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Sinatra summer extravaganza

Let The Good Times Roll at Campus Jax in Newport Beach featuring Steven Michael and the Paul McDonald Big Band, a 17-piece Big Band Orchestra on June 10, 2017. 

JAX is recognized as LA’s Best Jazz Band by CBS2 Los Angeles and includes players from the former Tonight Show Bands with special guest vocalist Hope Diamond.

The event is produced by SHOW: The Supper Club and features their signature vintage dancers, Miss Marquez and Carolina Cerisola, along with Cirque du Soliel aerialist Sasha Fedortchev. Event ticket includes a four-course dinner. 6 p.m. cocktails featurea vocal sensation, Hope Diamond; 7:15 p.m. Dinner service begins.

This event will sell out so call Campus JAX at 949.261.6270 for ticket reservations or purchase tickets athttp://jaxhideaway.com.


Gear up for the Summer Reading Program

Newport Beach Public Library will kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program beginning June 24 at the Central Library and the three branch libraries, Corona del Mar, Balboa and Mariners. The Children’s Summer Reading Program will run from June 24 to August 12 with the theme “Reading by Design.”

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Children’s Librarian Liz Aaron from last year’s summer Reading Program and Pacific Productions Animal show with an adorable wallaby


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

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John Wayne is perhaps Newport Beach’s most celebrated resident; Friday, led in a ceremony by Mayor Kevin Muldoon, Newport Beach recognized the iconic actor by naming a community park in his honor.

What was formerly known as Ensign View Park is now John Wayne Park. It sits on a bluff on Cliff Drive overlooking the bay front and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. You can also see Catalina Island, of course, weather permitting.

On Friday it was permitting and it was perfect.

The Mayor, along with members of the City Council, city staff, community leaders and residents joined members of the Wayne family for the festivities.

Duffy Duffield and Ethan Wayne

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(L-R): Marshall Duffield and Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne, the actor’s son, talked about Wayne’s love of Newport Beach as his home. He also pointed out that the park location overlooked what Wayne loved, including his beloved Wild Goose yacht.

Mayor Pro Tem “Duffy” Duffield spoke of the friendship between his dad and “The Duke” or Marion Morrison as he was first introduced to him years ago. “Duffy” noted that his dad and Wayne met years ago playing football at USC and continued that friendship for years.

The day of celebration was long overdue.

Originally, the City had passed a resolution way back in 1979 to honor Wayne in the exact same park. The idea at the time was with a statue, but it never happened.

Then Wayne passed.

Different ideas have been discussed over the years, but nothing ever happened.

Finally, Mayor Muldoon decided to take the “bull by the horns” several months ago and circumvented the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, proposing his own motion for the idea. 

I must agree, he got it right!

Friday (May 26) also marked John Wayne’s 110th birthday and was denoted John Wayne Day by the City Council in 2016.


ENC to host 4th annual Summer Soiree fundraiser

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a Summer Soiree fundraiser on Saturday, June 10. The night will include cocktails & hors d’oeuvres served by the stream, dinner under the stars, live music, and a live auction – including the opportunity to release a rehabilitated owl into the wild.

The Summer Soiree, the ENC’s largest fundraiser of the year, begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is expected to bring together more than 150 guests and raise funds to support the ENC’s environmental education programs and help build the community’s first nature-based preschool.

“The ENC is proud to host our annual Summer Soiree,” said Bo Glover, ENC Executive Director. “This beautiful evening is a unique opportunity for our supporters to gather surrounded by nature to enjoy great food, great music and great company while raising funds for our Nature Preschool.”

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 per table. Casual attire and trail friendly shoes are recommended. RSVP by June 2. For more information, call 949.645.8489, ext. 103 or visit the website at www.encenter.org.

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


4th annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards at Segerstrom

Join the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at the 4th annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards dinner on Friday, June 2. The evening will be honoring Charles Zhang, principal founder, Zion Enterprises with the Distinguished Leader Award and Jesse D. Bagley, founder, president and CEO, Interior Office Solutions for the Rising Leader Award.

The evening’s festivities will begin with a networking cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. at Samueli Theater. At Segerstom Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. there will be a special performance of the Broadway hit “The Bodyguard.”

The post-performance VIP cast party will keep the evening alive at Water Grill.

For more information and to reserve your invitation, contact Courtney Dudman-Donley at 714.556.2122, ext. 4218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Segerstrom Center presents “LOVE ON THE FLOOR” live dance tour starring Cheryl Burke

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “LOVE ON THE FLOOR,” a live dance tour featuring professional dancer and television host Cheryl Burke for one night only – October 21, 2017. The national tour kicks off October 17 at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, California.

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Professional dancer and TV host Cheryl Burke

LOVE ON THE FLOOR, a highly creative dance show in four acts, will feature Burke, a two-time Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer. Burke starred for 19 seasons on the top-rated ABC program. In addition, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal-winning Ice Dancing duo will star alongside Burke on the tour. Davis was the Mirror Ball winner for Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars, with White placing fourth in the same season. Davis and White made history by becoming the first American team to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Ice Dancing when they struck gold in Sochi.

“The LOVE ON THE FLOOR Tour is definitely my greatest accomplishment to date, not only as a dancer, but also as a creative producer,” Burke said. “I created this show because no matter how many shows I went to see, no matter how many dance programs I enjoyed, they all missed out on telling a story from start to finish. Dance is the most universal form of communication. It transcends all languages as the most primal and original form of communicating with others. LOVE ON THE FLOOR reminds people that the language of love doesn’t necessarily need to be spoken.” 

Tickets for the Segerstrom Hall performance are on sale now, starting at $49. They can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, or at the Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


Obituary

Stu Saffer

June 20, 1942 – May 20, 2017

Laguna Beach’s Stu Saffer, respected journalist and founder of Stu News Laguna, mentor to many, community stalwart, baseball fanatic, and 2016 Citizen of the Year, passed away on Saturday May 20, 2017, after complications following a surgical procedure that he and his doctors had hoped would improve his health. For years, Stu had battled a progressive disease that affected his lungs.

Stu’s daughter Jackie Miller and his dear friend and business partner, Shaena Stabler, were at his side when he passed peacefully.

Police files, City news, nonprofit, sports and school events, and the achievements of Lagunans young, old and in-between – not to mention controversial viewpoints of all stripes  – all found a place in StuNewsLaguna, his and Shaena’s digital celebration of the town he adored.

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Stu in his element on Patriot’s Day, scooting down the streets of Laguna, flags flying

Stu Saffer was born in 1942 in Washington, DC and grew up in Middleburg in rural Virginia. His father died when Stu was just 11 years old. Stu always commented how his father, the town’s doctor, used to forgive the debts of those in the community who could not pay for healthcare. These were the values that guided Stu throughout his life: kindness, loyalty, and the importance of giving back to the community. He often told the story of attending his late beloved brother Doc’s funeral, where a relative told him that he was “just like his dad and his brother.” To Stu, that was the highest compliment he could be paid.

A gifted hitter, Stu won a baseball scholarship to the University of Virginia, but due to family circumstances, he was unable to accept the offer. Instead he studied radio broadcasting and advertising sales at night at what is now George Mason University, and by day, to support himself and a young wife and child, he held down two jobs, one as a mailman and the other coaching baseball at a junior college.

 Over the years, his passion for journalism grew and he was offered a job with the Houston Chronicle, but once again fate intervened in the shape of an older brother’s plea that Stu work with him in sales in California. 

After that, Stu became a semiconductor sales engineer for Teledyne with Orange County as his territory. 

Somewhere along the way, he sold everything “from swimming pools to leather-bound Great Books of the Western World.” 

Stu was proud that, after attending law school, he successfully passed the California Bar Exam. Later in his multi-faceted career, he founded a highly successful mortgage brokerage, Churchill Financial, which at one point had more than 100 employees.

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Stu with his daughter Jackie

He also hosted a sports radio show in Orange County, where he showed off his encyclopedic baseball knowledge and became enmeshed in the Orange County sports world.

Stu coached Little League teams in Laguna for many years. It was his enthusiasm for Little League and his deep involvement in community sports that first made him a town fixture. He was the Laguna Little League commissioner from 1995-1996 and received the Rhoads Martin Award in 1999.

During these years, Stu’s continuing passion for journalism rather than business led him to ask the editor of Laguna’s Coastline News, Jerry Ledbetter, if he could write a column for the paper. Jerry said no, but offered him the job of beat reporter, which Stu undertook with typical gusto. In 1998, Jerry offered Stu the paper, which he bought with the help of a silent partner. 

In 2002, the paper was sold to the Times.

Stu decided to start a new local paper, the Independent. The Indy quickly became the town’s top news source with Stu at its helm until 2008, when his partner decided to sell. Stu walked away.

But, never daunted, Stu created what is known in the news business as a “hyper-local online newspaper” in the form of Stu News Laguna, which he modeled after USA Today. The new format proved successful, especially after Shaena Stabler became his business partner, handling the advertising and marketing side of the business. Not ten days after their meeting at a coffee shop (he had met her briefly a year earlier while she was raising money to help Haiti after the earthquake), he and Shaena became partners, a move he always talked about with the greatest joy. 

“Best decision I ever made,” he would say.

Stu and Shaena

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Stu and Shaena

In 2016, Stu and Shaena expanded their news model to Newport Beach, partnering with Tom and Lana Johnson on Stu News Newport.

As noted by Charles Quilter, in his description of Stu Saffer, Citizen of the Year: 

“Stu’s goal has been to ‘make the town smaller’ by following a policy of not taking sides, editorializing, publishing puffery, or censoring letters except for those that are outright personal attacks. By dedicating himself to providing the community with reliably objective and timely news of Laguna Beach that is available literally worldwide, Stu Saffer has made a significant and valuable contribution to us all.”  

Stu leaves behind his daughter, Jackie Miller, of Naples, California, and her sons J.R., 19, Charlie, 16, John, 14, and Peter, 14; Brandon Leahy, of San Francisco, with whom he had a close father-son like relationship; his daughter, Laura Law, of Atlanta, Georgia, and her children Katherine Law, 28, and Will Law, 25; as well as his sister, Claudia Young, of Middleburg, Virginia; and grandsons Ryan Lipert, 33, and Michael Lipert, 28, from his pre-deceased daughter. He was pre-deceased by his two brothers, Tom and Thornton “Doc” Saffer, and his daughter, Liz Lipert, of Capistrano Beach, who passed away five years ago.

A Celebration of Life is being planned. Further information will be provided as plans are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, Stu’s family requests that donations are made to Laguna Beach Little League or Friendship Shelter, two of Stu’s favorite nonprofits, or any nonprofit of your choice.


Newport Beach launches open-budget portal

The City of Newport Beach (City) launched a new open-budget portal on May 23 to provide citizens an in-depth and friendly view of the City’s financial data. The online portal provides a look at the City’s budget, expenditures and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which can be viewed by visiting newportbeachca.gov/budget

“This new tool opens the City’s ledgers for our citizens to see where their taxpayer dollars are going,” Mayor Kevin Muldoon explained. “This is an important milestone for the City’s continued efforts in providing and improving transparency in government.” 

The site provides users the ability to view the City’s financial data, which can be displayed in a table, chart or graph format. The interactive features allow for searching by departmental or other types of budget categories. The CIP portion of the site organizes information by funding category, funding source or by project. Users will also find project photos, the current phase of the project and a map showing the project’s location. (See the following pages for screenshots of the site.) 

The immediate goals are for increased transparency, accountability and efficiency of City operations while providing responsive services to citizens. Now, the City’s financial data joins the other online public records, and it is excited to announce this launch. They encourage community members to use the portal and welcome feedback on ways the site can be improved.

For more information about the City’s financial open-budget portal, contact Steve Montano, deputy finance director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 949.644.3127.


John Wayne Park dedication, May 26

The John Wayne Park dedication is taking place on Friday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. On April 25, 2017, the Newport Beach City Council approved renaming a local park in honor of one of Newport Beach’s most renowned residents, John Wayne.

The Academy award-winning movie star was known and appreciated as a “regular guy” around town and fit seamlessly into the community – on land and in the harbor. Newport Beach was home to Wayne and his family for nearly two decades. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation today supports our lifeguards and, in 2016, expanded its “Block the Blaze” campaign to junior lifeguard programs in eight states.

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John Wayne

May 26 is recognized as John Wayne Day, which coincides with Wayne’s birthday; he would have been 110 years of age.


It’s time to get your art on

The deadline for submissions for the upcoming Newport Beach Art Exhibition, to be held Saturday, June 17 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, has been extended to June 2.

Applications should be submitted online at CallforEntry.org. Eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts under “Newport Beach Art Exhibition” or at CallforEntry.org. If you need assistance with the online submission process, contact Francine Jacome at 949.717.3802.

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Artists, 18 years of age or older, may submit one or two original works of art to be displayed and judged. Entry fees are $30 for one entry and $40 for the maximum two entries. Categories include Painting: Watercolors and Painting: Oils and Acrylics, along with Photography and 3D Art. Awards in the one-day juried exhibition range from $100 - $300. Awards will be announced at the reception at 4:30 p.m. on June 17 in the Civic Center Community Room.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission hosts the 53rd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition at the award-winning Civic Center on Saturday, June 17 from 1 - 6 p.m. The one-day juried event features more than 200 works of art, including painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. The event is open to the public, giving art lovers the opportunity to view and purchase quality original artwork and enjoy an afternoon of art, music and a wine reception.

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


Stump the Stu

For a whale of a guess, think CdM

We’ve been here before…the old Bank of Newport building or now known to us as the home of Shape-Up Newport. This is one of eight intaglios on the building at 2101 E. Coast Highway. The artist is Tom Van Sant, who created them for the original bank development in 1980. 

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 StuNews readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Stump the Stu 5.25

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Vintage tin toy robot collection on display at JWA

Vintage tin toy robot

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A collection of vintage tin toy robots from the private collection of Orange County resident Steve Canning is on display now at John Wayne Airport (JWA). The collection is in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery, located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through September 4, 2017.

“This exhibition provides an opportunity for the traveling public to view remnants from an era of great ingenuity,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “The Tin Toy Robot Collection at John Wayne Airport showcases the imagination of a generation that dared to reach for the stars.”

The great space race of the 1950s and the inventiveness of the decade led to the Golden Age of tiny toy robots. The culture of this period is reflective of the significant advancements and achievements made by some of the greatest innovators of the time.

Toy collecting is a globally recognized endeavor and in many instances, a professional cultural endeavor, predominantly circulated by the Internet.

Currently, many broadcast television shows illustrate the high values of historic toys and their original boxes. The exhibition at John Wayne Airport is a presentation of a particular niche within the toy-collecting realm. There are close to 100 toy robots, boxes and catalogs with a historic overview provided for each.

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Police Files

Two local docs charged in $22 million urine fraud case 

Two local doctors were charged along with four other individuals last week for medical insurance fraud. The group is charged with operating a $22 million urine test billing scheme that operated through sober living homes a family owned and operated in Southern California.

The doctors, Carlos X. Montano, M.D., 61, Newport Beach, and Suzie Schuder, M.D., 70, Corona Del Mar, are accused of writing unnecessary urine test orders in exchange for 20 percent of the net insurance proceeds from urine drug testing billing and a per-patient fee of $200, in violation of law.

Both doctors face charges of conspiracy to commit medical insurance fraud and multiple counts of insurance fraud.

Schuder faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and eight months in state prison, if convicted. Her continued arraignment is scheduled for June 2, 2017.

Montano faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and eight months in state prison, if convicted. His pre-trial hearing July 27, 2017.

Wanted fugitive arrested in Newport Beach

William H. Kelsea

 

William H, Kelsea, 43, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto Sunday afternoon, May 21, in the 100 block of E. Coast Highway.

Upon a records check by the Newport Beach Police Department, they discovered that Kelsea was a wanted fugitive from justice.

His bail was set at $120,000.

Kelsea, who lists his residence as “Butler,” also appears to have an extensive prior record for grand theft in Florida dating back to 2007, where he also served time in confinement.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports 


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Summer Fun at Island Hotel Newport Beach: Barbecue, Father’s Day and a Pampering Spa

Island Hotel Newport Beach is bringing the comforting smells of barbecue and relaxation this summer with new dining events and a super-deal Spa Happy Hour to help while away the lazy days.

