-end condos. Rocky Point took on a more sophisticated and prestigious flavor, which is still evident today. Corona del Mar quickly separated itself from the west side in attitude and political issues as it gained its own high school, and many high-end neighborhoods developed on Irvine Ranch lands.

Irvine Terrace LRG

Click on photo for a larger image

An aerial shot of Irvine Terrace

Many ghosts of Corona del Mar’s past did not survive these changes, but still had great influence in defining Newport Beach. The China house built in 1929 by a love-struck husband; the Balboa Palisades Club started in 1926 aimed at being a prestigious bath house; the infamous, yet never developed, “underwater tunnel”; or the over water extension of the Red Cars connecting Balboa to Corona del Mar were victims of time and/or logic. Each had an important role in giving CdM legitimacy over the decades.

Restaurants shaped the personality of CdM over the years and still do to this day. The Hurley Bell, Chef’s Inn, Merle’s Drive Inn, Reuben E. Lee, Beachcomber and Quiet Woman were just a few of the early successes along Pacific Coast Highway. This PCH commercial strip has become some of the most desirable real estate in Newport Beach, now commonly known as simply the Village.

Reuben E Lee

Reuben E. Lee was a famous waterfront restaurant

The wild waves and rattlesnakes have long since disappeared. By the 1930s, twin jetties were built taming the waves, and much of the nature’s wildlife began to disappear. Houses were built just about everywhere in CdM, and the population grew and represented the more successful clientele.

Today’s “Crown of the Sea” differs greatly from the past. Today’s adventurous youth jump, run or chase crabs on the huge boulders of the jetty. Lovers walk hand-in-hand to Inspiration Point watching colonies of seagulls and joggers on Big Corona. Small grassy parks are the only remaining public watch towers to observe the endless movement of the Pacific Ocean, while capturing the thousands of sunsets highlighting a golden glow of the western skies.   

~~~~~~~~

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


Adam Christing can do magic!

Adam Christing

The Pacific Club invites you to start your New Year off with a very special “Inside Edge” meeting that combines breakfast, humor and magic, on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

The event will feature special guest Adam Christing, who has been inspiring life change for 25 years. 

Christing is the author of three humor and personal growth books including, Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to Aha! His forthcoming book is titled, Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life: 61 Ways to Invent a Legendary Life.

At the age of 17, Christing became a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is the founder of “Clean Comedians” and has appeared on more than 100 radio and TV shows including ABC World News and PBS.

Enjoy breakfast, table discussion and live entertainment! Doors open, registration and a buffet line begins at 6:45 a.m.; the meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m.

To pre-register for the event (recommended),click here.

Cost: Returning Guest Registration is $35 by January 10; First Time Guests is $25 by January 10. Guests are always welcome. Free and valet parking is available. You can have your gate ticket validated at the front desk when you leave.

Inside Edge meetings are held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m.

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 3 from 5 - 10 p.m.

4th Annual Napa on Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual event for the wine connoisseur who appreciates the earthen opulence of wine country, cult brands, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled auction lots. Amanda Harlan and Scott Gould of BOND co-chair and host more than 40 fellow Napa vintners. Each vintner will pour during the grand tasting and then will personally host a guest table during the dinner celebration. Chef Andrew Sutton of Disneyland Resort Signature Restaurants has created a decadent pairing menu exclusively for the occasion. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sponsorships and VIP options available. This event will sell out.

Contact: Ancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552, or Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552. www.napainnewport.org.

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

Guests enjoy a pouring

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of CureDuchenne

Guests enjoy a pouring during the 2017 Napa in Newport Wine Auction

SAVE THE DATE

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Honors corporate, philanthropy and volunteer partners and recognizes those for lifetime achievement. All proceeds from this signature gala funds critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 local Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | 11th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament, Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation annual golf tournament is a place where you or your company can become active members of the SCHF family, as they offer a forum to mingle with individuals of common background who share the belief that hospice is a vital and indispensable service for our community. Join the day’s festivities as an individual player, sponsor, or both. You will enjoy breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. So, bring a guest, client, or colleague and enjoy the ultimate Southern California golfing experience. Your support allows this organization to continue to celebrate life and restore hope throughout the years to come. Ticket information: Individual, $550; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000.

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

877.661.0087; https://www.socalhospicefoundation.org/events/life-links-love-annual-charity-golf-tournament

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

SCHF

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Rich Lasalle

A foursome during the 10th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

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. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

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

Pelican Hill Golf Course

Courtesy of Pelican Hill Golf Club

Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Tuesday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.

Schedule:

9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit www.newportharborhometour.com. To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor High School Online Auction, February 7 - March 2.

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from February 7 - March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 9 gala with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until February 28; $135 thereafter. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High 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 Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Local supporters are welcome to bid online and join in the gala event. 

Contact: www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For additional details, contact Diana Long, NHEF 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.

The gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 3 from 5 - 10 p.m.

4th Annual Napa on Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual event for the wine connoisseur who appreciates the earthen opulence of wine country, cult brands, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled auction lots. Amanda Harlan and Scott Gould of BOND co-chair and host more than 40 fellow Napa vintners. Each vintner will pour during the grand tasting and then will personally host a guest table during the dinner celebration. Chef Andrew Sutton of Disneyland Resort Signature Restaurants has created a decadent pairing menu exclusively for the occasion. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sponsorships and VIP options available. This event will sell out.

Contact: Ancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552, or Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552. www.napainnewport.org.

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

Guests enjoy a pouring

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of CureDuchenne

Guests enjoy a pouring during the 2017 Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Childhelp | 32nd Annual For the Love of a Child Fashion Show & Luncheon, Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

This magic day benefits the children of Childhelp with a runway fashion show inspiring daring creations and dazzling sparkles, sponsored by South Coast Plaza. This year’s event, hosted by Honorary Chair Patti Edwards and Co-Chairs Linda Burns and Tami Smith, will feature opportunity drawings, a grand prize drawing and a fabulous luncheon. Honored recipients are Tilly Levine with the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen with the Our Inspirational Award.

Contact: Linda Burns at 949.463.8804 for more information. Visit https://one.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2018/welcome for reservations and donations.

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

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Honors corporate, philanthropy and volunteer partners and recognizes those for lifetime achievement. All proceeds from this signature gala funds critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 local Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | 11th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament, Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation annual golf tournament is a place where you or your company can become active members of the SCHF family, as they offer a forum to mingle with individuals of common background who share the belief that hospice is a vital and indispensable service for our community. Join the day’s festivities as an individual player, sponsor, or both. You will enjoy breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. So, bring a guest, client, or colleague and enjoy the ultimate Southern California golfing experience. Your support allows this organization to continue to celebrate life and restore hope throughout the years to come. Ticket information: Individual, $550; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000.

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

877.661.0087; https://www.socalhospicefoundation.org/events/life-links-love-annual-charity-golf-tournament

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

SCHF

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Rich Lasalle

A foursome during the 10th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

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. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

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

Pelican Hill Golf Course

Courtesy of Pelican Hill Golf Club

Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Tuesday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.

Schedule:

9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit www.newportharborhometour.com. To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Resolutions a plenty, Dems plan forum, and quiet city prepares for Restaurant Week

TomJohnson

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Polls show about 68 percent of Americans do so. The most popular resolutions are becoming a better person, losing weight, eating better and exercising more and some people still smoke and want to quit.

According to U.S. News, 80 percent of resolutions will be over by February.

So, what’s yours going to be and are you going to beat the odds? We wish you luck.

• • •

HB Huddle will present a candidate forum of the Democrat opponents to Dana Rohrabacher in California’s upcoming 48th Congressional District seat. The debate will take on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Harbour View Elementary School, 4343 Pickwick Circle, Huntington Beach.

Candidates expected to be on hand include Hans Keirstead, Harley Rouda, Laura Oatman and Omar Siddiqui. Moderators for the event include Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Josh Lowenthal, candidate for 72nd Assembly District.

You can find more info. and advanced reserve seating at www.HBHuddle.com.

The California Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

• • •

Received this from Sherry Black last week: “Jim Mosher deserves person of the year. He does NOT miss a single City Council or Planning Commission meeting. He always keeps the council on its toes and they don’t seem to appreciate it.”

We here at StuNewsNewport agree that Jim is an integral part of the Newport Beach political fabric. And you’re right, he certainly keeps everyone on their toes.

• • •

Still a fairly quiet week around City Hall. Sure, they’re back after a week off for the holidays. But the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 2, and the Planning Commission meeting planned for Thursday, Jan. 4, have both been cancelled.

Things pick back up next week with the City Council Study Session and Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

• • •

Newport Beach Restaurant Week has a kickoff event “Culinary Journeys” planned at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center on Thursday, Jan. 11. According to Newport Beach & Co., 100 tickets are on sale and attendees will experience tastings from Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Mayor’s Table from the soon-to-open Lido House hotel.

Tickets are $35 and include tastings and two glasses of wine or beer.

For ticket info, go to www.visitnewportbeach.com.

Then get ready for Restaurant Week(s) that runs January 15 - 28.

Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50.

You can make your reservations for Restaurant Week at www.DineNB.com.


Stump the Stu

This bird could be a hard one to find

Stump the Stu 1.1.18

Click on photo for a larger image

It looks like it’s feeding time for this pelican as he sits atop this little fountain. Any ideas of where it is? Make your guesses now. 

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

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


Segerstrom Center welcomes comedian Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Amanda Searle

Comedian Eddie Izzard brings his new show to the Segerstrom Hall stage

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes comedian Eddie Izzard in his new show “Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour” on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Produced by WestBeth Entertainment, this funny and emotional show reveals the man behind the stand-up with all of the fascination the fans expect from an Eddie Izzard performance.

Tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Izzard’s first book, Believe Me, was just chosen by Bill Gates as one of the “5 Amazing Books I Read This Year.” Released on June 13, 2017, Believe Me is a New York Times Best Seller. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, Izzard reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard’s Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far

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


Resolve for more fitness and fun while raising funds for schools 

Spirit Run banner

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Spirit Run

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions. For most, exercising tops the list. For many, however, good intentions are not enough to accomplish what can be a lonely, difficult, and sometimes painful goal.

But what if you could exercise more with your spouse and children? Even better, what if you trained together to participate in a fun-filled community event?

Consider the 35th Annual Spirit Run on March 18, 2018 at Fashion Island. In addition to 5k, 10k and 1-mile running races for individuals, Spirit Run offers the 5k Family Walk and the new Family Mile. Families walk, jog, or run these events together. The entire family is welcome, from your baby in his/her jogger, to the grandparents.

Family Walk

Click on photo for a larger image

Afterwards, your family is certain to enjoy Spirit Run’s Youth & Fitness Expo. The expo offers complimentary finish line food and beverages, a pancake breakfast by Plum’s Café and other tasty treats. The kids will have fun on the rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mini skateboard park, and activities presented by the City of Newport Beach’s Camp Newport. Parents can wind down with a post-race massage, meet fitness professionals, and shop for fitness apparel and more. Spirit Run even remembers your family pet. Bring your furry family member, or adopt a new one at Spirit Run’s Dog Expo.

You needn’t worry about the price tag, either. Rather than charging each family member an individual entry fee, Spirit Run is introducing its new Family Rate. The Family Rate offers a family of five 30 percent off standard individual pricing. Not to forget the grandparents, Spirit Run has a new Grand Family Rate for a set of grandparents, parents and their children.

In addition to more fitness and fun, your family’s participation in Spirit Run can raise funds for your children’s school. Many long-term Newport Beach residents remember Spirit Run as a fundraiser for Newport Beach elementary schools. Since 2011, however, all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) are invited to share in the event’s net proceeds. And beginning last year, Spirit Run introduced its “Dash for Cash” fundraiser so that schools outside NMUSD can share in its funds.

“Dash for Cash” is simple. The more students, families and supporters who register and run for a school, the more money the school raises. Many schools participate in See’s Candies, wrapping paper, and/or dine-out fundraisers. School supporters purchase from a business. The business pays the school a percentage (typically 10 – 25 percent) of what school supporters spend, keeping the rest.

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

OLQA group

Click on photo for a larger image

In 2017, “Dash for Cash” was the logical choice for Newport Beach’s Our Lady Queen of Angels (OLQA) school. Many OLQA students had been participating in Spirit Run for years.

“Health is the new wealth” as my dad always says,” shared Kaly Keating, OLQA Class of 2018. “This year I can’t wait to see so many families coming out to participate as a family in the 5krun/walk or the new Family Mile around Fashion island. This event is so much fun and as a community coming together always makes a big difference!”  Jen Awad and family

Click on photo for a larger image

OLQA’s Jen Awad with her children, Shane (left) and Brooke

The success of “Dash for Cash” in 2017 is attracting schools outside NMUSD in 2018. Spirit Run is pleased to welcome back St. John the Baptist and Harbor Day School. It is also excited to welcome first time participant, St. Joachim School.

It’s not too late for your school to sign up for “Dash for Cash”. Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners to learn more about the “Dash for Cash” Program, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For event information, visit www.nmspiritrun.org

For the second consecutive year, StuNewsNewport is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Curry

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET CURRY

Curry prefers luxury and the uptown life

Beautiful Curry is still screening candidates for her forever home. Being the successful Diva that she is, she prefers luxury and the uptown life. She also wants to be your forever one and only so no need to have any other furries in your household. She’ll be happy with all human interaction, affection and the fulfillment of her twice a day request for wet food. If you’d like to come meet with Curry and spend some time learning about her “opinions,” we know that she’d love to share.

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 Curry, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 1.1.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Upper Bay Bridge. The Pacific Coast Highway looked like this when the first upper bay bridge was completed in 1926, for the first time connecting Corona del Mar with Newport Beach.

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


Izhak Perlman and LA Philharmonic to grace Segerstrom Center

Izhak Perlman

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Violin virtuoso Izhak Perlman makes premiere appearance as a conductor in OC

For its eagerly anticipated return, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is led by the legendary Itzhak Perlman, making his first appearance as a conductor in Orange County. He will play Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and conduct Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations. The performance takes place on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Acclaimed for his exceptional talent and artistry, and beloved for his charm and humanity, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

A recipient of numerous Grammy Awards and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2008, Perlman’s recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts. He is also a recipient of four Emmy Awards, among many other accolades.

Tickets start at $58 and are available at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office or by calling 714.556.2787.

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


Free January events at Argyros Plaza 

Argyros Plaza

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Doug Gifford

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center

In October 2017, Segerstrom Center for the Arts unveiled the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation. The 56,100-square-foot plaza designed by Michael Maltzan features a grand fountain entry with reflection pool and a grand spiral staircase that wraps around the open-air Center 360 Café, leading from the Segerstrom Hall terrace to the plaza, shade seating and dining areas, with groves of trees for picnicking and two permanent stages for year-round entertainment.

Performances, events, music and family-friendly activities take place all year long and are free of charge.

Mark your calendar for these free January events at the Plaza:

Dia de los Reyes, Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. Close out the holiday season on Three Kings Day! Join in celebrating this rich cultural tradition with lively music, a community procession, Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Cake), and storytelling with local “abuelitas” [grannies]. While you’re here, enjoy craft-making, snap a picture at the family photo booth, sample delicious food trucks, and enter the opportunity drawing to win prizes selected specially for the kids. Dia de los Reyes promises to be a festive event for the whole family! No tickets are required.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Sunday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Today, millions will come together to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who never stopped asking the question, “What are you doing for others?” The MLK Day of Service is a moment to work together to fulfill King’s vision for a better America with hands-on projects that directly benefit our local community. The event provides a chance to prepare a backpack for a child in the foster system, create an encouraging card for a young community member, and learn how to get involved with Segerstrom Center’s outreach to youth in Orange County. Explore ways to help their partner organization CHOC, opportunities to volunteer here at the Center, and participate in a community art project and enjoy delicious food trucks, face painting and balloon art from talented entertainers. No tickets are required.

Jersey Boys Doo-Wop Preshow Music, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, known for smash hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” No tickets are required.

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.556.2121. www.scfta.org


Coffee, pizza and a vintage movie projector

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Movie Projector

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Amy Snider Senk

The vintage Super Simplex movie projector at the Port Theater

It’s been five years since the Port Theater reopened on East Coast Highway, but the theater has a new-old feature: a vintage Super Simplex movie projector that has been installed on the pavement in front of the box office.

Acting Manager Marissa Van Groningen said that management was hoping the public would notice the antique and check it out.

“It’s actually the old projector from the theater before it was remodeled,” she said. “It’s ancient and heavy.”

The projector had been in storage, and the owner wanted to display it to the public, maybe transforming it at some point to a table the public could use, she said. A plaque will also be added. She didn’t respond to questions asking the exact age of the projector and when it stopped being used.

The Port Theater originally opened in 1949 and a year later had a live elephant on stage during a screening of the “Greatest Show on Earth.” From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, the theater mostly featured foreign films, and by 1998 the theater closed. It sat empty for a decade until a new owner purchased it, remodeled it and reopened it in 2012.

Meanwhile, the new year is shaping up to have some new businesses in Corona del Mar, including a new café to replace the old Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shop. That coffee shop closed suddenly in January 2014, much to the dismay of its loyal local fan base, and has been vacant ever since.

Reborn Coffee

Click on photo for a larger image

Reborn Coffee to open in Corona del Mar

Reborn Coffee has had signs in the window at 2933 E. Coast Highway, although an email to the company seeking information on when the new café might be opening, had no response. Online city records show that as of September, the business was in the building department’s plan check system. The signs show that the business has shops in Brea with another to have opened in October in La Crecenta, and it also gives an email for anyone wanting a job.

Also, in December 2017, the city’s Planning Commission approved plans for a Mama D’s restaurant to open in the Sweet Lady Jane Bakery space at 3732 E. Coast Highway. The restaurant wiåll share parking with two nearby banks, and the owners are hoping to finish remodeling in time to open in late March.

The restaurant will serve pizza, pasta and salads, and a license is pending that would allow it to sell beer and wine. Mama D’s also has a location on the Peninsula at 3012 Newport Blvd.

~~~~~~~~

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


Calling all teens to share their creative writing skills

Teens studyingLRG

Submitted photo

Attention…budding young authors. Put on your creative cap and start writing!

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation presents the 8th Annual Creative Writing Contest for Teens, open to all students attending grades 9 - 12. The theme is “A New Pair of Glasses.”

For this year’s contest, they are asking youth to write about a specific experience that opened their eyes – as if they were putting on a new pair of glasses – to things they haven’t considered before. The winner will receive $250 and his/her manuscript will be published on the Foundation’s website and in The Bookmark, the Foundation’s quarterly publication. The runner-up will receive $100.

The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 30. Winners will be notified on or before March 5. For complete contest rules and details, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.


Author Karen Heath Clark to conduct lecture on her Bill Clinton book

Karen Clark

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesey of Newport Beach Public Library

Author Karen Heath Clark

On Thursday, Jan. 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., enjoy a lecture by author Karen Heath Clark on her book, Bill Clinton: America’s Bridge to the 21st Century.

Bill Clinton, the first president born after the end of World War II, brought a new generation’s vision and attitude to the White House. His 1992 defeat of overwhelming favorite George H. W. Bush, who was running for a second term, is a fascinating story of the fickleness of presidential popularity. Clinton was an unknown Governor of Arkansas when he won the Democratic nomination, most big-name candidates having opted to forgo what they viewed as a hopeless race. Clinton emerged from a troubled childhood in Arkansas to become a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate. He was a man of great ambition, intellect and determination, but it was his charismatic personality and ability to reach out with empathy to others that made him such a popular president.

While his inexperience led to bungling some legislative opportunities, Clinton skillfully shepherded other measures through Congress while keeping the country peaceful and increasingly prosperous during his two terms in office. His presidency was marred by scandals created by his engagement in inappropriate sexual relationships with women, scandals for which he was relentlessly pursued by enemies willing to use scorched-earth tactics to try to destroy him. He possessed unsurpassed resiliency, labelling himself the “Comeback Kid,” and managed to survive only the second impeachment in American history. Clinton left a legacy of peace and prosperity when he left office at the start of the 21st century, but the nation had become far more politically divisive.

Bill Clinton book cover

Click on photo for a larger image

Clark studied history at both Stanford University and of The University of Washington, then taught history for several years before pursuing a legal career. After attending Michigan Law School, she joined the prestigious international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she became a partner. She continues to have an abiding passion for both history and politics.

Admission to this event is free and seating is limited to capacity, which takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.www.newportbeachlibrary.com


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 3 from 5 - 10 p.m.

4th Annual Napa on Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual event for the wine connoisseur who appreciates the earthen opulence of wine country, cult brands, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled auction lots. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Ancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org.

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

SAVE THE DATE

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Honors corporate, philanthropy and volunteer partners and recognizes those for lifetime achievement. All proceeds from this signature gala funds critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 local Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

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. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

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

Pelican Hill Golf Course

Courtesy of Pelican Hill Golf Club

Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Tuesday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.

Schedule:

9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit www.newportharborhometour.com. To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Tennis qualifiers to the big-time to be held in NB

Oracle

The Oracle Challenger Series, two ATP Challenger Tour events and two WTA $125K Series events, will take place as combined events January 20 - 28, 2018, at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. The event will pay equal prize money for a total of $150,000 per tournament.

The top two male and female Americans with the highest accumulated points at the events will be awarded wild cards in their respective singles main draws at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, held March 5 - 18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which is widely considered the top combined ATP/WTA professional tennis tournament in the world. 

Player participation in the Oracle Challenger Series will be determined by ATP and WTA rankings and procedures used for similar tournaments.

Admission is free. The Newport Beach Tennis Club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Drive.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

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

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

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

Winter Fest OC, Continuing through January 7, 2018. Experience the magic when the OC Fair & Event Center transforms into a winter wonderland with tons of fun for little ones and adults, alike. Enjoy snow play, slides, ice tubing down the 150-foot-long Snowflake Summit with eight lines, an outdoor skating rink, a festival of lights, a model train exhibit, candy cane carnival rides and games, bounce houses, snowboard simulator, face painting, holiday candies & treats, seasonal foods & adult holiday cocktails, a petting zoo, snow flurries, the world’s largest ornament that stands 30 feet tall, and a nightly lighting celebration of the 30-foot Christmas tree with fireworks and a holiday parade at 5:30 p.m. A complimentary Meet and Greet features cartoon character favorites, including PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Thomas & Friends, PJ Masks superheroes, Orange County’s very own Phil Shane, Abbey Road and many more. This year, Alpine Village, a snow play and slide area has doubled in size, showcasing fresh blown snow daily, a Snowmazing inflatable maze, craft tent, food trucks, a toddler play area and festival of lights with a 100-foot animated light tunnel. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a countdown celebration with a not-to-miss 3,000-balloon drop at 6 p.m. and midnight. Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.winterfestoc.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Girl Skating

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

100 Buddhas closeup

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

Courtesy of OCMA

100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through February 25, 2018. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Heilmann artwork

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Mary Heilmann, courtesy of OCMA

“Surfing on Acid, 2005,” by Mary Heilmann is part of the Pivotal exhibition

Free Fridays, Continuing throughout 2018 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art’s (OCMA) Free Fridays offer visitors complimentary entrance to the museum, including special programming on Friday evenings with artist talks, exhibition-related panels, as well as CINEMA ORANGE, a partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival to present monthly screenings and independent films.\

Takes place at OCMA, 850 San Clemente, Newport Beach. Call 949.759.1122. www.ocma.net

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 11, 2018 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Shakespeare in Love, January 13 - February 10, 2018. Performance times vary. Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy – a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing –including breaking the law – to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; directed by Marc Masterson. Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

Shakespeare in Love

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

One Hand, One Heart – 100 Years of Bernstein, January 18 - 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrated as one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein ushered in an era of major cultural transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist and committed educator, Bernstein was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world. To celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday, Segerstrom Center is presenting a tribute to the musical theater masterpieces Bernstein created while honoring the scope and reach of his genius. A cast of five top New York vocalists: Mary Testa, Jessica Vosk, David Burnham, Joshua Israel and Alex Getlin will be backed by a four-piece band in such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” “Ohio,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” They will be joined by the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus directed by Dr. Robert Istad on several selections to give the evening a sense of the grandeur Bernstein’s music demands. The concerts are directed, produced and hosted by Scott Coulter, with musical direction by John Boswell. The production will take place in the intimate Samueli Theater. Single tickets start at $89 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Leonard BernsteinLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Paul de Hueck/

Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

JERSEY BOYS, January 19 - 2, 2018. Performance times vary. Come experience, “Lightning Striking Again,” when the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its much-anticipated return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one weekend. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Core Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. Several of the cast members have interesting back stories – from being part of the last Broadway cast to attending SoCal area colleges, so we can certainly do cast interviews in early January. JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by more than 25 million people (as of August 2017). Taking the Segerstrom Hall stage, single tickets start at $40.75.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jersey Boys

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Classic Movie Night: Rebel Without a Cause, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. This famous film was shot at a number of familiar locations, including Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Santa Monica, Los Feliz and Hollywood.  M.H. Sherman was at one point one of the major landholders in these areas. In 1944, Sherman Company donated about 400 acres of Hollywood open space to Griffith Park. This large, passive, eco-sensitive property borders the Lake Hollywood reservior (west), the former Hollywoodland sign (north) and Bronson Canyon (east) where it connects into the original Griffith Park donation. Paul Wormser, Sherman Library Director, will give a brief talk regarding M.H. Sherman’s ties to these areas. This event is free but they request you RSVP at their website or call 949.673.1880

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Rebel Without a Cause

Submitted photo

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, January 26, 2017 - February 11, 2018. The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! And Junie B. is convinced that someone stole her furry black mittens at recess. So, when Junie B. finds a cool pen on the floor, it’s Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. But why does she keep having those bad dreams? Will she ever get her mittens back? And will she win over the new boy in Room 8? Find out during the upcoming production of Junie B. Jones taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage.

