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Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

100 Buddhas closeup

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Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

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100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

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

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

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

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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

Octette Bridge Club 2

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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA, Continuing through March 25. Hours: Sunday, 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Cirque du Soleil is bringing LUZIA to SoCal, returning to the Fairgrounds for the fifth time! Experience water inside the Big Top, jaw-dropping acts and larger-than-life props in this unique production unlike any show you have ever seen before. Tickets start at $50 with premium and VIP seating available. Parking is $10; preferred, $15.

Contact: www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The iconic tent is erected in the eastern portion of the Fairgrounds (Lot G).

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Gem Faire, February 23 - 25. Hours: Friday, Feb. 23, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. Admission: $7 for general; $12 for children ages 12 and younger are free. Admission is good for three days. Parking is $8. 

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

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

41st Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show, February 23 - 25. Hours: Friday, Feb. 23, 12 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. At the 41st annual Orange County Home & Garden Show, find everything for home and garden projects. Plus, don’t miss the Great Landscape Competition with the best of OC professionals competing for more than $5,000 in cash prizes, plus a “People’s Choice Award” for this competition. Free prize drawings and DIY workshops will take place hourly. Admission: $6 for general; $4 for seniors and military. Parking is $8. 

Contact: www.thebesthomeshow.com; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 801.571.9012.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Los Alamitos and Anaheim buildings, OC Promenade, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Home and Garden Show

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Dublin Irish Dance Stepping Out, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in “Stepping Out,” a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the vibrant Irish community that migrated to New York, where Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other. Performance is in Segestrom Hall.Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

Dublin Irish Dance

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Sunday Musicale: Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, February 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. One of the most bold and versatile chamber groups in the country, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. Founded in 1987 by Maria Newman (violin/viola) and Wendy Prober (piano), the core performers in this critically acclaimed flexible ensemble of strings, winds, piano and voice, Viklarbo brings their spontaneity and passion to traditional classics and 21st century classics in the making. Sunday Musicale is free and presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

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

Maria Newman of Viklarbo

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Winter Visionaries Lecture Series, February 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “Everyone is a Critic: Artform to Artsy.” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

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

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

The King and I teacher with students

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, February 28 at 2:30 p.m., March 14 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30 p.m. 

Enjoy high tea with Pascal. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, as selection of tea sandwiches and a selection of desserts. Cost: $34 person plus tax and gratutity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033. Visit the website to view the complete menu. 

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

Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market, March 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The goal is to bring together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Come be inspired and shop in all the styled and curated spaces and find out why Flying Miz Daisy is the No. 1 Vintage Market in California. Admission: $8 for general; $5 for seniors; Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $8. 

Contact: www.flyingmizdaisy.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 949.422.0432. 

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

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Wine & Canvas, March 2 at 6 p.m. The artists from Wine & Canvas are bringing their expertise and inspiration to Center Stage. Enjoy a curated wine selection as you create and paint your own vibrant masterpiece with simple step-by-step instruction. Must be 21 years of age to attend. For additional information and to RSVP, contact the website.

Contact: www.Lincoln.com/ExperienceCenter

Takes place at Lincoln Experience Center in Fashion Island at 139 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Cambodian Rock Band, March 4 - 25. Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced – his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago – it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip. Performances are on the Julia Argyros Stage. Music by Dengue Fever; directed by Chay Yew.

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

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

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Winter Visionaries Lecture Series, March 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “The Art of Scandal: From Culture Wars to Activists.” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields, March 9 at 8 p.m. in the

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. One of the most celebrated violinists of his time, Joshua Bell returns with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Bell, who was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, was appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011. Single tickets start at $48 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

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St. John Passion, March 10 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angeles Catholic Church, Newport Beach. Bach’s musical setting of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus as related in the Gospel of John is one of the composer’s most powerful and dramatic works. Forty members of Pacific Chorale join forces with period instrument orchestra Musica Angelica to bring this masterpiece to the Lenten season, under the direction of Artistic Director Robert Istad and featuring Jon Lee Keenan, tenor. Tickets are $25 - $70.

For tickets and to order online, visit www.pacificchorale.org.

Takes place at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop, March 10 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves together mindfulness and art from the heart through breath work, visualization and play on and off the canvas!  Each child will complete his/her own canvas. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends, $30; Non-members, $40. Visit the website to sign up.