For Father’s Day dinner at Oak Grill, two prix fixe dad-pleasing mains with accompaniments will be served, and the popular Slow Smoked Sundaze at Oak Grill is back for the summer. At Island Hotel’s Spa from June 18 through September 1, spa lovers can rejuvenate with the new Spa Happy Hour special – two 30-minute spa treatments selected and enjoyed from a spa menu, along with a glass of sparkling wine for $109. 

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Here’s the rundown:

Slow Smoked Sundaze at Oak Grill, starting on Sunday, June 11 and served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Oak Grill is reprising its popular and full-of-fun Slow Smoked Sundaze with a new menu. This family-friendly, smoked barbecue Sunday dinner is served every summer Sunday in the dining room or alfresco on the expansive deck, and it’s down home all day. To Start: B.L.A.T. Salad (Boston lettuce, gem hearts, heirloom tomatoes, bacon bits, California avocado and buttermilk jalapeño ranch); Pancetta Crumbed Deviled Egg and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread; Next Halfway There Back Patio Entrees offer a choice of Fried Chicken, Whole Grilled Branzino, Smoked Polish Sausage, Prime Rib, Creole Shrimp, Baby Back Ribs and Petite Filet. Also, there’s a choice of two Sidekicks from a list of everyone’s favorites such as Creamed Corn, Mac and Cheese, Potato Salad and Baked Beans. Finish the meal with your choice of Lemon Meringue Pie, Seasonal Cobbler or Banana Bread Pudding. Complimentary Watermelon Mint Lemonade is served; Spiked Watermelon Mint Lemonade mixed with Ketel One Vodka is a $10 option.

Cost: $38 adult price includes starters, choice of one Back Patio Entree, choice of two sidekicks, one dessert and complimentary Backyard Lemonade; $12 for children five to 12 years of age. Price excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations encouraged. Call 949.760.4920 or visit www.opentable.com.

Father’s Day at Oak Grill, Sunday, June 18, starting at 5 p.m. 

To show Dad how much he’s loved, treat him to dinner specials he’ll savor at Oak Grill. Chef Peter is serving two prix fixe dishes for the night: Tomahawk Steak with Fries, Broccolini and Bordelaise Sauce; and Surf & Turf with Filet of Beef, Lobster Tail, Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Bordelaise Sauce. 

Cost: Tomahawk Steak and sides, $65; Surf & Turf, $60. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations encouraged. Call 949.760.4920 or visit www.opentable.com. 

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Spa Happy Hour, Available Mondays through Fridays from 4 - 8 p.m., June 18 through September 1

Spa lovers will be pampered with an oh-so-invigorating happy hour at The Spa at Island Hotel. Select from two 30-minute treatments and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine for $109, exclusive of tax and service charge. 

Spa-goers can select two of the following 30-minute treatments: Reflexology Massage; Healing Head, Neck & Shoulder Therapy, Island Express Facial; Island Signature Manicure; Papaya Puree Body Polish; and Power Stretch. For Spa appointments, call 949.760.4992.

Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4920. www.IslandHotel.com

Happy Summer!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

City Clerk okays the recall effort of Councilman Peotter

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I received official word Tuesday afternoon from Paul Blank and Michael Toerge that City Clerk Lelani Brown has approved the signature gathering petition process for the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter.

Peotter, of course, is the controversial Newport Beach City Councilman who’s being attacked by the opposition on a variety of issues, including his support of the Museum House, accusations of Brown Act violations and potential FPPC Violations.

Blank and Toerge are members of the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter. Toerge also ran against Peotter in 2014.

The Committee is planning an “official” kickoff next week. They will have until October 30, 2017 to gather 8,445 valid signatures from registered voters in Newport Beach. 

Peotter’s Facebook page points out, “There isn’t anything that deserves a recall, or that can’t be hashed out in the next election. Instead it seems as though the Recallers are trying to intimidate me and others by using the recall to scare us into inaction.”

We’ll continue to follow as things develop.

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Okay, get ready for one of the best parties of the year, the 24th annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party on Sunday, June 4.

As sure as you can bet that Punxsutawney Phil will show up next Groundhog Day seeking his shadow, you can bet that at sometime during parade day, you will once again see that goofy guy running around in his coconut-shelled bra, grass skirt and straw hat. Oh, and don’t forget the plastic lei.

Actually, that’s Jack Callahan. If you haven’t figured it out, he’s into it.

The theme of the parade this year is Bridge to Summer Fun.

Never been? Here’s what to expect: kids on bikes, wiener dogs, lots of them, with Golden Retrievers right on their tail (get it?), the USC Marching Band, local dignitaries usually in pretty cool cars, decorated golf carts, more kids on bikes and lots of people lining Marine Avenue.

The parade comes over the bridge to the Island, down Marine Avenue three blocks, right turn and it’s done. Over.

Oh wait, not the day. Then there’s the After Party…the Nomads, BIG Wednesday (former members of Surfaris and Dick Dale), playing throughout the afternoon in front of the fire station.

Bring your beach chairs and enjoy! 

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Don’t forget, the day before the parade, June 3, is the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K, beginning at 6 a.m. You can still register, go to https://www.cdmchamber.com/.

I will not be participating this year because of a bad “hammy.”

Okay, I don’t have a bad “hammy,” I don’t run, and I especially don’t run at 6 a.m., unless it’s from someone. And that’s a column for another day.

Get out there and enjoy yourself.


ENC to hold Reading in the Redwoods this Sunday

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Join ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain as she reads “The Raft” in the redwoods

Join ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain on Sunday, May 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest. As your family relaxes on blankets under their tallest trees, Bain will read “The Raft” by Jim LaMarche. This is the story of a boy who visits his grandmother over the summer and unexpectedly comes across a raft. Little does he know, the adventure the raft takes him on will lead him to appreciate the natural wonders of life and the people that surround him.

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“The Raft” will take listeners on an exciting adventure

After the reading, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. Register now at www.encenter.org. Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; $10 per child, unregistered walk-in. No charge for adults. Bring your own blanket or towel.

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


Crystal Cove Alliance transitions to new name

On May 22, Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) made a significant transition to its new name – Crystal Cove Conservancy (The Conservancy), just as it is poised to take on new and bold initiatives associated with its long-term mission of preservation, education and conservation at Crystal Cove State Park. Visitors to the park, the website, social media channels and all other communications, will view the comprehensive rebranding of the 18-year-old nonprofit organization.

For the past four years, CCA has been working behind the scenes to prepare for the future. To be ready for a more ambitious future at Crystal Cove State Park, CCA has developed an even stronger foundation by restructuring its board of directors and its organizational structure. 

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Historic rental beach cottages at Crystal Cove

While many people are aware of the restored, rental beach cottages at Crystal Cove, there is much more to the story. The Conservancy works in partnership with California State Parks to provide stewardship support for Crystal Cove’s nearly 2,800 acres of public lands including: The Crystal Cove Historic District and beach cottages, a site listed on the National Registry of Historic Places; 2,400 acres of pristine wilderness habitat including the unspoiled Moro Canyon watershed, a National Natural Landmark site; more than three miles of rocky beach coastline and intertidal habitat; 400 acres of coastal bluff habitat; and special underwater and offshore areas including the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

Through the strength of the cooperative partnership with California State Parks and the social enterprise model it employs, The Conservancy aspires to promote and generate ongoing community support and sustainable earned revenue streams to provide educational programs and conservation initiatives for Crystal Cove State Park. Providing historic beach experiences for visitors, while cultivating the environmental advocates of the future, ensures that Crystal Cove, and places like it, live on for countless future generations. 

“We are grateful for the support this community has provided over the past 18 years. The ultimate success of the Alliance to date truly rests in the hands of many of its early supporters, members and investors in the vision for what Crystal Cove could be,” said Laura Davick, founder and vice president of the Crystal Cove Conservancy. “The future vision of The Conservancy belongs to all of us in this community. It is this community that will also complete the final vision and do the last heavy lifting through completion.”

Davick added, “Our new name has been a long-term vision for this organization and we all welcome the opportunity that this provides to tell the story about our work and the important legacy that we are committed to leaving for future generations.”

“This transition has been in the making for the past few years and marks yet another truly meaningful milestone for this organization and this park,” said Alix Hobbs, president and meaningful milestone for this organization and the park,” said Alix Hobbs. president and CEO of the Crystal Cove Conservancy. “The Conservancy is committed to creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove and for our growing education and conservation programs here in the park. We are confident that not only our supporters, but also the greater community at large, will be intrigued to learn more about our plans for the future.”

The California Coastal Commission on March 8, 2017 approved the coastal development permit for restoration of Crystal Cove State Park Historic District’s final 17 cottages. California State Parks and CCA were joint applicants on the permit. This approval sets the stage for much of The Conservancy’s future ambitious initiatives. The project is planned to result in successful preservation of these 17 cottages as well as provide expanded Coastal Engineering education programs, increased public access to affordable overnight stays and, upon completion, a sustainable future for the Crystal Cove State Park.

“By being a stewardship partner for this Southern California jewel, The Conservancy has been uniquely positioned to develop a nationally recognized STEM education program that uses authentic field science and monitoring to immerse students and community members in the practice of conservation and open space management,” Hobbs said. 

Visit the new website at www.crystalcove.org.


Come out and help clean our harbor

On Saturday, June 3 beginning at 7 a.m., more than 100 volunteers will meet at the iconic Balboa Bay Club to launch the harbor’s first-ever underwater cleanup of the 25.2 miles of coastline in the bay and harbor waterways that are impacted by the trash that sits at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The event is being organized by members of Help Your Harbor, a collaboration of businesses, organizations and environmental activists, including: Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter, Balboa Bay Club, Seas the Day SCUBA and the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club. Additional support is being provided by Body Glove, City of Newport Beach, Duffy Electric Boats, Hobie Surf Shop, K-Line & Company and Newport Beach & Company.

They are looking for certified SCUBA divers and snorkelers, as well as land-based volunteers to help clean up and preserve Newport’s most precious resource – our harbor.

Anyone interested can register at www.nhunderwatercleanup.com and will be contacted about the event. Participants will receive an official event T-shirt, complimentary food and beverages throughout the day, and prizes for the most unusual items recovered. From batteries to old bicycles, unwanted items will be removed via barge. There will also be informative booths sharing information about water quality. A post-cleanup party will take place at 12 p.m. featuring music, food & drinks.

Help Your Harbor was formed four years ago in Orange County by a group of dedicated environmentalists who felt a strong passion to remove trash, especially plastics, from our oceans, bays and watersheds. The organization has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to participate in a clean up on the first Saturday of every month to pull trash out of Newport Harbor and the Back Bay. To date they have collected more than 20,000 lbs. of trash.

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


Citizen Science Academy – VOYAGER Program

Come learn about the natural resources that surround you! Participants of the VOYAGER Program are presented with several opportunities to become actively involved in learning about interrelationships between nature and humans through history, plant and wildlife identification, ecological relationships, human impact, positive environmental behaviors and more.

Stewards for science and the environment take action at each site in order to assist in the preservation or restoration of these different locations as designated environmental study areas. Youth below the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Takes place at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Citizens Academy

Programs:

Terrestrial & Marine on Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $240 for 12 sessions.

Terrestrial or Marine on Saturdays or Sundays. Cost: $120 for 6 sessions.

Terrestrial or Marine on Saturdays or Sundays. Cost: $25 for 1 session.

For more information and program dates, contact Michelle Clement at 949.644.3036 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Big Canyon: From Indians and landfill to luxury

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Three of the Bandel brothers were the best “box sliders” east of the Back Bay. Being part of the largest family in Corona del Mar with 18 siblings, they grew up competing for everything from food and clothes to sports. Challenges and contests were a way of life for them.

On this day in 1959, dressed like commandos on a mission, they passed beneath barbed wire fencing, dodged cow patties and found the perfect hill for their adventure. Armed with thick Amana refrigerator cartons and enough Abba Zabbas for the day, they slid down the dry hillsides of what one day would become Big Canyon. Riding the “waves” of dirt and brush all the way to the canyon floor was a classic sign of childhood enthusiasm and innovation. The brothersʻ only concern was an occasional Jeep with Irvine security guards.

By 1970, this hillside would be incorporated into a luxury community touted as “home of over 100 corporate presidents.” The transformation from a village for the Gabrielino Indians, to Newport Beachʻs trash dump, to Irvine Ranch cow pastures, to a complex upscale housing development was completed.

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Big Canyon and Newport Coast sites were barren before development began in the 1960s. Big Canyon once was considered a site for a land-fill refuse dump.

Original goals for Big Canyon were aimed at creating a totally new “lifestyle” for Newport Beach. There would be nothing ocean or water related. Big Canyon initiated the ongoing expansion of our town to include a big city-style golf community. Sculptured with the distinction of LAʻs Hancock Park along with a touch of Los Angeles Country Club, Newport Beach was ready. It had no trouble taking off in the early 1970s

“The Big Ditch”, an affectionate moniker given by non-residents, gave Newport Beachers an opportunity to join the “establishment” by living in a finer neighborhood known for its exclusiveness and privacy.

Big Canyon became destined to house and host some of the most powerful people in Orange County. Many a business partnership came together while putting for par or buying a round at the opulent 19th hole. The membership of “The Club” read like a Whoʻs Who of West Coast business and finance. 

Original developers chosen by the Irvine Company were Richard B. Smith, McLain Development, Deane Development Company and Broadmoor Homes. This group blended apartments, condos and single-family homes into a beautifully designed country environment. Streets were named for world-famous golf courses. Additionally, there were vacant homesites ready for custom home development. These lots ringed the golf course with views of the various holes and fairways. 

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Big Canyon Country Club offers picturesque views

The entire package included guard gates for security and a large clubhouse with stylish amenities for its members, including swimming facilities, tennis courts, banquet and restaurant services, and scattered parks within the community. It was definitely a full-service family neighborhood.

Marion Buie, long-time Newport Beach real estate professional, was an early “pioneer.” On Sept. 1, 1971, Buie moved into his new home amid tractors, noise and dust. The residence was without electricity, so the developer put in a temporary pole until the neighborhood was completed.

Big Canyon hit the local real estate market with a bang. It added something new to the mix of neighbors available in 1971. People from other parts of Newport Beach “moved up” to Big Canyon. A Broadmoor home ranged from $71,000 to $81,500 depending on the floor plan and location. The 104 original custom home lots sold for $120,000 and up. Deane Condos, with sizing up to 5,000 square feet, sold in the aggressive range of $65,000 to $80,000.

During the 1990s, with the extensive marketing and publicity surrounding new developments in Newport Coast, real estate sales were impacted in “older” neighborhoods of Newport Beach. Promises of more contemporary living in the chic neighborhoods of Newport Coast challenged the “tired” homes of Big Canyon. It did not take long before buyers realized that the lifestyle of Big Canyon was one of kind.

During the 21st century, homes and infrastructure in Big Canyon aged, creating opportunities for a new generation of “Canyonites.” These owners have remodeled and rebuilt with gusto. Maximizing city codes, the transformation has been remarkable. This has been especially true in the Broadmoor community. New facilities and a remodeled clubhouse have upgraded the community even further allowing a resurgence in prices making Big Canyon one of Newport Beachʻs most stable developments.

Big Canyonʻs 390 acres of development, plus a little-known natural preserve nearer the Back Bay, are now the playground for a new collection of kids. Instead of marching half way across town lugging huge cardboard boxes for a day of racing down now non-existent hills, these contemporary youngsters hit golf balls in the morning, eat breakfast and lunch at “the “Club,” swim in the afternoon, play tennis later, then walk to Fashion Island for dinner and a movie. Not a bad place to hang your hat and a far cry from box sliding until your Abba Zabbas run out. 

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


Arbor Real Estate and Rob Machado partner on Newport Elementary School water bottle event

Arbor Real Estate and the Rob Machado Foundation, founded my famous surfer Rob Machado, are teaming up to donate a water bottle filling station and reusable water bottles to Newport Elementary School, Friday, May 26 from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

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Newport Elementary School

Both organizations work to encourage the use of refillable water bottles and to eliminate the use of single-use water bottles in an ongoing effort to keep beaches, oceans and the environment clean. Newport Elementary is the first (“model”) school to receive a clean water station. Each student will be provided with a water bottle at the event, which will foster pride in and a commitment to their beach community and environment as they re-fill their bottles.