Adapted from the book and directed by Beth Lopes, this production from the Theatre for Young Audiences will delight youngsters in grades K- 6 and their families.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Junie B Jones

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

The Octette Bridge Club, January 26 - February 25, 2018. Performance times vary. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify. Directed by David Motroni. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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

Painting Class – Cactus and Succulents, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class, you will explore and be inspired by the beautiful cacti and succulents in the Gardens. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Sunday Musicale – Guitar & Violin duo: Ines Thomé and Mann-Wen Lo, January 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. East meets west as Taiwanese Violinist Mann-Wen Lo and German guitarist Ines Thomé untangle melodies by Paganini, Morricone, De Falla, Piazzolla and others. Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Kinky Boots, February 6 - 11, 2018. Performance times vary. Welcome the return of “Kinky Boots,” the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper to Segerstrom Hall. Leading the new tour will be Lance Bordelon as Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as Lola, Sydney Patrick as Lauren, Adam du Plessis as Don, Hayley Lampart as Nicola, and John Anker Bow as George. Brandon Alberto, Eric Stanton Betts, Derek Brazeau, Tyler Jent, Tony Tillman, and Ernest Terrelle Williams will play the Angels. The “Kinky Boots” tour will also feature Daniel Joseph Baker, Monica Ban, Natalie Braha, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Madeline Fansler, Andrew Hendrick, Bethany Xan Jeffery, Lindsay Joan, Chris Kane, Ethan Kirschbaum, Andrew Malone, Madison Pugh, Jace Reinhard and Eric Shonk. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org,

at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kinky Boots

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Painting Class – Mixed Media and Watercolors, February 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna V an Dyk as she teaches you how to use mixed media and watercolors to create a unique work of art. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

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

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

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

Winter Fest OC, Continuing through January 7, 2018. Experience the magic when the OC Fair & Event Center transforms into a winter wonderland with tons of fun for little ones and adults, alike. Enjoy snow play, slides, ice tubing down the 150-foot-long Snowflake Summit with eight lines, an outdoor skating rink, a festival of lights, a model train exhibit, candy cane carnival rides and games, bounce houses, snowboard simulator, face painting, holiday candies & treats, seasonal foods & adult holiday cocktails, a petting zoo, snow flurries, the world’s largest ornament that stands 30 feet tall, and a nightly lighting celebration of the 30-foot Christmas tree with fireworks and a holiday parade at 5:30 p.m. A complimentary Meet and Greet features cartoon character favorites, including PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Thomas & Friends, PJ Masks superheroes, Orange County’s very own Phil Shane, Abbey Road and many more. This year, Alpine Village, a snow play and slide area has doubled in size, showcasing fresh blown snow daily, a Snowmazing inflatable maze, craft tent, food trucks, a toddler play area and festival of lights with a 100-foot animated light tunnel. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a countdown celebration with a not-to-miss 3,000-balloon drop at 6 p.m. and midnight. Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.winterfestoc.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Girl Skating

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

100 Buddhas closeup

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

Courtesy of OCMA

100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through February 25, 2018. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Heilmann artwork

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Mary Heilmann, courtesy of OCMA

“Surfing on Acid, 2005,” by Mary Heilmann is part of the Pivotal exhibition

Free Fridays, Continuing throughout 2018 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art’s (OCMA) Free Fridays offer visitors complimentary entrance to the museum, including special programming on Friday evenings with artist talks, exhibition-related panels, as well as CINEMA ORANGE, a partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival to present monthly screenings and independent films.\

Takes place at OCMA, 850 San Clemente, Newport Beach. Call 949.759.1122. www.ocma.net

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 11, 2018 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Legacy Fighting Alliance #30, January 12, 2018 from 5 - 11 p.m. At LFA 30, Curtis Millender (13-3) and Nick Barnes (12-2), both former LFA headliners and both veterans of the Southern California scene meet in a welterweight clash. Millender, a former Bellator fighter, carries a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Barnes, a Bellator and RFA vet who’s on a 3-1 run. Admission: $45; parking is $8.

Contact: www.Lfafighting.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shakespeare in Love, January 13 - February 10, 2018. Performance times vary. Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy – a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing –including breaking the law – to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; directed by Marc Masterson. Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

Shakespeare in Love

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

One Hand, One Heart – 100 Years of Bernstein, January 18 - 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrated as one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein ushered in an era of major cultural transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist and committed educator, Bernstein was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world. To celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday, Segerstrom Center is presenting a tribute to the musical theater masterpieces Bernstein created while honoring the scope and reach of his genius. A cast of five top New York vocalists: Mary Testa, Jessica Vosk, David Burnham, Joshua Israel and Alex Getlin will be backed by a four-piece band in such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” “Ohio,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” They will be joined by the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus directed by Dr. Robert Istad on several selections to give the evening a sense of the grandeur Bernstein’s music demands. The concerts are directed, produced and hosted by Scott Coulter, with musical direction by John Boswell. The production will take place in the intimate Samueli Theater. Single tickets start at $89 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Leonard BernsteinLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Paul de Hueck/

Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

JERSEY BOYS, January 19 - 2, 2018. Performance times vary. Come experience, “Lightning Striking Again,” when the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its much-anticipated return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one weekend. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Core Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. Several of the cast members have interesting back stories – from being part of the last Broadway cast to attending SoCal area colleges, so we can certainly do cast interviews in early January. JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by more than 25 million people (as of August 2017). Taking the Segerstrom Hall stage, single tickets start at $40.75.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jersey Boys

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Classic Movie Night: Rebel Without a Cause, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. This famous film was shot at a number of familiar locations, including Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Santa Monica, Los Feliz and Hollywood. M.H. Sherman was at one point one of the major landholders in these areas. In 1944, Sherman Company donated about 400 acres of Hollywood open space to Griffith Park. This large, passive, eco-sensitive property borders the Lake Hollywood reservoir (west), the former Hollywoodland sign (north) and Bronson Canyon (east) where it connects into the original Griffith Park donation. Paul Wormser, Sherman Library Director, will give a brief talk regarding M.H. Sherman’s ties to these areas. This event is free but they request you RSVP at their website or call 949.673.1880.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Rebel Without a Cause

Submitted photo

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, January 26, 2017 - February 11, 2018. The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! And Junie B. is convinced that someone stole her furry black mittens at recess. So, when Junie B. finds a cool pen on the floor, it’s Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. But why does she keep having those bad dreams? Will she ever get her mittens back? And will she win over the new boy in Room 8? Find out during the upcoming production of Junie B. Jones taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage.

Adapted from the book and directed by Beth Lopes, this production from the Theatre for Young Audiences will delight youngsters in grades K- 6 and their families.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Junie B Jones

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

The Octette Bridge Club, January 26 - February 25, 2018. Performance times vary. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify. Directed by David Motroni. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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

Painting Class – Cactus and Succulents, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class, you will explore and be inspired by the beautiful cacti and succulents in the Gardens. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Crossroads of the West Gun Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Two-day gun and estern American show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. Admission: $18; parking is $8. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.crossroadsgunshows.com or call 801.544.9125; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

SoCal World Guitar Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. International music swap meet where you can buy, sell and trade vintage, new, used and rare guitars, amps, effects and parts for mandolins, banjos, ukes and more. Meet dealers, collectors, buyers, retail stores, authors, manufacturers, builders and appraisers. Public can bring items to sell/trade. Admission: $20; parking is $8. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.amigoguitarshows.com/socal-summer

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Sunday Musicale – Guitar & Violin duo: Ines Thomé and Mann-Wen Lo, January 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. East meets west as Taiwanese Violinist Mann-Wen Lo and German guitarist Ines Thomé untangle melodies by Paganini, Morricone, De Falla, Piazzolla and others. Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Ines Lo

Mann-Wenn Lo Photo by Scott Jackson

Kristin Chenowith, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Tony Award and Emmy winning Kristin Chenowith for one night only! The renowned actress and singer will perform a collection of beloved songs from stage, film and her most recent release The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. Chenoweth, takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage, effortlessly. She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies (Pushing Daisies was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy). On Fox’s hit comedy Glee, she lit up the stage of McKinley High as a former student and quirky ex-songstress April Rhodes, who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight. For her portrayal, Chenoweth, was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Single tickets start at $59 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kristin Chenowith

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of scfta.org

Kinky Boots, February 6 - 11, 2018. Performance times vary. Welcome the return of “Kinky Boots,” the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper to Segerstrom Hall. Leading the new tour will be Lance Bordelon as Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as Lola, Sydney Patrick as Lauren, Adam du Plessis as Don, Hayley Lampart as Nicola, and John Anker Bow as George. Brandon Alberto, Eric Stanton Betts, Derek Brazeau, Tyler Jent, Tony Tillman, and Ernest Terrelle Williams will play the Angels. The “Kinky Boots” tour will also feature Daniel Joseph Baker, Monica Ban, Natalie Braha, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Madeline Fansler, Andrew Hendrick, Bethany Xan Jeffery, Lindsay Joan, Chris Kane, Ethan Kirschbaum, Andrew Malone, Madison Pugh, Jace Reinhard and Eric Shonk. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org,

at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kinky Boots

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Painting Class – Mixed Media and Watercolors, February 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna V an Dyk as she teaches you how to use mixed media and watercolors to create a unique work of art. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Library Lecture: James Harvery Irvine (1867 - 1947), February 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. Unlike his father who emigrated from Ireland, James Harvey Irvine grew up in the privileged world of San Francisco high society. James Harvey inherited his father’s ranch on his 25th birthday. Many would have expected the Northern California son to sell off his father’s undeveloped land. But James H. Irvine had other plans. No other member of the Irvine family had a greater impact on the land that would someday be the city of Irvine. This event is free but RSVP online on their website, or call 949.673.1880 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

The King and I, February 27 - March 11, 2018. Performance times vary in Segerstrom Hall. Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, it boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The King and I teacher with students

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

 


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

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

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

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

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through February 25. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

100 Buddhas closeup

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

Courtesy of OCMA

100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through February 25. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Heilmann artwork

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Mary Heilmann, courtesy of OCMA

“Surfing on Acid, 2005,” by Mary Heilmann is part of the Pivotal exhibition

Free Fridays, Continuing throughout 2018 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art’s (OCMA) Free Fridays offer visitors complimentary entrance to the museum, including special programming on Friday evenings with artist talks, exhibition-related panels, as well as CINEMA ORANGE, a partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival to present monthly screenings and independent films.\

Takes place at OCMA, 850 San Clemente, Newport Beach. Call 949.759.1122. www.ocma.net

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 11, 2018 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Legacy Fighting Alliance #30, January 12, 2018 from 5 - 11 p.m. At LFA 30, Curtis Millender (13-3) and Nick Barnes (12-2), both former LFA headliners and both veterans of the Southern California scene meet in a welterweight clash. Millender, a former Bellator fighter, carries a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Barnes, a Bellator and RFA vet who’s on a 3-1 run. Admission: $45; parking is $8.

Contact: www.Lfafighting.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shakespeare in Love, January 13 - February 10, 2018. Performance times vary. Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy – a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing –including breaking the law – to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; directed by Marc Masterson. Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

Shakespeare in Love

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

One Hand, One Heart – 100 Years of Bernstein, January 18 - 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrated as one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein ushered in an era of major cultural transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist and committed educator, Bernstein was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world. To celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday, Segerstrom Center is presenting a tribute to the musical theater masterpieces Bernstein created while honoring the scope and reach of his genius. A cast of five top New York vocalists: Mary Testa, Jessica Vosk, David Burnham, Joshua Israel and Alex Getlin will be backed by a four-piece band in such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” “Ohio,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” They will be joined by the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus directed by Dr. Robert Istad on several selections to give the evening a sense of the grandeur Bernstein’s music demands. The concerts are directed, produced and hosted by Scott Coulter, with musical direction by John Boswell. The production will take place in the intimate Samueli Theater. Single tickets start at $89 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Leonard BernsteinLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Paul de Hueck/

Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

JERSEY BOYS, January 19 - 2, 2018. Performance times vary. Come experience, “Lightning Striking Again,” when the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its much-anticipated return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one weekend. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Core Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. Several of the cast members have interesting back stories – from being part of the last Broadway cast to attending SoCal area colleges, so we can certainly do cast interviews in early January. JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by more than 25 million people (as of August 2017). Taking the Segerstrom Hall stage, single tickets start at $40.75.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jersey Boys

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Classic Movie Night: Rebel Without a Cause, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. This famous film was shot at a number of familiar locations, including Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Santa Monica, Los Feliz and Hollywood. M.H. Sherman was at one point one of the major landholders in these areas. In 1944, Sherman Company donated about 400 acres of Hollywood open space to Griffith Park. This large, passive, eco-sensitive property borders the Lake Hollywood reservoir (west), the former Hollywoodland sign (north) and Bronson Canyon (east) where it connects into the original Griffith Park donation. Paul Wormser, Sherman Library Director, will give a brief talk regarding M.H. Sherman’s ties to these areas. This event is free but they request you RSVP at their website or call 949.673.1880.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Rebel Without a Cause

Submitted photo

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, January 26, 2017 - February 11, 2018. The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! And Junie B. is convinced that someone stole her furry black mittens at recess. So, when Junie B. finds a cool pen on the floor, it’s Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. But why does she keep having those bad dreams? Will she ever get her mittens back? And will she win over the new boy in Room 8? Find out during the upcoming production of Junie B. Jones taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage.

Adapted from the book and directed by Beth Lopes, this production from the Theatre for Young Audiences will delight youngsters in grades K- 6 and their families.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Junie B Jones

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

The Octette Bridge Club, January 26 - February 25, 2018. Performance times vary. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify. Directed by David Motroni. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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

Painting Class – Cactus and Succulents, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class, you will explore and be inspired by the beautiful cacti and succulents in the Gardens. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Crossroads of the West Gun Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Two-day gun and estern American show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. Admission: $18; parking is $8. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.crossroadsgunshows.com or call 801.544.9125; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

SoCal World Guitar Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. International music swap meet where you can buy, sell and trade vintage, new, used and rare guitars, amps, effects and parts for mandolins, banjos, ukes and more. Meet dealers, collectors, buyers, retail stores, authors, manufacturers, builders and appraisers. Public can bring items to sell/trade. Admission: $20; parking is $8. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.amigoguitarshows.com/socal-summer

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Sunday Musicale – Guitar & Violin duo: Ines Thomé and Mann-Wen Lo, January 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. East meets west as Taiwanese Violinist Mann-Wen Lo and German guitarist Ines Thomé untangle melodies by Paganini, Morricone, De Falla, Piazzolla and others. Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Ines Lo

Mann-Wenn Lo Photo by Scott Jackson

The Hendrix Project Off Center Festival 2018, February 1 - 3, 2018 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. On New Year’s Eve 1969, Jimi Hendrix’s electronic blues trio, Band of Gypsys, played a legendarily funky concert at New York City’s Fillmore East Auditorium. Twelve disciples have gathered in the upper balcony to bear witness, as heat is brought to a nation caught in mid-winter chill. As “bullets fly like rain,” at home and abroad, the ensemble as audience movingly reimagines an iconic moment in rock and roll history. The grit and psychedelia of the time are brought to vivid life as you are transported inside the concert experience watching the crowd’s frenzied trance unfold through minutely choreographed movement. The power of Hendrix’s music is at the forefront as an audience unwittingly witnesses rock ‘n’ roll history. It’s the end of the Sixties. And Jimi Hendrix’s final New Year’s Eve. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

The Hendrix Project

Courtesy of scfta.org

Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge, February 3, 2018 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pranks and tricks abound at the annual Superheroes’ masked costume ball! And who is this mysterious Bat-Man, the biggest prankster of them all? This lighthearted comic operetta written by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss Jr. sparkles with fun and lively music and features talented opera singers from Chapman University on stage with Pacific Symphony. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert. Single tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

Kristin Chenowith, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Tony Award and Emmy winning Kristin Chenowith for one night only! The renowned actress and singer will perform a collection of beloved songs from stage, film and her most recent release The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. Chenoweth, takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage, effortlessly. She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies (Pushing Daisies was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy). On Fox’s hit comedy Glee, she lit up the stage of McKinley High as a former student and quirky ex-songstress April Rhodes, who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight. For her portrayal, Chenoweth, was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Single tickets start at $59 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kristin Chenowith

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of scfta.org

Kinky Boots, February 6 - 11, 2018. Performance times vary. Welcome the return of “Kinky Boots,” the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper to Segerstrom Hall. Leading the new tour will be Lance Bordelon as Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as Lola, Sydney Patrick as Lauren, Adam du Plessis as Don, Hayley Lampart as Nicola, and John Anker Bow as George. Brandon Alberto, Eric Stanton Betts, Derek Brazeau, Tyler Jent, Tony Tillman, and Ernest Terrelle Williams will play the Angels. The “Kinky Boots” tour will also feature Daniel Joseph Baker, Monica Ban, Natalie Braha, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Madeline Fansler, Andrew Hendrick, Bethany Xan Jeffery, Lindsay Joan, Chris Kane, Ethan Kirschbaum, Andrew Malone, Madison Pugh, Jace Reinhard and Eric Shonk. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org,

at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kinky Boots

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Painting Class – Mixed Media and Watercolors, February 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna V an Dyk as she teaches you how to use mixed media and watercolors to create a unique work of art. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Chinese New Year, February 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Join Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Dog, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance. Single tickets start at $18 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

Chinese New Year

Courtesy of scfta.org

Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout, February 15 - 18, 2018. Performance times vary. Features more than 70 artists and five big bands, this festival celebrates the Great American Songbook. Reserved seating available.

Contact: www.newportbeachjazzparty.com

Takes place at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Christopher Cross, February 16 and 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered five Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” Single tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

Christopher Cross

Courtesy of scfta.org

Library Lecture: James Harvery Irvine (1867 - 1947), February 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. Unlike his father who emigrated from Ireland, James Harvey Irvine grew up in the privileged world of San Francisco high society. James Harvey Irvine inherited his father’s ranch on his 25th birthday. Many would have expected the Northern Californian son to sell of his father’s undeveloped land. But James H. Irvine had other plans. No other member of the Irvine family had a greater impact on the land that would someday be the city of Irvine. This event is free but RSVP online on their website, or call 949.673.1880 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

The King and I, February 27 - March 11, 2018. Performance times vary in Segerstrom Hall. Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, it boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The King and I teacher with students

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Shrew!, March 24 - April 21, 2018. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.

Contact: For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shrew

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of SCR


Stump the Stu

And the winner is...Debbie!

Stump the Stu 12.28.17

Click on photo for a larger image

There is a winner in the house! Debbie Frederickson correctly guessed the mural at the entrance foyer of the Balboa Yacht Club. And, Debbie, thanks for the additional little note…we here at StuNewsNewport appreciate it! 

Thanks again, Brett Hemphill, for the submission.

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!


Tupelo Junction Café opens

Tupelo Junction Cafe exterior

Courtesy www.savenewport.com

Tupelo Junction Café has opened in the building that was previously The Porch on Balboa Peninsula. From vegetarian breakfast items to potato/corn chowder with Maine lobster, Bloody Mary braised ribs, pan seared Dungeness crab cake, deep dish mac n’ cheese and fried chicken salad, menu offerings feature both small and large plates.

Tupelo Junction Café, whose owner is a resident of Corona del Mar, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dining, with a happy hour (and tasting menu with small plates for $8) from 3 to 6 p.m. It also serves inventive cocktails, martinis, wine and beer. Dog friendly, it is located at 508 29th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.877.0280.


Pen on Fire Speaker Series at Lido Village Books

Martin SmithBEVGRAY

Photos courtesy of Lido Village Books

Meet Martin Smith and Beverly Gray during the Pen on Fire Speaker Series

Spend an evening at Lido Village Books with non-fiction authors Martin Smith and Beverly Gray on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. This monthly series, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, features authors, literary agents and others involved in the field of writing.

Martin Smith is a veteran journalist and magazine editor who has won more than 50 newspaper and magazine writing awards, and his crime novels have been nominated for three of the publishing industry’s most prestigious honors including the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award and the Barry Award. On Nov. 1, 2017, Globe Pequot published Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee. A former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Smith was editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine between 2007 – 2016. He now lives in Granby, Colo.

Beverly Gray is the author of Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, Driller Killers and Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon…and Beyond. After earning her Pd.D. in American Literature at UCLA, Gray spent nearly a decade in the film industry, where she was Roger Corman’s story editor at both New World Pictures and Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. She has covered the entertainment industry for the Hollywood Reporter and leads screenwriting workshops for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. Her new book is, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson. She resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

interior shot of Lido Village Books

Click on photo for a larger image

Lido Village Books welcomes authors, book signings and readings

Tickets must be purchased pre-event online at Pen on Fire. Visit www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series. Cost is $15 which includes nibbles and sips. The salon is a mecca for literary devotees who listen to readings, take part in discussions and attend book signings.

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


Newport Dunes’ “Boots on the Beach NYE 2018”

Redneck Rodeo

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Redneck Rodeo is among the talented line-up at Boots on the Beach

Ring in 2018 with “Boots on the Beach Country NYE” at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. The event takes place in the resort’s 14,000-square-foot Bayside Pavilion tent, beginning at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 (with doors opening at 6 p.m.) and going until 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

The event features live performances by Stephen Wesley, Redneck Rodeo, Chase Miller, Host and DJ for the evening, David Bugenske from Go Country Radio, and line dance lessons and original choreography by Noe Roldan. It also showcases whisky and beer tasting along with Golden State Cigars.

Tickets: General Admission, $20; VIP Seating, $60; VIP Bistro Dinner (a three-course dinner at Back Bay Bistro) and VIP Concert Seating, $125; Children 7 and under are free. Boots on the Beach NYE supports the ACT Today! autism charity. Purchase tickets at www.ticketweb.com.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Parking is $10 per car. For more information, call 949.729.3863 and visit www.NewportDunes.com.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Dress up and head out to these New Year’s Eve events!

Champagne glasses

Submitted photo

A Restaurant Dinner, Dancing and a Midnight Toast

New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31

One of A Restaurant’s favorite traditions, ring in 2018 with a delicious five-course meal prepared by Chef Jon Blackford, dance the night away and then toast your special someone at midnight with a glass of complimentary Champagne. Cost: $125 per person, tax and gratuity are not included. Call 949.650.6505 for reservations.

A Restaurant, 3334 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.arestaurantnb.com

Back Bay Bistro at sunset

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Back Bay Bistro

A picturesque sunset view from Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro New Year’s Eve at the Bistro, Sunday, Dec. 31

First Seating: Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. features three courses and dessert. Start with baby greens, wild berries, candied pistachios, shaved asiago cheese dressed with a Champagne vinaigrette. The second course selection is butternut squash soup with cranberry relish. For the main course choose from center cut filet of beef served with au gratin potatoes and broccolini with green peppercorn sauce, or Chilean seabass served with fennel risotto and saffron citrus sauce. A vegetarian option is available upon request. Finish the meal with chocolate lava cake. Cost $65 per person.

Second Seating: Dinner and Dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Features three courses, intermezzo, a main course and dessert. and dessert. Start with baby greens, wild berries, candied pistachios, shaved asiago cheese dressed with a Champagne vinaigrette. The second course selection is butternut squash soup with cranberry relish. The third course features pan-seared diver scallops with wild mushroom risotto and citrus beurre blanc. Intermezzo of sorbet to cleanse the palate, followed by the main course choice of either Chilean seabass served with fennel risotto and saffron citrus sauce, or prime pork rib served with garlic mashed potatoes and apple chutney sauce. A vegetarian option is available upon request. Finish the meal with red velvet cake, or chocolate lava cake. Cost $125 per person, which includes a live DJ, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 949.729.1144.

Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Visit the website for more information. www.newportdunes.com/bistro

Balboa Bay Resort

Submitted photo

Balboa Bay Resort with myriad dining options offers harbor vistas

Balboa Bay Resort Dinner, Live Music, Dancing…with picturesque waterfront views

A&O Kitchen + Bar - New Year’s Eve Bash, Sunday, Dec. 31

Enjoy the last night of 2017 and celebrate the New Year with a live band, live DJ, great food, drinks, dancing and more from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 949.630.4285.

Bay View Room - New Year’s Eve Land & Sea Wine Dinner, Sunday, Dec. 31

End 2017 with a scrumptious steak & lobster-coursed wine dinner, followed by dancing the night away with the Tijuana Dogs in concert. All wine dinner guests receive complimentary entry into the Grand Ballroom concert, taking place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Grand Ballroom - Tijuana Dogs’ Live New Year’s Eve Concert, Sunday, Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Enjoy great music and dancing, don party hats and noisemakers at midnight with a celebratory Champagne toast. Cost: $75 per person/$60 for Balboa Bay Club members. Reservations are required and only available by ticket sale via NightOut, or BBC member charge. The Reservations Department can take calls and help guests through the ticket purchase process.

