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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.

Shrew!, Continuing through 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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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Continuing through April 22. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29 with the performances in Segerstrom Hall. Alvin Ailey once declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says, ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us together, connected by our common humanity. It’s why people say: You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. Engage your emotions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with premieres that touch on timely topics and beloved works such as Revelations, which fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

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

Alvin Ailey 

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The Spitfire Grill, Continuing through 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

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

The Spitfire Grill

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Little Black Shadows, Continuing through April 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.

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

Little Black Shadows

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Block Printing Workshop, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructor Elizabeth James, join this block printing workshop in the Pelican Courtyard. Spend the morning learning how to make block prints. Once you get the technique down, you’ll go home with two hand block-printed large scarves or tea towels and instructions. They will furnish a selection of printing wood blocks and all the necessary supplies. Bring your own apron. Elizabeth James is the founder of Pacific & Rose Textiles. Her collections of hand-blocked home and lifestyle products have been printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Vintage wood blocks as well as kitchen towels and scarf blanks will be available for purchase. Cost: $65. Minimum four/maximum 12.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Block Printing

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins, April 22. Performances at 1 and 3 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $20. In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, practical, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! Soon, the Poppers open their home and hearts to not one, not two, but to a bunch of boisterous black and white birds! With catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a brand new musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book, will have you chirping with cheer! Showtime: 55 minutes. Join in the free pre-show activities before Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by popping in to Samueli Lobby for piles of pleasing and provoking penguin activities! Bowers Museum will be joining you to offer arctic and penguin-themed fun including opportunities to create an arctic explorer journal and make your own penguin out of clay. They will also have igloos to decorate, penguin animal balloons and even a penguin themed photo opportunity. Waddle on in an hour before the performance to enjoy all of the arctic excitement – the forecast is calling for snow!

Popper Penguin

 

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Beginners Crochet Workshop, April 24 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructor Sonserae Leese. This beginning crochet workshop will be held in the beautiful Pelican Courtyard. It is an introductory class for anyone who is interested in learning the therapeutic art of crochet. Leese will be walking her students step-by-step teaching them the basic foundational crochet stitches. Everyone will leave with a finished stitch sampler which you can either use as a dishcloth or decorative pot holder. Leese will prepare hand-out materials so you can take them home featuring abbreviations and how to read a crochet pattern. This is a beginning crochet class, but all levels are welcome. All supplies will be provided and you will leave with a finished project to take home. Cost: $45. Advance reservations required. Forty-eight house cancellation policy. Minimum eight/maximum 14.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Tuesday Tween Yoga, April 24 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. 

Join Stacey Fetterman for yoga in the Gardens. Yoga is a blend of mind and body practices that will support youth in myriad ways. The class is designed to help your child navigate the realities of life with increased self-awareness, compassion and a deeper connection to the world within and around them. Please be windful of the weather and dress appropriately for an outdoor class. Cost: Drop-in, $15; 10-Pack, $120. Takes place every Tuesday. Visit the website to sign up. For more information, contact Stacey at 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

Yoga for tweens

Love Never Dies, April 24 - May 5 with performance times varying in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies is the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera.” In this dazzling new production of Love Never Dies, audiences are taken on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score.

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

Love Never Dies

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Beginners Macrame Workshop, April 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. Led by instructor Katherine Game of Knotty Natured. Join this workshop in the Pelican Courtyard. During this class you will be guided through the basic knots to get you started on creating your very own unique macrame plant hanger or wall hanging. These plant hangers will be anchored on driftwood that will be provided to you by the instructor. However, if you have a special piece of wood that you would like to incorporate into your work, feel free to bring it to the class with you! Cost: $65. Advance reservations required. Minimum four/maximum 10.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Macrame

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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

Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop, April 28 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. Youth will complete his/her own canvas. Class sizes are limited. Cost: Friends, $30; Non-members, $40. Visit the website to sign up.