Plastic waste is being addressed in Orange County in a variety of ways, including the plastic shopping bag ban and campaigns encouraging consumers not to use disposable plastic items such as drinking straws. Waste created by single-use water bottles continues to be a top contributor to overall waste, and through education and the opportunity to re-fill bottles through clean water stations, students are encouraged to conserve and eliminate waste.

Newport Elementary School is located at 1327 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


1776 flags highlight Exchange Club celebration

Sons of the American Revolution

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Sons of the American Revolution

There’s still time to view the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor’s 8th annual Field of Honor in Castaways Park – the event runs through Monday, May 29, Memorial Day. A total of 1776 American flags have been mounted throughout the park with the help of the 1/1 Marines from Camp Pendleton.

The celebration began May 19 with much pomp and circumstance, honoring those who have given their lives – the ultimate sacrifice – to defend our country’s freedoms.

Some of the beneficiaries of the Exchange Club’s generosity include the 1/1 Marines, the Wounded Warriors Project, Coastline Community College Military Programs and the Fisher House Foundation.

Castaways Park is located at Dover Drive and 16th Street in Newport Beach. Parking is available at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church.


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.”

Carla

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET CARLA

This little cutie, Carla, is a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. She is quiet, sweet and loves other people and dogs.

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

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


You must reminder this: Sam in the doghouse gives way to leash laws

By NANCY GARDNER

Back in the ‘50s, if someone had suggested Newport needed a dog park he would have been greeted with a blank stare. What on earth was a dog park? After it was explained, there would be another blank stare. Why on earth would we need one? There were no restrictions as to dogs on the beach in those former times, and if all dogs behaved as Magroot did, there might still be none today. Magroot belonged to Scotty, the handsome, silver-haired king of Little Corona. Scotty and Magroot would come to the beach, Scotty would tell Magroot where to sit, and Magroot would stay there until commanded otherwise. With that as a model, I decided to bring our dog, Sam the Beagle, which may be why there are now restrictions.

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(L-R): Sister Sally and Nancy Gardner with pup Sam

On our first outing to Little Corona, I told him where to sit, but instead of staying, he revealed himself as the anti-Magroot, tearing around the beach, kicking sand over everyone, and stubbornly refusing to be captured. Undiscouraged, I gave him a second chance, this time on the leash, and when I went in the water, I was careful to tie him to the guard tower. When I came in, I didn’t see Sam. I looked inquiringly at Wes Armand, the lifeguard, who scowled down at me. It seems Sam had started baying, a Beagle characteristic, as soon as I entered the water and wouldn’t stop no matter how many times everyone told him to shut up until Wes, at wit’s end and afraid of being distracted from his duties, plunked an empty trash can over him. I lifted the trash can to find Sam looking somewhat peeved but none the worse for the experience. However, by popular demand he was banned from the beach as, today, are all dogs at certain hours. Mea culpa.

There may have been leash laws back then, but if there were, they weren’t enforced. You put a leash on your dog if he was the sort to run away. Otherwise, why bother?  Later, the city tightened up – considerably. In the ‘80s there was one animal control officer who would hide herself so she could better spy out illegal activity, lurking behind bushes near beaches and parks to nab those whose dogs romped free. She once pounced on me. She had seen me running with my dog, and because my arms were moving normally, she assumed he wasn’t on a leash. It was like a drug bust. She came roaring up in the animal control truck, screeched on the brakes, leaped from the truck and whipped out…I thought maybe the cuffs from the dramatic approach but merely her citation book. I instantly realized where the problem was and pointed to the leash tied around my waist, explaining that I always did so when I ran with the dog. Having pointed out her error – very politely – I assumed that was the end of it. Nope. We had a five-minute discussion as to whether I had sneakily tied the leash on when I saw her. I at last convinced her that I didn’t have time, and she went on her way, but I’m sure my name was on her watch list.

Leash laws continue to be enforced, if a little less rabidly, but we now have an official dog park where our Rovers can romp, and a push to make the area at the mouth of the Santa Ana River a second. Due to lack of enforcement by the County, this has been operating as an off-leash area to the delight of dog owners but not necessarily the neighbors, and I understand the neighbors’ concerns. Not all dog owners are good citizens. I see unclaimed dog poop every time I walk my dog. I even see poop at the dog park, a place provided to dog owners by all the people of Newport Beach, including those who dislike dogs. You would think those using the park would be hypervigilant about picking up, and you would be wrong, so until we dog owners clean up our act –literally – we shouldn’t expect much support for more places for Lassie to lope.    

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


WAKE UP! Newport to hear from Costa Mesa

Katrina Foley

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Make reservations now for the June WAKE UP! Newport breakfast on Thursday, June 1, in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Public Library.

Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley will be the featured speaker.

Foley is expected to discuss issues related to Costa Mesa’s new slow growth ordinance, their new marijuana ordinance, group homes, public safety and ballot box changes. The breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

The Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave. To make reservations go to www.newportbeach.com.


Request for Bob Hailey Memorial Track and Field

Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) track and field the “Bob Hailey Memorial Track and Field,” in honor of Mr. Bob Hailey, who was a NHHS teacher and coach. 

Hailey was a longtime track coach at Newport-Harbor; he passed away

November 8, 2013 at the age of 78.

For more information and to take the survey regarding this naming request, 

click the following link, www.surveymonkey.com/r/nhhstrack.

The survey will be available for public input until June 7, 2017.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.22.17

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The Balboa Island Ferry…changes over time included enclosing a cab over the skipper and adding a safety bar to the bow and stern in an attempt to keep cars out of the Bay.

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


Letter to the Editor:

“Rules don’t apply” to Councilman Peotter

Of all of the characteristics embodied by Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, his disrespect is the one that bothers us the most.

We could have predicted that he would act in this manner because of the disrespect that he showed our neighborhood between 2007 and 2010 while building his house behind us. Although he was a Newport Beach Planning Commissioner at the time and certainly knew the city’s rules and requirements, he consistently behaved as if those rules didn’t apply to him. 

City rules allow 2 years for the construction of a home, but this particular site was allowed to remain unfinished for almost 4 years despite multiple complaints to the city begging for action to close it down. In an extraordinary departure from protocol, he continued to live in the construction site during this time. 

A 2009 OC Register article about the site contains photos of the mounds of debris present at the site, including mattresses and tires left outside. To those of us who endured this fiasco, his disregard for the very rules he was charged with enforcing presaged his future behavior on the council.

Respect for the rules is a basic expectation for our elected representatives, but Mr. Peotter continues to behave as though the rules don’t apply to him. The Brown Act requires that confidential information disclosed in closed session remain confidential for obvious reasons, but Mr. Peotter readily shared confidential information with his political associates.  

Rules concerning fundraising exist to ensure that politicians are not unduly influenced by donations, yet Mr. Peotter flouted those rules as well, with no expressions of regret.

How a councilman comports himself is important not just with those with whom he agrees, but also with those with whom he disagrees. He represents every resident in the city and it is incumbent upon him to behave like an adult and behave respectfully to everyone. Here again, Mr. Peotter continues to behave as though the rules do not apply to him. After voting in support of the Museum House, he published an editorial in the Daily Pilot in which he made this comment about the environmental organization SPON: “I like to spell it SPAWN (Still Pouting And Whining in Newport).” What kind of respectful person says that?  

It is time to restore respect and integrity to the Newport Beach City Council. It is time to recall Scott Peotter.

Liddy and Scott Paulsen

Newport Beach


Stump the Stu

Two of Newport’s biggest names dance where? 

If you’re thinking Wyland, perhaps you should play a new game. Anyway, tell me where I’m located?

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 StuNews readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Stump the Stu 5.22

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Hospice advocate honored with Care Award

Michelle Wulfestig

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At age 14, Michelle Wulfestieg was told she wouldn’t live to be 30. She had survived a massive stroke when she was just 11 years old and a second stroke, thought to be untreatable, was imminent. For Wulfestieg, this was a revelation: life is not about quantity, but rather quality. From that day on, she committed to making each moment count, not allowing her disabilities to hold her back. She went on to join her high school volleyball team, travelled to distant countries, earned a college degree, found a meaningful job and married the man of her dreams.

Wulfestieg, a Newport Beach resident, is the May/June recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award. Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, with locations in Santa Ana and Mission Viejo, created the recognition program in 2012 to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional care in their profession and community, improving the lives and spirits of those they help.

Wulfestieg, 35, first discovered her passion for hospice work by volunteering with Betsy, an 84-year-old patient who, like her, had suffered a stroke that had left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Wulfestieg felt an overwhelming passion toward helping the disabled and the dying as she so well understood their struggles, feelings and their desperate longing to be comfortable and pain free.

After graduating from California Lutheran University at age 22, she began her career in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. Her own struggles, however, were far from over. A second stroke at age 25 left her comatose for eight days. Outwitting the surgeon’s prognosis, she survived the removal of a brain lesion, responsible for her two strokes. While recovering and regaining the ability to talk, feed herself and walk, Wulfestieg completed her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

Fast forward nine years and she is now executive director at the Southern California Hospice Foundation in Costa Mesa, where she not only helps patients and their families with expenses such as groceries, utility bills or flying their loved ones to say last goodbyes, but also has a stellar track record of fulfilling patient last wishes. 

For seven years, Wulfestieg has helped many patients – both children and adults – realize their last dreams, including an 8-year-old boy with stomach cancer whom she flew to Legoland in a private plane and arranged for him to meet Star Wars’ Hans Solo, Harrison Ford. Other high-profile dream fulfillments have included Oprah, Selena Gomez, astronaut John D. Olivas and The Weeknd.

“Michelle Wulfestieg is an inspiration to us all,” said Rod Gomez, general manager at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. “She is steadfast, brave and kind – all qualities required to work in the hospice field. She has made a huge impact on so many end-of-life patients and their families by filling their last days with joy and love.” 

When not in the office, Wulfestieg can be found advocating for hospice care, often by giving motivational talks drawing from her award-winning autobiography, “All We Have is Today.” She also volunteers at Mariners Church Sunday school in Irvine and with her daughter’s kindergarten class. Additionally, she is a member of the Women of Chapman, a women’s group that raises money for Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

“I’m so honored to be selected for this award,” Wulfestieg said. “Every day I wake up with a profound sense of purpose and I pray that God will use me to do his good work. And each day he does. Hospice work is more than a job to me, it’s a calling. I want to raise awareness of hospice care so that all people at end-of-life receive the dignity and comfort they deserve.”

In November 2017, Wulfestieg will be presented her award at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards ceremony at its Mission Viejo facility. The Care Awards banquet will recognize six honorees’ accomplishments awarded during this year. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation on her behalf to the Southern California Hospice Foundation.

Fairhaven is accepting nominations for additional 2017 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate an outstanding citizen, call 714.633.1442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Police Files

Boat reported stolen from Linda Isle

A boat was reportedly stolen from Linda Isle this past week according to the Newport Beach Police Department.

The grand theft took place sometime between Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, between the hours of 6 to 6 p.m.

The vessel was valued at $30,000.

“Fake” attorney arraigned for defrauding clients

James Frank Barker, 57, of Newport Beach, was arrested May 15 and arraigned May 17 for impersonating an attorney and defrauding several clients through debt consolidation and mortgage modification schemes.

Barker was charged on April 5, 2017 with the following felony counts: eight money laundering and three grand thefts. Sentencing enhancements include: aggravated white- collar crime of more than $100,000, property damage/loss of more than $65,000 and property loss of more than $200,000.

A pre-trial date is set for May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Center Justice Center in Santa Ana. If convicted, the maximum sentence is 11 years and eight months in state prison.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Public Safety Day celebrated in Newport Beach

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The Newport Beach Police and Fire Departments opened up their doors over the past weekend to celebrate Public Safety Day.

Residents were invited to experience and view all aspects of the departments, including K-9 patrols, beach vehicles (both on sand and in water), horseback officers, SWAT and fire vehicles, and even an antique fire engine.

Firefighters cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on their department barbecue, provided to them a number of years back by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Guest Column

Mike Glenn – Save Newport

Save Dog Beach – your help is needed Tuesday

Mike Glenn

Courtesy of Save Newport

Save Newport Publisher Mike Glenn 

After many long months of dredging, the heavy machinery will likely be gone from Dog Beach by the end of next week and the next big South Swell will drop the sandbars back in the channel right where they used to be, returning the area to the Dog Beach we have all known and loved for 100 years.

However, as you might know, Newport Beach has been in the midst of an anti-dog-on-beaches campaign right now that was begun right as the Dog Beach is being released back into the hands of the dog-loving public. Newport has recently begun placing signs and enforcement agents at the mouth of the county land, blocking access from people who wish to use the off-leash area for their dogs. While we (and local residents!) have been asking for doggie bag dispensers there for years, the city has spent thousands of dollars on signage designed to scare people from the area. The recent Twitter “virtual ride along” with a patrol unit highlighted why dogs are supposedly not welcome on the beaches. The assaults are escalating.

Diane Dixon – the originator of the idea that we should close Dog Beach – wrote that she supported Dog Beach in the past, but recently used a private email account with city letterhead and the city seal to tell county officials that she no longer supports it. Suddenly, inside of the city, the ratcheting-up of anti-dog-beach sentiment has begun once again.

Our efforts previously won us a unanimous 7-0 approval by Parks, Beach and Recreation to not only approve, but actually to expand Dog Beach to Orange Street – making it partially on city land and partially on county land. Somehow, after the meeting, the meeting minutes were modified to strike this from the record – even though we have what was actually said and actually passed on video (we foresaw “oddities” and wanted to keep a record for ourselves in case they materialized).

The county voted 5-0 to approve Dog Beach, but then “certain elected officials” began emailing organizations and groups to get them to complain, stopping the process before it got to the required second vote. All and all, the Dog Beach remained – so we figured everyone was happy. But now the attacks have begun once again and it is time to go on the full offensive if we want to keep this treasured area of land for our four-legged friends. This time, we won’t stop until we have an actual official dog beach – and if that requires removing people from their positions, then that is what it will require.

Here is what we need from you: Please show up at Newport Beach City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and speak on “Non-Agenda Items.”

Speak about why we need to keep and support Dog Beach.

Ask the council why the Parks, Beach and Recreation vote calling for the expansion of Dog Beach was modified in the meeting minutes to not reflect what was actually voted on.

Ask them who has approved the sudden enforcement against dogs in the area.

Ask them if they will hold Diane Dixon accountable for using the city seal and official city letterhead for non-official business (they previously held other council people accountable for this, so they should hold her accountable, too).

Ask council if they will hold Diane Dixon accountable for illegally withholding documents despite them being requested via a Public Document Request Act.

Ask Diane Dixon to explain the reasons why she is against Dog Beach (she won’t respond, but the public outcry will make media attention).

Ask the council to agendize expanding Dog Beach to Orange Street, as the Parks, Beach and Recreation committee had originally suggested a year ago.

Dog Beach has been around for a full 100 years, since 1917, it’s Newport Beach’s last remaining dog beach, and I do not want to see it go away. We need literally just three minutes of your time to speak on this, on Tuesday. Every voice makes a tremendous difference and can really help to sway council people. Please, share this with your friends. We need to send a message to council that we want to keep and preserve Dog Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Newport Beach City Council will meet for a 3 p.m. Joint Meeting with the City’s Finance Committee to hear the first formal budget presentation of the year. Then the regular non-Joint Study Session gets underway 4 p.m.-ish. Finally, there is a 7 p.m. regular session. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

As noted, the Joint Meeting starts at 3 p.m. and is focused on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 City budget. What’s newsworthy about it? A couple of things:

It socks away more money than ever before for pensions, including to address our unfunded liability issue. Another $9 million (!) is proposed to go towards a discretionary additional payment for pensions.

It proposes sending about $6M towards critical harbor infrastructure, including sea walls around Balboa Island.

It’s balanced (wait, that’s not news – our budget is always balanced).