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

OLQA

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, March 14 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts.  Cost: $34 per person + tax & gratuity. By reservation only, call 949.673.0033. Visit the website to sign up.

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

MUSINK Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, March 16 - 18. Hours: Friday, 3 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 - 9 p.m. SoCal’s premier tattoo convention, car show and music festival presented by Travis Barker features the Descendents, Blink-182, Lil Yachty and more. General admission: $29.59. Parking is $8. 

Contact: For the full lineup and tickets, www.musinkfest.com.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach buildings, Santa Ana Pavilion and Main Mall, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa, March 16 - 18 with performance times at 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. For more than 40 years, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, led by founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min, has celebrated Asian culture and aesthetics – and thrilled audiences – with its inventive blend of Qigong, martial arts, modern dance and ballet. Legend has it that 16th century Portuguese sailors exclaimed “formosa,” meaning “beautiful” when they first set eyes on the verdant island we now know as Taiwan, rising from the sea off the coast of China. This legend now serves as inspiration for Lin’s latest evening-length work, “Formosa.” Using gesture, script, song and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere in which only the universal remains – a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope and rebirth. To a soundtrack by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy, dancers mingle in intimations of community, making tribal ritual and urban bustle seem as one. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

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She Works for the Queen, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join science-based local beekeeper Robin Jones as she shares fascinating facts about bees and honey. Participants will get a peek into a glass observation hive and taste her national blue ribbon winning honeys. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

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

Spring Visionaries Lecture Series, March 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “What is Contemporary Art?” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Library Open House, March 20 from 5 - 8 p.m. 

Come celebrate this 4th annual event at Sherman Library! It has been an exciting year for the library as they get to showcase their new cosmetic face: fresh paint, new carpeting and reupholstered chairs. The archives storage, which is usually closed to the public, will be open for tours. The tours will include a display of unique items from the Library’s collections, including a California Gold Rush era letter, cyanotype photographs of the Arizona Territory, early photographs of Newport Beach and more. RSVP online or call 949.673.1880.

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

Painting Class – Spring Flowers with Carol, March 24 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Join local artist Carol Krieder as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. The class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter.  Each participant will take home a personalized creation. Class size is limited to 12 people maximum. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

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

Kids Peaceful Workshop, March 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. 

Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves mindfulness and art from the heart through breath work, visualization and play on the canvas. Each y9ungter will complete his/her own canvas. Class sizes are limited. Cost: Friends, $30; Non-members, $40. Visit the website to sign up.

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

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

Painting Class: Watercolor in the Gardens, March 24 at 9 a.m. 

This art class will focus on Spring Flowers with Carol. Join local artist Carol Krieder a she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. The class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home a finished work of art. Maximum 12 people. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

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

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Crossroads of the West Gun Show, March 24 - 25. Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. General admission: $18; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $8 (enter at Gate 3 or 10). 

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

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center –Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and Los Alamitos buildings, OC Promenade, Santa Ana Pavilion and Main Mall, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

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

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

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

Shrew

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Orange County’s Largest Mixer, March 29 from 4 - 8 p.m. Join 2,500 like-minded business professionals from across Orange County for an evening of making new business connections, generating leads and renewing past business relationships. The 15th annual event will feature more than 175 exhibitors, 25 chambers of commerce and 20 restaurants. General admission: $20. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.ocmixer.com, call 310.862.2878, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Spitfire Grill, March 30 - April 29. The Spitfire Grill won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ prestigious Richard Rodgers Production Award for 2001. Premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons, it received Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League, as well as two Drama Desk nominations. A feisty parolee follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town. She suggests to Hannah that it be raffled off, with entry fees at $100. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. Tickets are $25 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

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

The Spitfire Grill

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Zedtown, March 31 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (two events, each lasts four hours). Zombie defense mobilization efforts are now underway as Orange County residents prepare for an impending zombie invasion experience – armed with only foam blasters.

General admission: $40. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.us.zedtown.com, call 763.324.7889, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Imaginology: Power Your Imagination, April 13 - 15. Hours: Friday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday is Field Trip Day and it is open to the public. Free parking for cars and buses on Friday only. Schools and large groups of 10 or more are encouraged to register, but not required. All groups will be accommodated (no groups will be turned away). A registration form is available on the website at https://ocf.formstack.com/forms/io_field_trip. Free admission for all ages. Parking is $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Youth organizations will be serving lunch, snacks and drinks, or enjoy one of the gourmet food trucks. Check the website for the exciting 2018 lineup.