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

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

Nosferatu – Symphony of Horror, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $10. Considered the first-ever vampire movie, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror tells the story of a naive real estate agent trapped in a castle in Transylvania after discovering his client, the rich count, is a vampire. Watch this 1922 classic come to life as organist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack.

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

Nosferatu

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Hand Stamped Jewelry, May 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by Julie Morris of Julie Morris Designs, you will learn all about the basics of making your own custom hand-stamped jewelry. Each participant will make two finished pieces of custom-designed jewelry. One for you…and maybe one for a friend! The workshop includes instruction, lots of great stamping tips and all supplies needed to complete two custom pieces.

Cost: $55. Advance reservations required; class size is small: Minimum six/maximum eight.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Hand stamped jewelry

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Modern Calligraphy Workshop, May 3 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Led by instructor Kristen Khan - Inkchanted Paper & Designs, this modern calligraphy class is for those who have no prior experience, or for those who are looking to further refine their skills. You will go over the basic strokes for beautiful lettering, how to put them together to create your lowercase alphabet, how to use a pointed nib and troubleshooting. At the end of the class, you will make a set of personalized gift tags. What is included for new students: One tote bag; one pencil kit; one practice pad; one pen holder; one nib; one pot of black ink; lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. What’s included for returning students: one nib; one practice pad; refill of black ink (please bring your jar); lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. Cost: $80. Minimum three/maximum 20. Advanced reservations are required. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Seaside Modern Calligraphy

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Pedrito Martinez Group, May 4 at 7 and 9 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $64. A star in his native Cuba, Pedrito Martinez toured the world with the Yerba Buena band, and now collects acclaim heading up his own foursome. The award-winning percussionist tears it up on congas and bongos; his unique style a hybrid of his Afro-Cuban and New York influences. Combined with bold vocals and positive messages, it’s no wonder Martinez’s music has caught the ear of audiences and artists including Wynton Marsalis who said, “Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.”

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

Pedrito Martinez

 

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The Sisters Rosensweig, May 5 - June 2. They’re each extraordinary in their own way. Sara, the successful banker. Pfeni, the globe-trotting journalist. And Gorgeous, the irrepressible radio host. Not bad for three sisters from Brooklyn in the early 1990s. When they gather in London for Sara’s 54th birthday, along with some of the men in their lives, the result is a witty, enthralling look at the quest for love, acceptance and self-fulfillment. Performances on Segerstrom Stage vary in time and price. ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

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.

India Hicks Truck Show, May 8 from 12 - 5 p.m. Hosted by Kimberly Milo, senior director style ambassador with India Hicks, Inc. Milo will be displaying the exclusive line of designer goods and accessories by India Hicks in the Pelican Courtyard. India Hicks is an author, model and designer known and revered for her British royal background, modeling resume with Ralph Lauren, coffee table books on design and décor, and her unexpected island-getaway lifestyle. Formerly designing under license for Crabtree and Evelyn, HSN, Pottery Barn Kids and Bloomingdales, India now designs goods for herself. Her most recent adventure includes a spirited yet classic lifestyle collection of handbags, jewelry, bath and beauty products, accessories and home items described as luxurious yet affordable, well-crafted and beautifully designed. The India Hicks collection can only be seen through independent style ambassadors in trunk shows such as these. Samples will be on hand for viewing, and orders can be placed for delivery. Items can be explored in advance, and purchased prior to the event: www.indiahicks.com/event/seaside-gallery-and-goods/shopping. This event is free and open to the public. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Candle Making Workshop with Bramble Candle, May 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. Michelle Bendetti - owner of Bramble & Co Candles and member of the Seaside Gallery and Goods Collective, will walk you through the candle making process from start to finish.