Our capital plan proposes some new efforts that Mayor Muldoon first spoke of back in January, including using better technology for traffic solutions and to start an update of the 2006 City General Plan. 

Then the Study Session is really focused on one main item, that being preparing for Summer along Ocean Front Walk. Folks interested will hear about ideas from the PD for safer travels, as well as our ongoing discussions about things like Surrey cycles. If I were planning on listening in, I’d try for a little after 4 p.m. 

The evening’s Regular Session is at 7 p.m. The items worth noting are a handful:

An airport item involving how Commuter Aircraft at JWA are defined. A bit complex, but simple at the same time. Operators of commuter planes (like SkyWest) are buying new Embraer and Bombardier planes that have seating capacities of 76 seats, but the JWA Settlement Agreement defines commuter planes as having up to 70 seats. JWA is still governed by a “million annual passenger” cap that is in the Settlement Agreement – and any new seats filled on a plane count towards the cap. 

Some changes to the lease agreement involving the Lighthouse Café at Marina Park. The changes would include allowing the Café to have a mobile cart for some food (and coffee). Changes would also allow them to move from a beer and wine license to a spirits license (Type 47). The restaurant and all sales must end/close at 11 p.m. nightly.  

More turf removals are coming to town. The drought may be behind us, but it’s still not legal going forward to use potable water to irrigate turf in medians. That’s a state prohibition. So we’re continuing our efforts to remove turf from medians and to replace it with a colorful but drought-friendly palette – this time on San Joaquin Hills Road and San Miguel Road.   

The Calendar Notes involve some interesting and fun things:

Friday, May 26

3 p.m. – John Wayne Park Dedication, 2501 Cliff Drive. It’s helpful for this one if you RSVP. Please do so to Jenny Sudo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.644.3003.

Today’s Fun Questions from Residents/Visitors:

This one came to me from a gal at the gym. She wondered: On street sweeping day, if the sweeper has gone by but the “no parking” sign still has some time left (say it’s 11 a.m. and the sign says “no parking” until 12:30 p.m.), will I get a ticket if I park there? The answer:  Generally no, but this is a “spirit of the law” question at this point. To be safe, you should still try and avoid parking there during the street sweeping times, as sometimes the sweeper can surprise you by being delayed or on a different schedule because of an emergency somewhere else. The PD does, though, try to understand that parking is often tight and will work with known issues in a neighborhood to make sure residents get the most flexibility possible to get back needed parking spaces. 

A visitor from Utah asked me this week why there are small smelly tar mats along the beaches. He assumed they were from oil wells offshore. Though we’ve stepped on them, too, Newport residents know that this isn’t so (and how to dodge them) – they’re from naturally occurring seeps beneath the ocean floor, and often make their way to the beach in the form of innocent-looking small pieces of what appear to be thick black plastic. But they’re not, and when you step on them you’ve got some very sticky oil to deal with. He seemed better when he understood that this happens all up and down the Southern CA coast, again via natural causes. Thanks, NOAA.

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

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Peirsol featured speaker at Athletic Awards

Aaron Peirsol

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The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will recognize the top athletes from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill high schools on Thursday, June 1.

The 56th Annual Athletic Awards Dinner will take place at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., at 6 p.m.

Three-time Olympic swimmer, seven-time Olympic medalist and world-record holder Aaron Peirsol will be the guest speaker.

To make reservations or to find out more about the event go to www.newportbeach.com.

The Premier Sponsor for the event is the Los Angeles Chargers.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Moving my mom before more people take advantage of her 

TomJohnson

I’ve decided that I’m moving my mother back to California. She’s been living in Arizona for the past number of years, although our family was raised in Northern California. Recently, she was widowed for the third time.

That’s right, three times.

Now 86, I figure Newport Beach is a good place for her.

All that being said, it’s what I’m finding out in Arizona as we’re packing her up that borders on elder abuse.

First off is the $8,000 solar system she was sold door-to-door. It doesn’t work, but my mother still owes a ton of money on it. The new owner of her home says he plans to remove it.

Next, the new windows installed throughout her house. She paid $7,000 and still owes most. Again, the man purchasing her house says he puts these in all the time for less than a $1,000.

She also has a relatively new car completely upside-down.

Unfortunately, there’s more.

Several weeks before her husband died, she was approached by a real estate agent telling her that he had a “great deal” for her on a new house.

Let me remind you again, my mom will be 87 next month.

She called my brother and told him about it. That’s sort of when we realized the time had come to step in.

So much has happened to her in a negative way. A sizable chuck of her savings will go toward cleaning up from people and businesses taking advantage of her in her older age.

It’s sad, but it’s a reality and good reminder for all of us to keep an eye on those elderly around us.

So why Newport Beach?

One thing that excites me for her is the OASIS Senior Center. Now, more than ever, I realize how important it is for our community. She still is sharp and in good physical shape, so I’m sensing it’ll be a fun place for her to attend.

She’s also into church…the Presbyterian Church. Does it get any better than St. Andrews? Well, I guess we’ll find out.

It’s going to be an interesting change for me in my life knowing I now will have to care for my mom.

All of that being said, it should be fun!


NMUSD has busy summer planned with construction

Davidson Field

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The following is a list of summer construction projects planned for the Newport-Mesa School District for the summer of 2017.

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS)

Davidson Field

Construction continues on the structural rehabilitation and refresh of Davidson field. Davidson field was upgraded to include artificial field, track and concessions building, as well as upgrades to the existing bleachers and press box. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2017.

Scoreboard

The baseball boosters are funding a new scoreboard for the varsity baseball field to replace the existing scoreboard. This work is expected to begin in summer 2017.

Corona del Mar (CdM) High School

Learning Resource Center

Construction of the Learning Resource Center is anticipated to begin in summer 2017. The project includes alterations to existing CdM library to modernize the space into the new Learning Resource Center. This project is funded by the District and CdM Foundation.

Baseball Backstop

Construction to replace and relocate the existing baseball backstop to prevent stray foul balls from leaving the playing field is expected to begin in summer 2017. 

Sports Fields

The revised draft Environmental Impact report for proposed upgrades to sports fields is anticipated to be complete in summer 2017. 

Reclaimed Water Project

A project to convert the irrigation system at CdM athletic fields to reclaimed water is anticipated to being completed in summer 2017.

Andersen Elementary

Path of Travel Improvements

Construction to replace ADA path of travel on sidewalks and ramps is expected to begin in summer 2017.

Ensign Intermediate School 

Gym Fire

A project to repair fire damage in the locker room of the Ensign gymnasium is expected to continue through summer 2017.


Exceptional character awards to high schoolers

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. For the fifth year in a row, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro recognized one graduating senior from each high school who exemplifies one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Each high school is asked to submit the names of six seniors they believe are exemplars of each pillar of character. A district team reviews the nominations and selects one student from each school that best represents one of the six pillars of character. 

In May each student received a surprise visit at their school and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 13, 2017 Board Meeting. 

A banner for each student will be displayed in the district lobby with a photo of each student, name of their high school and their character trait. The banners will remain throughout the 2017-18 school year.

“This is one of my favorite awards because it allows us an opportunity to acknowledge students for just being genuinely good people,” said Superintended Dr. Fred Navarro. 

Haley Cohen

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Haley Cohen
Corona del Mar High School

Character Trait: Caring

Corona del Mar High School administration shared the following about Haley:

Haley is known to have a genuine compassion and concern for others. She exemplifies kindness in all walks of her life. She is especially mindful of caring for nature, wildlife, the local environment and making the world a better place to live. She is a responsible citizen of the planet and is dedicated to recycling and learning about renewable resources. Reaching out to others comes naturally for Haley. She will stand up for others, be inclusive of all, and do the right thing, even when no one is looking. She has a warm and welcoming spirit which draws people to her. Haley has a natural propensity to help and serve anyone in need. 

Jose A La Torre

Jose A La Torre

Newport Harbor High School

Character Trait: Citizenship

Newport Harbor High School administration shared the following:

Jose is a genuinely friendly, funny, hardworking, determined, resilient and talented young man. He truly knows he is blessed with great educational opportunities and doesn’t take it for granted. He engages in class and develops positive relationships with his teachers. He is willing to help his peers in class when they are struggling. He found out how rewarding this was and decided to volunteer as a tutor for a local elementary school last year and is now tutoring current peers. Jose is active in school and is currently the Associated Student Body Vice President, Drum Major of the marching band, and has held leadership positions with several other campus clubs. He makes his family very proud because he is not only a good student and leader but a reliable and helpful member of the family.


Davis Seabough: still dancing at 97

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Davis Seabough celebrated his 97th birthday this spring in typical fashion – lunch at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar, with cake, decorations, plenty of friends and the accordion-gutbucket duo featuring John Valeriano and Tommy Naughton.

Seabough, who lives in Corona del Mar, spent his childhood in St. Louis, where he saw Charles Lindbergh in Forest Park in 1927, launching a lifetime of love for airplanes. Later he studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1942, then served four years in the Army during World War II, inspecting airplanes and making sure planes made in California made it to Florida and then to England. Eventually he ended up in California, working for General Dynamics on the Atlas missile project, meeting John Glenn when they showed him the Friendship 7 rocket that would take him on an orbit of the Earth in 1962.

Davis Seabough

Courtesy of Amy Snider Senk

Davis Seabough celebrates his 97th birthday at OASIS Senior Center

Last year, a group of Mizzou alumni joined the party, bringing Davis gifts of black and gold swag. This year, besides OASIS friends, a few old neighbors stopped by with gifts. And of course, there was music.

This year, the celebration brought news that the Valeriano-Naughton duo had once again lost a place to perform a regular gig. For years, the men had been playing live music at Gina’s Pizza at 420 Iris Ave. But in late March, the manager told them that they were no longer welcome.

“It was packed every time,” Valeriano said. “But the neighbors were complaining there was too much singing.” (The manager did not respond to a request for comment.)

The men have had years of bad luck, trying to find a good, central Corona del Mar location for their music and dinner events. For a long run, they played at Pizza Royale on East Coast Highway, where friends would sneak in bottles of wine and order pasta and pizza dinners while they listened to live music. But in 2011, Pizza Royale closed, and the group had to find a new home.

The landed at Coco’s up the street, but soon that closed to make way for a bank. In 2013, the men moved even further up the street to Landmark Steakhouse, where they would take over a back room every third Thursday of the month. Evelyn Hart, the former mayor, attended, once even dancing right out of her shoe.

But Landmark also shut its doors two years ago, making way for El Cholo. So the men packed their accordion and gutbucket and moved to Gina’s, where they’d pack the patio dining area with as many as 30 people, eating, singing and dancing.

The men say they are no longer looking for a new venue, instead focusing on their lunchtime performances at the OASIS center. At Seabough’s birthday party, the men passed out song sheets and played “Home on the Range,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and more. The crowd sang along, barely looking at the sheets with the lyrics.

“I can’t see it, I’m deaf, but I’m still dancing,” Seabough said

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


Community invited to birdwatch at ENC

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is inviting the community to birdwatch on their trails on Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ENC Naturalist Chris Holland will introduce a small group to the basics of birdwatching.

Holland will demonstrate how to properly use binoculars and what features to look for when purchasing them. He will teach participants to read and use a field guide to identify different varieties of birds by their unique physical characteristics, calls and tracks. Attendees will be given the chance to put their new skills to the test on a hike in which they can encounter many of the ENC’s birds.

Egret

“Well over 100 different types of birds have been spotted at the ENC, including egrets, falcons, goldfinches, hawks, hummingbirds, sparrows, warblers and woodpeckers,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Bird watching is a tradition at nature centers and wilderness areas everywhere, and I’m happy to see that tradition going strong at ENC.”

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


Check it out, Beerfest, this Saturday at the Dunes

Dunes Beerfest

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The Newport Beach Beerfest is an all-inclusive event, bringing guests to the sandy beaches of Newport Dunes. Sample more than 150 craft beers, wines and spirits. 

The event takes place Saturday, May 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Live bands and DJs will take the stage and get the crowd on their feet. The event will feature a food truck fest as well. 

The event supports and raises funds for the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach.

General admission is $35 and includes unlimited samples. VIP admission is $50 and includes an additional 12 VIP breweries and admission to the VIP lounge.

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

For more information and tickets go to https://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/.


1776 flags highlight Exchange Club celebration

Sons of the American Revolution

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Sons of the American Revolution

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor is celebrating their 8th Annual Field of Honor in Castaways Park. The event began last Friday and runs through Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

A total of 1776 American flags have been mounted throughout the park with the help of the 1/1 Marines from Camp Pendleton.

Programming is planned daily leading up to Memorial Day.

Some of the beneficiaries of the Exchange Club’s generosity include the 1/1 Marines, the Wounded Warriors Project, Coastline Community College Military Programs and the Fisher House Foundation.

Castaways Park is located at Dover Drive and 16th Street. Parking has been available at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church.


Thirst Gala honors local teachers

By AMY SNIDER SENK

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

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

Thirst Gala

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

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

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

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

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


Stump the Stu

For whom the fountain flows

Stump the Stu 5.18

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

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

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


Police Files

Potential mailbox poachers arrested for residential burglary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bail was set for each at $50,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


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

By LANA JOHNSON

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

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

OC Press Club

Photo by Brian Feinzimer, 

Courtesy of the Orange County Press Club

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

Here are the award winners:

 

BLOGS

Best Entertainment/Culture Blog

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

 

Best Lifestyle/Family Blog

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

 

BROADCAST 

Best Broadcast

FIRST PLACE: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video

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

SECOND PLACE: Matt Brown, Chapman University

“One Strong Teammate: Carter Ankeny”

THIRD PLACE: Matt Kollar, OC Weekly 

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

 

PHOTO

Best News Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

SECOND PLACE: Richard Koehler, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

HONORABLE MENTION: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

 

Best Sports Photo

FIRST PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Feature Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Christopher Trela, Newport Beach Independent

THIRD PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

HONORABLE MENTION: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

 

Best Portrait

FIRST PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

SECOND PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Photo Essay/Slideshow

FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly

SECOND PLACE: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

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Meet Mr. Back Bay

Jack Keating

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Courtesy of Newport Bay Conservancy

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

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

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

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

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


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curlew

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Curlew schooner

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

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

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

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

Electra

Courtesy of Electra Cruises

Electra

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

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

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

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

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

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

All together now: Navigo Ergo Sum!

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


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter’s financial past brings questions of qualifications

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

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

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

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

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

Craig Sawin

Corona del Mar


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

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

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

Three Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Leadership Tomorrow alum gets the party started

BY LANA JOHNSON

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hoag names new director to develop tailored cancer treatment options

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

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

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

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

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


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Lighthouse Bayview Café unveils new seasonal-inspired dishes

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

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Breakfast:

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

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

 

Brunch:

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

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

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

 

Lunch & Dinner:

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

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

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders: jicama slaw, pickled onions.

Crisp Brussels Sprouts: Spanish chorizo, balsamic vinaigrette.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Beverages:

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

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

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

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

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

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Greer travels down wrong Street, loses in court

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greer defended Street in his case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Community turns out for Cook kidney plea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Be coyote smart

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A special neighborhood advisory has been issued from the Newport Beach Police Department, because unfortunately several residents have lost pets to coyotes that are skilled predators. Other people are concerned about recent sightings and the potential consequences of predatory animals with the urban environment.

Here are some helpful tips to protect your pets from nuisance animals like coyotes and other wildlife:

Fence off animal enclosures (fully enclose them, if possible)

Keep cats and dogs indoors

Feed pets indoors

Store trash in covered heavy-duty containers

Keep yards free from potential shelter, such as thick brush and weeds

Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks

Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water

Never feed coyotes! Providing food for wild animals is a violation of city and state law, and is a very serious problem. Coyotes fed by humans lose their fear of people, which can create a dangerous situation. If you are aware of anyone feeding coyotes, please report the violation by calling 949.644.3717.

Take special pet precautions – Cats and small animals should not be allowed outside alone, even in a fenced yard. (A dog or cat can be taken from a backyard enclosed by a six-foot fence or wall in a matter of moments.) Always accompany small pets when outside. Don’t allow your dog off leash. Coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, but can be observed at all hours of the day and will not pass up the opportunity to attack.