Waterline - New Year’s Eve Moet Chandon Champagne Dinner, Sunday, Dec. 31

Delight in a decadent six-course Champagne dinner featuring the premier French Champagne house followed by complimentary entry from 6 to 10 p.m. and seating to the Tijuana Dogs live concert in the Grand Ballroom. Cost: $199 per person, tax and gratuity are not included.

1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For menus, details and dining reservations, call 888.768.9032. www.balboabayresort.com

Farmhouse people toasting glasses with food

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Toast the New Year at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens Celebrate 2018 in Style

Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead in hosting a special celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a Champagne toast in the charming terrace overlooking the scenic garden below with gourmet bites, along with a festive photo booth to capture the memory. Each New Year’s ticket purchased includes a glass of Champagne; a signature cocktail hand-crafted for the occasion by Anthony Labori, head of Cocktail R&D; a selection of highly curated cheese (featuring Alpenblumen, a firm but creamy gruyere cow’s milk cheese produced in Austria and covered with edible flowers); and charcuterie with an assortment of crudités accompanied by lightly toasted bread from Rye Goods Co. along with nuts, fresh & dried fruits and chutney, and access to unlimited photos in the festive photo booth in a garden setting. Dinner reservations can be made separately. Cost: $50 per person; each guest will receive two drink tickets with additional beverages available for purchase.

Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden’s, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

Call 949.640.1415. www.farmhouserg.com

Aqua Lounge bartender

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach

The bartender at Aqua Lounge is shaking up an inventive cocktail

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach New Year’s Eve Dinner and a Masquerade Party

Oak Grill - New Year’s Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The four-course prix fixe menu starts with an amuse bouche of oyster with caviar. The first course offers a choice of creamy lobster bisque or sweet potato gnocchi topped with truffle oil. Next comes a crudités salad with shaved beets, heirloom carrots, jicama and other local vegetables served with a citrus agave dressing. For the main course, choose from grilled beef filet, roasted scallops, butternut squash barley risotto, or crab-stuffed sole – all with elegant accompaniments and sauces. The decadent dessert is a chocolate toffee bar with candied peanuts, bourbon crémeux and salted caramel. Each guest receives a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast in the New Year. Cost: $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, book at www.opentable.com/oak-grill, or call 949.760.4920. Tickets to Aqua Lounge’s NYE Party are available for $50 for guests who dine at Oak Grill. www.oakgrillnb.com

Midnight Masquerade at Aqua Lounge - New Year’s Eve revelers will want to put on a mask and head to Aqua Lounge where the most disguised partiers will light up the dancefloor into the wee hours of 2018 with popular SoCal DJ Tirade. The night will feature surprise party favors and premium drinks – including Perrier-Jouët and Grey Goose Vodka. This elegant soirée starts at 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Entry Fee of $100 includes one specialty cocktail and a Champagne toast at midnight. Advanced ticket purchase required at www.eventbrite.com/e/aqua-lounge-new-years-eve-party-tickets-40105110465. Bottle service and reserved lounge seating is available starting at $1,000 and can be made by calling 949.760.4920 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.aqualoungenb.com

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.fashionislandhotel.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Holiday Feasting at Brunch

Fleming’s will be serving New Year’s Eve Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Choose your menu options from the Sonoma brunch menu, including chef’s prix fixe selections for adults and children. Their wine list features top-rated vineyards from around the world.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.720.9633 for more information and reservations. www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Hornblower Yacht

Cruise Newport Harbor aboard the Hornblower

HornblowerToast to the New Year on the Harbor

Aboard a Hornblower yacht, eat, drink and bring in 2018 in style with a Cocktail Cruise. Features gourmet appetizers and desserts, or a four-course Gala Dinner Cruise with a top shelf open bar. Both cruises feature party favors, DJ entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Cocktail Cruise boards at 9:30 p.m.; Cruise, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Gala Dinner Cruise boards at 8:30 p.m.; Cruise, 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Cost: $130 - $225 per person

(Tax, service charge and landing fee may apply.)

Hornblower South on Mariner’s Mile, 2431 W. Coast Highway. Call 949.646.0155. www.hornblower.com

Roy’s Restaurant A Remarkable Four-Course Meal on Sunday, Dec. 31

For a spectacle one-night of dining elegance, choose from one of two special four-course menus. The first selection offers a two-pound whole live Maine lobster served with toasted Brussels sprouts, romanesco, vadouvan broccolini and patty pan squash, or 34-ounce Tomahawk steak paired with a loaded baked potato cake, and asparagus with a peppercorn brandy demi-glace. Add to the merriment with a bottle of iconic Veuve Cliquot Brut. The celebration lasts until 1 a.m.

Roy’s Restaurant, 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.640.7697 to make reservations and for more information. www.roysresataurant.com

Andrea Terrace

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Pelican Hill 

Andrea Terrace at The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill – A Variety of New Year’s Eve Options, Sunday, Dec. 31

Andrea - Chef Troy presents “Il Cenone,” the Italian Gala, with a four-course menu and two dinner seating options from 5 to 7 p.m., or 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Andrea’s pastas are handmade daily. Following golden osetra caviar, an amuse bouche of tuna susci and tasty appetizers, inventive entrees include seared & braised root vegetables, pan-seared loup de mer, duck breast, filet, an alba white truffle, and choice of lime yogurt cheesecake, whiskey chocolate mousse with vanilla coconut cream and walnut almond cake, or assorted gelato for dessert. Cost: The early seating is $170 per adult without wine pairing and $235 per adult with wine pairing. The late seating from 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. is $235 per adult without wine pairing; $300 per adult with wine pairing. (Excludes tax and gratuity). Call 877.563.5102 to make reservations.

Coliseum Pool & Grill - Savor a celebration of à la carte chef’s special selections and live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with a midnight balloon drop and complimentary Prosecco toast. Call 877.563.5102 to make reservations.

Great Room Social Lounge - Celebrate with live music, creative cocktails, small bites, a midnight balloon drop and a complimentary Prosecco toast for each guest, starting at 6 p.m. Complimentary for Resort guests or $50 per non-Resort guest.

Pelican Grill & Bar - Chef Marc creates a California grill four-course prix-fixe menu, available from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu features an amuse bouche of vichycoisse with Heidsieck-Monopole, Brut Reims, NV; a choice of appetizer to include wood oven-roasted cauliflower, braised veal cheeks or squid ink-cured ocean trout with Drouchin, ‘Roserock’, Eola-Amity Hills; beef Wellington, roasted duck or lobster thermidor for the entrée accompanied by The Prisoner Wine Co., The Pioneer, NV; and dessert of New Year’s Resolution (meyer lemon sabayon, raspberry confit macaroon, marzipan cake & Chambord jelly), or Midnight Decadence (valrhona dark chocolate mousse, brandied cherry, flourless chocolate cake and candied ginger pot de crème). Celebrate in the Lounge with entertainment by a live band, a midnight balloon drop, and a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest. The Bar will also serve a special New Year’s Eve menu. Cost: $155 per adult without wine pairing; $200 with wine pairing $65 per children under the age of 12 (Excludes tax and gratuity).

The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. For complete menus and additional details, visit the website. www.pelicanhill.com

 

WISHING YOU A VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR (And Good Eating)!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Knock, knock…knock, knock…taking the week off!

TomJohnson

I’ve decided to take the week off, play golf, watch football and eat food. You should be doing the same.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We’ll see you on the First for another year of StuNewsNewport.

Be well.


Chief Duncan to present at Wake Up! Newport

Chip Duncan

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The January Wake Up! Newport program, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will feature Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan. 

You’ll have an opportunity to meet the new Chief, hear an update on fire safety programs and ask questions about fire safety in Newport Beach.

Duncan began his career in 1986 as a seasonal firefighter for the California Department of Forestry (Cal-Fire). He is a 31-year veteran of the fire service, with 30 years serving the Newport Beach Fire Department. During his time here, he has worked as a Firefighter, Fire Paramedic, Fire Captain, Fire Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief of Fire Operations. 

Chief Duncan is the first Fire Chief promoted from within in the last 28 years. He oversees Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Marine Operations and Community Education (including the fire department’s CERT program). 

The program will take place Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

This event is free to the public, but they request you make reservations so they can plan for food and seating, as breakfast will be provided.

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..


Bride World Expo comes to OC Fair & Event Center

bride with bouquet

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

OC’s Bridal Super Show takes place on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Presented by Bride World, brides-to-be will enjoy approximately 150 florists, photographers, DJs, wedding venues, photo booths, invitations, décor ideas, honeymoon packages, fashion shows, a gown sale and DIY seminars. Meet local experts and find wedding planning values.

Open to attendees of all ages, the cost is $6 pre-sale online; $12 admission at the door; and is free for children 12 and under. Parking is $8.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.brideworld.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


baker & olive customer appreciation day this Saturday

cheese et al

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of baker & olive

This Saturday, Dec. 30, celebrate the holidays at baker & olive in Corona del Mar Plaza for their 30 on 30 special, to show their appreciation to customers.

Come visit and check out the 30 percent offers on all cookbooks, pantry, retail and tabletop items. (Offer not valid on some selected products.) Saturday store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

baker & olive is located at 928 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar. Call 949.759.1185. www.bakerandolive.com


“Resolution NYE” at OC Fair & Events Center

Dirty Heads

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Dirty Heads is among the two-day entertainment line-up

“Resolution NYE,” a two-day music festival, comes to the OC Fair & Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 5 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The event is open to guests 21 and older.

The exciting line-up includes performances by Dirty Heads, Illenium, Seven Lions and Young the Giant, among others. There will also be food trucks, full-service bars and hands-on table service adding to the festivities. This year, “Resolution NYE” is taking over two massive indoor hangars with bands appearing on the Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach stages. There is also a covered outdoor pavilion, a vendor village and a New Year’s countdown. The production is presented by KROC/106.7 FM.

One-day admission tickets start at $50, with VIP packages available.

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


Stump the Stu

Yachts of luck on this one

Stump the Stu 12.25.17

Click on photo for a larger image

This is the kind of mural you’ve probably just sailed past when you saw it. Where is it in town? 

Thanks to Brett Hemphill of Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets fame for the submission.

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

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


Restaurant Week returns for the 12th year 

Save room, Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, announces the return of Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week. The annual dining event returns Jan. 15, 2018 for its 12th year. 

The event’s theme, “Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey,” showcases Newport Beach as Orange County’s premier dining destination offering diners a wide variety of culinary experiences. The epicurean adventure continues through Sunday, Jan. 28 for 14 days of delectable culinary creations that will spotlight the best of dining in scenic Newport Beach.

New this year is an intimate dine-around experience that will kick off the food festivities on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center. With a limited supply of just 100 tickets available to the public, dining aficionados will be given a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes from Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea, and Mayor’s Table from the soon-to- open Lido House hotel. At the end of the event, attendees who received a stamp from each vendor will be entered in an exclusive raffle. Tickets are $35 and includes tastings for each booth and two glasses of wine or beer.

Nobu

Click on photo for a larger image

Nobu is one of this year’s Newport Beach Restaurant Week participants

Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2018 participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three- course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. 

Participating restaurants are palate pleasing options ranging from local havens such as Summer House in Corona del Mar and 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront to chic dining experiences such as Red O and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new to Restaurant Week participants include Balboa Lily’s, Free Range, La French Touch, Pizza Nova, and Nobu. Additional details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.


Sustainable mixed media on display at JWA

Moni

Submitted photo

And Who Are You  by Andrea Moni

Continuing through January 18, 2018, sustainable mixed media by Andrea Moni will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. 

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.

“Ms. Moni’s transformation of materials from a variety of sustainable sources, breathes new life into what already exists,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “JWA guests will enjoy the whimsy, heroic value and a sense of rescue her work illustrates.”

Moni studied black and white photography in San Diego and started working with paint and color in 1995 after moving to Argentina. She was inspired by the local color and culture, and discovered that painting was her personal language.

“Recycle, recreate and respect” is the essence of the JWA exhibit. Moni utilizes existing items and creates art that is fresh and unexpected. She searches for sustainable materials that once had another purposeful function and makes meaningful art from each green piece.

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


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Astro

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET ASTRO

Talk about a great dog available for adoption...Meet, Pitbull Terrier mix, Astro. 

He’s a grazer, takes his vitamins gently from a spoon with wet food, LOVES playing fetch and carries toys in his mouth – so cute – around the yard. At one and a half years of age he is really well behaved and of medium size at a healthy 58 lbs. He’s a really nice boy with really amazing fur. The shelter hasn’t quite been able to place the breed(s) he is mixed with, but his fur is not like your usual terrier. If you’ve been looking for a medium sized, mellow and playful, very young adult, healthy pup, please stop by the shelter to meet Astro. He’d love to spend time with you so you can learn together if you’ll both add goodness to each other’s lives. He’s all smiles and filled with devotion.

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 Astro, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Passenger traffic up a smidge at JWA in November

United Airlines plane

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in November 2017 as compared with November 2016. In November 2017, the Airport served 892,995 passengers, an increase of 0.9 percent when compared with the November 2016 passenger traffic count of 884,617. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 0.9 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 58.7 percent when compared with November 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in November 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In November 2017, there were 24,763 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 12.9 percent increase compared to 21,927 total aircraft operations in November 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69 percent of the total aircraft operations during November 2017, increased 19.6 percent when compared with November 2016.

The top three airlines in November 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (366,099), American Airlines (137,628) and United Airlines (134,755).


One of our favorite photos from 2017

Bicycles on the Beach

Click on photo for a larger image

Photography by Claudine Corr

Bicycles on the Beach


Off Center Festival at Segerstrom to feature the adventurous and altogether outrageous

Martha Graham Cracker

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

Martha Graham Cracker

Segerstrom Center’s annual Off Center Festival returns Jan. 19 – Feb. 3, 2018 for another thrilling walk on the wild side of new theater, music and avant-garde performance art.

Two artists will make their Festival debuts: Philadelphia’s drag artist Martha Graham Cracker in her cabaret show and the fabulous Shasta Geaux Pop. Roger Guenveur Smith returns with his new, powerful and unforgettable show: The Hendrix Project. And back by popular demand and needing no introduction to Off Center fans are The Car Plays.

Shasta Gaeux Pop

Click on photo for a larger image

Shasta Geaux Pop

The popular Off Center Lounge is moving to the lively Center 360 café on the Argyros Plaza. It will be open late each evening with a special low-cost post- performance menu. Audiences are encouraged to meet with Festival artists.

All tickets are $25 are on sale now at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 12.25.17

Click on photo for a larger image

Balboa Island “International Airport” - circa 1928. (Now the location of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.) As the writing on the photo says, “View of Bal Isle Calif; landing field in foreground.”

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


NBFD fire station gets a facelift

NBFD Mariners Station

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

Making more room at the NBFD Mariners station, 1348 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach


Winter Fest OC is now open!

Toy Soldiers

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

Just when you thought the OC doesn’t get any snow, here comes Winter Fest OC, with 18 days of the white, fluffy stuff!

Experience the magic when the OC Fair & Event Center transforms into a winter wonderland during Winter Fest OC, now through Jan. 7, 2018, with tons of fun for little ones and adults, alike.

Enjoy snow play, slides, ice tubing down the 150-foot-long Snowflake Summit with eight lines, an outdoor skating rink, a festival of lights, a model train exhibit, candy cane carnival rides and games, bounce houses, snowboard simulator, face painting, holiday candies & treats, seasonal foods & adult holiday cocktails, a petting zoo, snow flurries, the world’s largest ornament that stands 30 feet tall, and a nightly lighting celebration of the 30-foot Christmas tree with fireworks and a holiday parade at 5:30 p.m.

Girl Skating

Click on photo for a larger image

A complimentary Meet and Greet features cartoon character favorites, including PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Thomas & Friends, PJ Masks superheroes, Orange County’s very own Phil Shane, Abbey Road and many more.

This year, Alpine Village, a snow play and slide area has doubled in size, showcasing fresh blown snow daily, a Snowmazing inflatable maze, craft tent, food trucks, a toddler play area and festival of lights with a 100-foot animated light tunnel.

Boy on Carousel

Click on photo for a larger image

On New Year’s Eve, there will be a countdown celebration with a not-to-miss 3,000 balloon drop at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Ticket prices vary. Visit www.winterfestoc.com for complete details.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


You Must Remember This: Letters from Dad

By NANCY GARDNER

After my father died, I was going through his things and opened his old Navy chest which I knew to contain an outfit or two. Underneath the clothes was a box I’d never noticed. I opened it and found all the letters he had written to my mother during the war.    Her letters weren’t there, so some of it had to be pieced together, but reading them gave a wonderful view of his thoughts during that time. There was a lot about his love for my mother, of course, a few mentions of me (You mean my child “has a vile temper, knocks her head on the floor and pulls her hair when things don’t go just right?” No. It must be someone else’s child. Yours, probably.), and more than a few mentions of his hometown, including this prescient one:

March 3, (en route to the East Coast for training) It looks so damned cold outside I’m scared to get off this warm train. Anybody that leaves California is crazy. I can see why all those people are going to stay out there. Yep, they’re all going to stay, and more are going to come.

Or this one from Guam: Oh, boy, just wait till I get home to Balboa Island. I’m not even going as far away as Santa Ana. I am really becoming quite a bore telling everyone about Balboa Island. It can’t be as nice as I remember it. Heaven couldn’t be that good. But don’t for a minute take Balboa Island casually. Run up and down the streets stopping strangers and saying, “Isn’t it HEAVENLY here on Balboa Island?” or “Don’t you just LOVE Balboa Island.”

What really caught my eye, however, was the letter dated January 1, 1945. He is in the South Pacific, the war is still raging, and Japan is the enemy. From the letter, I surmise that my mother was upset that our Japanese American citizens were being released from Manzanar and such places. His response: By this time you have gotten my letter pleading for a little tolerance. I realize that your feelings are those of the majority of people of California so I shall take the other side and be immensely unpopular. However, my father held out against the IWW and the Ku Klux Klan in his day so I would not be worthy of being his son if I didn’t follow my convictions.