Contact: www.ocfair.com

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

Little Black Shadows, April 8 - 29. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Post-show discussions take place on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. “We is shadows. And shadows is seen, not heard.” In pre-Civil war Georgia, Toy and Colis spend long days on the plantation silently serving adolescent twins Mittie and Daniel. But in the dead of night their world comes alive, as they lie beneath their masters’ beds whispering stories to each other through a vent in the wall. When Father announces the family is moving to Louisiana, the children face uncertain futures. Do they dare come out of the shadows? A compelling testament to the power of the human spirit from one of America’s most promising playwrights. Directed by may Adrales. This world premiered takes place on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Recommended for high school ages and above.

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

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

Little Black Shadows

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Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Magnolias, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This art class will focus on Spring Flowers with Carol. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to paint magnolias with watercolors. In this class you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

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

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America’s Family Pet Expo, April 27 - 29. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The 29th annual America’s Family Pet Expo is the largest pet and pet product expo. Exhibits include retailers, groomers, hobbyist, rescue organizations, breeders and pet experts. Great show of dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small and large animals, plus top notch entertainment and attractions.

 General admission: $15; Seniors (60+), $13; Children, $10; Free for kids 5 years of age and younger. Active and retired military members are free with valid ID. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.petexpooc.org, call 800.999.7295, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Pet Expo


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor High School Online Auction, continuing through March 2.

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” is holding an online auction through March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 9 gala with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until February 28; $135 thereafter. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum, and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

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

Contact: www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For additional details, contact Diana Long, NHEF Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.supportnhhs.com.

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

CHOC | “Tears of Joy,” Saturday, February 24 with doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m.

A special benefit for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), featuring the musical entertainment of “Tears of Joy.” During social hour, order food and drinks. Cover charge: $20 per person (the admission fee is a donation to CHOC). Reservations strongly recommended, and seating is limited.

Contact: For reservations and more information, call 949.261.2670.

Takes place at Campus Jax, 3950 Campus Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Sea Base | Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World, A Party with a Purpose Sunday, February 25 from 3 - 5 p.m. Cost: $30.

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime party with the crew of the Golden Rule peace boat, and the world premiere of the documentary, “Peace Sail: The Story of the Golden Rule.” Guests are invited to see the Golden Rule and enjoy conversation with the crew. Wine and snacks will be served followed by the film premiere and a silent auction. It has been 60 years since the Golden Rule’s attempted voyage to the Marshall Islands to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear bomb testing. In celebration, they will be raising funds for the Golden Rule’s upcoming voyage to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Japan and maybe even the Korean Peninsula. This event raises public awareness about the need to abolish nuclear weapons. Sailing this historic anti-nuclear sailboat across the Pacific is a dramatic way to spread the word in the U.S. and around the globe. Tours of the historic Golden Rule sailboat, docked at the venue, will take place from 2 - 6 p.m. (before, during and after the event).

Contact: For more information, contact Helen Jaccard at 206.992.6364 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Adoption Guild | Patroness Spring Luncheon, Friday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

“Celebrating Family,” is where 250 guests will dine together in a luxurious ballroom while watching a fashion show sponsored by Grayse, the new design house from mother/daughter duo Marie Gray and Kelly Gray. These two Orange County icons (formerly of St. John Knits) will dress the models in the spring collection from Grayse, which puts a modern spin on luxurious separates. The fun begins much earlier, as guests enjoy a welcoming champagne reception where they can check out the must-have wares of local vendors who offer jewelry, handbags, clothing, linens and fashion accessories. The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County is a financial auxiliary of the Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency, whose mission is to give “every child an opportunity to have a loving family.” It was founded in 1949 by Mrs. Bob (Delores) Hope to provide counseling, resources and emotional support to birth parents considering adoption. (Bob and Delores adopted their two children and Delores wanted to set in place an organization where birth parents could receive lifelong counseling in a trusting, unbiased environment in order to make the best choices for their child.) Tickets are tax-deductible: Holy Family Services (now HFS) is a state-licensed, non-denominational non-profit 501(c)3 agency providing quality adoption services to residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Contact: For tickets and more information, visit www.adoptionguild.org and www.eventbrite.com/e/adoption-guild-2018-patroness-spring-luncheon-tickets-41446369206?aff=eac2

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

Adoption Guild co chairs

(L-R): Christine Johnson and Maria Zucht, Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon chairpersons

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

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

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

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

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

City of Hope | Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m.