Use negative reinforcement – If coyotes begin frequenting your neighborhood, let them know that they are not welcome. Make loud noises, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose. For everyone’s safety, it is essential that coyotes remain wary of humans.

For help with an Animal Control issue, call 949.644.3717. More information is available at www.nbpd.org/community/animal_control/coyote_information.asp.


An opp to roll up your sleeve and give blood

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.

A blood donation opportunity will take place on June 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Avenue.


SPON announces “Spirit of Newport” Contest winners

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1st Prize in the Image Category by Alan Buchanan

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

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

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2nd Prize in the Image Category by Paul Malkemus

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Phrase Category (five words or less) 

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

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

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

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3rd Prize in the Image Category by Madison Lugo

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

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

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


You must reminder this: What Santa Ana was and is

By NANCY GARDNER

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

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

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

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

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


Newport Hyatt Jazz Festival, June 2 - 4

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

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

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

The entertainment line-up:

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

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

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

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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1960 Photograph of Amelia and Greg in Amelia’s restaurant

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


Mixed media artwork inspired by ecosystems and networks displaying at JWA 

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A series of mixed media artworks by artist Richelle Gribble are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) continuing through June 15, as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These paintings, drawings and prints may be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Claim Carousels 1 and 4.

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

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


Letter to the Editor:

McCaffrey Wrong About Peotter

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

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

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

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

Bob McCaffrey considers Peotter a “Fiscal Conservative”.

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

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

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

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

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

Lori Morris

Balboa Peninsula


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

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

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

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

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Brenden reads to a new furry friend, who listens quietly

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Wayne’s birthday celebration begins with photo exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Wayne exhibit to open at Balboa Island Museum

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

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

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

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

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


Get ready to have your best year in sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register at or by calling 949.729.4411.


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

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

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Courtesy of SCFTA

Fancy Nancy to hold High Tea Parties

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

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

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

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All he needs is a match.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great, now I feel better.


On the Harbor: Meet avid big boat racer Manouch Moshayedi

By LEN BOSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sea ya

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


Police Files

Bus monitor arrested for carrying concealed weapon

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

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

Bernard listed his occupation as a bus monitor. 

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

Bicycle violation leads to bigger arrest in Newport Heights

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

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

Bail was set at $20,000.


Stump the Stu

Testing your fountain of knowledge

Stump the Stu 5.15

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

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

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

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Mad Science, July 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Features guest speaker Mark Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience! Topics to be included: Learn good or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; Discover mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and Explore answers to key questions – How much house can I get? How much can I afford? 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Selma Mann: Whimsical Warrior, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Meet author Selma Mann, poet, teacher, attorney and a presence about town in Newport Beach. Mann will talk about the joy of writing, featuring poems from her books “Whimsical Warrior” and “Morning Cloak,” and her insights about the gifts of loss, gratitude and journeys that have shaped her writing. She discovered her inner poet following a series of devastating losses. Grief woke the muse for her first book, “Morning Cloak,” published in 2013. Mann’s second book, “Whimsical Warrior,” is a tribute to resilience, and to aging with grace, laughter and whimsy. Enjoy an inspiring hour of poetry and laughter with fellow book lovers as part of the library’s summer Adult Reading Program. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mann is donating half of the proceeds to the Newport Beach Library Foundation. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Plant a Seed, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

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

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

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

Wake Up! Newport, June 1 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, this is a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. To make reservations, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

Tuesdays@2: Medline.gov, June 6 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to access the U.S. National Library of Medicine premier database of medical journal articles. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medicineplus/. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGOS

LEGO “Block” Party, June 7 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Genealogy Resources 105: Land Records, June 7 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn how valuable genealogical information concerning names of family members, relationships, ages and locations of residence can be discovered through tracing ancestral land ownership. This class will examine the type of information found in deeds, land grants, mortgages and land ownership maps to unlock hidden genealogical information through the property owned by your ancestors. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Summer Reading Program Assistant. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program (SRP) which runs June-August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12-17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours. SRP volunteers must attend one of the following one-hour training sessions: Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m.; Saturday, June 10 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m. and at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m.

Meet the Curators: John Wayne – On the Set with the Duke, June 11 at 2 p.m. John Wayne Enterprises presents a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer at the Newport Beach Public Library. Curators Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd are conducting a free lecture about this lost archive. Kratochvi is a photography dealer, appraiser, consultant and the former director of photography for Rolling Stone Magazine and InStyle magazine. Shepherd is vice president of John Wayne Enterprises and the executive director of the John R. Hamilton Archives. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Tuesdays@2: Digital Storytelling, June 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. The world is your oyster. Learn how to tell your story in a 21st century digital world with this introduction to story structure & online publishing. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop: 2017 Digital Marketing Trends for Small Business & Non-Profits, June 13 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact your organization in 2017? By the end of this session, you’ll have a cutting edge on: Marketing Automation, Content Marketing, Video, Mobile, Facebook Ads, Big Data, analytics, website usability and more. Explore the top trends in digital marketing that we believe small businesses should be paying attention to in 2017. You’ll explore these trends and provide some simple ideas for incorporating them into your overall marketing strategy. Attendees will receive a workbook to use to identify which trends are right for them to implement in 2017. Stuart Atkins of Atkins Marketing Solutions presents this workshop. He is a marketing consultant, author, blogger, speaker and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spill Simmer

Book Discussion Group, June 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume, a captivating novel, will be discussed. Book Synopsis: Over the course of four seasons – a misfit man adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts – a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life –find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves. This is free and no reservations are required. If you have not finished or read the book, come anyway. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Mariners, June 17 and June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Aging as Art, Continuing through August 12. This photographic exhibit is presented by the Council on Aging, and located on the second floor at Central Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

John Wayne

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YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Art by Design, August 1 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Central Library Friends Room. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Art by Design, August 3 from 11 a.m.  12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Art by Design, August 1 from 3 - 4 p.m. at the Corona del Mar Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, August 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Central Library Friends Room (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

John Wayne

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Courtesy newportbeachlibrary.org

Tuesdays@2: Digital Storytelling, June 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. The world is your oyster. Learn how to tell your story in a 21st century digital world with this introduction to story structure & online publishing. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop: 2017 Digital Marketing Trends for Small Business & Non-Profits, June 13 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact your organization in 2017? By the end of this session, you’ll have a cutting edge on: Marketing Automation, Content Marketing, Video, Mobile, Facebook Ads, Big Data, analytics, website usability and more. Explore the top trends in digital marketing that we believe small businesses should be paying attention to in 2017. You’ll explore these trends and provide some simple ideas for incorporating them into your overall marketing strategy. Attendees will receive a workbook to use to identify which trends are right for them to implement in 2017. Stuart Atkins of Atkins Marketing Solutions presents this workshop. He is a marketing consultant, author, blogger, speaker and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spill Simmer

Book Discussion Group, June 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume, a captivating novel, will be discussed. Book Synopsis: Over the course of four seasons – a misfit man adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts – a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life –find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves. This is free and no reservations are required. If you have not finished or read the book, come anyway. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Mariners, June 17 and June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Aging as Art, Continuing through August 12. This photographic exhibit is presented by the Council on Aging, and located on the second floor at Central Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

John Wayne

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Courtesy newportbeachlibrary.org

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Art by Design, August 1 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Central Library Friends Room. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Art by Design, August 3 from 11 a.m.  12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Art by Design, August 1 from 3 - 4 p.m. at the Corona del Mar Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, August 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Central Library Friends Room (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Aging as Art, Continuing through August 12. This photographic exhibit is presented by the Council on Aging, and located on the second floor at Central Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

John Wayne

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Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, August 1 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Central Library Friends Room. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Art by Design, August 3 from 11 a.m.  12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, August 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Central Library Friends Room (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Concerts on the Green features Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This free concert takes place at Newport Beach Civic Center on the Green at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Swazzle Puppets, August 7 at 2 and 4 p.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers

Swazzle Puppets, August 10 at 11 a.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Swazzle Puppets, August 10 at 3 p.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach. 949.644.3075.

Cowboy Ken Frawley

Say Goodbye to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Cowboy Ken Frawley, August 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. Cowboy Ken brings to life the Old West art of trick roping, cowboy songs, pioneer stories and lots of opportunities for his “partners” to join in the fun. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

John Wayne

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Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

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Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Build a City!, July 3 from 2 - 3 p.m. at Mariners Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day. All library branches are closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Build a City!, July 6 at 11 a.m.  at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends Patio Book Sale, July 8 – Three book sales to entice you at Central Library from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Vintage Book Sale in the library lobby from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Hardbacks, $3/1 in front of the library from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Buy-One-Get-One-Free (members only) in the book store from 10:30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

marshmallows and pasta tower

Build a City!, July 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Central Library. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Features guest speaker Mark Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience! Topics to be included: Learn good or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; Discover mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and Explore answers to key questions – How much house can I get? How much can I afford? 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Selma Mann

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Selma Mann: Whimsical Warrior, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Meet author Selma Mann, poet, teacher, attorney and a presence about town in Newport Beach. Mann will talk about the joy of writing, featuring poems from her books “Whimsical Warrior” and “Morning Cloak,” and her insights about the gifts of loss, gratitude and journeys that have shaped her writing. She discovered her inner poet following a series of devastating losses. Grief woke the muse for her first book, “Morning Cloak,” published in 2013. Mann’s second book, “Whimsical Warrior,” is a tribute to resilience, and to aging with grace, laughter and whimsy. Enjoy an inspiring hour of poetry and laughter with fellow book lovers as part of the library’s summer Adult Reading Program. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mann is donating half of the proceeds to the Newport Beach Library Foundation. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Kid Mad Scientist

Plant a Seed, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Aging as Art, Continuing through August 12. This photographic exhibit is presented by the Council on Aging, and located on the second floor at Central Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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

John Wayne

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Swazzle Puppets, August 7 at 2 and 4 p.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers

Swazzle Puppets, August 10 at 11 a.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Swazzle Puppets, August 10 at 3 p.m. Presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Racoon is on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlisting help from animal friends and members of the audience. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach. 949.644.3075.

Cowboy Ken Frawley

Say Goodbye to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Cowboy Ken Frawley, August 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. Cowboy Ken brings to life the Old West art of trick roping, cowboy songs, pioneer stories and lots of opportunities for his “partners” to join in the fun. Must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

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Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Build a City!, July 3 from 2 - 3 p.m. at Mariners Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day. All library branches are closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Build a City!, July 6 at 11 a.m.  at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends Patio Book Sale, July 8 – Three book sales to entice you at Central Library from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Vintage Book Sale in the library lobby from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Hardbacks, $3/1 in front of the library from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Buy-One-Get-One-Free (members only) in the book store from 10:30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Build a City!, July 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Central Library. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Features guest speaker Mark Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience! Topics to be included: Learn good or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; Discover mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and Explore answers to key questions – How much house can I get? How much can I afford? 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Selma Mann: Whimsical Warrior, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Meet author Selma Mann, poet, teacher, attorney and a presence about town in Newport Beach. Mann will talk about the joy of writing, featuring poems from her books “Whimsical Warrior” and “Morning Cloak,” and her insights about the gifts of loss, gratitude and journeys that have shaped her writing. She discovered her inner poet following a series of devastating losses. Grief woke the muse for her first book, “Morning Cloak,” published in 2013. Mann’s second book, “Whimsical Warrior,” is a tribute to resilience, and to aging with grace, laughter and whimsy. Enjoy an inspiring hour of poetry and laughter with fellow book lovers as part of the library’s summer Adult Reading Program. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mann is donating half of the proceeds to the Newport Beach Library Foundation. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Kid Mad Scientist

Plant a Seed, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

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

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

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

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

Seastar with Cherrios

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

LEGOS

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

Stephanie Danler

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

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

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Backhausdance to perform on the Civic Green, May 20

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

Hudson reads to pup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rene Magritte

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

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

John Wayne

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

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

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

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

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

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

John Wayne

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Independence Day. All library branches are closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Build a City!, July 6 at 11 a.m.  at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends Patio Book Sale, July 8 – Three book sales to entice you at Central Library from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Vintage Book Sale in the library lobby from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Hardbacks, $3/1 in front of the library from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Buy-One-Get-One-Free (members only) in the book store from 10:30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Build a City!, July 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Central Library. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Features guest speaker Mark Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience! Topics to be included: Learn good or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; Discover mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and Explore answers to key questions – How much house can I get? How much can I afford? 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Selma Mann: Whimsical Warrior, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Meet author Selma Mann, poet, teacher, attorney and a presence about town in Newport Beach. Mann will talk about the joy of writing, featuring poems from her books “Whimsical Warrior” and “Morning Cloak,” and her insights about the gifts of loss, gratitude and journeys that have shaped her writing. She discovered her inner poet following a series of devastating losses. Grief woke the muse for her first book, “Morning Cloak,” published in 2013. Mann’s second book, “Whimsical Warrior,” is a tribute to resilience, and to aging with grace, laughter and whimsy. Enjoy an inspiring hour of poetry and laughter with fellow book lovers as part of the library’s summer Adult Reading Program. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mann is donating half of the proceeds to the Newport Beach Library Foundation. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Plant a Seed, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

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Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


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

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

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

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

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

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

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

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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

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

Working Wardrobes | Red, White, Blue & You Gala! Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an incredible evening and support the powerful programs offered to men, women, young adults and veterans at Working Wardrobes. Enjoy cool tunes, fine wines and lots of entertainment. Jackets required, ties are not. Black tie optional. Individual tickets: $250. Sponsorships available.

Contact: 714.210.2460, www.workingwardrobes.org

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

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

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

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Bubbles & Brunch to End MS, Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on a fabulous day filled with premier silent auction items, a mimosa-laced reception, a three-course brunch and Ronda Giangreco as the keynote speaker who will share how she faced her personal MS diagnosis. The event supports the National MS Society’s vision to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets are $100 each; tables of 10 start at $1,000.

Contact: Heather Dean-Presnall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 760.448.8497, www.bubblesandbrunch.org

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

The Wooden Floor | Keep the Promise Wine Tasting, Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Enjoy some of the highest-rated wines from around the world and come together as a community to raise funds to transform the lives of underserved youth through the power of dance and access to higher education.

Contact: Keegan Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.541.8314, ext. 140, www.thewoodenfloor.org/winetasting

Takes place at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach.

Vanguard University | Global Center for Women and Justice Priceless Luncheon, Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Vanguard University’s GCWJ hosts its annual Priceless Luncheon. Funds raised go to the Global Center’s efforts to prevent and end human trafficking through programs of education and collaboration with community professionals and volunteers.

Contact: Nadia Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon

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

Laura’s House | Annual Gala, Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. The Laura’s House annual gala unites community leaders and notable personalities for an evening of empowerment, celebration and hope for a world free of domestic violence. Individuals and corporations will be honored for their integral support of the nonprofit’s prevention, education and community programs. The charity soiree includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner program.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.361.3775, ext. 211, www.laurashouse.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.

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

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

SAVE THE DATE! HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact: www.HomeAidOC.org/gala

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


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From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Bubbles & Brunch to End MS, Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on a fabulous day filled with premier silent auction items, a mimosa-laced reception, a three-course brunch and Ronda Giangreco as the keynote speaker who will share how she faced her personal MS diagnosis. The event supports the National MS Society’s vision to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets are $100 each; tables of 10 start at $1,000.

Contact: Heather Dean-Presnall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 760.448.8497, www.bubblesandbrunch.org

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

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CureDuchenne | Seventh Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout, Saturday, September 9. CureDuchenne, located in Newport Beach, holds its annual golf tournament, hosted by Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and his wife Paige. The party starts on September 8 with an MPV party with Ryan, Paige and Ducks teammates rolling out the red carpet at Time Nightclub in Costa Mesa. The next day, foursomes, all accommodated by professional athletes hit the green for a day of sport and celebration at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. The links will be turned into a fun zone featuring activities and giveaways from Violet Gentlemen Hockey Club, Stella Artois, CNC Motors, Tilted Kilt, B. Candy, Des Madre Tequila and a $1 million hoe-in-one contest. The Getzlaf Golf Shootout brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders in support of CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that aims to save the lives of children and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a fatal muscle-wasting disease affecting 300,000 youths worldwide.