Cost $55, includes instruction and all supplies to make two beautiful soy wax candles in your choice of a Mercury Glass or ceramic container. Minimum four/maximum 20. Advanced reservations are required (48-hour cancellation policy). Sign up at Seaside Gallery and Goods, or online at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Michelle Bendetti

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Intermediate Crochet Workshop, May 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructor Sonserae Leese. This intermediate crochet workshop will be held in the beautiful Pelican Courtyard. If you have taken Leese’s beginning crochet classes, or have previous experience with crochet, you are welcome! This class is for anyone who has some experience with crochet already, and wants to enjoy the fun of crochet with others while making a beautiful Summer hat that you can wear or give as a gift. You will learn how to read a crochet pattern including abbreviations. This is a two-session class and you will get to take home your project and work on it at your leisure between sessions and then come back and finish off the hat in the second session. All supplies will be provided for you to take home, which include: A yarn project tote bag, a crochet hook, yarn, printed pattern with photo and handout instructions. Cost: Two classes - $85. Advance reservations required. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Seaside Intermediate Crochet

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Modern Calligraphy Workshop, May 12 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructor Kristen Khan - Inkchanted Paper & Designs, this modern calligraphy class is for those who have no prior experience, or for those who are looking to further refine their skills. You will go over the basic strokes for beautiful lettering, how to put them together to create your lowercase alphabet, how to use a pointed nib and troubleshooting. At the end of the class, you will make two (2) handmade cards, just in time for Mother’s Day (different greeting options are available). What is included for new students: One tote bag; one pencil kit; one practice pad; one pen holder; one nib; one pot of black ink; lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials to make two Mother’s Day cards. Light refreshments. What’s included for returning students: one nib; one practice pad; refill of black ink (please bring your jar); lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials to make two Mother’s Day cards. Light refreshments. Cost: $80. Minimum three/maximum 20. Advanced reservations are required. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Seaside Calligraphy Mothers Day

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Amos & Boris, May 18 - June 3. While all the mice in Mouse Town dance the night away, Amos would rather sit alone dreaming of the ocean. When he goes on a high seas adventure and runs into trouble, Boris the whale comes to the rescue. Though Amos and Boris are different in every possible way, they become devoted friends. This fun, funny and funky musical teaches lessons about being yourself and the enduring power of friendship. A performance of Theatre for Young Audiences. Recommended for youngsters in grades K - 6. Performances on Julianne Argyros Stage vary in time and price. ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

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

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Showcase – Pre-Profession Division, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. The ABT Gillespie School 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 Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum, while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family. Tickets start at $20 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 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. 

ABT Showcase

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Happy Hour Yoga, May 25 at 6 p.m. 

Find Your Zen owner, Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, will lead a special after-hours yoga class in the Gardens. Enjoy an hour of flow yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. All levels are encouraged to attend. Cost: Friends, $10; Non-members, $20. Bring your own mat or towel. Three-person minimum. Takes place on the last Friday of each month. Visit the website to sign up. 

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

Watercolor Class: Roses with Carol, May 26 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructor: Carol Kreider. Join local artist, Carol Kreider, as she teaches you how to see and paint color, and simple shapes. Designed for levels of painter and non-painter. Kreider’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting inspired by roses, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Pre-registration is required. 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

Watercolor roses

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Multiple Grammy Award Winner Tony Bennett in a One-Night-Only Performance, June 1. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back Tony Bennett, whose career spans six decades and includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – making him a true international treasure. Bennett performs in Segerstrom Hall at 7:30 p.m. with special guest, Antonia Bennett. Tickets start at $79 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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

Tony Bennett with mic

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Classic Movie Night: Little Shop of Horrors, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Come see this classic 1960 film about an awkward man, Seymour Krelboyne, who works for a skid row florist, Gravis Mushnik. Krelboyne unintentionally creates a new breed of plant that feeds on human blood. Soon the meek man is murdering to keep his creation, Audrey Jr., happy. Erin Aguilar, manager of horticulture, will give a brief talk about carnivorous plants and their fascinating behaviors. This event is free, but an RSVP is requested. Visit the website to sign up, or call 949.673.1880. 

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

Little Shop of Horrors


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival | April 26 - May 3 | Ticket prices and event venues vary.

Celebrated a one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

Contact: Call 949.253.2880. www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Takes place at a variety of venues throughout Newport Beach.