4th Annual Let’s Be Frank About Cancer is honoring Donna Porter with the 2018 Frank DiBella Humanitarian Award. Over the past three years, this event has raised more than $5 million for City of Hope and its cancer research under the direction of Dr. Sumanta K. Pal. The evening includes dinner, live entertainment, dancing, auctions and awards. Frank DiBella, a local CPA and cancer survivor, chairs this event.

Contact: Jaime Byrne at 213.446.5632. www.cityofhope.org/letsbefrank

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

America On Track | Wine Tasting Event on Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.

4th Annual Pouring From the Heart features wine tastings (with prestigious California vintages chosen especially for this event), light cuisine and a strolling magician. One-of-a-kind experiences will be available to purchase at the accompanying silent auction. The event will also feature a wine-pull opportunity drawing, with the chance to win extraordinary wines. Tickets can be purchased for $200 (or $150 for young executives) at www.americaontrack.org/pouringfromtheheart, or by calling 714.531.7144. RSVP soon, as the event is expected to sell out. Additionally, corporate or personal sponsorships are available at the $1,250 - $10,000 levels, all of which come with complimentary tickets. All of the funds raised will benefit America On Track’s award-winning Brighter Futures programs throughout Orange County: Emerging Leaders program and Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners. For 23 years, America On Track, a non-profit organization, has been providing services throughout Orange County and is currently serving 22,000+ individuals annually through innovative programs that transform the lives of disadvantaged youth.

Contact: Terry Thmas or Claire Braeburn: On This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona de mar.

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America On Track serves disadvantaged youth throughout Orange County

Hoag Charity Sports | Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11.

Toshiba Classic presented by Kingston Technology. The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Newport Beach, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event marks Hoag Hospital’s 20th anniversary as host, manager and beneficiary of the tournament, which generates more than $1 million annually for charity. As it has since 2011, proceeds from this year’s Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs. A highlight of the week is Breakfast with a Champion, whose guest of honor is Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores.

Contact: www.toshibaclassic.com

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Newport Beach.

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Hoag Charity Sports | Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11.

Toshiba Classic presented by Kingston Technology. The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Newport Beach, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event marks Hoag Hospital’s 20th anniversary as host, manager and beneficiary of the tournament, which generates more than $1 million annually for charity. As it has since 2011, proceeds from this year’s Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs. A highlight of the week is Breakfast with a Champion, whose guest of honor is Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores.

Contact: www.toshibaclassic.com

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Newport Beach.

Child Abuse Prevention Center | An Evening in Emerald City, Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

20th Annual Bright Futures Celebration is one of the biggest and brightest events of the season, with dining, dancing, entertainment and an auction. Together, we can help children travel their own Yellow Brick Road to discover There is No Place Like a Safe Home.

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Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Visit the website to purchase tickets and find out about sponsorship opportunities.

Make A Wish Orange County and Inland Empire | It’s in the Bag, Sunday, March 11 from 12 - 3 p.m.

Women’s Circle of Wishes presents a fabulous luncheon, silent and live auctions and the famous Wine Wall, all supporting this worthwhile organization. Hats are welcome! Costs: Tables of 10, $1,500; Single Tickets, $150 each. Tickets are not available at the door. For tickets and more information, visit the website or call 714.573.9474

Contact: www.ocie.wish.org/ways-to-help/attend-an-event/this-old-bag

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

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

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

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

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

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Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 5:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KidWorks | 6th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 3.

This tournament raises much-needed funds for programs that change the lives of at-risk youth living in challenging Santa Ana neighborhoods, with tournament sponsors supporting critical educational opportunities like tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership training offered by the 25-year-old nonprofit organization. Golfer registration includes a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast, gourmet on-course food and cocktails, on-course contests, plus a dinner and awards ceremony. The scramble-style tournament begins with a 9 a.m. registration, with breakfast and access to the driving range, followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At 4:30 p.m., the 19th Hole Reception begins, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities and event details.

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

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Mike Harrah and students from KidWorks

Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Friday, May 4.