Contact: Rachel Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.872.2552, www.cureduchenne.org. CureDuchenne is located at 1400 Quail St., Newport Beach and founded by Paul and Debra Miller, Corona del Mar residents.

Takes place at Monarch Beach Golf Links, 50 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.

The Wooden Floor | Keep the Promise Wine Tasting, Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Enjoy some of the highest-rated wines from around the world and come together as a community to raise funds to transform the lives of underserved youth through the power of dance and access to higher education.

Contact: Keegan Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.541.8314, ext. 140, www.thewoodenfloor.org/winetasting

Takes place at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach.

The Literacy Project | Eighth Annual “What Dreams Are Made Of” Gala, Thursday, September 14. This fundraising event brings together philanthropists, literary experts, passionate supporters of education and those who care to give the gift of literacy to at-risk students performing below English proficiency. Accompanied by their adult role models, three students from The Literacy Project’s literacy program will highlight the event and share their future dreams of being successful literate adults. Festivities: 6 p.m. kicks it off with a cocktail reception; 7 p.m. features dinner and a program. Tickets: $225 per person/$2,000 for a table of 10. This elegant evening will raise funds to provide The Literacy Project’s proprietary 30-hour reading program at no cost to struggling readers in elementary school classrooms throughout Southern California.

Contact: Jenny McWhirter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.721.1319, www.literacyprojectfoundation.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Vanguard University | Global Center for Women and Justice Priceless Luncheon, Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Vanguard University’s GCWJ hosts its annual Priceless Luncheon. Funds raised go to the Global Center’s efforts to prevent and end human trafficking through programs of education and collaboration with community professionals and volunteers.

Contact: Nadia Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon

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

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Laura’s House | Annual Gala, Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. The Laura’s House annual gala unites community leaders and notable personalities for an evening of empowerment, celebration and hope for a world free of domestic violence. Individuals and corporations will be honored for their integral support of the nonprofit’s prevention, education and community programs. The charity soiree includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner program.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.361.3775, ext. 211, www.laurashouse.org

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

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Race for the Cure | Sunday, September 24. Race for the Cure is Komen Orange County’s annual 5K run/walk, and the largest fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.957.9157, ext. 34, www.komenor.org/race

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.

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

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

Art of Design | Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Enjoy an action-packed evening with food, rinks and live music, as well as a silent auction. The highlight of the night is the showcase and auction of one-of-a-kind seats designed and created by local interior designers – creativity is the only rule! All event proceeds benefit Illumination Foundation. Tickets: $100.

Contact: Sinae Bang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.273.0555, ext. 204, www.ifhomeless.org

Takes place at Coldwell Banker Atrium, 840 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Conservancy 15th Annual Gala | Saturday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Crystal Cove Conservancy’s most anticipated event features dinner, dancing, and silent & live auctions, with proceeds benefiting CCC’s mission of restoration of Crystal Cove State Park. Tickets: $400; Table Sponsorships, $5,000 - $50,000.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, ext. 205, www.crystalcoveconservancy.org

Takes place at the bluff-top overlooking Crystal Cove State Park offering a magical night under the stars.

Be Great Gala | Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. This premier annual fundraising event highlights the impact made by the Boys & Girls Club in the lives of those the organization serves. It’s an elegant and entertaining night that includes dinner and a silent and live auction, while remaining focused on the mission of the club and the kids. Tickets: $100.

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

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

SAVE THE DATE! HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact: www.HomeAidOC.org/gala

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


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From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Make-A-Wish® and Leadership Tomorrow | Ninth Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach on Sunday, August 6 from 3 - 8 pm. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh, whole Maine lobster dinner with dancing to live music, opportunity drawings, prizes and fun on the beach for the entire family. Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event and prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salads, fresh baked sourdough rolls and dessert. In addition, the beach party features a full bar with craft beer and premium wine, live music from “West Coast Party Crashers,” and special activities on-site for children provided by Camp James. General Admission tickets are $60 per person in advance, $80 at the door. Additional whole lobsters may be purchased for $20 each. Kids Meal tickets for children under 12 years are available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 in advance and include all-you-can-eat whole Maine lobsters, New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salads, fresh baked sourdough rolls, dessert, complimentary beer and wine, valet parking and reserved seating in front of the stage area. Event proceeds support Make-A-Wish ® - Orange County and Inland Empire as well as Leadership Tomorrow. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Tickets: $60 General Admission (advance), $150 VIP, Kids Meal, $20.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.478.3468, www.LobsterfestAtNewportBeach.com

Takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 101 North Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (Enter from Pacific Coast Highway).

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Bubbles & Brunch to End MS, Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on a fabulous day filled with premier silent auction items, a mimosa-laced reception, a three-course brunch and Ronda Giangreco as the keynote speaker who will share how she faced her personal MS diagnosis. The event supports the National MS Society’s vision to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets are $100 each; tables of 10 start at $1,000.

Contact: Heather Dean-Presnall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 760.448.8497, www.bubblesandbrunch.org

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

The Wooden Floor | Keep the Promise Wine Tasting, Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Enjoy some of the highest-rated wines from around the world and come together as a community to raise funds to transform the lives of underserved youth through the power of dance and access to higher education.

Contact: Keegan Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.541.8314, ext. 140, www.thewoodenfloor.org/winetasting

Takes place at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach.

Vanguard University | Global Center for Women and Justice Priceless Luncheon, Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Vanguard University’s GCWJ hosts its annual Priceless Luncheon. Funds raised go to the Global Center’s efforts to prevent and end human trafficking through programs of education and collaboration with community professionals and volunteers.

Contact: Nadia Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon

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

Laura’s House | Annual Gala, Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. The Laura’s House annual gala unites community leaders and notable personalities for an evening of empowerment, celebration and hope for a world free of domestic violence. Individuals and corporations will be honored for their integral support of the nonprofit’s prevention, education and community programs. The charity soiree includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner program.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.361.3775, ext. 211, www.laurashouse.org

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

Race for the Cure

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Race for the Cure | Sunday, September 24. Race for the Cure is Komen Orange County’s annual 5K run/walk, and the largest fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.957.9157, ext. 34, www.komenor.org/race

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.

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

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

Art of Design | Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Enjoy an action-packed evening with food, rinks and live music, as well as a silent auction. The highlight of the night is the showcase and auction of one-of-a-kind seats designed and created by local interior designers – creativity is the only rule! All event proceeds benefit Illumination Foundation. Tickets: $100.

Contact: Sinae Bang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.273.0555, ext. 204, www.ifhomeless.org

Takes place at Coldwell Banker Atrium, 840 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Conservancy 15th Annual Gala | Saturday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Crystal Cove Conservancy’s most anticipated event features dinner, dancing, and silent & live auctions, with proceeds benefiting CCC’s mission of restoration of Crystal Cove State Park. Tickets: $400; Table Sponsorships, $5,000 - $50,000.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, ext. 205, www.crystalcoveconservancy.org

Takes place at the bluff-top overlooking Crystal Cove State Park offering a magical night under the stars.

Be Great Gala | Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. This premier annual fundraising event highlights the impact made by the Boys & Girls Club in the lives of those the organization serves. It’s an elegant and entertaining night that includes dinner and a silent and live auction, while remaining focused on the mission of the club and the kids. Tickets: $100.

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

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

SAVE THE DATE! HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact: www.HomeAidOC.org/gala

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

Courtesy CHOC Children’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

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

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

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

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

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

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

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

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

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

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Water works taking place in Lido Village

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stump the Stu

Check it out…we got a wave of responses

Stump the Stu 5.11

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

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

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


Police Files

Intoxicated woman kidnaps infant off beach

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

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

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

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

Bail was set at $100,000.

Mesa man with heroin fights with police injuring two

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

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

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

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

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

Bail for Golden was set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

2017 Concerts on the Green – Flashback Heart Attack, July 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Flashback Heart Attack was voted best ‘80s cover band or rock band the last eight years by OC Weekly and has won numerous best ‘80s cover band awards from the OC Music Awards. The band members are from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and have a significant local following as well as international reputation for performing electrifying renditions of classic ‘80s rock. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Edward Scissorhands

Movie Mondays, July 10 - August 7 with 5:30 (set-up) and movies starting at 8 p.m.

The line-up takes place on the lawn next to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (July 10); “The Wiz,” (July 17); “Stand and Deliver,” (July 24); “Edward Scissorhands,” (July 31); and “School of Rock,” (August 7). Bring a picnic dinner and low-back beach chairs. Food trucks will be available. Prior to shows there will be audience participation events.

Contact: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.scfta.org

pig races

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, July 14 - August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities, July 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Newport Beach Civic Green. This free outdoor concert, presented by the City of Newport Beach and Pacific Symphony as part of the Symphony in the Cities series, will feature a variety of popular classics and rousing patriotic tunes. The concert will be held on the Civic Green in front of the Newport Beach Public Library entrance. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from one of the food trucks on-site. Come early so children can participate in the Musical Playground activities preceding the concert. Musical Playground: Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m. The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Pacific Symphony concert begins at 7 p.m., conducted by Maestro Carl St.Clair. This special concert is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and Pacific Symphony with sponsorship by City National Bank. Free parking available on-site.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Newport beach Civic Green, 100 Civic Center, Newport Beach.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fun Home

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Fun Home | August 1 - 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Celtic Women

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | May 27 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Fee: $30 Friends; $40 Non-Members. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

John Williams Tribute | June 2 - 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Academy and Grammy Award-winner John Williams has made cinematic history as the composer of some of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable film scores including “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Maestro Richard Kaufman pays tribute to the genius of John Williams on the occasion of his 85th birthday. Pacific Symphony performs.

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

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

Calendar Girls | June 2 - July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

Balboa Island Parade

Balboa Island Parade | June 4. Join in the fun of this annual community event! The 24th annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party starts at 11 a.m. and the After Party features the Fabulous Nomads and Big Wednesday, former members of Surfaris and Dick Dale, along with a beer & wine garden right after the parade is over. An Island tradition along Marine Avenue, the parade features children on bikes, Island dogs, decorated golf carts and floats, vintage cars, the USC marching band, Keystone Cops, drill teams, marching bands, local dignitaries and more. This year’s theme is “Bridge to Summer Fun.” The bridge closes at 10:45 a.m. so get there early with your beach chairs for a great viewing spot. Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.

Mercury glass votives

Candle Making Workshop | June 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost: $55. Join the fun of a Candle Creation Workshop with Bramble and Co. Candles to support Newport Heights Elementary School. Learn the process of making candles from Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles. The workshop includes hands-on instruction and all supplies needed to make two soy candles infused with a fragrance of your choosing in Mercury glass containers. Bendetti will walk you through the process from start to finish. You will learn candle basics, from choosing the right container and wick combo to proper pouring temperature and burning instructions for extending the life of your candles. Additional candles are available to create and purchase at the class. A little bubby and bites will be served. A portion of sales will be donated to Newport Heights Elementary.

Contact: For online registration, visit https://seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods (Pelican Courtyard), 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Resurrection! | June 8 - 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. In Mahler’s Second Symphony he ponders the question of life, death and transcendence and in so doing pens some of his most sublime music. Meditating on these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever known at that time – with massive instrumental and vocal forces, daring harmonic structure, and expansive length – all to astonishing effect. Carl St.Clair conducts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Basic Photography Class | June 10 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This beginner’s photography class is geared toward those who want to learn how to make the most of their point and shoot, SLR or DSLR camera. The first part of the class will be instruction on basic techniques, how to create more dramatic compositions, improve subject lighting, how to avoid blurry snapshots and more. Students will then walk the Gardens with the instructor, putting into practice all that they have learned. Pre-registration is required; Sign up at the website. Instructor: Hernan Godoy, award-winning photographer. Fee: $50 Friends; $60 Non-Members. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Renewal & Redemption | June 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Mahler’s magnificent Second is a monumental symphony on a grand scale and – reminiscent of Beethoven’s Ninth – it culminates in an exhilarating chorus that sings of humanity’s highest hopes and heavenly visions. Carl St.Clair conducts and hosts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. 

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

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

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle

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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performs Red Giselle

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle | June 16 - 18, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real-life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist -– whose greatest role was Giselle – from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School Final Showcase | June 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20; Preferred seating and receptions, $125. The ABT Gillespie School Final Showcase is the opportunity for all students to perform on one of the renowned stages at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ABT Gillespie School provides students with the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum which offers students a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique incorporating elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The ABT Gillespie Final Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family.

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

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

Frankie Valli

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Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

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Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

Movie Mondays, Continuing through August 7 with 5:30 (set-up) and movies starting at 8 p.m.

The line-up takes place on the lawn next to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (July 10); “The Wiz,” (July 17); “Stand and Deliver,” (July 24); “Edward Scissorhands,” (July 31); and “School of Rock,” (August 7). Bring a picnic dinner and low-back beach chairs. Food trucks will be available. Prior to shows there will be audience participation events.

Contact: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.scfta.org

Edward Scissorhands

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, July 14 - August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

pig races

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities, July 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Newport Beach Civic Green. This free outdoor concert, presented by the City of Newport Beach and Pacific Symphony as part of the Symphony in the Cities series, will feature a variety of popular classics and rousing patriotic tunes. The concert will be held on the Civic Green in front of the Newport Beach Public Library entrance. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from one of the food trucks on-site. Come early so children can participate in the Musical Playground activities preceding the concert. Musical Playground: Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m. The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Pacific Symphony concert begins at 7 p.m., conducted by Maestro Carl St.Clair. This special concert is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and Pacific Symphony with sponsorship by City National Bank. Free parking available on-site.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Newport beach Civic Green, 100 Civic Center, Newport Beach.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fun Home

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Fun Home | August 1 - 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bodyguard

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Photo by Joan Marcus

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

John Williams Tribute | June 2 - 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Academy and Grammy Award-winner John Williams has made cinematic history as the composer of some of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable film scores including “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Maestro Richard Kaufman pays tribute to the genius of John Williams on the occasion of his 85th birthday. Pacific Symphony performs.

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

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

Calendar Girls | June 2 - July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

Balboa Island Parade

Balboa Island Parade | June 4. Join in the fun of this annual community event! The 24th annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party starts at 11 a.m. and the After Party features the Fabulous Nomads and Big Wednesday, former members of Surfaris and Dick Dale, along with a beer & wine garden right after the parade is over. An Island tradition along Marine Avenue, the parade features children on bikes, Island dogs, decorated golf carts and floats, vintage cars, the USC marching band, Keystone Cops, drill teams, marching bands, local dignitaries and more. This year’s theme is “Bridge to Summer Fun.” The bridge closes at 10:45 a.m. so get there early with your beach chairs for a great viewing spot. Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.

Mercury glass votives

Candle Making Workshop | June 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost: $55. Join the fun of a Candle Creation Workshop with Bramble and Co. Candles to support Newport Heights Elementary School. Learn the process of making candles from Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles. The workshop includes hands-on instruction and all supplies needed to make two soy candles infused with a fragrance of your choosing in Mercury glass containers. Bendetti will walk you through the process from start to finish. You will learn candle basics, from choosing the right container and wick combo to proper pouring temperature and burning instructions for extending the life of your candles. Additional candles are available to create and purchase at the class. A little bubby and bites will be served. A portion of sales will be donated to Newport Heights Elementary.

Contact: For online registration, visit https://seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods (Pelican Courtyard), 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Resurrection! | June 8 - 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. In Mahler’s Second Symphony he ponders the question of life, death and transcendence and in so doing pens some of his most sublime music. Meditating on these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever known at that time – with massive instrumental and vocal forces, daring harmonic structure, and expansive length – all to astonishing effect. Carl St.Clair conducts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Basic Photography Class | June 10 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This beginner’s photography class is geared toward those who want to learn how to make the most of their point and shoot, SLR or DSLR camera. The first part of the class will be instruction on basic techniques, how to create more dramatic compositions, improve subject lighting, how to avoid blurry snapshots and more. Students will then walk the Gardens with the instructor, putting into practice all that they have learned. Pre-registration is required; Sign up at the website. Instructor: Hernan Godoy, award-winning photographer. Fee: $50 Friends; $60 Non-Members. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Renewal & Redemption | June 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Mahler’s magnificent Second is a monumental symphony on a grand scale and – reminiscent of Beethoven’s Ninth – it culminates in an exhilarating chorus that sings of humanity’s highest hopes and heavenly visions. Carl St.Clair conducts and hosts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. 