A Private Performance of Spitfire Grill | Saturday, April 28 with doors opening at 7 p.m.; curtain at 8 p.m. | Tickets: $65.

Take in a private performance of the musical Spitfire Grill with wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Philharmonic Society of O.C.’s youth programs, serving more than 160,000 students.

Contact: Karyn Rashoff at 949.552.8577 or 949.553.2422. www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

March for Babies | Sunday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. 

March for Babies is a walk event benefiting March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit supporting pregnancy and infant health.

Contact: Mia Eadington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.263.1100. www.marchforbabies.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

KidWorks | 6th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 3 | Tickets: Corporate Foursome, $5,000; Sponsorships: $5,000 - $25,000.

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.

Mike and Kids

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.

Lauras HouseLRG

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

OC Marathon | Saturday, May 5 | Tickets: Marathon, $100; Half-Marathon, $90; 5K, $30. Sponsored by US Bank, runners can choose between a full marathon, half-marathon or a 5K.

Sponsored by US Bank, runners can choose between a full marathon, half-marathon or a 5K.

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

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Sage Hill School | Spring Celebration S.A.G.E. | Saturday, May 5 | Tickets: $225.

Celebrate Sage Hill School with a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, an opportunity drawing, live entertainment and an exceptional dining experience wrapped in an aura of an evening on the Mediterranean coast. 

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

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

UCP-OC | Life Without Limits Gala, Saturday, May 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. | Tickets: $500 and sponsorships are available.

The intended goal is to fund life-changing services for children and families affected by the disabilities. The evening will honor loanDepot and Scott Pievac for their commitment and support. Flip or Flop host and OC resident Tarek El Moussa has volunteered as the evening’s host and special needs advocate and Glee star Lauren Potter will present the award to Pievac along with his teenage daughter/UCP-OC Ambassador Brianna. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, awards ceremony, live auction and dancing to live entertainment. UCP-OC currently provides specialized care for more than 5,300 children and families each year.

Contact: Katherine Bade at 949.333.6401 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Tarek El Moussa

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“Flip or Flop” host and OC resident Tarek El Moussa is the UCP-OC “Life Without Limits Gala” host

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 attracts O.C.’s leading philanthropists, business leaders and golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Tickets: $2,500 - $15,000.

Contact: Winnie Tran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.509.8690. www.chocgolf.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | 41st Annual Golf Tournament, Tuesday, May 15 | Sponsorships from $6,000.

Step onto the green for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County annual golf tournament which raises funds for the agency’s life-changing mentorship programs. The day includes a shotgun scramble with a cocktail reception, as well as awards and opportunity drawings.

Contact: Laura Marcum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.619.7034. www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Thursday, 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.

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Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic | Thursday, May 17 | Corporate Foursome, $6,000.

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp presents its 36 annual golf tournament. Major sponsors include the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, the Cleo A. Bluth Foundation, the Los Angeles Rams Football Club, Regal Theatres, Fidelity National Title Group, and Jacquie and Michael Casey.

Contact: Eileen Saul at 949.500.6292. www.childhelpoc.com

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

Philharmonic Society of Orange County | Friday, May 18 from 6 - 9 p.m. | Tickets: $100.

Good Vibrations: Think 1966 – The Beach Boys. Wear best bay front venue attire and hear music by the M Street Band. Take a chance on an opportunity drawing, and bid on silent auction items. Proceeds benefits the Philharmonic Society’s youth programs.

Contact: Ida Staples at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.629.0260. www.philharmonicsociety.org

Takes place at The Resort at Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Human Options | Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. | Tickets: $500.

A Night of Serious Fun 2018: This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing and a way forward to families escaping domestic violence.

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

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

Orangewood | 14th Annual 44 Women for Orangewood Scholarship Luncheon | Friday, June 1. 

The dynamic ladies of Orangewood’s 44 Women for Orangewood auxiliary invite you to join them for a special luncheon to raise money for college scholarships for Orange County foster youth.