Laura’s House, a Southern California domestic violence agency, is hosting a “Brighter Futures” luncheon. In its third year, the event highlights the critical community work of the nonprofit and honors those who have helped the organization advance its mission to rebuild the lives of families affected by domestic violence. Festivities feature a lunch reception, keynote speaker, opportunity drawings, and an award ceremony to honor the Girl Scouts of Orange County and a young Laura’s House ambassador who has demonstrated her passion for spreading awareness about domestic violence. Each luncheon table will have personalized décor inspired by the theme, with prominent local designers showcasing their unique designs at sponsor-level tables. Cost: $100 per individual ticket; Sponsorship tables are available and range from $3,500 - $20,000.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at 949.361.3775 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.laurashouse.org

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

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Laura’s House “Brighter Futures” luncheon raises funds for families affected by domestic violence

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

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

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

Pelican Hill Golf Course

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Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

CHOC | Children’s Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The CHOC Children’s Classic presented by Cigna attracts community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. This tournament promises a day of world-class golf with great ocean views at one of the world’s finest golf destinations. Participants will enjoy 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s north and south courses, continental breakfast, box lunch, Grand Champions Opportunity Drawing, and a short BBQ reception. Proceeds from the tournament will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For more information about foursomes and sponsorships, contact Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.chocgolfclassic.org

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

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

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

Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Mixed Media Collages by Phyllis Paxton, Continuing through March 2. Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition by mixed media artist Phyllis Paxton. While living in Paris in the 1980s, Paxton was working in watercolors and acrylics, showing her works through group shows. While this was interesting, her graphic arts background and work with ad agencies had kindled a desire to blend traditional art with the calls to action and emotional appeals of advertising posters. As Paxton explored Paris, she became fascinated with these peeling posters on the corners and walls of the city. Their artists were free from restricted academic boundaries and could explore colors and themes chosen in the hope of attracting viewers. Weather had worn them into peeling layers, exposing fragments advertising everything from nightclubs and theater to sports. They seemed almost to breed in layers that made Paxton feel like an archeologist as she peeled off strips and fragments to use in her paintings. After photographing the walls, the artist took pieces of paper to her studio where she soaked and separated them, revealing previously hidden layers that sparked fresh directions for her. The artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Photo Contest, Continuing through April 15. To encourage public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest. The public is invited to submit photographs of one or more of the sculptures on display in Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Interaction with the sculptures is encouraged, however photos cannot depict any climbing, hanging, modification or physical abuse of the sculptures. Note: The “bunnies” in the park are not considered sculptures. The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries will be accepted through April 15. Complete entry guidelines and instructions can be found at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts.

Grand Prize, Runner Up and Honorable Mention will be awarded. Prizes include gift certificates donated by local restaurants, including Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill and Bistango. Winning photos will be displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Flight by Steven Reiman

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LEGO Block Party, February 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGOS Mini Rubiks Cube

AP Practice Test, February 17 and 24 from 9:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, students can choose between AP World History, AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Calculus AB. Please include the test name in the “Comments” box on the registration page. You must provide this information when you register in order to be admitted to the test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students do not need to bring a pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Only those who register in advance will be allowed to take the test. You will receive a confirmation email from this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please add that email address to your contacts or check your junk or spam mail if you don’t receive a confirmation. Only register for one of the dates. If you have any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard – Love the Liver, Heal the Gut: An Integrative Doctor’s Secret to Healthy Aging, February 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This lecture features UC Irvine Health physicians discussing research and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. Dr. Arvin Jenab is a naturopathic doctor at the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Jenab practices integrative medicine as whole-body, system-based medicine that utilizes a range of effective and appropriate conventional and alternative methods to treat illness and promote wellness. He treats patients with a wide range of chronic illnesses including digestive issues, mood disorders, cancer, chronic fatigue and stress-related disorders. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 7 - 8:30 p.m., lecture and Q&A. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are required. For more information, call 949.717.3818. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, February 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