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

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

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle

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Photo by Evgeny Matveev

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performs Red Giselle

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle | June 16 - 18, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real-life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist -– whose greatest role was Giselle – from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School Final Showcase | June 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20; Preferred seating and receptions, $125. The ABT Gillespie School Final Showcase is the opportunity for all students to perform on one of the renowned stages at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ABT Gillespie School provides students with the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum which offers students a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique incorporating elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The ABT Gillespie Final Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family.

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

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

Frankie Valli

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Courtesy of SCFTA.org

Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frank Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

Movie Mondays, Continuing through August 7 with 5:30 (set-up) and movies starting at 8 p.m.

The line-up takes place on the lawn next to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (July 10); “The Wiz,” (July 17); “Stand and Deliver,” (July 24); “Edward Scissorhands,” (July 31); and “School of Rock,” (August 7). Bring a picnic dinner and low-back beach chairs. Food trucks will be available. Prior to shows there will be audience participation events.

Contact: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.scfta.org

Edward Scissorhands

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, Continuing through August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

pig races 

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna – Cactus in a Bowl | July 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Cost: Sherman Library & Gardens friends, $35; non-members, $45.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Happy Hour Yoga | July 28 at 6 p.m. Find you Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, will lead a special after-hours yoga class in the Gardens which will be hosted by a community partner. Enjoy an hour of flow yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel. Three-person minimum. Cost: Sherman Library & Gardens friends, $10; non-members, $20.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fun Home

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Submitted photo

Fun Home | August 1 - 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.Tijuana Dogs

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bodyguard

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Photo by Joan Marcus

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

John Williams Tribute | June 2 - 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Academy and Grammy Award-winner John Williams has made cinematic history as the composer of some of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable film scores including “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Maestro Richard Kaufman pays tribute to the genius of John Williams on the occasion of his 85th birthday. Pacific Symphony performs.

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

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

Calendar Girls | June 2 - July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

Mercury glass votives

Candle Making Workshop | June 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost: $55. Join the fun of a Candle Creation Workshop with Bramble and Co. Candles to support Newport Heights Elementary School. Learn the process of making candles from Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles. The workshop includes hands-on instruction and all supplies needed to make two soy candles infused with a fragrance of your choosing in Mercury glass containers. Bendetti will walk you through the process from start to finish. You will learn candle basics, from choosing the right container and wick combo to proper pouring temperature and burning instructions for extending the life of your candles. Additional candles are available to create and purchase at the class. A little bubby and bites will be served. A portion of sales will be donated to Newport Heights Elementary.

Contact: For online registration, visit https://seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods (Pelican Courtyard), 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Resurrection! | June 8 - 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. In Mahler’s Second Symphony he ponders the question of life, death and transcendence and in so doing pens some of his most sublime music. Meditating on these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever known at that time – with massive instrumental and vocal forces, daring harmonic structure, and expansive length – all to astonishing effect. Carl St.Clair conducts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Basic Photography Class | June 10 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This beginner’s photography class is geared toward those who want to learn how to make the most of their point and shoot, SLR or DSLR camera. The first part of the class will be instruction on basic techniques, how to create more dramatic compositions, improve subject lighting, how to avoid blurry snapshots and more. Students will then walk the Gardens with the instructor, putting into practice all that they have learned. Pre-registration is required; Sign up at the website. Instructor: Hernan Godoy, award-winning photographer. Fee: $50 Friends; $60 Non-Members. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Renewal & Redemption | June 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Mahler’s magnificent Second is a monumental symphony on a grand scale and – reminiscent of Beethoven’s Ninth – it culminates in an exhilarating chorus that sings of humanity’s highest hopes and heavenly visions. Carl St.Clair conducts and hosts; Pacific Chorale with John Alexander, artistic director and Pacific Symphony perform. 

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

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

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle

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Photo by Evgeny Matveev

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performs Red Giselle

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle | June 16 - 18, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real-life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist -– whose greatest role was Giselle – from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School Final Showcase | June 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20; Preferred seating and receptions, $125. The ABT Gillespie School Final Showcase is the opportunity for all students to perform on one of the renowned stages at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ABT Gillespie School provides students with the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum which offers students a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique incorporating elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The ABT Gillespie Final Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family.

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

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

Frankie Valli

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Courtesy of SCFTA.org

Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frank Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

Movie Mondays, Continuing through August 7 with 5:30 (set-up) and movies starting at 8 p.m.

The line-up takes place on the lawn next to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (July 10); “The Wiz,” (July 17); “Stand and Deliver,” (July 24); “Edward Scissorhands,” (July 31); and “School of Rock,” (August 7). Bring a picnic dinner and low-back beach chairs. Food trucks will be available. Prior to shows there will be audience participation events.

Contact: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.scfta.org

Edward Scissorhands

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, Continuing through August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

pig races

Happy Hour Yoga | July 28 at 6 p.m. Find you Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, will lead a special after-hours yoga class in the Gardens which will be hosted by a community partner. Enjoy an hour of flow yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel. Three-person minimum. Cost: Sherman Library & Gardens friends, $10; non-members, $20.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Giselle ballerina

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fun Home

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Submitted photo

Fun Home | August 1 - 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.Tijuana Dogs

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

Calendar Girls | Continuing through July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle

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Photo by Evgeny Matveev

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performs Red Giselle

Eifman Ballet Red Giselle | June 16 - 18, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real-life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist -– whose greatest role was Giselle – from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School Final Showcase | June 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20; Preferred seating and receptions, $125. The ABT Gillespie School Final Showcase is the opportunity for all students to perform on one of the renowned stages at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ABT Gillespie School provides students with the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum which offers students a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique incorporating elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The ABT Gillespie Final Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family.

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

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

35th Annual Baroque Music Festival | June 18 - 25. 

For more information and tickets, call 949.760.7887 or visit www.bmf-cdm.org

Frankie Valli

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Courtesy of SCFTA.org

Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frank Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

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Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

Fun Home | Continuing through August 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, Continuing through August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

pig races

12th Annual Just Plein Fun Painting Event, August 3 and 4 beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy artwork by eight award-winning artists as they paint scenes on Balboa Island from sunrise to sunset.

Contact: www.debrahusegallery.com

Debra Huse Gallery, 229 Marine Ave., Newport Beach.

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.Tijuana Dogs

Free For All Movie Mondays: School of Rock, August 7 at 8 p.m. This hilarious film follows wannabe rockstar Dewey Finn (Jack Black) who’s determined to win a regional battle of the bands competition. Posing as a substitute teacher, Dewey transforms an uptight class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band. Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 48 minutes. Arrive early; set-up begins at 5:30 p.m. with the film beginning at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and may bring their own food. Food trucks will be present for food purchases. Takes place on the lawn. New this year, close captioning will be included. Pre-movie activities and prizes. Free; no tickets required.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

School of Rock

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival, August 13 at 5 p.m. Presented in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival unites singers from throughout the community with the Chorale’s singers and alumni as well as distinguished guest artists in a free public performance. This year’s Festival features Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, in the version for two pianos and percussion. Free; tickets required (4 per order limit). Seating is first-come, first served.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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

Ron Romanosky Photo Exhibit and Wedge Tree Bench Unveiling, August 24 from 5 - 12 p.m. Photography exhibit and slide presentation by Wedge archivist, lifelong chronicler and photographer Ron Romanosky. Special unveiling of the hand-crafted bench created by Marty Henke, Alan Buchanan and the Wedge Preservation Society from the recently fallen Wedge tree. Free. Register online on their website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Butterfly & Florals, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyke as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors in this, you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Members, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

ONCE, September 2 - 30. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and the book by Enda Walsh. “Once” tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note. Takes place on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

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

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, September 12 - 17. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Dog in Night Time

Photo by Joan Marcus

(L-R): Gene Gillette and Christopher Boone star in this Tony Award®-winning play

Soul of Korea, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Korean Parent Association is pleased to present Soul of Korea in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This concert will showcase Korean American performers from the Korean American Youth Performing Association (KAYPA) and the Korean American Music Academy (KAMA), an internationally renowned pianist, Sung Chang, award-winning young soloists, Sean Lee and Daniel Paik, and feature Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Roger Kalia as guest artists. 

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cars & Café, September 25, October 30, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.

Contact: www.MoulinBistro.com

Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin features a company of more than 100 performers. For their Center debut, these award-winning artists will demonstrate breathtaking feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more, in a show certain to delight the whole family.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, October 7 - 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.

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, October 7 - December 31. 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.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical, October 27 - November 12. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical directed toward youngsters ages 4 and up, is the story about Ella. As a baby, she was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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


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.

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, Continuing through August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

pig races

Discovery Cube Ocean Quest hosts “The Science of Sailing,” Continuing through September 10. Discovery on the High Seas integrates ship models with artifacts and connects them to science concepts and hands-on activities. Areas of focus include the science of simple machines and how they incorporate design, navigation and communication. Along the way, visitors will be introduced to the unique and historic elements related to the nautical history of the Newport Harbor. Activities include: mini-boat building, sail trimming, pulley races, historic displays such as the Snowbird sailboat and learning about boat safety. Suggested for ages 3 and up. Tickets: Adults (ages 15+), $5; Children (ages 3 - 14), $5.

Contact: 949.675.8915, www.oceanquestoc.org

600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival, August 13 at 5 p.m. Presented in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival unites singers from throughout the community with the Chorale’s singers and alumni as well as distinguished guest artists in a free public performance. This year’s Festival features Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, in the version for two pianos and percussion. Free; tickets required (4 per order limit). Seating is first-come, first served.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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

Ron Romanosky Photo Exhibit and Wedge Tree Bench Unveiling, August 24 from 5 - 12 p.m. Photography exhibit and slide presentation by Wedge archivist, lifelong chronicler and photographer Ron Romanosky. Special unveiling of the hand-crafted bench created by Marty Henke, Alan Buchanan and the Wedge Preservation Society from the recently fallen Wedge tree. Free. Register online on their website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Butterfly & Florals, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyke as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. You will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Members, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

ONCE, September 2 - 30. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and the book by Enda Walsh. “Once” tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note. Takes place on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

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

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, September 12 - 17. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Dog in Night Time

Photo by Joan Marcus

(L-R): Gene Gillette and Christopher Boone star in this Tony Award®-winning play

Soul of Korea, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Korean Parent Association is pleased to present Soul of Korea in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This concert will showcase Korean American performers from the Korean American Youth Performing Association (KAYPA) and the Korean American Music Academy (KAMA), an internationally renowned pianist, Sung Chang, award-winning young soloists, Sean Lee and Daniel Paik, and feature Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Roger Kalia as guest artists. 

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cars & Café, September 25, October 30, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.

Contact: www.MoulinBistro.com

Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin features a company of more than 100 performers. For their Center debut, these award-winning artists will demonstrate breathtaking feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more, in a show certain to delight the whole family.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, October 7 - 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.

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, October 7 - December 31. 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.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical, October 27 - November 12. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical directed toward youngsters ages 4 and up, is the story about Ella. As a baby, she was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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


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.

35th Annual Baroque Music Festival | Continuing through June 25. 

For more information and tickets, call 949.760.7887 or visit www.bmf-cdm.org

Calendar Girls | Continuing through July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

Frankie Valli

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of SCFTA.org

Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frank Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

2017 Concerts on the Green – Flashback Heart Attack, July 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Flashback Heart Attack was voted best ‘80s cover band or rock band the last eight years by OC Weekly and has won numerous best ‘80s cover band awards from the OC Music Awards. The band members are from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and have a significant local following as well as international reputation for performing electrifying renditions of classic ‘80s rock. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities, July 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Newport Beach Civic Green. This free outdoor concert, presented by the City of Newport Beach and Pacific Symphony as part of the Symphony in the Cities series, will feature a variety of popular classics and rousing patriotic tunes. The concert will be held on the Civic Green in front of the Newport Beach Public Library entrance. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from one of the food trucks on-site. Come early so children can participate in the Musical Playground activities preceding the concert. Musical Playground: Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m. The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Pacific Symphony concert begins at 7 p.m., conducted by Maestro Carl St.Clair. This special concert is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and Pacific Symphony with sponsorship by City National Bank. Free parking available on-site.

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

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Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Potter

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Van Goghs Pink Peach Tree

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Michelle Bendetti

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Michelle Bendetti of Bramble Candles conducts her candle making workshop

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

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Painted Garden

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

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

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

Celtic Women

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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

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

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

Calendar Girls | Continuing through July 2. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband dies, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of 11 WI members who posed for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girl” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theater history.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288 or www.ntacoline.com

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

 

Frankie Valli

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Segerstrom Hall welcomes Frank Valli and The Four Seasons – back by popular demand

Frankie Valli | June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. The group released one smash after another: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It For Me,” “Big Man in Town”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye).” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened. Jersey Boys continues to introduce the music of Valli to new generations, and the man himself shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining sold out audiences near and far.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie Night! The Big Sleep | June 29 at 7 p.m. “The Big Sleep” is the story of a private investigator, Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed over her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from there, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General’s eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap the main man behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickens, and Lauren Bacall star in this classic 1939 film. The screenplay, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel, was written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman. The event is free. RSVP on the website or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Googoosh | July 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $59. This Iranian singer and actress, is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Persian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from Iran. She has recorded songs in Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

2017 Concerts on the Green – Flashback Heart Attack, July 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Flashback Heart Attack was voted best ‘80s cover band or rock band the last eight years by OC Weekly and has won numerous best ‘80s cover band awards from the OC Music Awards. The band members are from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and have a significant local following as well as international reputation for performing electrifying renditions of classic ‘80s rock. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Edward Scissorhands

Movie Mondays, July 10 - August 7 with 5:30 (set-up) and movies starting at 8 p.m.

The line-up takes place on the lawn next to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (July 10); “The Wiz,” (July 17); “Stand and Deliver,” (July 24); “Edward Scissorhands,” (July 31); and “School of Rock,” (August 7). Bring a picnic dinner and low-back beach chairs. Food trucks will be available. Prior to shows there will be audience participation events.

Contact: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.scfta.org

pig races

OC Fair: Farm Fresh Fun, July 14 - August 13, Open daily Wednesday through Sunday. From exhilarating rides and midway games, to performances at Pacific Amphitheatre, the latest product vendors, a live pig cam at Centennial Farm, to all types of inventive fried foods, and competitions & contests, you won’t want to miss this annual family-fun event! Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Contact: 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com

OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities, July 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Newport Beach Civic Green. This free outdoor concert, presented by the City of Newport Beach and Pacific Symphony as part of the Symphony in the Cities series, will feature a variety of popular classics and rousing patriotic tunes. The concert will be held on the Civic Green in front of the Newport Beach Public Library entrance. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from one of the food trucks on-site. Come early so children can participate in the Musical Playground activities preceding the concert. Musical Playground: Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m. The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Pacific Symphony concert begins at 7 p.m., conducted by Maestro Carl St.Clair. This special concert is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and Pacific Symphony with sponsorship by City National Bank. Free parking available on-site.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Newport beach Civic Green, 100 Civic Center, Newport Beach.

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

The Scott Brothers House Party | July 23 at 7 p.m., Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49. Anticipation is “building” for Jonathan and Drew Scott’s first theatrical live experience: The Scott Brothers House Party! Fans can expect an evening that showcases the twin brothers’ multifaceted talents through live performances of their songs, hilarious stories, never-before-seen video, and audience participation in an “anything goes” performance. A VIP Package is available and includes the best seats in the house, a post-show photo opportunity with the Scott Brothers plus VIP merchandise swag.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Giselle ballerina

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Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

Ballerina Nicoletta Manni stars in Giselle

Teatro all Scala Ballet Company to perform Giselle | July 28 - 30, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle. One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Giselle will be performed in place of the originally announced Cinderella

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fun Home

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Fun Home | August 1 - 6, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

2017 Concerts on the Green – Tijuana Dogs, August 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Green. Tijuana Dogs is a popular Southern California band, who play an eclectic mix of rock, R& B, jazz, country, and pop. The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free! Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited) and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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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.