Contact: Jeff Gilstrap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 714.619.0237. www.44womenfororangewood.org

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

New Hope Grief Support Community | Friday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Tickets: $100; Table of 10, $950.

California Healin’ with Family and Friends – Celebration of Women in Business Charity Luncheon & Fashion Show. This annual luncheon & fashion show is in its 16th year benefiting the New Hope Grief Support Community, which helps people find hope and healing, education and compassion. Recognition Award Nomination: The public is invited to nominate a woman in business that inspires you with her leadership, energy, concern for others, and commitment to her business and community. To support your nomination, you may want to gather data from others who have worked with or dealt with the person you are nominating. Nomination deadline: Friday, April 27. The nomination form is available on the web site. Submissions should be directed to Barbara Lewman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Sarah Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The event is organized by OCAHU (Orange County Association of Health Underwriters).

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

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

California Healin

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, June 2 | Tickets: $240. 

The Quest for Cures Gala promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of the mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Your participation gives real hope to the patients and their families.

Contact: Sharon Bounvongxay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at The Duke Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Thursday, June 7 at 8 a.m. | Tickets: $700; Foursomes, $2,800.

The Mission Hospital Golf Classic is always a sell-out. The day includes 18 holes of golf; a swag bag; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest holes; live and silent auctions; opportunity drawings and awards. One of the highlights is the grand prize drawing of an Audi, Infiniti or Volvo.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.364.7783. www.mission4health.com/golf

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

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

“The Four Seasons” Oil Paintings by Agnes Schenk, Continuing through 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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Uncommon Goods: Artist Book as Object, Continuing through May 5. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is hosting an exhibition featuring a reinterpretation of the “book” by 25 University of California, Irvine student artists. Students researched the history and creative production of the artist’s books at the special collections department of UCI’s Langston Library. There they explored the infinite possibilities of constructing and organizing data, or in some cases interweaving visual narratives, using unusual materials, color, line and form. Their collective activity underscores what Johanna Drucker, visual theorist and cultural critic, suggests that “artist’s books became a developed art form in the 20th century. In many ways, one could argue that the artist’s book is the quintessential 20th century art form. Artists’ books appear in every significant movement in art and literature and have provided a unique means of realizing works within all of the many avant-gardes, experimental and independent groups whose contributions have defined the shape of 20th century artistic activity.” The exhibition will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Central Library during regular operating hours. An opening reception is being held on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m. in the exhibition area, and some of the artists will attend the opening event and discuss their works.

It’s Your Estate Mondays, Continuing through May 21 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. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services.

Schedule: 

April 30 - Charitable Income & Tax Planning Issues

May 7 - IRA & Retirement Plan Distributions

May 14 - The Role of a Trustee & Executor

May 21 - Case Study & Review

Doors open at 9:45 a.m.; no reserved seating. Free. Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Attendance at all sessions is not required. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

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

Shakespeare Reading Group, Continuing through May 23. Reading Hamlet: UCI’s Shakespeare Center brings Hamlet to Central Library. UCI Professor of English Andrea Henderson will be moderating this reading group on Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Henderson teaches Shakespeare regularly in the Department of English, and is a specialist in Victorian literature and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. UCI will be providing copies of the play for use during the group discussions. Seating is limited and 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 Charles Sword Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Hamlet

LEGO Block Party, April 25 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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Beyond the Canvas – Surrealism: Joan Miro, April 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Joan Miró was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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Morning Reading Club, April 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Having read the day’s assignment, learners gather to listen and discuss classic and contemporary American writings. These stories present situations and events in our history that have helped to shape us into who we are today as a nation. The goal is to deepen and enrich the adult learner’s understanding of American culture, and to encourage lively discussions. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program in order to participate in this class. Call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Highly Selective College Admissions, May 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Grades, test scores and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. So how do students who get accepted to Ivy Leagues such as Stanford and Northwestern, and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool? They’ll show you at this seminar, and also reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student’s chances of admission at the most selective schools. While they don’t believe that prestigious colleges are necessarily better colleges, they want students who are interested in these schools to have straight answers about what it will really take to have a shot at getting in. Audience: 10th - 11th grade students and parents aiming for schools like UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT and the like. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, May 2 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.