In later discussions, I found that he had been against the internment of our Japanese American citizens. I also learned that even before the war there was a lot of prejudice against that group. In fact, there was a bit of Jim Crow right here in our quaint little beach town. If you were Japanese American, you were allowed to attend the Balboa Theater, for example, but you were restricted to the second floor. The ground floor was reserved for us white folk. Having lived for so long in Balboa, my father should have shared the general sentiment, but as a boy he had become friends with a Mr. Moto. Meeting him at that age as a person, not a label, must have helped shape his perspective. After the war, he continued his support of that community, appointing the first Japanese American to serve on the County’s Grand Jury, among other things. That might not seem like a big deal, but to a community that had been shunted into camps, it was. There’s a plaque I have which reads: SELANOCO Chapter, J.A.C.L. (Japanese American Citizens League) honors Judge Robert Gardner for Outstanding Support to Redress for Japanese Americans January 21, 1989. It was something he was very proud of, as I am.

~~~~~~~~

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


JWA named Best Large Airport by J.D. Power

J.D. Power

Submitted photo

J.D. Power Travel Practice Lead Michael Taylor presenting the award to Supervisor Michelle Steel (far left) and the JWA management team

John Wayne Airport (JWA), owned and operated by the County of Orange, has received the J.D. Power Award for Best Large Airport in the 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.

“The County of Orange Board of Supervisors is very proud of John Wayne Airport and the great customer service provided to both our residents and our visitors,” said Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor. “We strive to offer a convenient and stress-free travel experience, even during the busiest travel periods.”

The 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study measures overall traveler satisfaction with mega, large and medium North American airports by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage and retail. John Wayne Airport, the only commercial service airport in Orange County, ranks highest among large airports with a score of 796.

Now in its 12th year, the North America Airport Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 34,695 North American travelers who traveled through at least one domestic airport with both departure and arrival experiences (including connecting airports). The study was fielded from January through August 2017, and travelers evaluated either a departing or arriving airport from their round-trip experience.

JWA serves more than 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at www.ocair.com.

For more information about the North America Airport Satisfaction Study, visit www.jdpower.com/resource/north-america-airport-satisfaction-study.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Happy Holidays and thank you to those who make us viable

TomJohnson

We here at StuNewsNewport wish you a very Happy Holiday. Hopefully, today you’re surrounded by family, loved ones and friends celebrating the joyous day.

I want to thank a few people. First and foremost, my StuNewsNewport business partners Lana Johnson and Shaena Stabler. Thanks to you both for making this venture fun!

I also want to thank our columnists who make our pages twice-a-week that much more interesting: specifically, Nancy Gardner, Duncan Forgey, Amy Senk, Len Bose and who could forget, Stasha the Wonder Dog. Thank you all for your time and commitment.

We have other people we couldn’t do this without, Michael Sterling and Sean Sterling, down in Texas, who design all of the issues and format them. Michael actually worked with me years ago at the Daily Pilot as one of our designers.

A big thanks to our advertisers, who utilized StuNewsNewport to convey their messages to the community.

Most importantly, a big thank you to you our readers. You bring us credibility, you bring us a voice in the community and for that we’re grateful.

B-t-w, feel free to share StuNewsNewport with your friends and family. They can all subscribe free by going to StuNewsNewport.com and clicking in the top left corner. It’s easy.

As we roll into 2018 we’re excited about the news ahead. However, if you have an idea for a news story or a feature story, we’d love to hear about it. Maybe you think you have an idea to become a regular contributor, or you want to submit an occasional great photo and receive photo credits. Whatever it is, we’re open to listening.

We look forward to remaining your go-to source for everything happening in Newport Beach in the coming.

Enjoy the day! Peace.


Classic Succulent Book Planter Workshop at Roger’s Gardens

Succulent Book planter

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo, courtesy of Roger’s Gardens

Get “rooted in the classics” with Team Lead at Roger’s Gardens for Original Designs, Onita Castillo.

There’s nothing better than combining the love of nature, with the love of books. Choose from a variety of hard cover novels to create your very own one-of-a-kind classic Succulent Book Planter; perfect for the hip-artist within and a great conversation starter.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. The fee is $75 per person/book, and includes a book, succulents and step-by-step instructions. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after January 16 cannot be refunded. To make your reservation, go to www.shoprogersgardens.com, or call 949.640.5800.

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


Christmas wishes from some of the City’s leadership

Christmas is the time to pause, reflect, and be grateful for all we have. May your Christmas day be filled with love and happiness.  

Duffy Duffield

Mayor, Newport Beach

It’s A Wonderful Life played often in my house growing up. Some folks remember the movie for little Zuzu’s bell ringing, Clarence’s reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends,” or even Mr. Potter’s comeuppance. I remember George Bailey in the end running through the snow and seeing Bedford Falls anew, shouting “Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” This remains a time of renewal and new chances to reengage with our neighbors and neighborhoods. Remain challenged to see both the truly good and great potential in our community. And feel free to yell out “Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Balboa Pavilion!” 

Will O’Neill

Mayor Pro Tem, Newport Beach

ONeill family

Click on photo for a larger image

Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill and Family

Greetings from New Orleans. I’m relaxing in my hotel room watching the City of New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting on the local channel while my wife is getting ready – she won’t let me watch it for much longer! In Louisiana, American common law is not always used. Civil law based on the Napoleonic Code brought to the region by French settlers is often applied. Even with a different legal system and culture, one can’t help but notice that residents across the United States face similar obstacles and concerns. Still, when interacting with our neighbors, the universal truth preached by Jesus of Nazareth is the best rule to follow: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” The Golden Rule is not always easy to follow, but Christmas is a great time to try. Joyeux Noel!  

Kevin Muldoon
City Council, Newport Beach

Kevin Muldoon

City Councilmember Kevin Muldoon and his Wife

May you be blessed with the spirit of the season which is peace.

The gladness of the season which is hope.

And the heart of the season which is love.

Irish Blessing

Christmas 2017

Diane Dixon

City Council, Newport Beach

The Dixon Family

Click on photo for a larger image

City Councilmember Diane Dixon and Family

As 2017 draws to a close, and we celebrate the birth of Christ our savior, I reflect back on my first year of serving the people of our great City as councilman and express sincere thanks and appreciation to those of you who elected me to this most responsible position. Year one has been a terrific experience. The camaraderie that my fellow council members and I govern the City with has made this first year most enjoyable, and the ability to individually help people out is the thing I enjoy most! To everyone reading this message, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year that is filled with peace, love and happiness!  

Jeff Herdman

City Council, Newport Beach


Cancellations, closures and changes for the holidays

Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission: Jan. 2 is CANCELLED.

Planning Commission Meeting: Jan. 4 is CANCELLED.January 4, 2018, 6:30 PM

Newport Beach City Hall and City recreation and community centers will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. All facilities will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Police, Fire and certain other City departments will remain open. 

Newport Beach Public Libraries will be closed on Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018. From Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29, the Central Library and all branch libraries will close at 6 p.m. daily. 

Residential Trash Collection: There will be no trash or recyclables collection on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of each week. 

Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas trees should be placed by your trash carts on the same day as your collection schedule. When possible, please remove lights and ornaments. Trees should be six feet or less in length, which might require you to cut your tree. CR&R will be using a separate truck to collect the trees from Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018.

Street Sweeping: There will be no street sweeping service on Monday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.


Winter Fest OC opens today!

Toy Soldiers

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

Just when you thought the OC doesn’t get any snow, here comes Winter Fest OC, with 18 days of the white, fluffy stuff!

Experience the magic when the OC Fair & Event Center transforms into a winter wonderland during Winter Fest OC, opening today, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, with tons of fun for little ones and adults, alike.

Enjoy snow play, slides, ice tubing down the 150-foot-long Snowflake Summit with eight lines, an outdoor skating rink, a festival of lights, a model train exhibit, candy cane carnival rides and games, bounce houses, snowboard simulator, face painting, holiday candies & treats, seasonal foods & adult holiday cocktails, a petting zoo, snow flurries, the world’s largest ornament that stands 30 feet tall, and a nightly lighting celebration of the 30-foot Christmas tree with fireworks and a holiday parade at 5:30 p.m.

Girl Skating

Click on photo for a larger image

A complimentary Meet and Greet features cartoon character favorites, including PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Thomas & Friends, PJ Masks superheroes, Orange County’s very own Phil Shane, Abbey Road and many more.

This year, Alpine Village, a snow play and slide area has doubled in size, showcasing fresh blown snow daily, a Snowmazing inflatable maze, craft tent, food trucks, a toddler play area and festival of lights with a 100-foot animated light tunnel.

Boy on Carousel

Click on photo for a larger image

Don’t miss Santa and his reindeer flying overhead through Dec. 24, and he’ll be stopping in to hear wishes of children on his Nice List. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a countdown celebration with a not-to-miss 3,000 balloon drop at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Ticket prices vary. Visit www.winterfestoc.com for complete details.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


What were your favorite stories and photos in 2017?

Dear Readers: If you have a favorite article, column or photo that you enjoyed in StuNews this year and would like us to publish it again, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we would be delighted to track it down. Or if you have any special photos you have taken that others in Newport Beach would enjoy viewing, please send those as well. We love to publish out-of-the-ordinary, spectacular and even quirky pics, as well as submissions to Stump the Stu. And…keep those letters coming.

Plus, a personal thank you for all the kind, supportive emails we have received throughout 2017. They are very much appreciated.

One of my favorite photos was from the “Howl-O-Ween” doggie costume contest in Marina Park on October 28 to benefit FONBAS (Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter). I was so excited to be a judge!

Cowboy

Click on photo to enlarge image

Cowboy, a 4-month-old pup dressed up with a monkey on this back

Happy Holidays!


Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots returns to Segerstrom

Kinky Boots

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and TROIKA Entertainment have announced the return of “Kinky Boots,” the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper to Segerstrom Hall from Feb. 6 - 11, 2018.

Leading the new tour will be Lance Bordelon as Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as Lola, Sydney Patrick as Lauren, Adam du Plessis as Don, Hayley Lampart as Nicola, and John Anker Bow as George. Brandon Alberto, Eric Stanton Betts, Derek Brazeau, Tyler Jent, Tony Tillman, and Ernest Terrelle Williams will play the Angels. The “Kinky Boots” tour will also feature Daniel Joseph Baker, Monica Ban, Natalie Braha, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Madeline Fansler, Andrew Hendrick, Bethany Xan Jeffery, Lindsay Joan, Chris Kane, Ethan Kirschbaum, Andrew Malone, Madison Pugh, Jace Reinhard and Eric Shonk.

Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 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

You’re not going to believe this, but the answer was in his own backyard

Stump the Stu 122117

Click on photo for a larger image

This is maybe the best Stump the Stu we’ve run so far for a variety of reasons. First, the submission came in from Doug Cavanaugh who owns Ruby’s. We love submittals!

“When they poured new concrete on the Balboa Pier, they saved these original concrete imprints which were done when it was re-built in 1940, after the 1939 storm. Someone was really on the ball to save them,” Cavanaugh wrote.

Only one correct guess came in. If I gave you three to choose from you’d win because Centennial Mayor Don Webb’s name would be on that list.

Anyway, here’s what Don offered up: “That is the logo for the Mohave Construction Corp. which is the company that constructed the Newport and Balboa piers in 1940. When the city replaced the pier decks on both piers in about 2001, it salvaged a number of the logos. Several were placed in the new decks and this one could be on either pier. Since this was submitted by Doug C., it is probably one that is on the Balboa Pier. P.S. This is a picture of the one in my backyard.” 

Webb

Click on photo for a larger image

Go figure.

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!


Speak Up Newport to look at the sea level rise

Sea Level Rise

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Speak Up Newport

Newport Bay waters spilling over the Balboa Island seawall

Speak Up Newport will present “Sea Level Rise: How Will It Affect You?” at their Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 monthly program.

No matter what your opinions are on climate change, the fact is that the sea level is rising. In recent years, both Balboa Island and portions of the Peninsula have been inundated with sea water during the winter King Tides, reaching up to a foot higher than the tide tables. Although not new, higher tides are occurring more frequently each year. Just because you do not live on Balboa Island or the Peninsula does not mean you won’t be affected – even in Newport Coast.

Speak Up Newport is presenting a forum with a panel of experts on the subject. Jim Campbell of the City Planning Department will describe what plans the City has for dealing with sea level rise and how it will affect all City residents. Robert Stein from the Public Works Department will explain the projects, including the Balboa Island Sea Wall project, which the City is planning to construct in both the near and long term. Brett Sanders and Jochen Shubert from the UCI team that’s creating the hyper-local flood maps for Newport Beach will present observations from their studies on sea level rise in the City. Such computer models eventually will be able to simulate flooding down to individual houses.

Come and ask questions, and learn more about this topic, which is important to all coastal residents.

The program will take place in the Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room, at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m. and the program with a Q&A runs from 6 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary. 

For more information, call 949.224.2266 and visit the website at www.speakupnewport.com.


Junie B. Jones comes to SCR’s Youth Theatre

Junie B Jones

Courtesy of South Coast Repertory

The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! And Junie B. is convinced that someone stole her furry black mittens at recess. So, when Junie B. finds a cool pen on the floor, it’s Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. But why does she keep having those bad dreams? Will she ever get her mittens back? And will she win over the new boy in Room 8?

Find out during the upcoming production of Junie B. Jones at South Coast Repertory taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage from Jan. 26 – Feb. 11, 2018.

Adapted from the book and directed by Beth Lopes, this production from the Theatre for Young Audiences will delight youngsters in grades K- 6 and their families.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


NBPD shares holiday crime prevention tips

Christmas is just four days away, but chances are many of you will be finishing up your shopping this weekend…and it can get frenetic, as you know the shopping malls will be jammed with folks waiting until the last minute to purchase those perfect gifts.

Pickpocketers

Submitted photo

The Newport Beach Police Department is sharing these crime prevention holiday shopping tips, to help you not be a victim of pickpocketers (and avoid scams), so you can truly enjoy the festivities with family and friends.

Shopping in stores

Never leave your valuables unattended – phone, purse, wallet, etc.

Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.

Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.

Deter pickpockets by carrying your purse close to your body and keeping it closed.

Men, keep your wallet in an inner coat pocket or front pants pocket.

Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.

Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping with small children

If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other and select a central meeting place.

Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Keep a current photo of your child in your phone.

Shopping online

Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit www.bytecrime.org for free software downloads.

Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.

Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.

Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction site.

Holiday Tips, provided by the National Crime Prevention Council


On the Harbor: Keeping a keen eye on our bay is the Harbor Commission

By LEN BOSE

I attended the year’s end Harbor Commission meeting on Monday night, December 11. Over the years, this meeting has been cancelled because of the start of the holiday season. Harbor services is now being managed by the city manager, which had been under the direction of public works, and because of the changed staff it was nine deep that night. The cost of nine staff members reminded me of opening my January credit card statement.

First on the night’s agenda was the review of the Harbor and Beaches capital plan. I have never been a numbers person, although this subject has held my attention more each year. One item on the plan that quickly made me sit up in my chair is the plan to remove the four remaining stationary channel markers. You might recall, the old stationary channel markers 8 and 11 that damage any small boat that ran into them were finally taken out by very large vessels, then replaced with the more compatible floating markers. The City has set aside the funds to replace these remaining markers with floating markers and has been in contact with the Coast Guard to achieve this task early next year. For those of you that are interested in the Harbor and Beaches Capital Plan, I have posted it on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com. Two items in the near future are the maintenance of our public piers and review of dredging equipment.

New Floating Channel Markers

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Len Bose

Next up, harbormaster Dennis Durgan reviewed an appraisal of moorings related rents and other Harbor operations fees. The following was taken from the staff report. [Staff retained Netzer and Associates to appraise various rents for the mooring sub-permittees and large vessel anchorage users in Newport Harbor. To clarify, sub-permittees are those boaters who do not have a mooring permit in Newport Harbor but who wish to use one of the “deemed vacant” moorings on a short- or long-term basis. Deemed vacant moorings are fully permitted moorings, but the mooring permittee does not have a boat to store on that mooring.] After a whole lot of explanation, the recommendation was to increase the daily mooring sub-permit fee from $16 winter/$27 summer a day to $1.25 per linear foot of vessel all year round. Do the math and you get $50 a day for a 40-foot boat. At this time, it costs $60 a day at Marina Park. Which would you pick for a 10-dollar difference – the slip or a mooring? So much for making Newport Harbor a friendly harbor for boating visitors, that was my understanding why Marina Park was built.

Harbor Commissioner, Paul Blank, was quick to recognize the rather substantial increase and recommended that the City charge a flat fee of $30 per day. This item was tabled for further review at the next Harbor Commission meeting; the appraisal is posted on my blog site.

Personally, I feel that the City does not want to deal with mooring sub-permittees any longer with an annual income of close to $200,000 a year. Like I said, I am not that good with numbers and I could be wrong but that’s how I read the 2016 statement of reviews for the tidelands.

After I received my “Bye Ferdinand” from Marina Park last week, there were roughly 20 mooring sub-permittees in the harbor. Of the 20, there are 16 that live aboard, and many of them have been renting their moorings for more than five years. The Harbormaster has found in the city codes 17.60.040 H 7. “Live-aboards may be temporarily permitted as sub-permittees pending vessel inspection, for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days in any twelve (12) month period.” There has been a notice posted on the mooring office desk for more than a month notifying the sub-permittees of the change starting on January 1, 2018. I am not really sure what will happen to all these people after January 15 when they can no longer live-aboard on a sub-permit mooring and doubt more than six of them have read the notice. This will come as an unexpected surprise, as their options will be to move off their boats or go to another harbor. With the very good chance that rent will increase along with a new interpretation of city code 17.60.040 H 7, I believe the mooring sub-permittees could be a thing of the past very soon.

On a positive note, Durgan has been cruising the harbor once a week with the City’s code enforcement and has issued more than 36 citations along with many more notices. This has been long overdue in the harbor and one of the best changes I have seen in a long time. At the end of Durgan’s activity report to the Harbor Commission he said, “It’s like scrubbing an elephant with a tooth brush,” referring to the amount of work that is needed in code enforcement in the harbor.

The Harbor Commission will recommend to City Council that vessels that are over 80 feet will need to obtain a permit to anchor in the turning basin and will be recommended to anchor bow and stern. The Commission tabled 2018 Objectives until January, also posted on my blog site.

Remember that the second round of King Tides [highest tides] will arrive on New Year’s Day.

Sea ya next year!

~~~~~~~~

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


One Hand, One Heart: One Hundred Years of Bernstein to grace Segerstrom

Leonard Bernstein

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Paul de Hueck/ 

Courtesy the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

Celebrated as one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein ushered in an era of major cultural transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituteds “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old.

Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist and committed educator, Bernstein was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world.

To celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday, Segerstrom Center is presenting a tribute to the musical theater masterpieces Bernstein created while honoring the scope and reach of his genius. A cast of five top New York vocalists: Mary Testa, Jessica Vosk, David Burnham, Joshua Israel and Alex Getlin will be backed by a four-piece band in such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” “Ohio,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” They will be joined by the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus directed by Dr. Robert Istad on several selections to give the evening a sense of the grandeur Bernstein’s music demands. The concerts are directed, produced and hosted by Scott Coulter, with musical direction by John Boswell. The production will take place in the intimate Samueli Theater.

Single tickets start at $89 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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


Iconic Crab Cooker owner Bob Roubian passes away

Bob Roubian

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Robert “Bob” Roubian, founder of the iconic Newport Beach eatery, the Crab Cooker, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Hoag Hospital.

A 1986 Orange County Businessweek article described Roubian as “a restauranteur, a raconteur, an ichthyologist, an organic gardener, a carver of wood, a sculptor, a writer of music and a seeker of truth.” He was all that plus an environmentalist, promoter of the arts and quintessential family man. A lifelong student of arts, letters and science, Roubian was a true Renaissance Man. 

Born July 7, 1926 in Pasadena, Roubian was of Armenian and Sicilian descent. He was the middle-born son of European immigrants. His father John had hand-carved walnut propellers for World War I biplanes and his mother Barbara was a nurse. 

A graduate of John Muir High School, he also attended Mount San Antonio College. 

Growing up, he mopped floors at the Santa Anita racetrack and was later a decorated World War II combat veteran who served as a Navy Sea Bee in the Philippines.

Roubian gave generously to multiple charities and especially had a lifelong conviction to help families in need. As a younger man, he sold Christmas trees at his own lot in Pasadena and each year would set aside about a 100 trees to give to families who could not afford them. 

After the war, he took up carpentry and exploited his talents playing piano and writing music. In 1949, he bought a home in Newport Beach for $5,000. It is where he lived the remainder of his adult life. He married Helen Davis in Newport Beach on June 24, 1959. They had three children: Rhonda, Robert and John.

In 1951, Roubian took control of a fish market on the Balboa Peninsula that he would later turn into the Crab Cooker. Inside the crab red building on the south side of Newport Boulevard – where, to this day, there is often a line outside and the wait can be an hour or two, they never serve dessert, and everything is served on paper plates. Nevertheless, the Crab Cooker has been a venerable Newport Beach establishment since it opened its doors at that location in 1951.

In the Crab Cooker kitchen, Roubian was one of the first restaurateurs to introduce the now widely popular concept of mesquite grilling. Well known for its homemade bread and the Manhattan chowder which are from Roubian’s own recipes, the Crab Cooker has been, for more than 66 years, a favorite of fishermen, locals, visitors and Hollywood celebrities alike: John Wayne and James Cagney were among those known to frequent the place. 

As the story goes, Roubian once turned away President Nixon because at his egalitarian Crab Cooker, it is always on a first-come, first-served basis, there are no reservations, and everyone gets treated the same. He carried that same philosophy across his life.

In 1955, Roubian wrote and sang “The Popcorn Song” with Los Angeles bandleader Cliffie Stone. The novelty tune was recorded on a Capitol Records label and became a No. 14 hit that was banned in Boston and introduced the phrase “too pooped to pop” into the American vernacular. With proceeds from the song and others, Roubian was able to pay off his fish market debts and the Crab Cooker.

In 1969, Venture Magazine named the Crab Cooker one of its top two restaurants in the world. 

In 1992, Roubian’s family opened a second Crab Cooker location at Enderle Center in Tustin that remains open today.

Because of structural damage at the Newport Beach Crab Cooker location, the original building is set to be demolished in 2018. Roubian’s family is committed to rebuilding and re-opening his restaurant on its landmark site. When they do, patrons will once again walk through the mahogany entrance doors originally hand-carved by Roubian.

Retired from day-to-day operations at the Crab Cooker in 2016 but not from life, Roubian continued to tend to his beloved garden, study poetry and live each day to the fullest with his wife and family.

An environmentalist, he supported the Cousteau Society, Greenpeace and Sierra Club. He was, after all, a lover of the sea, and the fish and marine life that inhabit it. 

Roubian was a long-time member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Balboa Bay Club.

Robert Roubian is survived by his wife of 58 years Helen; as well as his daughter and son-in-law James and Ronnie Wasko; his son Robbie Roubian; and three grandchildren – James Wasko, Claire (Wasko) and her husband Jason Carminati, and Jessica Wasko. He was predeceased by his son John, his older brother John and sister Barbara Jean.

Services are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 22 at 11:45 a.m. at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana.


Holiday season travel tips from John Wayne Airport

Southwest plane

Submitted photo

With the holiday travel season in full swing, John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period between Dec. 20, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018.

Last year, more than 500,000 passengers traveled through JWA during this period. JWA travelers can visit www.ocair.com for real-time flight status, parking availability, and road closures and construction activity near the Airport.

Demand for parking during the peak holiday travel period is expected to be high. The Airport recommends passengers consider all parking options available: Terminal-adjacent Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C, as well as curbside Valet Parking and the Main Street Parking Lot with free shuttle to the Riley Terminal. Travelers should plan ahead and check real-time parking availability by calling 949-252-5200, or visiting www.ocair.com/parking/availability.


Holiday networking luncheon at Five Crowns was filled with music and festive cheer

Santa and Linda

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Lana Johnson

Santa Claus and his elf deliver a present to Corona del Mar Chamber President/CEO Linda Leonhard, for being nice and not naughty this year

The annual Corona del Mar Chamber Holiday Luncheon took place on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Dorothy Kevin and Kathy

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Dorothy Larson, Dr. Kevin Priestley and Kathy Leek

Delicious holiday fare included roasted prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed spinach, Yorkshire pudding, rolls, and for dessert – a scrumptious bread pudding with bourbon caramel a la mode.

CdM Madrigal Singers

Click on photo for a larger image

The CdM Madrigal Singers sang traditional holiday carols throughout the luncheon

To add to the merriment, there was a performance by the CdM Madrigal Singers, a Santa gift exchange with a visit from the jolly bearded man in the red suit, as well as networking opportunities.

Volunteers of the Year

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Volunteers of the Year, Paige Anderson and Yanni Daskalakis (The Studio Salon), are pictured with Jim Digrado and Linda Leonhard

Awards were presented which included Volunteers of the Year.

Jim and Linda

Click on photo for a larger image

Jim Digrado, pictured with Linda Leonhard, is recognized for his outstanding service to the Corona del Mar Chamber, including 10 years as the CdM 5K race director and five years as chairman of the chamber board

Five Crowns is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is located at 2855 E. Coast Highway, #101, Corona del Mar. www.cdmchamber.com


Good Morning CdM to host NB Fire Chief

Start the new year off by being informed at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s Community & Government Affairs Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Community friends and neighbors will be gathering together for “Good Morning CdM,” a monthly discussion group, to interact with Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan. He will talk about the state of the fire activity, as well as providing valuable tips on how you can protect your home and/or business should an emergency occur.

Chip Duncan

Submitted photo

Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

The meeting takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. It is free of charge, and no RSVP is necessary. Coffee and pastry will be served.

For additional information, contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949.673.4050, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit the website at www.CdmChamber.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

We’ve pooled a couple of tax experts to offer you a look at what to expect

TomJohnsonAs I prepped for my column this week, I sent an email out to some of the CPA/tax members of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to delve into what Washington, D.C. handed us this week. Why the Chamber? Those members pay dues and they deserve a little payback, after all, it’s good to be a chamber member.

Anyway, first off, I contacted Chris Wynkoop (Wynkoop & Associates), best in the business because he has a big eraser. Anyway, I sent the following question: Your biggest piece of advice for our readers following the approval of the new Tax Bill?

Notice the words “piece of advice,” not pieces of advice, not your top 10 ideas. No, your piece of advice, as in one.

So, what does Wynkoop do, he sends me a whole list. So here goes:

If you are not in an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) situation you should consider paying, before December 31, 2017, state income taxes and property taxes as those deduction may be limited in 2018. Yes, AMT may not be in effect for 2018, but it still is for 2017.

You may defer income to 2018 rather than take it in 2017, if possible. This is because 2018 tax rates will be lower than 2017. You may also consider accelerating deductions to 2017.

Purchase business equipment and get the Section 179 Deduction. For 2017, the maximum Section 179 deduction is $510,000 (assuming property purchases for the year don’t exceed $2,030,000). So, an eligible business may be able to claim first-year depreciation write-offs for the entire cost of new and used equipment, and software additions and eligible real property costs.

Review stock positions to see if you should take any losses or gains by December 31, 2017.

Fund 2017 IRA’s, if applicable, by April 15, 2018.

Make charitable deduction by December 31, 2017.

Considering whether to Incorporate, or not, will be a 2018 decision. You’ll have to wait until the new tax law is in place to determine if this a practical move.

So, there you have it, Chris Wynkoop’s favorite piece of advice. 

Dorothy Larson and Rudy Baron, other local CPAs, reiterated much of what Wynkoop said, but both said the No. 1 thing to look at is prepaying property taxes prior to the end of the year for April 2018.

But, and it’s a big but, “One should always check with their tax adviser regarding their personal situation. Due to AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax), some people will derive no benefit from these early payments,” Larson added.

Talk to your CPA and figure out what your best moves are.

• • •

The Balboa Bay Resort and Pacific Hospitality are having a friendly breakup in the management of the property. Pacific Hospitality is an Irvine-based hotel owner-operator that has co-run the Balboa Bay Resort and originally put an executive team in place, following the Pickup family’s purchase of the property.

My understanding is there’s usually a one-year cancellation period required, but because the Pickup family and Pacific Hospitality have multiple ventures together this breakup will end in March 2018.

The good news is that the management team is expected to stay and that’s good news for everyone.

• • •

Speaking of local hotel properties, the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach will change in early 2018 to a Hyatt Regency.

This seems like great news for all involved.


Dixon, City prevail over Glenn in small claims court

Diane

Submitted photos

Newport Beach Councilmember Diane Dixon prevailed over Mike Glenn in small claims court this week

The City of Newport Beach, Council Member Diane Dixon and Assistant City Clerk Jennifer Nelson prevailed in small claims court this week in a lawsuit brought by community activist Mike Glenn.

“The court’s decision today affirms the First Amendment rights of public officials, Dixon said. “I am pleased with the outcome and personally grateful for the professionalism and diligence of our City Attorney and City Clerk.”

Glenn said the lawsuit came about as a result of “being publicly attacked by Dixon” from the dais at a City Council meeting earlier this year. He had attended the meeting to speak in opposition to Dixon’s planned Balboa Peninsula Trolley plans and claimed Dixon, instead, attacked him on what she said were unpaid public request document bills owed by him to the City. 

Glenn took issue with the way the message was delivered, that it was untrue and the lawsuit followed. The suit claimed $5,000 in damages that Glenn promised to donate to charity.

City Clerk Lelani Brown represented the City in small claims Tuesday morning (Dec. 19). By doing so, Glenn claimed the City was in violation for not having Dixon and Nelson appear and that a Default Judgement should have been granted in his favor.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Delaney disagreed and ruled in the City’s favor.

“The City is pleased with the court’s decision which affirmed Council Member Dixon’s right to make statements in her capacity as a public official,” said Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp. “Expending additional judicial resources related to this litigation seems unwarranted and we are hopeful that all parties can move forward without spending additional time or money related to this matter.” 

A disappointed Glenn said, “People need to know that the people up there (City Council) have more rights than we do and are allowed to attack from the dais with impunity.”

“This is a victory for the right of free speech for everyone,” Dixon added.


Cancellations, closures and changes for the holidays

Planning Commission Meeting: Dec. 21 is CANCELLED.

Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission: Jan. 2 is CANCELLED.

Planning Commission Meeting: Jan. 4 is CANCELLED.January 4, 2018, 6:30 PM

Newport Beach City Hall and City recreation and community centers will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. All facilities will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Police, Fire and certain other City departments will remain open. 

Newport Beach Public Libraries will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and on Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018. From Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29, the Central Library and all branch libraries will close at 6 p.m. daily. 

Residential Trash Collection: There will be no trash or recyclables collection on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of each week. 

Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas trees should be placed by your trash carts on the same day as your collection schedule. When possible, please remove lights and ornaments. Trees should be six feet or less in length, which might require you to cut your tree. CR&R will be using a separate truck to collect the trees from Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018.

Street Sweeping: There will be no street sweeping service on Monday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.


Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS returns to Segerstrom Hall

Jersey Boys

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

(L-R): Jersey Boys: Chris Stevens, Corey Greenan, Jonny Wexler and Tommaso Antinco

Casting has been announced for the Costa Mesa engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical will make its much-anticipated return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one weekend only, Jan. 19 - 21, 2018. The cast will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Corey Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Dianna Barger, Ben Bogen, Tristen Buettel, Sean Michael Burns, Jonathan Cable, Wade Dooley, Todd DuBail, Caitlin Leary, Kevin Patrick Martin, Michelle Rombola and Kit Treece.

Tickets for JERSEY BOYS start at $40.75 and can be purchased online at www.SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 

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


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Rudolph

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET RUDOLPH

Rudolph aka “Prancer” loves hugs, other dogs and dancing around

Somewhat of a reindeer appeared early this year at the shelter. His name is Rudolph. He came in with his friend, Frosty, and the staff has been very successfully working with him to build up his confidence and trust. He has advanced so far that he now enjoys giving and receiving hugs. He also enjoys the company of other dogs and would love a warm home of his own where he is part of a family. It is believed Rudolph is a 2-year-old Dachshund mix. He has a long body and prances when he dances around…enjoying his new-found care. 