BARK! At Balboa, February 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Kids! Practice your reading by sharing a book with a therapy dog from “Beach Animals Reading with Kids” (BARK). Ten-minute reading slots are on a first-come, first-served basis and participation is limited by dog team availability. This program is designed for school-age children. Beginning-to-readers are welcome, too. Ages 4 and up. For more information, call 949.717.3818 or Susan Groux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Beyond the Canvas – Max Ernst, February 28, 2018 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism. Learn more about the great masters of art in this fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Databases, February 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will learn to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow their family tree. Participants will use Media Lab computers to facilitate hands-on learning. Cancellations: Due to limited seating in the Media Lab, they kindly request that registrants unable to attend the class contact the instructor with advanced notice so that the instructor may cancel your registration and make your seat available to another attendee. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport, March 1 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Enjoy this opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. The event will feature Newport Beach Mayor Duffy Duffield. Breakfast will be provided. The event is free to the public, but they request you make reservations, so they can plan for food and seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.729.4411. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Witte Lecture Series features Dr. R. David Edelman speaking on Artificial intelligence, March 3 at 2 p.m. (The Friday, March 2 event is already sold out.) Dr. Edelman was Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, and has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security and daily lives. He served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC) and led the White House team focusing on the digital economy – broadband, telecommunications, spectrum and technology trade as well as consumer cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues and anti-trust competition. An expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today from cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation, his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In 2017, Dr. Edelman joined MIT’s Internet policy team as Director of the new Project on Technology, the Economy and National Security. Dr. Edelman’s lecture will guide participants through this period of unprecedented change and provide insight into how technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars work, as well as explain the implications they will have for individuals, existing industries and geopolitics. The lecture and Q & A begin at 2 p.m. with book sales and signing taking place at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public; $30 for Library Foundation members. Dessert and coffee will be provided. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org, or all 949.548.2411. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

David Edelman

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Making Memories of Children: Nature Series, March 4 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Predators such as wolves, coyotes, and birds of prey depend on food webs. The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will show guests how these animals play an important role in keeping our environment healthy. The program will come alive with a visit from some local animals that play a key role in the food web. This program is free but registration is required. A $10 suggested donation is requested at the door. For more information and to register, visit www.nbplfoundation.org or call 949.548.2411. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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“The Four Seasons” Oil Paintings by Agnes Schenk, March 5 -  May 4 during library hours. Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition by painter Agnes Schenk, who previously exhibited at the Newport Beach Central Library in 2015, with enthusiastic response from the public. Approximately 30 years ago, “Aggie” – as she prefers to be called – returned to an early love for oil paint, brushes and canvas. Her early art instruction while in high school in Missouri, was by Ursuline nuns educated at the Sorbonne in Paris. Those early lessons forced her to focus on drawing and details of hands and faces. After mastering the pencil, she was then allowed to progress with charcoal, then watercolor and finally to oil. This classic method of careful attention to composition laid the framework for her now well-known paintings of flowers in all their glory. Schenk studied under several master painters such as local artists Frank Tarallo, Bill Alexander and Gary Jenkins. Later, she joined Jonathan Burke and Roger Armstrong’s classes at Laguna College of Art & Design. At 90, she continues to attend painting groups twice a week, refusing to let any ailments get in the way of her creativity. Artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Agnes Schenk and her painting

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AP Test Results Program, March 3 from 7 - 8 p.m. Students who attended the February 17 or February 24 AP Practice Tests at the Library can attend this program to view their results, and get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. This is a free event that is limited to students and parents of students who took the practice AP tests on just the two dates. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, March 13 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making some fun crafts! Geared for children ages 3 - 8 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served; limited by room capacity. Takes place at the Mariners Branch Library,1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE: Why Your Website Should be a Top Marketing Priority, March 4 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Wake up your website! Learn some of the latest website best practices and techniques for making your site an effective sales tool. It’s important that businesses make their website a priority and the foundation of their online marketing in order to achieve optimal success. Start increasing sales, leads and customer loyalty. This informative session will cover: Why You Should Make Your Website a Top Marketing Priority, Mobile Trends, Why It’s Critical to Have a Mobile-friendly Website, The Latest Website Best Practices, Top Turnoffs for Visitors, Tips to Make Your Website a More Effective Sales Tool, An Overview of Google Analytics, Resources for Tracking & Monitoring the Effectiveness of Your Website, and Case Studies/Small Business Real World Examples. Victoria Byrne, founder of Creative Marketing Services, is the presenter of this workshop. She has helped small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups maximize their online web development, marketing and lead generation potential with strategically planned, creative and cost effective marketing initiatives for more than 15 years. Byrne regularly shares her marketing expertise at workshops, boot camps and training seminars. For more information and to register, visit https://orangecounty.score.org/content/ws. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies, March 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.  Inhabiting four lives – a railroad baron’s valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption – this novel shows that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive as much through love as blood. Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories – three inspired by real historical characters – to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American. The group is free and reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome. It is hosted by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, March 14 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Fairy Tale Crafts, March 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come make crafts inspired by some of our favorite fairy tales. Geared for children ages 3 - 8 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library,100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