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

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

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

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

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Painted Garden

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The Painted Garden is an interactive, multimedia show that engages youth in the audience

The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO | May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $20. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies. Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance for free creative activities. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Happy Hour Yoga | May 26 at 6 p.m. Fee: $10, Friends; Non-Members, $20. Offered the last Friday of each month, Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist leads a special after-hours Yoga class in the Gardens, which is hosted by a different community partner each month. Enjoy an hour of flow Yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel; three-person minimum. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Celtic Women

Award-winning Celtic Woman to dazzle audiences with their Irish music

Celtic Woman | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. VOICES OF ANGELS showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album. This live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and the magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! Performances take place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Anaheim Ballet #NOFILTER | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. This unique unfiltered ballet performance takes place in an intimate and immersive audience setting. Dancers display world-class athleticism and artistry demanded by the ballet art form, but without the safety net of curtains or a backstage. The audience will be immersed in the lives of ballet dancers and leave inspired by these artistic athletes. This #NoFilter performance includes a repertoire of both classic and contemporary pieces in a one act presentation. Highlights include the legendary Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes,” Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg’s powerful “Rwanda Remembered,” and several dynamic classics re-interpreted for this unique event. Multimedia presentations will give the audience an even deeper peek into the creative process. The performance takes place at Samueli Theater.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange County School of the Arts Season Finale | May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. This dynamic finale performance will showcase the school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of the school’s conservatory programs will be featured. As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, OCSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school, celebrating 30 years, offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, and participate in one of the top high school academic programs in Orange County. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele | May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County for an enthralling evening of jazz, pop and funk. One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, he redefines ukulele music – performing everything from traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of popular hits like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The performance takes place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

47th Annual M.A.C.Y. Awards | May 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $20. During this special celebratory event, you will see 20 - 25 of the best school musical performances from the past year with 44 local high schools and students, (1,700 to 1,800), who will be awarded for their musical theater performances. Two top students will be chosen to compete in “The National High School Musical Theater Awards” in New York. The $100 tickets help support scholarships. $85 will be tax deductible. The M.A.C.Y. Awards, founded in 1969 is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. It is the oldest judging organization of its type in the nation. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.choccharityclassic.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

Takes place at The Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602, www.mwoy.org/ocie.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

Contact: Jennifer Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


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.”

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Animal Shelter

MEET PEBBLES AND BAM BAM

These fur babies are siblings and 8 weeks old. Pebbles is a Linx Point Siamese and her brother is a Grey Tabby. They are spayed/neutered, have their first vaccines and are microchipped. They will be available this Saturday, May 13.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4-5 dogs and 7-8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Pebbles and Bam Bam, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


PADRE fashion show expected to raise more than $300,000

Parker Bohannon

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Parker Bohannon, age 4, was diagnosed at 3 years of age with Type 1 diabetes

Organizers of the 28th Annual PADRE Fashion Show, a nonprofit based in Newport Beach and Orange, helping children and teenagers and their families cope with the struggles of living with Type 1 diabetes, has announced the May 13, Saturday night event is sold out. More than 800 attendees are expected at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach.

“This is our third year co-chairing this event and we are excited to be part of it again,” said Shana Baker (Irvine), who serves as President of the PADRE Board of Directors and co-chairs the Fashion Show with Ann Schoeff (Huntington Beach).

The PADRE Foundation serves more than 2,500 families diagnosed with Type 1, and Baker said the Fashion Show is expected to raise more than $300,000, which will help support PADRE’s 75 free educational classes, including new psych/social sessions, camps, programs and events throughout the year.

PADRE will be honoring Dr. Kevin Kaiserman, a PADRE Board member, with the prestigious Cathie and John Haretakis Founder Award for his continuous support of PADRE and dedication to help children and families manage their diabetes. Kaiserman lives in Manhattan Beach.

Peggy Scoggin, RN, MSN, CDE, will receive the Champion Award for her more than 30 years of dedicated service supporting children living with Type 1. Scoggin residents in San Bernardino.

1999 Miss America Nicole Johnson, Ph.D, who also lives with Type 1, will serve as host of the Fashion Show, the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The Fashion Show will feature PADRE children and teens performing in a choreographed extravaganza reflecting the theme of “Deep into the Blue,” joining professional models on the runway and displaying the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s, in an empowering evening that exhibits the depths in which PADRE supports those living with Type 1 diabetes.

Through the fundraiser, PADRE hopes to help keep childhood special for the PADRE children, who must endure daily needle pricks to test their glucose, receive insulin shots, maintain diet and exercises changes, and live with the constant risk of medical crisis.

PADRE is a nonprofit agency that provides education and support programs for children, teens and families impacted by Type 1. PADRE provides more than 100 classes and events each year to help individuals strengthen their ability to manage the many complex aspects of diabetes self-care. A disease of the endocrine system, it also impacts the body’s vascular system, and thus almost every organ in the body. Without proper control during their early years, diabetes can lead to serious complications later in life. PADRE seeks to make life better for families suffering from diabetes, regardless of their location, ethnicity or economic status.

The PADRE Foundation was founded by a group of parents who recognized the need in Orange County for education, resources and support for families who have children with diabetes. Today, PADRE serves more than 2,500 pediatric patients annually from throughout Orange County and neighboring counties. As an independent nonprofit organization in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange and the Hoag Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center in Newport Beach, PADRE is dedicated to serving the community through its free diabetes education programs, which are designed to improve diabetes self- management and health outcomes of young participants, as well as strengthening of family functioning and coping skills.

For more information, call 714.509.8330 or visit www.padrefoundation.org

or www.padrefoundationshow.org.


NMUSD to offer online driver’s education class

Online Driver’s Education registration begins on Tuesday, May 22 and will close when it is full. Class will begin on May 29 after 3 p.m. and ends on June 18 at 3 p.m. 

The State of California requires individuals to spend 30 hours studying Driver’s Education before you can get your learner’s permit. This online driver’s education course lets you study at your own pace, on your schedule, any time of the day or night. 

Drivers ed

This course sets the foundation for behind-the-wheel Driver’s Training and is in accordance with the guidelines set by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Each course accommodates 150 students for registration. The course is offered two times a year. 

Upon successful completion, students will receive a DMV-approved certificate of completion. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District does not offer Driver Training, otherwise known as behind-the-wheel instruction. 

All students must be 15 years or older on the day the course starts and have internet access to enroll. All communication will be delivered by email.


Look who is going to lead the CdM 5K race warm up

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Courtesy of CdM Chamber of Commerce

If you haven’t registered yet…join the popular Corona del Mar Scenic 5K race/walk that meanders through the village’s charming streets with beautiful ocean views on Saturday, June 3.

Here’s the rundown: Men’s 5K at 7:55 a.m., Women’s 5K at 8:20 a.m.; 2-Mile Walk at 8:50 a.m.; Youth 2-Mile at 8:45 a.m. and Kids’ 1K Dash at 9 a.m.

And look who’s leading the race stretch and warm up at 7:30 a.m.! It’s the runner from Orangetheory Fitness.

To register, prior to June 2, visit www.cdm.chamber.com. You can also do a walk-in registration at Newport Beach Civic Center (Community Room), 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. On race day, which begins at 6 a.m., go to Ocean Boulevard and Heliotrope and add $7 to registration fees (except for the Dolphin Dash).


Linda Isle’s Sharkey Start

By DUNCAN FORGEY

The sun crested over Saddleback Mountain on a warm summer morning in 1962. Two local boys rowed their mast-less grey dinghy, Serious Too, through Newport Harborʻs comfortable morning air. The dayʻs supplies included fishing tackle and bait (hand-picked black barnacles from the Genoa dock), Mom-made sandwiches, Laura Scudderʻs Potato Chips and several bottles of Nesbittʻs Orange. In the bow, they stuffed one large beach towel, and a never-to-be-used tube of sun block. The boat was “ship shape” and ready for the dayʻs adventures. Shark Island, to the south, was their destination for a day of swimming, halibut fishing and battles with imaginary pirates.

Those care-free days have long since faded into nostalgia, and black and white photos boxed in the garage. Shark Island is now home to some of Newport Beachʻs most elite and powerful residents. The days of halibut fishing are long gone, since fishing the bay has become unpopular. There are, however, other activities on this horseshoe-shaped island, now known as Linda Isle. Named for Linda Irvine; Linda is also Spanish for beautiful.

Linda Isle Gate

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Beautiful indeed! One hundred and seven large waterfront properties, (one more, if you include one at the base of the islandʻs bridge). Each site created so all the homes have water frontage and are capable of sustaining a large dock. In the early 1970s, builders Higson Construction, Ivan Wells and Don Koll built speculative homes utilizing the creative minds of architects like David Miller, I.E. Kephart and Herbert Brownell.

Jim Higson told me the project was not an immediate hit. Lots were slow to sell due to leased land requirements and high down payments placed on them by the owner of the land, The Irvine Company. It was not until the 25 percent upfront costs were lowered that sales began to pick up. Finally, creative developers were able to jump into custom home building suitable for such a gracious setting. Ralph Williams, one of Southern Californiaʻs most renown autos dealer seen daily on local T.V. was an early resident.

Marshall Duffieldʻs family, including current City Councilman Duffy Duffield, inventor of the famous electric boat, remembers his dad buying leases to four parcels and building four new homes for $75,000 each in construction costs. Three were for speculation and one became their family home.

Bill Grundy, son of Gordon Grundy (Newport Beachʻs first resident physician and a local hero for containing the 1918 influenza pandemic) was the initial sales manager for Linda Isle. He often talked about working out of the current clubhouse, utilizing a small dingy and a Grand Banks 32 powerboat to show prospective clients the various site locations from the water.

Original pricing was $100,000 and up depending on size and location. Ground leases ranged from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Most of the original homes have since been torn down, rebuilt or dramatically remodeled. The bigger new homes are more contemporary and built to take advantage of natural light and views with massive windows.

Linda Isle, known for its privacy, is protected by a natural moat and a manned guard gate. Property prices have increased exponentially over the past five decades making it some of most valuable real estate in the city.

Like several other neighborhoods built in the 1950s and 1960s, Linda Isle residences sat atop Irvine Company land forcing owners to pay monthly rents. Hard work and several years of negotiations headed by The Committee of 4,000 eventually released homeowners of this burden.

The Committee of 4,000, a group of influential homeowners waged a heated battle against the powerful Irvine Company, dedicated to force the sale of the land. The homeowners prevailed in time to realize future spurts in appreciation.

Local resident Barbara Amstadter, a leader in this movement, remembers the long negotiations. Homeowners argued the leases decreased the values of their homes, made it difficult to obtain financing, created hardships for fixed income families, and jeopardized future owners with potential lease increases. Amstader gives Donald Bren credit for seeing these issues and helping in the process.

Take a Duffy electric boat to the back channels of Linda Isle and you will see no one fishing the halibut holes. They have been replaced by aging baby boomers relaxing on their patios with their grandchildren, drinking toddies and eating hors dʻoeuvres. Boats have grown so big over the years, that views not only include rigging but in some cases hulls and cabins of monster power yachts.

Shark Island has radically changed from a useless sand spit, housing only shore birds and big dreams of little kids to Linda Isle with pirates Blackbeard, Henry Morgan and Anne Bonny being replaced by modern day swashbucklers made up of inventors, developers and entrepreneurs.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Free eco movie screening tonight

Bag It

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The Newport Beach Central Library will be hosting a free screening of the documentary film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” tonight (May 11) from 7 to 8:45 p.m. 

See what happens when Jeb Berrier, a regular American man and soon to be father, makes a pledge to stop using single use plastic bags and more at the grocery store.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world.

The event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room and is free to the public.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

Zinque, a charming waterfront bistro

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Dine alfresco on Zinque’s outdoor patio

When I went down to Lido Marina Village recently to view the Newport Boat Show, I discovered Zinque! This charming bistro commands amazing waterfront views.

It was an iconic culinary hangout from Abbot Kinney in Venice and Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood that brought its European vibe, food and wine selection to Lido Marina Village in late summer of 2016. The eatery offers waterfront patio seating and chic interiors featuring a sweeping wine bar perfect for enjoying Zinque’s menu and wine offerings.

The street-side takeout counter offers coffee from the world-renowned roasters of La Colombe. Zinque is a must-visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention meeting at one of the most picturesque bars in Newport. Try the tartines and tasty brunch items.

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Samplings from the menu

And, after you dine, check out all the cool boutiques, and youngsters will enjoy sailing a boat in the fountain.

Zinque is open Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. - 2 a.m
.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. It is located at 3446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. Call 949.612.7259. www.LeZinque.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Traffic, parking and pasta sauce…it’s just another week

TomJohnson

Most of the discussion at last Tuesday’s (May 9) Newport Beach City Council meeting centered on the traffic issues facing Bayside Drive between East Coast Highway and Jamboree Road.

Following a number of accidents on that stretch of road, Bayside Drive residents urged the Council to make appropriate changes to slow down traffic.

Several concepts were discussed, including 1) do nothing 2) modify the lane widths and add medians that studies show slows traffic, 3) change the road from four lanes to three (two in the direction away from Balboa Island and one coming to) and 4) change the road to two lanes with a roundabout at the Harbor Island intersection.

At the end of the night the Council voted 4-3 to modify lane widths and to add medians. City Councilmen Brad Avery, Jeff Herdman and Scott Peotter all voted against the idea, instead all favoring the roundabout concept.

Speaking of traffic issues, residents in the Finley Tract at the entrance to the Peninsula, came to the Council seeking parking relief. New development around the old City Hall site and around the Lido Marina Village has caused an influx of parking in their area.

The Council supported their concerns and authorized staff to assess establishing a Residents’ Preferential Parking Zone and then return to the City Council for final action. 

There are 164 residential units in the Finley Tract.

One issue that will need to be determined along the way is any Coastal Commission issues with a new parking plan that might limit public access to the beaches.

Finally, last night’s television news (Wednesday, May 10) showed an abundance of great white sharks swimming along the Orange County coastline very close to shore.

One area they won’t be in is at the mouth of the Santa Ana River where an 1,800-gallon sewage spill occurred earlier this week.

The beach has been closed “until further notice” from the Talbert Channel in Huntington State Beach to Highland Street in Newport Beach

As for the sharks, I’m glad I’m a golfer instead of a surfer. It just seems a lot safer and I can deal with water hazards on the course.

BTW, join me Sunday for my StuNewsNewport radio show on KOCI radio, 101.5 at 11 a.m. Happy to have Steve Schirripa of The Sopranos television program joining me.

If you don’t remember, Steve played Bobby Baccalieri, one of Tony Soprano’s “goombas.”  Some of his other credits include The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). 

Steve is an actor, producer, author and voice artist, but rumor has it that one of the subjects we’ll discuss is Uncle Steve’s (Pasta) Sauce.

Should be fun.


Celebrate John Wayne’s birthday his way

Wild Goose

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Celebrate John Wayne Day on May 26, the anniversary of the legendary star’s birthday, with an exclusive event aboard his former yacht, The Wild Goose. 

Hear an intimate performance by Wayne’s granddaughter, Jennifer Wayne’s band, Runaway June. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails prepared with Duke Bourbon. 

Proceeds in large part will go to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. 

There will be a meet and greet with Jennifer Wayne and Captain Bert Minshall, Wayne’s former Captain, with an opportunity to purchase an autographed book, “On Board With the Duke”. 

There will be informal tours of Wild Goose and the Wayne Family staterooms as well as photographs with the wax figure of John Wayne on loan from Madame Tussaud’s of Hollywood. 

There are very limited tickets for this exclusive event. The price is $195 per person (tax, service charge and landing fee apply). Call 888-HORNBLOWER for reservations. 

Boarding begins at 6 p.m., followed by cruising from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hornblower is located at 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Artwalk coming to Balboa Island

Balboa Island Artwalk

Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. The Artwalk is the premier showcase for local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season.

This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. 

Performing musicians include Gary Gould, Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose and the Rick Sherman Duo. 

Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Assemblages

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, May 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Michael Simon, speaking on IRA & Retirement Plan Distributions. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 9