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 Frosty, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Perry elected Chair for Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Mark Perry

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that Mark C. Perry has been elected Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors, succeeding John L. Ginger. Perry has been a member of the Center’s Board Candlelight Concert. He is Executive Vice Chairman for the Global Commercial Bank for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Perry will serve a three-year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2018. 

Perry said, “It is an honor to serve as Segerstrom Center’s Chairman. At the heart of the Center, I have felt an extraordinary passion and commitment both to the arts and to this community. Our world-class performances are now complemented by innovative community engagement programs that are in a way unique nationwide and enables us to serve and contribute in every possible way to the county’s many diverse communities. 

I congratulate John Ginger, my predecessor. So much has been accomplished during his term, from the beautiful Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities to new community-focused programs. He has been an inspiration to all of us who serve with him on the Board, and I look forward to working with the Board to build upon his achievements and to develop new goals for this remarkable organization.” 

Center President Terrence W. Dwyer stated, “This is an especially exciting time for the Center. I look forward to working with Mark throughout the coming years. We will continue to excel artistically, and now, with our new Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries initiative, we can provide new and innovative ways for audiences, patrons and families of diverse communities to socialize and connect culturally.” 

For the past 36 years with Bank of America, Perry has held many leadership roles, including Global Commercial Banking West Region Executive (covering 12 western states), West Region Credit Products Executive, National Sales & Support Executive for Business Banking, as well as positions within Client Management, Operations, Retail and Credit Risk Administration. 

A native of Whittier, Calif., Perry is a third generation Bank of America associate with combined family service of more than 115 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. He is a FINRA Registered Principal with Series 7, 24 and 63 securities licenses, as well as a Certified Treasury Professional. He has served on several boards, including a private equity firm investing in minority-owned businesses.


ParentingOC names Newport Beach Library, “Best Library Storytelling” Time

Storytime

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

A youngster reads to an attentive pup during NBPL’s BARK session

Newport Beach Public Library has been named the 2017 Editor’s Choice for “Best Library Storytelling Time” in Parenting OC’s 15th Annual Reader’s Choice.

According to Parenting OC editors, the hard work of 23,781 Orange County business and organizations was considered before final awards were announced for the 100 Reader’s and Editor’s Choice categories.

The selection of Newport Beach Public Library as Editor’s Choice for “Best Library Storytelling Time” notes: “Stories, songs and poems are shared with enthusiasm at this beach city library. This is a place where kids can wear their pajamas to Monday night bedtime stories, or participate in crafts after hearing a tale. Special programs like BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids) and Art in the Spring enhance kids’ literary love.”

Newport Beach Public Library offers 16 weekly storytimes at the four library locations. Each storytime is geared for enjoyment by specific age groups, such as Babies and Books, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Pajama Storytime and Family Storytime. Most include a craft activity, funded by the Friends of the Library, following the stories and songs.

Special storytelling programs, presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation are held throughout the year as part of the Foundation’s “Making Memoris for Children” series which connects reading with fun activities such as art, yoga and nature programs.

To view a complete schedule of storytimes, visit the Children’s Calendar or Storytime page on the library’s website at www.newportbeachpubliclibrary.org.

Editor’s Note: Storytimes by age group are listed in www.StuNewsNewport.com every Monday at the end of the NBPL line-up of events and workshops.


Two new restaurants to open in Lido Marina Village

LMV Outdoor Shot

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Two new restaurants are slated to open in Lido Marina Village in 2018.

Circle Hook, a new fried fish concept by the founder of Bear Flag Fish Co., is scheduled to open in early 2018. The intimate restaurant, which takes its name from a type of hook that allows a fish to be released live and unharmed back into the wild, is owned by Thos Carson and Scott Breneman (a fourth generation Dory Fleet fisherman). The eatery, which will be located on the waterfront side next to Zinquè, will feature locally caught and sustainable seafood.

Malibu Farm, known for its farm-to-table approach and offering a menu of organic and local ingredients, is slated to open in 2018. The 2,784-square-foot establishment will be situated near Lido Bottle Works. It has sister operations in Malibu and Lanai, Hawaii.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. www.lidomarinavillage.com


Stump the Stu

Feel free to cast your answers in stone

Stump the Stu 121817

Click on photo for a larger image

This one figures to be difficult, so let’s see who has some game. What is it and where is it?

And, thanks to Doug Cavanaugh of Ruby’s fame for the submission.

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

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


Strolling Santa and wandering carolers at Lido Marina Village this weekend

Santa

Courtesy of Lido Marina Village

Next weekend, Santa Claus and carolers will be paying a visit to Lido Marina Village, just in time for last minute holiday shoppers to enjoy.

Schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., bring the youngsters to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be strolling around the Village. Take your own photos and make some memories! Snowfall, a pop & jazz caroling group will be serenading visitors throughout the afternoon

Sunday, Dec. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., Snowfall will make a return appearance.

Snowfall

The pop and jazz group Snowfall will be serenading visitors at Lido Marina Village

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. www.lidomarinavillage.com


Cirque du Soleil returns to OC Fair & Event Center beginning February 2108

Cirque de Soleil

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Cirque de Soleil at the OC Fair & Event Center will open with “LUZIA”

For the next 10 years, Cirque du Soleil will raise the Big Top of its touring productions at OC Fair & Event Center for its Orange County engagements. 

There are five shows slated through 2028, the first being LUZIA, which will be performing from Feb. 21 through Mar. 18, 2018. Tickets are now on sale at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

Cirque du Soleil and OC Fair & Event Center formalized the 10-year contract at their Thursday, Dec. 14 Board of Directors meeting. The Montreal-based theatrical company was last at the Fairgrounds in 2015 with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

“This partnership with Cirque du Soleil gives us an amazing opportunity to bring spectacular shows to Orange County through 2028,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We are fortunate to have the ideal space, plenty of parking and a wonderful audience that appreciates entertainment of this caliber.”

The iconic tent will be erected in the eastern portion of the Fairgrounds. This is the fifth time that Cirque du Soleil touring shows have been held at OC Fair & Event Center; each of those productions was part of an individual, single-year contract.

“The OC Fair & Event Center is an outstanding site for our Big Top touring shows as it is well-known and perfectly located in Orange County,” said Jörg Schlegel, director of tour development at Cirque du Soleil.

View a video of LUZIA at https://youtu.be/anIIJ6JumZI.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Someone crashed the church concert

TomJohnsonAre you feeling it? Yeah, you know what I mean, the Christmas spirit.

Sure, we’ve seen the beautiful boats in our Harbor, the lights that ring our Bay and light up our neighborhoods. The decorations that highlight Fashion Island and other storefronts around town.

Last night, in an attempt to fill my heart with the real spirit, I headed down to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for their Name Above All Names Christmas Concert 2017. Not that you asked, but I took my 87-year-old mother. She likes stuff like that.

So, we get there early, you know, to allow her time to walk-in, get comfortable in our seats and relax. This also allows her to see friends she’s made recently at her Bible studies and church dinners.

Anyway, soon the sanctuary is filled, first with people and then with the beautiful sounds of St. Andrews’ full Sanctuary Choir and joined by a complete orchestra, highlighted by Accompanist Jenny Park, Concert Mistress Elizabeth Johnson and led by Conductor Dr. James L. Melton. They were fabulous.

Interspersed between all of the music presentations is a running narration conducted by Brieana Searcy, Minister of Children’s Ministries, and Cody Jensen, Minister of Student Ministries. They’re both great, but Jensen also allows us insight into his comedic side throughout the evening…in a good and funny way! It broke up that total church-feel.

It was a feel-good evening, seeing friends and strangers, alike, and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. At the end of the maybe 90 minutes, we all stand together and sing Joy to the World.

As I walk from the sanctuary to my car parked nearby in the church parking lot, my joy suddenly turns to ire as I realized someone has crashed into my car door.

Wait a sec, peace, joy, love to all…what am I missing here?

No note, no nothing!

And because I got there early he, she, they, had plenty of time to move their car, how do I know, because the car now parked next to me has zero marks on it.

Who would drive down to a beautiful evening like this, crash into a car, then head in and listen to everything offered as the meaning of the season, drive home and not feel guilty.

I’ll tell you what I learned, I forgive you because of HIM.

God has mysterious ways of working I’m figuring this “way” is going to cost about $500. Praise the Lord.

• • •

The Island Hotel Newport Beach has changed their name to the Fashion Island Hotel.

“Adding ‘fashion’ to the hotel name bolsters the alignment between these two important properties while emphasizing Fashion Island as an iconic and luxury destination,” said Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties

Irvine Company owns and operates both Fashion Island and Fashion Island Hotel. “We are always looking for innovative ways to engage with and meet the needs of our guests – packaging the hotel and Fashion Island together is a win-win for both the company and our customers.” 

Seems like the right move.

• • •

Finally, congrats to the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Visit Newport Beach, The Commodores Club of Newport Beach, and the City of Newport Beach for another great boat parade run.

Nobody does it better!


Just a few spots left for ENC Winter Nature Camps 

ENC

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the holiday break? There are still a few spots left, so check out the Environmental Nature Center’s Nature Camps designed for children from kindergarten through 6th grade.

Two different camps are being offered. The first runs December 26 - 29, 2017 and the second January 2 - 5, 2018. Campers can choose to attend full-day or half-day sessions.

The campers learn while adventuring! ENC Nature Camps emphasize experiential learning. Campers spend time outdoors observing nature up close. Educational concepts are introduced in a fun environment. Campers make crafts, play games and participate in hands-on activities. 

The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977 providing quality science education in an outdoor setting.

For more information or to register go to www.encenter.org.


Longtime CdM resident, “E.T.” consultant, has died

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Robert Scholler

Courtesy of the Scholler family

Robert Scholler

Robert Walter Scholler of Corona del Mar died Nov. 28. He was 94 years old and died peacefully at his Shore Cliffs home surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Karen Ballreich.

Scholler was born on Jan. 18, 1923 in Downers Grove, Ill. and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the Navy during World War II as commanding officer of the USS Manual, which interrupted his studies; but after he finished school, he and his bride headed west to California. The couple lived in Santa Ana, where he worked in the construction business. When the Korean War started, he and his partners worried that building supplies would grow scarce, so he moved on to become a partner in an engineering firm. Later, he worked for General Electric Co., where he created silicone materials used in aerospace manufacturing and other high-tech projects. Then in the late 1950s, after settling in Corona del Mar, he wanted to travel less so he acquired another company, and that led him to the clean room business.

He was in New Mexico working on a piece of highly sensitive equipment that had been damaged, and during a break, another scientist showed him a new kind of clean room that could remove radioactive particles as well as bacteria, viruses and germs. Soon, he started another company that worked on creating sterile environments for hospitals and laboratories. He was one of the first and best in the field, so when astronauts brought back the first moon rocks, and the traditional labs were filled with smoggy Southern California air, NASA officials hired Scholler to build their clean air labs.

And that, he said in a 2010 interview, led to the movies.

When Steven Spielberg was producing “E.T.” he wondered – how would the government handle a sick extraterrestrial creature who winds up in a suburban boy’s bedroom? Spielberg’s research led him to contact NASA and Caltech, where officials said that they would want to protect the alien from germs on earth and protect everything on earth from the alien’s possible contamination. And because years ago, Scholler created the clean room that allowed the very first moon rocks to be opened and examined, he was Spielberg’s go-to man for such an elaborate set.

“Steven Spielberg wanted everything to work just like it was supposed to in real life,” Scholler said in the 2010 interview. “He didn’t want criticism from professionals. I never even thought of doing anything with the movie business. But I got the call from Spielberg’s production designer Jim Bissell: ‘Will you build a medical isolation unit?’”

Scholler created the medical set where E.T. and Elliott were in isolation, and he used a RF welder to piece together the huge, clear plastic tent that went over the home in the movie.

His daughter said she and her siblings were grown and lived out of state when the movie was released, but they were thrilled with their father’s newest career. “When the credits came and we saw his name, all four of us applauded and hooted and hollered and screamed for him, in this little theater in Lake Tahoe.”

After “E.T.” Scholler created sets for movies including “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” with John Travolta and “Silkwood” with Meryl Streep and Cher. In his late 80s, he continued to work on a movie called “Out of Nowhere.”

Scholler was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Peter Scholler and Laura Augusta Schob. He married Donna Ginette Wheeler on Dec. 30, 1947. She died in 2007. He is survived by his children, Karen Ballreich, Laurie Krueger and Don Scholler. His son, Ken Scholler, died in 2015.