United States Census Research, March 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. In addition to providing an insightful window into the life events of both individuals and family groups dating back to 1790, census records often provide the only documentation about ancestors when no other information exists. This class will explore the type of information found in federal and state census records as well as demonstrate how to use the information contained within them to further genealogy research. This class will not include the use of Media Lab computers. Due to limited seating in the Media Lab, they request that registrants unable to attend the class contact the instructor with advanced notice so that the instructor can cancel your registration and make your seat available to another attendee. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Lucky Leprechaun Crafts, March 13 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making some fun crafts! Geared for children ages 3 - 8 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served; limited by room capacity. Takes place at the Mariners Branch Library,1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Making Memories of Children: Nature Series, Birds of Prey in Our Neighborhood presented by the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, March 18 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. This program will focus on some of the feathered predators that we see every day. Led by both human and feathered creatures, the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be bringing along some of its bird ambassadors to visit. This program is free but registration is required. A $10 suggested donation at the door is requested. For more information and to register, visit www.nbplfoundation.org or call 949.548.2411. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Caterpillars and Butterflies, March 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Come out of your cocoon and celebrate the arrival of spring with Newport Beach Public Library. Enjoy butterfly-themed stories, crafts, and meet new caterpillar friends. You will hang a caterpillar enclosure in the garden and can visit them over several weeks as they grow into butterflies! Children of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place in the Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, March 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Newport Beach Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group, March 21 at 7 p.m. Come prepared to discuss the group’s first selection, The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. You will me meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so bring your ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Groux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in the Central Library Charles Sword Meeting Room (upstairs), 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard – Cataract Surgery – A Doctors Panel, March 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This evening features Dr. Sumit Garg, Medical Director, UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute presenting “Customizing Cataract Surgery – Choosing the Right Technology for You.” Dr. Garg is a board-certified ophthalmologist, a highly skilled clinician, surgeon and teacher, and has particular expertise in cataract surgery and complication management, corneal, conjunctival and refractive surgery. He is actively participating in research related to the use of lasers in corneal transplantation, collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and using intraoperative aberrometry to improve outcomes in cataract surgery. Additionally, Dr. Marjan Farid, Director, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surface Disease Program, UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute will be lecturing. Dr. Farid is a board-certified ophthalmologist. She performs all forms of corneal transplantation, and femtosecond enabled and lamellar keratoplasty (DSEK and DALK), with her research interests focusing on corneal surgery, specifically in the use of the Femtosecond laser for corneal transplantation. She is the founder of the Severe Ocular Surface Disease Center at UC Irvine Health. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 7 - 8:30 p.m., lecture and Q&A. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are required. For more information, call 949.717.3818. For more information, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Dr. Sumit Garg and Dr. Marjan Farid

LEGO Block Party, March 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – Yves Tanguy, March 28, 2018 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Yves Tanguy was a French surrealist painter. In 1924, Tanguy was introduced into the circle of surrealist artists around André Breton. Tanguy quickly began to develop his own unique painting style, giving his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1927. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

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United States Immigration Research, March 28 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. With nearly 50 million people having immigrated to the United States dating back to the colonial era, immigration records provide a key link to tracing one’s lineage in an ancestor’s country of origin. This class will delve into passenger lists, naturalization records, citizenship records, and border crossings to help discover participants’ family immigration stories and further their research beyond the borders of the United States. This class will not include the use of Media Lab computers. Due to limited seating in the Media Lab, they request that registrants unable to attend the class contact the instructor with advanced notice so that the instructor can cancel your registration and make your seat available to another attendee. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ACT Practice Test, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice ACT test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students do not need to bring a pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but registration is required as space is limited. When you register online, you will receive a confirmation email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Add that email address to your contacts or check your junk or spam mail if you don’t receive a confirmation. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first serve-basis. Note: If you signed up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the test. The library opens at 9 a.m. and recommends showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if some become available. If you have any questions regarding your registration, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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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 your 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