Family members are planning a memorial in Scholler’s home on Dec. 30, and his friends and neighbors are welcome to attend to celebrate his life, Ballreich said.

~~~~~~~~

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


NBPD to conduct DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 22 

This holiday season, the Newport Beach Police Department is working around the clock to keep everyone on the road safe from impaired drivers. Continuing through Jan. 1, 2018, law enforcement is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. They will be focusing on education and enforcement, spreading the word about the dangers of impaired driving and making arrests for DUIs. During the campaign period, they’ll be joining other police departments, sheriff’s departments, and the CHP for 18 days of concentrated DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols. The NBPD will be conducting its own DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 22.

DUI Checkpoint

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NBPD

“During these last few weeks of 2017, drivers may notice increased enforcement in Newport Beach,” Sergeant Mike Schiavi said. “We are watching closely for anyone who might be impaired behind the wheel. We are committed to keeping our roads safe – not just for the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the road, and people attending holiday festivities, we know it is likely that we will see an uptick in drunk driving…so we’ll increase our efforts to counteract that. Our goal is to get everyone home safely this holiday season,” he said.

Driving under the influence can have devastating – and deadly consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic collisions, and 28 percent of them died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08. Of those DUI deaths, 1,059 were right here in California.

They have also seen an increase in drug-impaired driving collisions in California in recent years. The NBPD supports the new effort from OTS that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Everyone should be mindful that while taking medications (whether prescription, over-the-counter, or marijuana), drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects.

“Two simple words can keep your holiday festivities safe – plan ahead,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Before you head out to any celebration, plan how you are getting home safely. If you are drinking, that means knowing what sober driver or service you will be using.”

This holiday season, and every day, drivers need to remember that it is never okay to drive while impaired by alcohol, marijuana, medication, or illicit drugs.  Designate a sober driver, or plan to use ride-sharing or public transportation to get home safely. 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.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the 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 Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 1218

Click on photo for a larger image

It’s 1947, with Dick McIntire performing on the “Paradise Isle” float in the Tournament of Lights Parade. Seeing the Polynesian theme, one might think they’d be playing a version of Mele Kalikimaka, the Hawaiian-themed Christmas song. However, Robert Alex Anderson didn’t write that song until two years later in 1949.

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


Cancellations, closures and changes for the holidays

Board of Library Trustees Meeting: Dec. 18 is CANCELLED.

Balboa Village Advisory Committee Meeting: Dec. 20 is CANCELLED.

Planning Commission Meeting: Dec. 21 is CANCELLED.

Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission: Jan. 2 is CANCELLED.

Planning Commission Meeting: Jan. 4 is CANCELLED.January 4, 2018, 6:30 PM

Newport Beach City Hall and City recreation and community centers will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. All facilities will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Police, Fire and certain other City departments will remain open. 

Newport Beach Public Libraries will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and on Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018. From Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29, the Central Library and all branch libraries will close at 6 p.m. daily. 

Residential Trash Collection: There will be no trash or recyclables collection on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of each week. 

Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas trees should be placed by your trash carts on the same day as your collection schedule. When possible, please remove lights and ornaments. Trees should be six feet or less in length, which might require you to cut your tree. CR&R will be using a separate truck to collect the trees from Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018.

Street Sweeping: There will be no street sweeping service on Monday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.


Beach Bell to debut in Newport Beach’s new Taco Bell Cantina

Beach Bell

Submitted photo

Beach Bell, a Mexican-style amber lager, is Taco Bell’s first branded brew and is now available for a limited time at Taco Bell Cantina on the Peninsula at 2121 W. Balboa Blvd. (facing The Crab Cooker). The new restaurant, which opened last week, is the chain’s newest cantina style location – with a 14-seat bar and takeout service – offering the same food as traditional Taco Bell locales, in addition to six shareable plates.

Taco Bell created the Beach Bell with Huntington Beach’s highly regarded brewery, Four Sons Brewing, to celebrate the latest cantina opening.

Smooth and crisp, the light red brew is said to pair nicely with Taco Bell’s entire menu, elevating classic flavors and spices. In addition to its own beer brand, the restaurant serves Lagunitas IPA, Modelo Especial and canned Coors, Coors Light and Pacifico.

With its predecessors in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago, Taco Bell Cantina is planning to open additional locations throughout the country.

The Newport Beach location is open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. www.tacobell.com


Aviation Update

Jeff Herdman

Everything you need to know from the Aviation Committee Chair

Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman 

As a result of the recent increased level of concern about operations at John Wayne Airport, this publication will review some basic background information about noise, noise monitors, the Settlement Agreement, and the ability or inability of the City to regulate operations at JWA.

The John Wayne Settlement Agreement places restrictions on noise by the readings on seven noise monitors, the number of Class A commercial flights, and the annual number of passengers. 

The all-important curfew which limits when commercial planes can operate is also a part of the Agreement. Beyond that, the City of Newport Beach has no ability to regulate operations at JWA. The JWA Settlement Agreement has recently been extended through 2030, and the curfew through 2035. This Agreement is the single most important vehicle for controlling adverse airport impacts.

The Settlement Agreement arose out of environmental litigation in 1985. As a result of the limitations the Agreement puts on JWA, and the possibility that such an agreement might become commonplace throughout the nation, Congress passed the Airport Noise Capacity Act (ANCA), which while it grandfathered in the JWA Settlement Agreement, it severely limited the ability for other airports in the nation to restrict operations at other airports.

The JWA Settlement Agreement is the most restrictive and admired agreement by communities throughout the country.

Noise: 

There are seven (7) noise monitors with an allowable decibel level for each monitor as planes depart from the airport. These noise levels were established in the Settlement Agreement and cannot be changed. Moreover, ANCA does not allow agreements to put further limits and restrictions on airport operations. The limits on the noise monitors were established when planes were much louder; newer aircraft noise has reduced significantly. The current limits cannot be reduced so as to limit or restrict operations of the aircraft.

Takeoff Procedures: 

Since the implementation of NextGen takeoff procedures out of JWA,
one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Why don’t the carriers cut back upon departure like they used to?” 

Because of technological improvements, some air carriers do not have to perform as aggressive a cutback as in the past. They only need to be able to depart the airport and not exceed the limits at the noise monitors.

Another question being asked is, “Who tells planes where they can fly?” The FAA determines where planes fly, not JWA. The FAA establishes departure procedures for every airport in the country, and there are many different factors which dictate how and where planes depart and how much noise they may create. The climb rate and flight profile of departing aircraft will vary considerably based on aircraft type, engines, passenger load, weather conditions, humidity, wind, etc. 

The “close in” (lower) or “distant” (higher) departure procedure is completely up to the airline. Again, they only have to meet the noise monitor standards at each noise monitor.

Recent direction of the City Council will establish temporary portable noise monitors in different neighborhoods throughout the City for the purpose of measuring departing flight noise. The City will also be reviewing the annual calibration report which was conducted on October 11, 2017. A public relations firm has been hired to work with community groups in putting pressure on air carriers to Fly High and Fly Quiet. The City Council has also authorized the hiring of a lobbyist to work with air carriers as well as our Federal representatives, and the FAA.

Local groups such as the Airport Working Group, and specific community and neighborhood groups are working on specific strategies to encourage air carriers to Fly High and Fly Quiet.

The City’s Aviation Committee has formed a working group to implement a Fly High and Fly Quiet Program that will be aimed at awarding airlines that utilize a departure procedure that will result in the least amount of noise possible.

On November 2, the FAA announced it is seeking public comment on its intent to establish the “FAA Noise Portal”, which is an online aircraft noise complaint and inquiry system that will allow the agency to more effectively address noise complaints and inquiries.

The public has until January 2, 2018 to submit comments on the proposed portal. Please contact Barbara Hall by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 940.594.5913 for additional information.

And finally, the FAA has announced that the STAYY takeoff procedure, which was to be implemented on December 7th, has now been pushed back to February 1, 2018. This is the “two-turn” departure pattern down the center of the Upper Newport Bay. 

The above information pretty much summarizes the multiple community meetings and forums that have been held and conducted over the past few months by me, and City Manager Dave Kiff. I will continue to serve as Chair of the Aviation Committee, and coordinate with our City Manager the dates of future airport forums to be held in 2018.


2017 Christmas Boat Parade Winners announced

The 2017 Christmas Boat winners have been announced as part of the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. From stately yachts to quaint kayaks, the boats were decked out in glittering lights and decorations, animation and music, as friendly neighbors and guests aboard the vessels waved to crowds along the harbor.

The final evening on Sunday, Dec. 17, ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Balboa Pier.

Officially closing out the parade is the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction that will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach (newly named the Fashion Island Hotel). A fun night of food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year, it is also the evening that celebrates all of the winners of the 2017 Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.

Congratulations to all and Happy Holidays!

The Last Hurrah

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Bleu Cotton Photography

“The Last Hurrah,” represented by Rob and Elizabeth Meadows, won the Sweepstakes award

SWEEPSTAKES

The Last Hurrah

Rob and Elizabeth Meadows

NON-COMMERCIAL SWEEPSTAKES

Paradise Found

Greg Killingsworth

El Navegante

Click on photo for a larger image

“El Navegante,” represented by Joel Achten, took honors for the Best Powerboat

BEST POWERBOAT

El Navegante

Joel Achten

BEST SAILBOAT

Traveler

Michael and Barbara Lawler

BEST BOAT UNDER 30 FEET

The Rose Maria

Ron and Rose Cram

LIGHTS

1ST PLACE

Hang Time

Landon Martin

2ND PLACE

Charisma

Debi Marshal

3RD PLACE

On the Rocks

Guy La Rocque

HUMOR AND ORIGINALITY

1ST PLACE

Sea Schooner

Travis Petty

2ND PLACE

Seaswirl

Steve Shimahara

3RD PLACE

#LighttheWorld

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

1ST PLACE

Quintena

Paul Fruchbom

2ND PLACE

Seas the Day

Michael Lohman

3RD PLACE

Two are Better Than One

Kyle Miller

BEST MUSIC

Drummer Boy

David May

BEST FIRST-TIME ENTRY

Drummer Boy

David May

BEST YACHT CLUB ENTRY

Quintena

Paul Fruchbom

YACHT CLUB WITH MOST ENTRIES

Newport Harbor Yacht Club (4)

Paul Fruchbom

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


“Free Your Inner Farmer” OC Fair theme for 2018

The 2018 OC Fair theme was announced on Thursday, Dec. 14, inviting fairgoers to embrace simple joys, get back to basics and “Free Your Inner Farmer.” The Fair runs from July 13 - Aug. 12, 2018.

OC FairThis is the second year of a three-year initiative to focus OC Fair themes on agriculture. The 2017 theme was “Farm Fresh Fun,” a nod to agriculture products. “Free Your Inner Farmer” salutes all the people involved in raising and enjoying the fruits of agriculture. The 2019 Fair theme will focus on land and the environment.

“We are going to have a great time with our ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ theme,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer. “It really speaks to what we all love about the annual OC Fair – animals, uncomplicated summer fun, making memories and reconnecting with our agricultural roots.”

The official theme was presented to the OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors. Michele Richards, VP of Business Development, shared artwork and the creative brief on the theme at the board meeting.

OC Fair admission and parking prices will not increase in 2018. General admission will remain $12 for Wednesday - Friday and $14 on weekends; senior and youth tickets are $7 every day. Parking is $10. Military service members and veterans always get in free, and can purchase up to six half-price general admission tickets for friends and family.

Popular discounts and promotions will also be back for the 2018 OC Fair including the opening day “Free ‘Til Three” deal, the “Read and Ride” program for children and “We Care Wednesdays,” offering free admission and a carnival ride to fairgoers who bring donations for local nonprofits. There will also be seniors’ days, kids’ days and discount days for carnival ride wristbands. Admission for children age five and younger is always free. A full list of deals and discounts will be posted on www.ocfair.com.

The Fair will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The 2017 OC Fair attracted 1,334,753 Fairgoers and brought in $34.5 million in revenue. This year, 1,456 seasonal employees worked at the Fair and a similar number will be hired in 2018. Employment opportunities are posted at www.ocfair.com/jobs.

OC Fair Super Passes, which provide admission to all 23 days of the Fair, are on sale now at the lowest prices that will be offered, $30 for general admission and $23 for youth and seniors. Prices will increase on March 1 and again on June 1. Super Passes come with two-for-one discounts on select shows at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena along with discounts on food, and an offer to purchase additional Fair tickets for only $10. The passes are sold at www.ocfair.com/superpass.

Announcements and ticket sales for Fair entertainment will start in January 2018.


“The Sound of Motown” comes to Argyros Plaza

Agryros Plaza

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Nick Koon

Free performances before MOTOWN THE MUSICAL take place in Argyros Plaza

In 1959, the American music scene changed forever: Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records, and, as the saying goes, “the hits just keep on coming.” Motown gave the world Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Miracles, Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and countless other artists who created the distinctive and now iconic Motown Sound. Seventy-nine Motown albums made it to Billboard’s Top Ten between 1960 and 1969. The appeal of Motown’s distinctive and irresistible style developed by this African-American-owned company broke racial barriers and effectively integrated America’s pop music world. 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be returning to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only Dec. 19 - 24, featuring more than 40 classic hits and telling the story behind the whole Motown family who fought against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL audiences and Motown music fans are invited to enjoy “The Sound of Motown” free 45-minute pre-performance events on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. These programs will tell the Motown story with insider tales and historic videos of Motown’s early publicist Al Abrams from a 2010 lecture at the University of Michigan. There will be an exhibit of rare photographs and costumes from Detroit’s Motown Museum. Before the Dec. 20 - 23 evening performances, popular R&B singer Roderick Chambers will perform selections from the vast Motown catalogue. Chambers’ soulful voice and smooth musical style is reminiscent of some of the greatest pop, soul and R&B artists of our time.

Marvin Gaye and The Supremes

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

Matt Manuel (center) portrays Marvin Gaye, appearing with The Supremes

No tickets are required for the pre-performance events in the plaza that will take place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performances on Dec. 20 - 23 and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. before the show on Dec. 23.

For MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at www.scfta.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.


Winners named in JWA’s Student Art Contest

JWA art winners

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 28th Annual Student Art Contest, themed “Flying in the Future.” Orange County students Iris Chuan and Tyler Wu were recognized as Grand Prize winners in this year’s contest. Their artwork, along with that of other winners, is on exhibit Dec. 6, 2017 through Jan. 8, 2018, on the Arrival (lower) Level, adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

“The Student Art Contest is another example of John Wayne Airport’s commitment to extending opportunities to artists of all ages,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “Guests will have the chance to view the wonderful talent of our Orange County youth during this exhibition.”

The contest recognizes two Grand Prize winners from two categories:

Category I: Grades K-6
Category II: Grades 7-12

Entries that best illustrate this year’s theme were awarded First, Second and Third Place, in addition to one Honorable Mention for each grade level.

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

To see all of the award winners’ art and learn more about JWA’s annual Student Art Contest, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits/studentart.


Two named to oversee real estate portfolio

Christina HuapayaThe Saywitz Company, one of the largest privately held commercial real estate brokerage firms in Southern California, recently hired two property management supervisors: Christina Huapaya and Diana Liston. Both Huapaya and Liston will oversee the day-to-day aspects and management of the company’s real estate investment portfolio throughout Southern California.

Currently, The Saywitz Company owns and manages more than 75 multifamily properties and office buildings throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Huapaya and Liston come to The Saywitz Company with 10 and 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, respectively. Both individuals are extremely well versed in all aspects of property management.

Diana Liston“We are confident that both Christina’s and Diana’s expertise and experience will assist us in providing for greater communication between the company and our tenants, and will allow us to continue to grow moving forward,” said Barry Saywitz, president of The Saywitz Company.

Huapaya has more than 10 years of real estate experience and comes to The Saywitz Company with a variety of experience from other notable real estate companies such as Equity Residential, UDR and Western National.  

Liston has more than 15 years of real estate experience and comes to the company with previous experience in working for such notable real estate companies as Decron, JH Real Estate Partners and Anza Management.  

Both individuals will work out of The Saywitz Company’s Newport Beach office.


The game of bridge will never be more fun… 

The Octette Bridge Club

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Newport Theatre Arts Center

The Octette Bridge Club is coming to the Newport Theatre Arts Center on Jan. 26 through Feb. 25, 2018.

Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify.

Directed by David Motroni, performance times vary. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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


Stump the Stu

Santa is “catching” on in Newport Beach

Stump the Stu 121417

Click on photo for a larger image

Okay, we said this might be a “gift,” and, we were right. Nine correct guesses.

They include Paul Blank, Linda Witeck Zoelle, Alice Brownell, Mary Ann Hemphill, Joe Stapleton, William Lobdell, Gildardo Gomez, Terry Aune Callahan and Jeanie Quenneville who all guessed the Grand Canal between Big and Little Islands. Congrats all!

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!


Sherman Library & Gardens Christmas Light Walk starts December 15

Christmas Lights

Submitted photo

The Sherman Library & Gardens Christmas Light Walk takes place Dec. 15 - 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. There will be a no-host wine & beer bar and hot chocolate, along with a make your own ‘smores packet available for purchase. Recorded Christmas music will be playing. Admission: Friends, free; Public, $10 and Children under 5 are free. Tickets are available at the door; no reservations are required.

For more information, call 949.673.1880

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


Recall of Scott Peotter found 106 verified signatures short

The Recall of Scott Peotter signature gathering attempt was deemed insufficient Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the Orange County Registrar of Voters found the effort 106 signatures short.

The Recall side had collected and turned in 10,688 signatures, needing 8,445 to qualify the Recall of Peotter for a spring election. Only 8,339 were deemed valid.

Peotter, on the other hand, collected and turned in some 1,700 rescinding signature cards. The cards were submitted by people who said they signed the initial petition but now wanted to rescind. Of those 1,700, 205 were found valid, in the end, making the difference.

Here’s what Peotter is saying following the announcement: “Recallers spend five months and $90k and fail. That means no recall.”

From the other side, consider this: Peotter formed two committees to oppose the recall and raised over $41k from seven donors. He spent $37,000, meaning each of the 205 rescinding-signatures translated to a cost of $180 each.

As it stands now, Peotter will be up for re-election in November of 2018.

Here are some of the comments from those close to the recall situation, on both sides:

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (Duffy has supported Peotter through the entire ordeal): “It was unnecessary and confusing. Our system does not allow for one person out of seven to have the power or influence to cause great harm to our City. 

That’s where we go from here, just like where we came from.”

Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank (Blank initiated the original delivery of the recall effort to Peotter): “While I am disappointed with the result, I am very pleased to have been part of the process. I think we were successful in getting Councilman Peotter to moderate his rhetoric and behavior.

I hope he will continue to think, just a little bit more, about the consequences of his words and actions before he speaks or acts.   

That alone is of great benefit to the City of Newport Beach.” 

Lynn Swain (also one of the instrumental people behind the recall): “Over 10,600 residents signed petitions demanding Scott Peotter be removed from office. This is a clear repudiation of the divisive, insulting and financially reckless policies pursued by Peotter over the past three years.  

We will have our attorneys work with the Orange County Registrar of Voters to examine all of the signatures that were rejected. 

I would also add, that although Peotter looks at this as a win, 8,339 people voted to have him recalled. They’ll still be around in November of 2018.”

And finally, new Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill: “Counting the signatures cost the City tens of thousands of dollars. We must stop pushing a recall that will cost the City hundreds of thousands of dollars in the same year that Council Member Peotter is up for reelection. 

This is money better spent fighting increasing criminal activity, easing traffic congestion, funding our litigation against the FAA, or any number of everyday concerns. It is time to put the recall’s ugliness and mounting expenses behind us.”


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.”

Frosty

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET FROSTY

Frosty is intelligent and would make the perfect house pet

It’s time to introduce Frosty to the world. He’s a 2-year-old Alaskan Malamute. He is a true character and has a fatherly way about him with his small dog friend, Rudolph. Frosty, prior to coming into the shelter, most likely was just left in a backyard a majority, if not all, of the time. Being of high intelligence, and given the fact that Malamutes are very fond of people, shelter staff would like to secure Frosty his place in a home as a family dog.

Malamutes are nimble around furniture and smaller items, making them ideal house dogs, provided they get plenty of time outdoors meeting their considerable exercise requirements. Malamutes are usually quiet dogs and Frosty isn’t any different. He doesn’t bark, he talks. That’s one of the greatest individual traits about the Malamute. They are awesome communicators.

In addition, obviously, given his double coat, he will need and enjoy his grooming appointments. 

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 Frosty, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Make it, take it: Winter wreaths class to be held at OC Fair & Event Center

Holiday wreath

Submitted photo

Learn to make a fresh winter wreath from fresh greens at the OC Fair & Event Center’s Centennial Farm in the Silo Building on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older. All tools and materials will be provided. Centennial Farm is open to the public, but they ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.

The special guest speaker is Nancy Claxton, who has volunteered her time and expertise as a UCCE Orange County Master Gardener, Centennial Farm docent and Sherman Library & Gardens volunteer. For 20 years, Claxton has also served as Administrator of the Child Development Program at the Orange County Office of Education. She has taught Early Childhood Care and Education at Saddleback and Orange Coast College as an Associate Faculty member.

The cost of the class is $20, which covers all materials and handouts. You can register and pay by Thursday, Dec. 14 via http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes.

For additional information, call 714.708.1619, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Fashion Island

Childrens Choir

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Lana Johnson

The Children’s Choir of Tarbut V’ Torah

The night sparkled with holiday cheer during the Menorah Lighting Ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Atrium Garden Courtyard (near Barnes & Noble) in Fashion Island to celebrate the first night of Chanukah.

Los Locos

Click on photo for a larger image

Los Locos performed upbeat songs on stage

The crowd, holding lit candles, joined the Chabad Center for Jewish Life as musicians took the stage including the Los Locos band, and the Tarbut V’ Torah Children’s Choir performing both traditional and modern Jewish songs.

Jacob and Rabbi Mintz

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Rabbi Mintz will light the giant Menorah

All the fanfare led up to the lighting of the giant Menorah by Rabbi Mintz of the Chabad of Newport Beach and Dr. Jacob Eisenbach. Children enjoyed crafts, balloon animals and face painting, while munching on sugary donuts. Unwrapped toys were donated to the Community Toy Drive.

Balloon Man

The balloon man kept the children entertained

For more information, visit www.jewishnewport.com.


NBPD offers helpful crime prevention tips this holiday season 

Newport Beach Police Car

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NBPD

While the holiday season is in full swing, the Newport Beach Police Department would like to remind all of us that ‘tis the season for thievin’.

Please consider adding the following crime prevention tips to your holiday “to do” list.

At home for the holidays:

Always lock all doors and windows whenever you leave your home. Burglars often operate during the day, so don’t forget to secure your home and set your alarm when you make a quick trip to the store or take the dog for a walk.

Use timers to turn on a radio and lights. Timers are not just for vacation time, but should be used daily to keep your home well-lit and to give the appearance that someone is there.

If you decorate a live tree, always turn off tree lights when you are away to prevent a fire.

Avoid displaying holiday gifts and other valuables in places where they will be easily seen from your windows or doors.

Always keep your porch lights on from dusk to dawn using photo cells and/or timers.

Don’t let home deliveries pile up at your front door, they can attract a package thief or home burglar. Remember you have options to consider when ordering online or shipping packages:

-When selecting shipping options, choose one that requires you to sign for delivery. In most cases, if you are not at home when a delivery is attempted, you can either pick up your packages in person or schedule a delivery for a time when you are able to receive it.

-UPS and FedEx both offer customers the ability to customize the time and date of their delivery for when they will be home.

-Track your delivery online. Check your package’s delivery status for an estimated delivery time and try to be home when it arrives.

-Let a trusted neighbor know you are expecting a delivery, and ask them to take possession of it when it arrives. Offer to do the same for them when they have a package delivered.

When you leave for dinner or to go out for the evening:

Consider leaving the TV on and calling out to a fictitious family member or roommate (who will “stay home”). For example:

“Tom, don’t forget to let the dog out!,” or “Make sure you take the casserole out of the oven when the timer goes off,” or any other statement that would imply (to anyone who might be watching your home) that someone is still inside while you are gone.

Call the police to report anything suspicious. If you see an unfamiliar vehicle, suspicious person, or anything out of the ordinary when leaving your home, call NBPD’s non-emergency line at 949.644.3717.

When you go away for the holidays:

Have a trusted neighbor watch your home and pick-up your newspapers and mail.

Call the Newport Beach Police Department and request a FREE Vacation Check at 949.644.3681.

Don’t advertise that you are out of town on your phone message or social profile.

Secure your garage door with a vacation bolt or padlock and disable the remote access.

Gift ideas:

Doorbell camera;

Motion activated security cameras that send an immediate notification to your smartphone;

Smart home timers, lights and lightbulbs;

TV simulators – these devices make it look like someone is inside watching TV.

The Newport Beach Police Department wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.


Newport Beach celebrates Christmas: 

Early religious roots…

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Newport Beach emphasizes Christmas in a big way! Whether it is the Christmas Boat Parade, Ring of Lights, Rogerʻs Gardens’ Christmas Fantasy, the Christmas tree lighting in Fashion Island, Corona del Marʻs Christmas Walk, or the highly competitive celebrations of Noel displayed in various neighborhoods or on individual homes, Newport Beach sparkles more than ever celebrating Santa Claus, reindeer and, of course, the birth Jesus Christ.

This Christian tradition emphasizes religious prayer, Nativity stories, singing of carols, as well as, the more secular gift giving and feasting. Children embrace Christmas through stories of an over bellied man with white whiskers and magical powers. Stores and malls are packed with emotional buyers trying to make life perfect for all of their loved ones. Churches enjoy their greatest annual attendance as entire families go to special services in a display of love for the Christ Child.

How did all of this come to be in our beloved Newport Beach?

Our oft forgotten Native American inhabitants, a branch of Shoshone Indians, traveled to the mild weather, beaches and abundance of game. Our Indian population was named the Gabrielinos by the Spanish for the Mission San Gabriel.

Boat Parade 1

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

Living in the Back Bay, along the Santa Ana River and in Laguna Canyon, their “religious” beliefs revolved around the earth and the bounty provided them. Their “church” reflected a more simplistic and natural approach to life. A single god named Quaoar or “The Giver of Life” was worshipped within a ceremonial enclosure called the “yuvar”. Edifices, sculptures and sand paintings were common. Fourth graders at Newport Beach Elementary School used to duplicate these “sand paintings” on the beach when studying these important native inhabitants.

Christianity came to the region in 1769 with the exploration by the Spanish under Gaspar de Portola. Portola traveled from San Diego to Los Angeles with a stopover in the OC. Cristianitos Road in southern San Clemente is named for the first baptism of a Native American child.

The Franciscan Friars followed and were responsible for the conversion of the native population. To help “spread the word,” Californiaʻs first “freeway” was created extending from San Diego to Santa Rosa. A system of roads and missions was built allowing travelers respite after a single day’s travel. Junipero Serra was the most famous of the preaching Friars spreading the doctrine of 13th century Catholic Francis Assisi on foot. Our local San Juan Capistrano mission was founded in 1776.

One of the earliest “new” religions in the area came with a group of followers of Joseph Smith and his Church of Latter Day Saints. In 1880, they traveled from Utah, establishing a colony in the east end of the Laguna Canyon. Known for their accomplishments, the Mormon settlers had the first local “dentist” in their settlement.

Newport Beachʻs first church was homeless. It was founded by an opportunistic ex-Baptist preacher named Issac Hickey. His teachings took place in the “Greenville Section” of the harbor, which was well watered and home to a side-wheeler steamer under Captain Abbot. Known as the “promised land” by his followers, it was coined the “Gospel Swamp” by skeptics and non-believers.

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

In 1909, “The Balboa Chapel” and its Episcopal services were held in the Balboa Pavilion. By 1917, the church edifice arose on a lot donated but Marian A. Coons. It was eventually moved to its present location across from Newport Elementary. By 1930, its membership had risen to 90 followers. The building on Mrs. Coons’ lot was rented to Mr. Soto where he ran a curio shop. With the beginning of World War II, Mr. Soto was shipped off to a Japanese internment camp and was never heard of again. The property sold in 1940 and opened up as the “Blue Room” which served liquor. The Methodist Church opposed this and delayed issuance of a liquor license. Today, it is part of the municipal parking lot near the Balboa Pier.

In 1916, the Christian Science Church initially met at the home of Judge Leo Goepper, located at 813 East Bay Front. It was recognized by the Mother Church of Boston while meeting in the Womenʻs Civic League on Palm Street. Weekly meetings moved to the Balboa Theater and eventually built its Reading Room and “First Church of Christ Scientist of Newport Beach” in a building at the foot of the Lido Isle Bridge. Typifying the changing nature of Newport Beach, its future would become high-end condos.

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

Boat Parade 2

Click on photo for a larger image

In Christmases past, Newport Beachʻs old churches had not only survived the decades to follow but they led the way to the current plethora of “houses of worship” now available to Newport residents. In our Christmas present, every part of Newport Beach is represented by a house of God to celebrate the birth of Christ. But if you drive Camelback or Bison streets today, you will see the Christmases future with the varying religions and the “new and improved” mega-churches that will move us ahead. The days of Churches bouncing from houses to empty buildings to theaters is not gone but many are choosing to establish out of town.

So, celebrate this Christmas in a style appropriate for the most Christmasy city I know. Gather with family, watch the parade, eat fine foods and attend one of the many Christmas Eve services available. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and share your good fortune with others in need!

~~~~~~~~

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 121417

Click on photo for a larger image

The Bal Isle Nursery School with Santa! Do you recognize the house or any of the children or adults? Please contact the Museum with any information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


NMUSD names Vicki Snell board president 

Vicki Snell

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NMUSD

On Monday, Dec. 11, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) named Vicki Snell board president. Via unanimous vote, Snell will serve her first term as president.

Snell was appointment to the board in 2014 and reelected in 2016. She serves as Trustee in Area 1.

Rounding out the seven-member board are Charlene Metoyer, vice president; Martha Fluor, clerk; and members Dana Black, Walt Davenport, Judy Franco and Karen Yelsey.

For more information on the NMUSD Board of Education, visit www.nmusd.us.


NMUSD selects coordinator of special education 

NMUSD Logo

Courtesy of NMUSD

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has announced the selection of Kristen Henry as a coordinator of special education. Henry has 14 years of experience in education, and has been lauded as a collaborative leader with unwavering dedication to maintaining a student-centered perspective.

Most recently, Henry served as a mental health program specialist for the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). In that role she supported the district’s special education program for children with severe social emotional/mental health needs. She was instrumental in the coordination of community services and developed resources that support student growth and learning. She provided leadership and guidance to the special education teams, district-wide mental health professionals, and school administration to improve and maintain a successful special education program.

Prior to her role at SAUSD, Henry served as a school psychologist and was a lead school psychologist for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach. As lead psychologist, she was responsible for collaborating with local universities to develop and sustain school psychologist interns and practicum programs. She coordinated staff and parent education trainings, managed the district crisis response team, created and implemented a suicide prevention and threat assessment model, conducted Individual Education Program assessments, Section 504 assessments, and facilitated Student Study Team meetings.

“We are excited to have Ms. Henry join our team,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Dr. Sara Jocham. “She has an inspiring passion, welcoming personality and positive approach that’s a perfect fit for our team,” she said.

Henry received her master’s degree in education counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Clemson University in South Carolina and a post-graduate certificate in school neuropsychology from Texas Women’s University.

Henry’s appointment was approved at the Dec. 11, 2017 Board of Education meeting. Her start date with NMUSD is Jan. 8, 2018.


Holiday Organ Spectacular comes to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Holiday Organ Spectacular

Courtesy of scfta.org

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! On Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.

The performance features: Todd Wilson, organ; Barry Perkins, trumpet; Mindy Ball, harp; and members of the Pacific Symphony.

Single tickets start at $15 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Free Wheelchair Mission brought its ‘1 million for 1 million’ OC campaign to the Port Theater

Schoendorfer and Baker

Click on photo for a larger image

     Photos by Kait McKay Photography

(L-R): Founder Don Schoendorfer and Bill Baker

Free Wheelchair Mission brought its ‘1 Million for 1 Million’ Orange County campaign to the iconic Port Theater in Corona del Mar on Nov. 16. This is the third city stop in the national tour, celebrating its major milestone – distributing one million wheelchairs to people in 93 counties around the world since 2001. The campaign featured a soon-to-be released documentary, “Because No One Should Have to Crawl,” narrated by Sam Waterston, best known for his role on the TV show “Law & Order.”

The documentary is part of the award-winning public television series “Visionaries,” now in its 22nd season, which highlights rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations around the world that make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

The film includes dramatic footage, eliciting both tears of sadness and tears of joy as it chronicles the organization’s journey to deliver wheelchairs around the world to help lift people off the ground and give them hope for a better future. The documentary concludes with the grand finale – a trip to Peru this past summer to give the millionth wheelchair to a 12-year-old girl who desperately needed mobility due to an illness that left her mentally and physically impaired.

The event was hosted by the OC Women’s Council for Mobility, a group of residents from Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Irvine whose support has helped send thousands of wheelchairs to people in need around the world.

Free Wheelchair Mission Board

Click on photo for a larger image

Free Wheelchair Mission Board

Following the documentary was a brief Q&A session with Lori Philp, chair, OC Women’s Council for Mobility and Free Wheelchair Mission Founder and CEO Don Schoendorfer.

The Orange County campaign raised more than $23,000 and will help toward the next goal – to deliver its next million wheelchairs by 2025, half the time it took to give out the first million. Following Orange County, the tour will travel to Houston, Atlanta, and Orlando in the spring of 2018. More cities will be added to the tour through spring 2018.

For more information, visit www.freewheelchairmission.org/NewportBeach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Duffy named Mayor

TomJohnsonThe Newport Beach City Council elected Marshall “Duffy” Duffield mayor Tuesday night, December 12, by a unanimous vote.

Duffy promptly let everyone know that he won’t be a politician, he’ll “just be Duffy.”

It’s going to be fun having him at the helm.

Last night, after being named mayor, Duffy set up a fake bank of phones on the dais saying by doing so it allows him to conveniently talk to some of his biggest supporters and his biggest detractors.

Names mentioned were Bob McCaffery, Dave Ellis and Susan Skinner. I’ll leave it to you whether they’re supporters or detractors.

Duffy actually had some good comments and I’m excited to see what he’ll do with his knowledge and connections for our Bay.

Will O’Neill was named Mayor Pro Tem. Congrats!

• • •

One must be impressed with the Hoag Hospital Foundation. A number of years ago, the first time my friends Bob and Terry Callahan were asked to chair Hoag’s Christmas Carol Ball, I think they raised like $200K or $300K. I know at the time it was a record. 

Bob always has a goal in chairing a fundraiser; make more money than they ever have before. 

So, imagine my surprise when I received the numbers for this year’s 51st Christmas Carol Ball. The one evening of dinner, dancing, auction and elegance raised $1.75 million.

That’s a lot of bandages!

Congrats to Joan and Andy Fimiano who chaired this year’s event and continued to follow the Callahan challenge of raising the bar.

• • •

Congrats to Vicki Snell who was elected Newport-Mesa Unified School Board President early this week. Charlene Metoyer was selected as vice president. They’ll do a great job.

They’re the “new” blood.

• • •

Happy to announce that StuNewsNewport will again be the media sponsor for the 35th Spirit Run of Orange County.

Met with Diane Daruty the other day to discuss plans and she’s excited. Daruty is the President and Race Director for the Spirit Run.

Put the date on your calendar, Sunday, March 18, in Fashion Island.

Also, if you organize any type of youth group and the kids can run or just walk, for that matter, Diane has fundraising opportunities for you. 

There are opportunities for short distance runners, long distance runners, adult and kids, even a dog walk.

Check it out at www.nmspiritrun.org

• • •

My Christmas season became complete last week when I got to see A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory. Hal Landon Jr.’s performances each and every year for the last 38, make it special.

Seeing families dressed up to attend the theater was such a great feeling. The performances run through December 24. 

To find out more, go to www.scr.org.


Ebene Quartet to debut on stage at Samueli Theater

Ebene Quartet

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Julien Mignot

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the Center debut performance of the acclaimed Ebène Quartet on March 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. Since coming to international attention after winning first prize at the ARD Music Competition in 2004, the Ebène Quartet has been thrilling audiences and critics with their superb renditions of classical favorites and arrangements of popular and jazz works.

What began as a distraction in university practice rooms has resulted in one of today’s most praised classical ensembles, renowned for its unique style and fresh approach to the chamber repertoire. The Ebène Quartet won the 2009 Gramophone Awards for both Recording of the Year and Chamber music. Quartet members include Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violins; Marie Chilemme, viola; and Raphaël Merlin, violoncello.

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


Dedication ceremony held for Central Avenue Public Pier

Ribbon Cutting

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of City of Newport Beach

Local dignitaries were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the city of Newport Beach held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the harbor’s newest amenity – the Central Avenue Public Pier and Plaza.

A priority of the City’s Harbor Commission is to improve public access in and around the harbor. The new public pier, the No. 1 priority for the Harbor Commission, will provide access in an area previously underserved for harbor users. The pier is 84 feet long and 10 feet wide, and allows easy access to the renovated Lido Marina Village area.

Newport Beach Council members, city staff and dignitaries were on hand for the festivities, including a ribbon cutting with light bites provided by Lido BottleWorks of Lido Marina Village. The new public dock is located adjacent to the street end at Central Avenue just west of the Lido Marina Village marina and the Elk’s Lodge.

Central Ave Pier

Click on photo for a larger image

The new pier provides easy access to the Lido Marina Village area

The project was made possible through a development agreement between the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the City and the California Coastal Commission, as well as through grant funds provided by the State of California’s Boating and Waterways Division.


Book signing with New York Times bestselling author

Katherine and Maverick

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Author Katherine Schwarzenegger with her favorite pup and star of her book, “Maverick and Me”

Join the fun on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1. p.m. at Charlie and Me, when New York Times bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger will be signing her new release, “Maverick and Me,” from 12 to 1 p.m. This new children’s book explores the importance of pet adoption. Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds from the day’s sales going to I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue. There will be small bites and drinks.

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

Charlie & Me is located in Lido Marina Village at 3505 Via Oporto, Newport Beach.


“The Sound of Motown” comes to Argyros Plaza

MOTOWN 3 ladies

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Maracus

Nya Trysha (center) as Martha Reeves and the cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

In 1959, the American music scene changed forever: Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records, and, as the saying goes, “the hits just keep on coming.” Motown gave the world Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Miracles, Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and countless other artists who created the distinctive and now iconic Motown Sound. Seventy-nine Motown albums made it to Billboard’s Top Ten between 1960 and 1969. The appeal of Motown’s distinctive and irresistible style developed by this African-American-owned company broke racial barriers and effectively integrated America’s pop music world. 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be returning to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only Dec. 19 - 24, featuring more than 40 classic hits and telling the story behind the whole Motown family who fought against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL audiences and Motown music fans are invited to enjoy “The Sound of Motown” free 45-minute pre-performance events on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. These programs will tell the Motown story with insider tales and historic videos of Motown’s early publicist Al Abrams from a 2010 lecture at the University of Michigan. There will be an exhibit of rare photographs and costumes from Detroit’s Motown Museum. Before the Dec. 20 - 23 evening performances, popular R&B singer Roderick Chambers will perform selections from the vast Motown catalogue. Chambers’ soulful voice and smooth musical style is reminiscent of some of the greatest pop, soul and R&B artists of our time.

No tickets are required for the pre-performance events in the plaza that will take place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performances on Dec. 20 - 23 and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. before the show on Dec. 23.

For MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at www.scfta.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.


2017 Ring of Lights Winners announced

The 2017 Ring of Lights winners have just been announced as part of the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Homes, businesses, restaurants and yacht clubs circling the harbor don their holiday best to include glittering lights, animation, music, decorations and more. Congratulations to all the winners!


SWEEPSTAKES: Best Overall

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Fabrizio

1407 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

1ST PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Shirley Pepys

526 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

Shirley Pepys home

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Bleu Cotton Photography

Shirley Pepys, 1st Place, Lights and Animation, 526 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2ND PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Dennis and Patty Vitarelli

140 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST THEME

Geoffrey Wickett

309 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE

Mike & Laurie Gray

309 Via Lido Soud

BEST TRADITIONAL LIGHTS

Robert and Christyne Olson

351 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

“GREEN” ENTRY AWARD

Reg and Michelle DelPonte

8 Harbor Island

PHOTOGRAPHER’S CHOICE

Phil and Mary Lyons

36 Harbor Island, Harbor Island

HUMOR AND ORIGINALITY

Marcy Cook

538 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

Marcy Cook home

Click on photo for a larger image

Marcy Cook, Humor and Originality, 538 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

ROOKIE AWARD

Jeanne Lewand

343 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST ON LIDO

David Macntyre (Sasco)

101 Via Lido Soud

FOUNDER’S AWARD

Barry and Karen Meguiar

201 N. Bay Front, Balboa Island

STUNEWS AWARD

Jim and Judy Busby

111 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST YACHT CLUB

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC)

1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

HI TECH CHRISTMAS CHARM

Jim and Peggy Rich

802 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST ON PENINSULA

Laurie & Bill Peterson

1020 E. Balboa Blvd.

JUDGE’S AWARD – 1ST PLACE

Donna DiBari

710 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

JUDGE’S AWARD – 2ND PLACE

Janet Curci

808 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.

About Town HR

By LANA JOHNSON  

Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods filled with merriment and seasonal cheer

Liam and Santa

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Lana Johnson

Liam, age 9, is sharing Christmas wishes with Santa

This year’s Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods was filled with lots of merriment and seasonal cheer. Adding to the festivities, Santa came down from the North Pole to greet youngsters from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and was available for photos. There was a mailbox nearby where kids could mail their personal letters to Santa, before sitting on Jolly Old St. Nick’s lap and then receiving a candy cane.

Kathy Shaw joins the Salvation Army

Click on photo for a larger image

Kathy Shaw with Seaside Gallery and the Salvation Army greet guests

Tasty offerings included a variety of cookies, icing-topped muffins, panettone, Chex Party Mix, coffee, and champagne and orange juice to make mimosas.

Emily Kaszton

Click on photo for a larger image

Emily Kaszton of Kasz Creations shares one of her Newport Beach aerial drone art pieces

The Salvation Army Orange County was on hand in front of the storefront. The shop was filled with a variety of home décor and accessories; a charming children’s section filled with toys, books, clothing and bedding; artwork & paintings, linens, pillows and quilts; container gardens, and so much more.

Victoria and Minh

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Victoria Velasquez and Minh Pham of Forever Glamorous demonstrated how to apply LipSense lip colors and gloss

A percentage of all sales from the open house will be donated to designated charities as selected by each store.

Holly Winn Willmer

Click on photo for a larger image

Artist Holly Winn Willmer with her alcohol ink creations, from jewelry to artwork and notecards. Her next workshop at Seaside Gallery takes place on December 16. 

Michelle Bendetti

Click on photo for a larger image

Michelle Bendetti of Bramble & Bramble Candles with her aromatic soy wax candles

Home Decor

Click on photo for a larger image

Charming home décor and accessories fill the shop

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Visit the website at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com for additional information and drop by to see all their holiday offerings – perfect for gift giving.

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know operates a Newport Beach-based business that you would like to see featured in About Town, please send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


You Must Remember This: Hang 1

By NANCY GARDNER

In the days of black and white television, westerns were a staple of the medium.  Hopalong Cassidy, The Cisco Kid, Crash Corrigan, Wild Bill Hickock were only some of the programs. The emphasis was on action, not banter, with a steady diet of men saddling up and galloping off. “Stick ‘em up!” and “Draw!” were dialogue staples. The only memorable lines I remember were catch phrases like “Hey, Pancho! Hey, Cisco,” or “Wait for me, Wild Bill!” yelled by Jingles, played by Andy Devine. Our childhood games, based on what we had been watching, were western-oriented with a lot of running and shooting. It was particularly nice to have a real gun for the shooting part, not just your finger, and if it was a cap gun? Cowabunga, as a different pastime would exclaim.

On this particular day, we decided we would do a chase. We would have a bad guy, and we’d have a posse to pursue the bad guy. As bad guy, we designated Joanne. In any group of children, you tend to have at least one odd-kid out. Joanne was ours. If she wanted to play, she had to do whatever she was told, and she understood her role.  She dutifully robbed the bank and took off, we formed the posse and gave chase, and soon we captured her. That was usually the end of the game, but that day for some reason, we decided to go to the punishment phase. The programs we watched didn’t often bother with a judge and jury, and we didn’t, either. Without much discussion, we decided to hang her. After all, that’s what they did in so many of the westerns we watched. Someone went and got a rope, we tied a noose, threw the rope over a tree branch, put the noose around Joanne’s neck and prepared to hoist her. The scary part of it is, nobody protested the hanging, not even Joanne. There was some connection we weren’t making. We’d hang her and then – we’d all do something else, including Joanne. Fortunately, at the critical moment, another kid ran up and said there was a dead cat down the street, and we all ran off to see it and forgot about the hanging.  Joanne lived, and the rest of us didn’t end up in the juvenile court system branded as fiendish thrill killers, although I’m pretty sure that if we had pulled on the rope and seen the actual reality we would have stopped. Hopefully.

With this kind of background, imagine my excitement when my parents became friends with Andy Devine or rather, Jingles, which is how I knew him from Wild Bill Hickock. I suppose I realized he was an actor and that actors play roles, but I still expected to meet Jingles. Instead, I met an actor with an impressive list of film, television and theater roles. In fact, speaking of theater, in his later years he became the go-to guy to play Cap’n Andy in any production of Show Boat. His house, a few lots from the Harbor Island bridge, was the scene of innumerable card games between the Gardners and Devines, made especially memorable by the meals prepared by Doagie, his wife and a true foodie, although that term wouldn’t be invented for several decades.

~~~~~~~~

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


The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Named 2017 “Restaurant of the Year” by the OCCA

Chef Yvon Goetz

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Executive Chef Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Known for bringing a taste of the Wine Country to the heart of Orange County, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Newport Beach has been named 2017 “Restaurant of the Year” by the Orange County Concierge Association (OCCA). The Winery Restaurant was also given this title in 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016, making the restaurant a six-time award winner since opening in 2007.

The OCCA is a fellowship of concierges from Orange County’s finest hotels, which include 4- and 5-Diamond rated resorts such as The Resort at Pelican Hill, Montage Laguna Beach, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. For more than 30 years, the concierges of this prestigious organization have been the knowledge experts to Orange County’s world-renowned destinations and attractions, and serve as ambassadors to the more than a half-million visitors to the area each year.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for the sixth time since joining the Orange County dining landscape 10 years ago,” said JC Clow, founding partner at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. “My partners and I have been privileged to work with many of these concierges for more than two decades now, and we believe that they have come to understand our ongoing commitment to excellence. Now, as we grow to three Southern California locations, we have even more appreciation for the tremendous support and recognition of our concierge friends – to be selected as the one restaurant that not only meets, but exceeds, their criteria for excellence is something to be celebrated by our entire team.”

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

For more information about restaurant locations in Newport Beach, Tustin and La Jolla (coming soon), including address, hours, menus, reservations and private dining options, visit www.thewineryrestaurants.com.


The harbor will shine brighter during the Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

Paradise Found

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Bleu CottonPhoto

Paradise Found took First Place in 2016 for Humor & Originality

More than a million viewers will watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, along with lit up homes, restaurants, yacht clubs and businesses for the annual Ring of Lights, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The boat parade will run nightly from December 13 - 17 starting at Lido Isle at 6:30 p.m. and end there at 9 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show on the first evening will take to the skies at 6:15 p.m.; on the final night, the fireworks will be set off at 9 p.m., launched from the Balboa Pier. Parade participants will convene at the southern end of Lido Isle, with the first public viewing destination at Marina Park. Since Marina Park has become a popular place to watch the event, the route was changed to pass the park early in the evening at approximately 6:49 p.m. The parking lot offers 177 parking spaces; paid parking expires at 6 p.m. No overnight parking is allowed.

Opening Night Grand Marshal is Vicki Gunvalson from “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Arrive early for best viewing and parking; and download the parade route map for the public viewing locations, detailed destination times, and parking and public restroom locations.

Best Overall for Ring of Lights

Click on photo for a larger image

Best Overall, 2016 for the Ring of Lights

Officially closing out the parade, the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. A fun night of food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year, it is also the evening that celebrates all of the winners of the 2017 Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


Stump the Stu

Fish on…ho, ho, ho

Stump the Stu 121117

Click on photo for a larger image

We’re in the Christmas spirit, obviously, by giving you this gift-wrapped present. Where oh where can our Fishing Santa be found? This should be easy.

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

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


School Notes

Committee proposes NMUSD move to collegiate calendar

NMUSD Logo

The Calendar Review Committee, comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators and employee bargaining units, typically develops calendar recommendations two to three years in advance of implementation. For the past few years, the Committee has discussed the concept of a collegiate calendar; the school year starting prior to Labor Day with the first semester ending prior to winter break.

Starting this fall, the Committee met five times to explore and consider a collegiate calendar. The Committee began by seeking anecdotal data from the school community. A survey was circulated to obtain input related to the concept of a Collegiate Calendar. Five information meetings were hosted to share and clarify particulars of the Fact Sheet and gather input from staff, parents and students.

The Committee carefully weighed these components prior to coming to a recommendation. When reviewing the information gathered, the Committee found that the responses on the survey varied with overall results indicating most respondents did not support the move to a collegiate calendar. Analyzing subgroups from elementary, middle and high school respondents, there was a gradual increase of support for the change (please see attached survey results). Comments collected during the information meetings identified multiple benefits for students, numerous concerns regarding heat in the classrooms of those schools without heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and the timeline for implementation. While there has been a systematic plan for HVAC installation since 2013, the plan beyond the summer of 2018 was not available during the time of the survey and information meetings. The complete installation plan for all remaining schools was shared during the Nov. 14, 2017 Board Meeting.

After extensive analysis and discussions, the Committee recognized significant student benefits of a collegiate calendar particularly when they reach the secondary level and acknowledged the primary concern expressed by many stakeholders for HVAC to be installed at all school sites. The Committee considered the new information provided in the HVAC plan to address the concerns regarding heat and explored ways to provide students the benefits of the collegiate calendar. The Committee ultimately determined moving to a collegiate calendar was in the best interest of students. Implementing it three years from now would address concerns related to HVAC installation and create more time to plan for the transition.

The Calendar Review Committee has made the following recommendations and will meet to design the details of the calendars, which will move forward to the District and NMFT negotiation teams:

A traditional calendar for the 2018-2019 school year (Adopted October 10, 2017)

A traditional calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

A collegiate calendar for the 2020-2021 school year

Upon completion of negotiations and approval by the Board of Education, the adopted calendars will be made public.

Survey results

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo


Guest Column

Stasha Speaks!

Gift giving ideas for those special doggies on your list 

Stasha with Santa hat and neck scarf

Submitted photos

Ho! Hoi! Ho! Stasha posing in a Santa hat and holiday neck scarf…woof

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and there are dos and don’ts when it comes to picking gifts for the special doggies in your life. And just like Oprah, I have “My Favorite Things” list for holiday gift giving.

Though gift food baskets full of yummy treats may be a good idea for the humans on your list, it’s not so much so for dogs. Many of us are on strict diets and changing them even slightly can result in upset tummies and messy pooh. Please check with owners before giving any food items to pets. 

plush toys

Exercise caution when you purchase plush toys

Dogs love plush toys, but there can be hidden dangers here, so you need to be cautious in your selections. Avoid ones that have sewn on items like buttons and such that can be chewed off and become choking hazards for us. Holiday red collars with bells are a pet peeve of mine. They might look cute, but will drive you and us crazy within minutes...so cross them off your list.

Clothing is always a good choice, but again be mindful of what you select. Coats with Velcro closures on the chest and underbelly are easy to put on, comfortable for us, and more apt to fit than those with zippers or cumbersome closures. My buddies and I love sweaters as the weather chills.  

pups in sweaters

(L-R): Nacho, Rocco and Stasha show that sweaters are welcome gifts for doggies when the weather turns chilly

Hanging with my newly adopted brother Rocco and our pal Nacho this week, we all went to our favorite store, Petco, and got matching Christmas sweaters and shopped for gifts. One item to stay away from is “stupid” Santa head gear. Though temptingly cute, dogs hate them.  

Barbara and Stasha

Stasha in a Santa hat with her Mom; the hat stayed on for a nano second

One good idea we found was this holiday bed set. They also had a good selection of plush blankets which are always an appreciated gift. Petco also has “Photos with Santa Days” at local stores. Check the website for times and dates in December. One hundred percent of your $9.95 donation benefits local homeless pets in your community, through the Petco Foundation.

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/events

pup bed

This is a cozy and warm pet bed that any of my furry canines would enjoy

And speaking of photos, another great gift idea for your whole family is a holiday photo session with Dogma Pet Portraits, http://dogmapetportraits.com, located at 1727 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Call 714.642.9021. It’s not too late to get your Christmas card pics taken. 

Rocco Mom and Stasha

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Dogma Pet Portraits

(L-R): Rocco, Mom and Stasha at Dogma Pet Portraits

~~~~~~~~

Stasha Speaks! will appear periodically in StuNewsNewport. 


Letters to the Editor:

Do some get more than their fair share?

Newport Beach District 6 City Council Candidate Joy Brenner addressed the Planning Commission last week with some concerns. This is a transcript.

My concern this evening is not primarily the 2706 Ocean Blvd. project, but about the city policies and procedures which have made this another lightning rod to our citizens.  

After attending many meetings on this project with concerned citizens,

city planning staff and even representatives of the builder, I’ve come away

amazed at the confusion over what the owner is legitimately allowed to build, and further amazed at what has been proposed in the way of variances. Small variances are understandable, excessive variances are not.

Understanding how to calculate Floor Area Ratio, even on irregular lots, such as this, should not be this difficult to determine, yet we have spent hours upon hours trying to get to the accurate number.   

BUT the ratio I am most concerned with is the ratio between Perception and Reality. Many, if not most, of our citizens have the perception that our city is not protecting us. We see buildings around us that have pushed the limits so far, we believe they MUST have cheated. 

WE DESERVE BETTER! Our citizens should not have to monitor our City’s actions at each and every turn. We need our city representatives to enact policies which are absolutely fair, transparent, understandable, totally above board and to have all those in positions of responsibility follow them to the letter and spirit of the law.  

This not only protects the city, but also the builders, property owners and 

other residents.  

It should not take an applicant one-and-a-half years, as this project has, to know what they are allowed to build and it should not take that many hours of city staff time, but MOSTLY it should not take EXCESSIVE VIGILANCE by our citizens to make sure no special privilege is being granted to one homeowner over another. 

ALL of our PROPERTY RIGHTS have to be protected from those who want more than their fair share.  

Our zoning laws need to be so fair and so transparent that citizens can easily determine whether they are being interpreted fairly, or whether special privilege is being granted.

MANY, if not most, of our citizens have lost faith in our city representatives and their willingness to stand up for us. I believe most of you have read the temperature of our community and IT IS HOT! Many of us are interested in city government and how it works and we enjoy fostering understanding on issues such as this.  

But, there are a LOT of citizens who are extremely irritated that every time they turn around, it seems another building project is pushing the limits of not only our infrastructure but of our quality of life.  

The city planning staff has gone out of their way to meet with and help us understand the complexities of this particular project and I believe that is a sign of changing times. One of our citizens said recently, that we should get rid of the building officials and just put a rubber stamp on the counter. I don’t believe that, but if our citizens have that perception, then our electeds, their appointees and our city staff have to be vigilant in not only changing that perception, but of changing the climate which fosters that perception.

Thank you for your time, attention and service to our community!

Joy Brenner

City Council Candidate, District 6


Lido Theatre brings in a classic for the holidays

Its a Wonderful Life

Submitted photo

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, Friday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. nightly, with additional 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7 p.m. movie showing.

Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theatre is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite over the years. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 

The Lido Theatre is located in Via Lido Plaza at 3459 Via Lido Way, off Newport Boulevard, in Newport Beach. 

Tickets for children ages 2 - 11, and seniors ages 61 and better are $9; with matinee showings $9.50, students and military with ID are $10; and adult tickets after 5 p.m. are $11.50. To purchase tickets, or for more information visit the website at www.RegencyMovies.com or call 949.673.8350.


Motorcycle safety enforcement this week

Motorcycle

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

As part of the grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department is conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, Dec. 15. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. 

Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California, showing a 28 percent increase over the decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years. California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning, and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.

During the past five years in the City of Newport Beach, 133 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles and, tragically, three people lost their lives. The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of their surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to share the road safely.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders: see and be seen; use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room; watch your speed to surrounding traffic; always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly colored protective clothing; ride with lights on, even during daylight hours

Safety tips for drivers: share the road; look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes; remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage.

Motorcycle riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.californiamotorcyclist.com or 1.877.RIDE411 (1.877.743.3411).

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


Goop Gift Newport Beach is here for the holidays

goop interior shot

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Robert Trachtenberg

From now through Sunday, Dec. 24, goop GIFT has set up shop in Lido Marina Village, with the goal of making seasonal shopping as stress-free as possible, as their editors and buyers have done all the hard work for you, and with 12 personality-driven gifting categories. And this includes pets!

Whether you need a special gift or token for that health-conscious individual, the cook, the dreamer, the host, or that significant other in your life, they’ve got you covered. Shoppers will find everything that is featured in the goop gift guides URL, alongside the very best of the goop shop regarding skincare, homewares, clothing and accessories.

The Newport Beach outpost operates as a one stop shop. Once you’ve completed your shopping, enjoy the convenience of in-store wrapping, personalization and local delivery to your home.

Goop Gift Newport Beach is located at 3446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. Call 949.612.8461. Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.goop.com


Fiesta Navidad returns to Segerstrom Center

Fiesta Navidad

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Armstrong International 

Cultural Foundation/Reese Zoellner

Holiday favorite Fiesta Navidad, featuring Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 21 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This annual celebration also includes dancing by Folklor Pasión Mexicana and Las Posadas, the honored Latino Christmas tradition that reenacts Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. This colorful and beloved holiday concert is an event to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Fiesta Navidad is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Tickets to Fiesta Navidad start at $29 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Muldoon finishes “good” term…is Duffy next? 

TomJohnsonTomorrow night Mayor Kevin Muldoon will pass the gavel and leadership of the city over to one of his cohorts. It will be a mostly ceremonial Newport Beach City Council meeting with the naming of our new mayor and mayor pro tem as the primary agenda item.

The schedule is Closed Session – 6 p.m., Regular Meeting – 6:30 p.m., and Reorganization – 7 p.m.

First of all, kudos to Muldoon for a very good year at the helm. While controversy surrounded the Council, with issues like the Museum House and the Recall of Scott Peotter, Muldoon kept the meetings on track and fast paced for the most part. I also thought he showed attentive listening skills and respect to the public from the dais.

Will he come back around as mayor again in the future? It wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen.

So, what’s going to happen tomorrow? The money is on Marshall “Duffy” Duffield to be named mayor. I don’t know whose money, but you get the drift.

What about the others? Muldoon, it’s too soon; Diane Dixon, still too soon; Scott Peotter, c’mon, not now; Brad Avery, too new; Jeff Herdman has taken the helm of the aviation effort, but he’s still the odd man out; which brings us to Will O’Neill. He’s the pick for mayor pro tem and next in line to the throne.

Should be a fun council to cover in 2018. Duffy always has a way of making things entertaining.

So once the meeting adjourns, there’s an after-party, so to speak, put on by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Back Bay Bistro. It’s actually called the Newport Beach Mayor’s Reception.

It’s a cool event because of the crowd it attracts.

In addition to recognizing Muldoon, the new mayor and mayor pro tem, the chamber also presents their Silver Anchor Award Recipients and their Ambassador of the Year.

If you haven’t been there, the Back Bay Bistro is in the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

• • •

I’m told that on the Recall of Scott Peotter front that the signature approvals will come to City Hall at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. That means it will be agendized in January and an election date set forth.

• • •

It’s the end of the college football season. Th e Heisman Trophy was presented yesterday in New York; Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma won. But that’s not the local angle. The local angle is that Newport Beach has its own prestigious college award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to the top college defensive player.

Josey Jewell of Iowa was named the 2017 Lott winner last night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Former USC and San Francisco 49er great and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott was on hand to present the award named in his honor.


El Cholo owner to take over Ritz Seafood restaurant space

Ron Salisbury, owners of the El Cholo restaurants throughout Southern California, has signed a lease to take over the closed Ritz Prime Seafood property that shut its doors in late March 2017. He plans to open a casual Italian steakhouse serving prime steaks, classic pastas and salads. Overlooking the waterfront, the restaurant’s name is yet to be determined.

When the new eatery opens at 2801 W. Coast Highway, which is expected to occur in nine months, boats less than 10 feet will be welcomed for a dock & dine experience.


Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour was a seasonal gem

200 Collins exterior shot Outdoor Nativity scene

Click on photos for larger images

Photos by Lana Johnson

200 Collins showcases an outdoor Nativity scene 

I joined the 21st Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour yesterday on Sunday, Dec. 10, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and what a joyous way to spend the day!

The tour featured six uniquely decorated island homes and cottages, as well as the firehouse. They truly sparked holiday cheer.

Exterior shot of 207 Amethyst Amethyst tree

Click on photos for larger images

207 Amethyst with lighthouses out front featured a Christmas tree with myriad handmade ornaments

Two of the residences were located on Little Island at 309 and 330 East Bay Front. The others were on 207 Amethyst Ave., 111 Sapphire Ave., 315 Ruby Ave., and 200 Collins Ave., along with fire station #4 at 124 Marine Ave.

Exterior shot of 111 Sapphire Wooden snowman

Click on photos for larger images

111 Sapphire was rebuilt in 1999 and features pecan wood floors and harbor views

At the cottage on 323 East Bay Front, an opportunity drawing took place to win artwork of that home by Mary Kay Crowley. Tickets to participate in the tour were $35.

315 Ruby interior Outside fountain

Click on photos for larger images

315 Ruby is a Craftsman built with materials from the Back Bay and was filled with holiday décor throughout

The Holiday Home Walking Tour was sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.  

323 East Bay Front exterior shot Painting on easel

Click on photos for larger images

323 East Bay Front cottage was built in 1937 and featured an opportunity drawing of a painting of the home by Mary Kay Crowley

309 East Bay Front tabletop train

Click on photos for larger images

309 East Bay Front, built circa 1931, where the owner puts the tabletop train together in October

Antique fire truck

Click on photos for larger images

A 1920s fire truck at station #4


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to keep MOTOWN THE MUSICAL from coming to town

MOTOWN Supremes

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Joan Marcus

(L-R): Jasmine Maslanova-Brown (Florence Ballard), Trenyce (Diana Ross) and Quiana Holmes (Mary Wilson) star as the Supremes in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, and Motown Founder Berry Gordy are proud to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is returning to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only December 19 - 24, 2017. 

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at www.scfta.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.


School Notes

Technology is the key to the future and NMUSD is out front

Technology in the classroom is now as common as a pencil was 50 years ago. It is the fabric that weaves academics together at every grade level throughout Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

The classroom of today involves flexible learning environments, seamless integration of technology, space for collaboration, and an ever-increasing digital connectedness that has never before existed. Teachers are no longer confined to the front of the classroom, presenting lessons in a lecture style. With an iPad in hand, teachers are free to move around the classroom, collaborate with students and provide tailored instruction to individual students or small groups. 

Students in turn are able to share and collaborate in real-time on documents and lessons from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Skills such as coding, critical and logical thinking, problem solving, sequencing, and math are being taught at all grade levels using sophisticated technology and curriculum to prepare students for the unforeseen jobs of the future. 

NMUSD kids

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NMUSD

Dash robots trigger imagination and creativity in two NMUSD students

Students learn to program Dash robots at the elementary level and learn to manipulate blocks of code in logical sequences to get the robots to perform specific tasks. As students advance their skills and progress through grade levels, they learn to operate the more intricate VEX robots. Students design and build the robots while learning and mastering more complex coding techniques.

With an emphasis on access to technology, the district currently has more than 430 robots available to provide students with hands-on, tangible learning experiences. 

This number of robots however, pales in comparison to the nearly 16,000 Chromebooks in the hands of students and staff throughout the district. 

In Fall 2016, the district began implementing a Chromebook initiative that will, over time, provide one-to-one digital access for all students in grades 3 through 12. The Chromebook initiative began with the Estancia zone two years ago and expanded to the Newport Harbor zone this year. It is anticipated that the Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar zones will follow in subsequent years. The Chromebook provides a digital bridge to many web-based programs that students can access anytime, anywhere. Across the district student usage varies from school to school, classroom to classroom and even student to student. 

NMUSD also is partnering with local industry leaders, colleges and universities to provide students with skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing employment landscape. Students in the Career Technical Education courses such as Design Visual and Media Arts, Business Management, Engineering Design, and Food Service and Hospitality participate in skill-based classes that are also college prep. Additionally, students have the option to grow their resumes and portfolios for college and employment by gaining certifications and completing apprenticeship programs while in high school. 

To support this rapidly changing, technology-driven educational environment classrooms previously used for computer labs and other open spaces are being converted into Makerspaces across the district. In these creative spaces, students can collaborate and learn skills such as engineering, design, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, computer software design and more. 

The innovation labs are packed with advanced technology such as wind tunnels for aerospace, lathes and mills for computer integrated manufacturing, table saws, miter saws and skill saws for residential and commercial construction, 3-D printers for design and modeling and for computer-aided design (CAD). 

Advanced tools for engineering, construction, aerospace, and automotive design such as three dimensional augmented welding, robot arms, and laser scanners provide unique learning opportunities for students interested in learning more about this technology. 

Of course, these labs are configured differently for elementary than they are at the higher-grade levels and they are customizable to meet the needs of each school.

Ensign Intermediate, Costa Mesa Middle School, and TeWinkle Middle School each have Makerspaces. Their elective curriculum focuses on design, robotics, flight and space, and the medical industry that are taught through hands-on tangible learning experiences. 

Newport Harbor and Costa Mesa High schools are creating broadcast and film programs. Estancia, Costa Mesa, and Corona del Mar High Schools have Digital Media Arts programs that specialize in animation, graphic design, and multimedia productions. 

Throughout the district the students are given access to the latest technology and curriculum that supports their future careers.

Along with many technology tools, NMUSD focuses tremendous energy on training staff and parents. Teachers district-wide are trained on how to effectively use devices as teaching tools. 

Our Digital Fellows program helps bridge this gap. Digital Fellows are teachers from our district that are interested in using more technology and want to serve as champions and coaches for other teachers to implement technology integration. 

The first year of the program is focused on supporting the fellow as they re-design lessons using technology. During the second year, fellows learn how to coach and support their colleagues at their site. We currently have 35 Digital Fellows in the field and are working toward having at least one Digital Fellow at each school site.

Parents are not left out of this digital revolution. The district educates parents on what to expect when their student brings home a Chromebook. Mandatory parent orientations provide parents with information and expectations surrounding the use of technology and digital citizenship. Students and parents are offered resources on digital citizenship to learn how to be cyber safe at home using safeguards and web filtering. 

The pace of technology is advancing quickly. Although the classrooms are at different stages in this technology revolution, NMUSD is focused on ensuring that all students and staff have access to purposeful, functioning technology. They are preparing students for jobs of the future and are giving teachers the tools and training to be successful in this pursuit.


Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert brightens the holidays

Salute to Vienna

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Chris Lee

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 in spectacular style with “Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert” at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. You’ll be enchanted by the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance and the delicate beauty of ballet. Inspired by the tradition of Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this frothy celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with a full orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave you longing to join them on the dance floor. 

Inspired by the tradition of Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this frothy celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with a full orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave you longing to join them on the dance floor. 

Fall in love with a musical program that weaves highlights from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, and The Gypsy Princess with energetic overtures, Strauss waltzes (of course, including the Blue Danube) and polkas from Vienna’s Golden Age. 

This will be an all new performance with a fresh cast and program. This holiday season, more than 50,000 concert-goers in 25 North American cities will discover the timeless pleasure of Vienna’s most beautiful music. 

On Friday, Dec. 29, join conductor András Deák and The Strauss Symphony of America performing with soprano Katarzyna Dondalska, Viennese tenor Alexander Kaimbacher, members of the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Revel in a glorious champagne toast to life itself! 

Single tickets start at $49 and are on sale and will be available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787.


On the Harbor: navigating the Boat Parade route safely

By LEN BOSE

I thought it would be a good idea to run the Christmas Boat Parade route and make observations along the route. The first thing I should mention is that the route of the parade has not changed. I was incorrect in my November 13 column; from last year, the only thing that has changed is the starting and finish point off of Lido Isle.

You should note that during the parade that there will be very little water flooding into the harbor the first two nights. The last three nights the water will be rushing into the harbor with great velocity, so anytime you are headed west you might want to notice your speed over ground. There will be no moon during the boat parade, so it is going to be dark those nights. For those of you that keep your boats at Marina Dunes or plan on returning to the launch ramp, you are going to keep your game on. The channel markers in the Upper Bay are horribly lit, and it is not easy working your way past the shallows.

I was assured that the start of the parade is not like a sailboat race, where everyone is at full speed and crossing the starting line at the gun. The boats will rally off the Bay Shores beach and then in order head for the start line. So, for any of my large charter boat captains that read my column, it would probably not be a good idea to be at the end of Lido Nord between 18:30 to 19:00 from December 13th through the 17th. Dave Beek told me that close to 80 boats are already entered and, “There is good energy all around the parade this year, and I promise the weather will be perfect,” he said.

Once you start the parade and head up Lido Soud, I would take that first turn a little wide just because there are a couple of big boats at the first turn. At 18:38, the front part of the parade will reach the Lido west channel, and you will notice your first yellow racing marker “Z”. Most of these racing markers have reflective tape on them with a very dim white light on top of them. As you head along the west side of Lido, there is little to be concerned about. The last mooring K 21, before the Lido bridge, has an old wooden boat on it, lots of room at this turning mark labeled control mark C.

It is wide open as you work your way to the tip of Lido Peninsula/Rhine Channel. There will be a 5 MPH marker there, the speed markers are not lit and will be difficult to find when I mention them along the route. ETA 18:42. The next leg will be along Balboa Peninsula with one of your largest spectator crowds along the beach and at Marina Park. Just after Marina Park, the channel will seem slightly smaller because of the new line of guest moorings. As you pass the American Legion, pick up the private dock at about 11th Street that extends out off your starboard side. As you pass the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, there is the yellow racing mark “R” as you turn to port and head towards Bay Island. Then at turning mark D, there is the green LED channel marker “11” lower in the water.

The whole way down the Peninsula is an easy run with nothing to be concerned about; the channel will narrow as you pass Hills fuel dock than widen soon thereafter. Most of the moorings do have spreader lines between them and it’s ill-advised to cross through them along the whole route. As you arrive at the end of the Peninsula, ETA 19:29, there are a couple of open moorings off your port side. Keep in mind that it is very important to the parade organizers that you do head out the channel entrance and round turning mark F. There are always be a lot of spectators on the jettys and the cliffs of Corona del Mar.

On this next leg in front of the Coast Guard dock and the Balboa Yacht Club ETA 19:37, on the last three nights of the parade, the water will be flooding in and you will pick up to four knots of boat speed in this area of the harbor. After you have passed the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, you will approach the tightest turning mark in the parade just in front of the Balboa Island bridge. Note that there is a 5 MPH speed buoy in the general area that might be difficult to avoid if it has not been moved. Your next challenge will be the turn to head along the south side of Balboa Island. Remember the current will be shoving you into the island and while traveling next to the BYC mooring fields this will bunch you up.

Your next concern does not arrive until 19:51 just off of Collins Island with racing mark “Q” and a speed limit buoy in the vicinity of your turning arc as you go into the channel along the north side of Balboa Island. All the moorings have spreader lines and at the very end, close to the Balboa bridge, there is a mooring ball that will be very difficult to find. The mooring ball is right next to the Ocean Alexander 42 named “Wish You Were Here,” that you be turning around most of the nights. So, I would take this turn wide as you dare, remembering the water will be pushing towards the moorings on most nights.

The Barge

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Len Bose

The barge, currently in front of the OCC Sailing Base

Nothing really to concern yourself headed back out towards Collins Island your ETA 20:17. As you round Harbor Island, you will pick up a tug and a barge; everyone is promising that this will be well lit. Again, take it wide and leave it to your port side. Keep in mind the current is always strong here and will be pushing towards the PCH bridge. You should miss racing mark “Y” without any problem. It’s wide open as you go past Bay Shores although you will have to keep in mind that most of the moorings in G mooring field are open and hard to see.

While powering up Lido Nord channel everything should be wide open, although it is unclear while I am writing this, if the barge in front of the OCC Sailing Base will be gone ETA 20:24. If it was me, I would remember to look at the base while driving by to see if the large crane is still there. Odds are good it will be moved, to where is the question?

Up and down Lido should be easy and that’s it!

Remember on December 13 at Marina Park starting at 17:00, Frosty the Snowman and the LA Chargers cheerleaders will be there followed by the live music of OCSA performance Ambassadors and Fireworks at 18:15.

Hopes this helps you, and if you learned anything…you now know where all the racing markers are.

Sea ya.

~~~~~~~~

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


Sherman Library & Gardens shares tips for beautiful poinsettias

poinsettias

Submitted photo

A Christmas decor staple, poinsettias are found at the Sherman Library & Gardens as well as around the world. But, these wonderfully festive plants can be a bit tricky. To make sure your poinsettias look as fabulous as those at the Gardens, here are a few tips on how to choose and care for your own.

When you are picking and caring for poinsettias, keep the following points in mind:

Check for broken branches. Poinsettias are naturally brittle plants that break easily in transit. Make sure the branches are intact, with no cracked limbs.

Check the flowers. The poinsettia flowers are tiny, yellow flowers in the center of the showy bract. Make sure they’re not opened yet so the plant will last longer.

Remove the sleeve. These are arid, subtropical plants that need good air circulation and excellent drainage to thrive.

Do not over water. The compost surface should be slightly dry before you water again. However, when you do water, water the plant thoroughly and ensure free drainage. Do not let the compost dry completely.

Avoid drafty, cold locations. Do not place near windows or doors or under vents where cold air will blow directly on them. Poinsettias prefer warmer air.

Give them light. Poinsettias prefer bright light during the winter flowering season. 

Happy gardening and may your poinsettias thrive this holiday season!


Stump the Stu

To bee or not to bee

Stump the Stu 12.4.17

Click on photo for a larger image

This artwork is named Beehive, a 2001 iron casting completed by American sculptor Jene Highstein. Highstein is “best known for large public sculptures that appear to blend almost seamlessly into their surroundings,” reads the plaque that fronts the artwork at the Orange County Museum of Art. 

Two correct guesses came in from readers Joe Stapleton and Scott Lynch.  Congratulations!

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


Newport Beach youngsters to take the stage in “The Nutcracker”

The Nutcracker ABT photo

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Doug Gifford

“The Nutcracker” ballet graces the stage in Segerstrom Hall, December 7 - 17

One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker with music by performed by Pacific Symphony. It is being choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic.

Go behind the curtain and you will discover four young actors from Newport Beach who will be performing in this much-acclaimed ballet from December 7 - 17. They are among the 57 youngsters from approximately 27 different communities across Southern California who will showcase their talents playing the parts of Clara, Mice and Soldiers.

group shot of kids and two adults

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Ana Gutierrez-Garcia

(L-R): Front row: Owen McLarand, Ava McLarand, Stella Stulik and Alexandra Orradre; Back row: ABT Dance Master Kenneth Easter and ABT Dance Mistress Sarah Jones

Each of our four local young performers has attended the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The School follows the ABT’s National Training Curriculum, a ballet program designed specifically for children ages 3 and older. This unique curriculum promotes discipline and creativity, encouraging students to reach their highest potential while building a safe and solid foundation in ballet technique.

Meet our young talent: Stella Stulik, Alexandra Orradre, Owen McLarand and sister Ava McLarand.

Stella Stulik, age 10. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Stulik joined the ABT’s William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2017. She is extremely excited to be cast as a Fairy in Ratmansky’s Nutcracker along with her cousin, Alexandra Orradre.

Alexandra Orradre, age 10. After attending ABT’s 2017 Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Orradre joined the ABT’s William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2017. Like her cousin, she has also been cast as a Fairy.

Owen McLarand and the Party Scene cast

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Samantha Kofford

Owen McLarand (second from left) practices with the Party Scene cast

Owen McLarand, age 11. Owen made his Segerstrom Center debut as a supernumerary in Mariinsky Ballet’s production of Raymonda. Later that year, after watching his older sister, Ava McLarand perform in The Nutcracker in 2015, he asked his mom to sign him up for ballet classes. He then joined the ABT William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts one month later. Since starting ballet two years ago, he had the pleasure of playing a Cupcake Kid in the World Premier of ABT’s Whipped Cream with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. He also has understudied the role of Little Mouse and this year is playing a Party Boy in the ballet.

Ava McLarand and the Party Scene cast

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Samantha Kofford

Ava McLarand (standing in the center) and the Party Scene cast

Ava McLarand, age 15. Ava joined the ABT William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts during its inaugural year. She has attended ABT’s summer intensives for the past two years and has had the opportunity to be cast in The Nutcracker for three years in a row. She is playing a Party Girl and dances in the Polichinelles number (She is among the children who come out from under Mother Ginger’s skirt). In 2016, she was chosen to play Clara.

The Nutcracker performances take place in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets start at $29 and are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


NBPL named Star Library and best in OC

Newport Beach Library

Photo courtesy Visit NB

The Board of Library Trustees has announced that Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a Star Library in a national ranking compiled by “Library Journal” in its 10th edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.  

In 2017, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service comparing spending peers in five areas: circulation, library visits, program attendance, public access computer use and ecirculation. 

Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, 13 are in California with just four in Southern California. Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in 10 years, that Newport Beach Public Library has been named a Star Library.

Library Services Director Tim Hetherton credits community support and high-quality programs and service for the high ranking, “Newport Beach Public Library is both proud and grateful that our City leadership, support groups, and staff remain committed to our customers by providing quality collections, resources, programs and services, all of which helped us earn the Library Journal 3-Star rating. It truly takes team work to make the dream work,” Hetherton said.

The Newport Beach Public Library serves the community with four locations, including the Central Library and three branches, Mariners, Corona del Mar and Balboa.

For more information on Newport Beach Public Library resources and programs, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org.

For more information about America’s Star Libraries, visit www.LibraryJournal.com.


Little Lido Kids Club brings holiday fun

The Mitten bookcover

Courtesy of Lido Marina Village

On Thursday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., you’re invited to join in a fun reading of a book about a lost mitten and forest friends who find it – “The Mitten,” by Jan Brett. Youngsters will enjoy live music and crafts, and making their own special mitten. You’ll also love special discounts at participating stores in Lido Marina Village.

Visit www.lidovillagebooks.com for more information and to RSVP to be eligible for opportunity drawings such as a $25 gift certificate and the book of the day from Lido Village Books, one free week at Curl Fitness, a gift certificate to Sweaty Betty, a $10 gift card to Yolk, and free juices from Juice Served Here.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. www.lidomarinavillage.com


Lido Theater brings in a classic for the holidays

Its a Wonderful Life

Submitted photo

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. nightly, with additional 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7 p.m. movie showing.

Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theater is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite over the years. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 

The Lido Theater is located in Via Lido Plaza at 3459 Via Lido Way, off Newport Boulevard, in Newport Beach. 

Tickets for children ages 2 - 11, and seniors ages 61 and better are $9; with matinee showings $9.50, students and military with ID are $10; and adult tickets after 5 p.m. are $11.50. To purchase tickets, or for more information visit the website at www.RegencyMovies.com or call 949.673.8350.


Leadership in Heels educates, motivates and inspires

Scharrell Jackson

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Kait McKay Photography

Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson

The Leadership in Heels speaker series hosted “Leadership is Not A Dress Rehearsal | The Show Starts Now!” on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Center Club in Costa Mesa to motivate, inspire, educate and equip community members to see themselves as leaders. 

Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson, a full-time partner, COO and CFO for Squar Milner in Newport Beach, one of the top 70 accounting firms in the nation, keynoted this last Leadership in Heels event of 2017 on the topic of leadership and tips included: know yourself and do what you’re good at; continue to learn and develop; in order to elevate ourselves, we need to address needs and say “yes” when qualified; move through fear; be decisive and ask; and, have accountability partners who will tell you the truth and be able to accept that truth.

Jackson has overcome adversity and shares her story to give hope and courage to others. Her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others is the catalyst for Leadership in Heels and guides leaders on how to lead with confidence, courage and persuasive communication, yielding growth personally and within a team.

In addition to interactive presentations and exercises, the Leadership in Heels speaker series offered breakfast, networking and giveaways. 

Plus, each event honors an extraordinary business leader and on November 30 Leadership in Heels honored Chevonna Gaylor, MA, LMFT, a leader, entrepreneur and author of The Emerging Healer. As a self-care specialist, she was chosen because she’s an expert who teaches today’s leaders how to effectively meet their personal needs to achieve maximum success. 

A portion of net proceeds from “Leadership is Not A Dress Rehearsal” benefitted Irvine-based nonprofit Working Wardrobes, which empowers men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve success. By helping those to restart their lives, the organization creates new leaders in the workforce by assuming the role of the leader in their own lives.

Leadership in Heels has raised thousands of dollars for Orange County nonprofits including WHW, Human Options, Girls Inc. of OC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Successful Survivors, and THINK TOGETHER. 

The next Leadership in Heels event will be held in March 2018 entitled “Breaking the Glass Ceiling | What Happens When the Heels Get Too High,” which will feature a panel of executives and will address the cost of success, how to balance the responsibilities of success and reaping the rewards of success. 

For more information about Leadership in Heels, visit www.scharrelljackson.com/about-leadership-in-heels.


Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods

Santa painting

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy Seaside Gallery & Goods

Paintings like this Santa by artist Marilyn Poliquin will be available for sale

This Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come join the fun at the Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods. Shop at more than 12 participating local shops for all your holiday gifts. There will also be additional vendors in Pelican Courtyard.

Adding to the festivities, Santa will be down from the North Pole to greet youngsters from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and be available for photos. There will also be a mailbox where kids can mail their Letters to Santa!

The Salvation Army Orange County will be there with their kettle, ringing the bell and even playing trumpet. Enjoy complimentary cheer and nibbles. A percentage of all sales will be given to designated charities as selected by each store. The event is free.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Visit the website at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com for additional information.


Guest Columnist

Craig Smith

Why we should remember December 7, 1941 

Honolulu Star Bulletin headline

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Cosette M. Harms

“Honolulu Star-Bulletin” Headline, December 7, 1941 from December 7, 1941: “Letters from Hilltop House”

That morning, there was excitement at our house in Whittier, Calif. My uncle Harold Davis, a sergeant in the Air Force, was getting married. My mother was bustling around, getting me – 3 years old – and my 1-year-old sister dressed for the wedding.

In Los Angeles, Mitzi Takahashi, an American citizen of Japanese descent, was home preparing for a Christmas party to be held that day at the bank where she worked. When she arrived at the bank, she was surprised to find it closed, the party canceled.

Anne Powlison had a house full of weekend guests. She was busy fixing breakfast for her two daughters, their weekend dates, and two visiting Air Force photographers. She lived in an historic home called Hilltop House, high on a hill in Kailua, Hawaii, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

In Guam, 20-year-old U.S. Marine Private First Class Garth Dunn’s guard duty shift ended at 6 a.m. He had a big breakfast at the Insular Patrol Base and went to bed.

Simon Peters and his wife Lydia were planning a Christmas dinner for the Americans who worked at a gold mine high in the jungle near Davao, Mindanao, in the Philippines.

At the entrance to Pearl Harbor, 23-year-old Ensign Kazuo Sakamati was bitterly frustrated. The navigation system on his midget submarine had failed and he’d been unable to sneak into the harbor at night, and now it was daybreak. Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo’s fleet of six aircraft carriers, two battleships, three cruisers and assorted support vessels launched the first wave of 183 aircraft to attack U.S. military installations on Hawaii. As Powlison was cooking breakfast, her guests saw fire and smoke pouring from nearby Kaneohe Naval Air Station. Moments later, as she looked out her kitchen window, a swarm of Japanese aircraft flew by at window height, headed to Pearl Harbor. She saw the pilot in the nearest plane staring back at her.

Naval Air Station Kaneohe Hanger in Flames

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Center

Naval Air Station Kaneohe Hanger #2 in Flames, U.S. Navy photograph NH 97429

Hours later, in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, a farm boy named Masashi Itoh listened to a government broadcast stating that Japan had attacked British and American forces. A month later, Itoh was inducted into the Japanese army. He was to serve in China and later in Guam.

Days and weeks passed. My uncle Harold learned of Pearl Harbor minutes after his wedding, and immediately left for an abbreviated honeymoon before being called to active duty. He was part of the aircrews that flew the “Hump,” taking supplies from Burma into China. Takahashi, her family, and 110,000 other Japanese Americans were rounded up. Many lost their homes, fishing boats, businesses and farms. She spent the war in the Manzanar Internment Camp. The Powlisons had to move from their beautiful home overlooking Lanikai Beach. It became an Army observation post for the duration of the war. The Japanese invaded Guam two days after Pearl Harbor. After a brief battle, the small contingent of U.S. Sailors and Marines was overwhelmed. Dunn spent the war in four different Japanese POW camps. Brutally beaten, starved and sick, he worked as a slave laborer, but survived. The Peters were taken prisoner by the Japanese and held in separate POW camps. Simon, a Russian citizen at that time, was eventually released. He found Lydia and they fled into the jungle. Three years later when MacArthur returned, they were both near death from malnutrition and malaria, but were saved by Army doctors.

Japanese Midget Submarine

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Center

Japanese Midget Submarine HA19, Aground on Waimanalo Beach, Oahu, December 8, 1941, U. S. Navy photograph 80-G-17016

The day after Pearl Harbor, Sakamaki’s midget submarine went aground on Waimanalo Beach. He was captured by the Shore Patrol and spent the war in several POW camps in the United States. Vice Adm. Nagumo narrowly escaped death when the Japanese carrier Akagi was sunk at the battle of Midway. He committed suicide in a cave on Saipan in July 1944 as U.S Forces closed in. After Saipan, U.S. forces liberated Guam and Itoh, now a sergeant, fled into the jungle to escape capture, along with other Japanese who refused to surrender. Many died, were captured, or eventually surrendered, but Itoh and a comrade remained in the jungle, for 15 years, finally surrendering in 1960.

Japanese Attack on Hawaii map

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Cosette M. Harms

The Japanese Attack on Hawaii map by Mark Neal, from December 7, 1941: “Letters from Hilltop House”

Lest we forget, the Japanese government had been taken over by fanatical leaders who made rash decisions that plunged half the world into the maelstrom of WWII, ultimately affecting millions of military personnel and innocent civilians on both sides of the conflict. We owe a huge debt to the men and women of our Armed forces who laid their lives on the line to preserve our freedoms and end this terrible conflict.

~~~~~~~~

Craig B. Smith is an author and publisher of Dockside Sailing Press in Newport Beach. A long-term resident of our community, he wrote “Counting the Days: POWs, Stragglers, and Internees of WWII in the Pacific” (Smithsonian Institution Press), and has published other authors’ WWII books. 

 

Editor’s Note: Craig Smith met some POWs (from both sides) who had amazing survival stories, and wrote about them. He didn’t just write about them…he interviewed them in detail, did research about them, and traveled to Japan, Guam and the Philippines to see the places where they had been captured and held.