Surfing with Sartre, May 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Aaron James, UC Irvine philosophy professor, avid barrel rider and author of the book Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, will explore how finely “attuned” surfing just might improve social, economic and ecological conditions on our planet. James draws from his own experience of surfing, surf culture and language, and juxtaposes it with Jean-Paul Sartre’s ideas about radical self-determinism and relevant details from the lives of the philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein. Whether you surf or not, it should be a fun discussion, so come along for the ride. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Star Wars Crafts, May 3 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate Star Wars by making some out-of-this-world crafts. May the force be with you! Geared toward ages 3 - 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Star Wars Crafts

Friends of the Library Used Book Sales, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Quarterly book sales for “2 bucks a bag all day.” Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Note: May 4 from 1 - 4 p.m., the Used Book Sale is open to Library members only.

Drop-In Crafts, May 5 from 12 - 3 p.m. Drop in for an afternoon of crafting fun. No registration required. Takes place in the Central Library Children’ Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sculpture Lecture Series, May 7 at 7 p.m. City Arts Commissioner Grace Divine – art lover, historian and critic – hosts this nine-part series of lectures on the new Phase III additions to the Sculpture at Civic Center Park Exhibition in Newport Beach. Find out what inspired Craig Gray to create Popsicles. How did Patricia Vader come up with the idea to use bicycle wheels to construct Cosmic Glints? These, and many other questions will be answered. Each lecture will cover a different sculptor, and will include the artist’s history and inspiration, as well as a look into the art style, technique and process used to create the art. Admission is free, and seating is limited.

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Score Workshop: The Secrets to Buying a Franchise, May 8 from 5:30 (registration/check-in) - 8:45 p.m. This workshop will provide you with the information you need to decide if franchising is the right business opportunity for you. Presented by an experienced franchise consultant and franchise attorney, they will teach you the benefits and challenges of owning a franchised business. Learn how to select and research quality franchises from the insiders. This series of business workshops is generously funded by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. 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.

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The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group, May 9 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047 by Lionel Shriver. Book Synopsis: In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the “almighty dollar” plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the “bancor.” In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. “Deadbeat Nation” being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when 97-year-old patriarch dies. Once the inheritance turns to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also – as the U.S. economy spirals into dysfunction – the challenge of sheer survival. The Mandibles is about money, but also about surreal generosity, sacrifice and transformative adaptation to changing circumstances. This event is free and reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome. Authors are not present unless noted.

Animal Sleepover

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover, May 11 from 4 - 5 p.m. Bring your stuffed animal friend and let them have an overnight adventure at the library! Come share a pajama storytime with your stuffed animal.  After you two complete a craft, wave goodbye to your animal friend and let them go off on their own overnight library adventure. You can follow their activities by checking the library’s Instagram page for photo updates throughout the evening before they get tucked in. Pick up is the next morning at 9:30 a.m. – just in time to join in on the fun at the Bunnies and Books Festival. Things to bring: Your pjs and your stuffed animal friend. For more information on registration, contact Susan Groux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bunnies and Books

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Fifth Annual Bunnies & Books Festival for Kids, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Storytime, arts & crafts, games and other outdoor activities are planned for this year’s festival. This is their biggest children’s event of the year so come prepared to read, create and move throughout the library and the beautiful Civic Green area. Make sure to bring your walking shoes as you will be able to take a literal walk through a storybook in the Storywalk® set in the beautiful sculpture garden. Admission is free; no reservations are required. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room.

LEGO Block Party, May 16 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.

Drop-In Spring Crafts, May 16 from 3 - 5 p.m. Make colorful crafts to celebrate the season of Spring. No registration required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Spring Crafts

Newport Beach Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group – The Children Act by Ian McEwan, May 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Come prepared to discuss The Children Act. You will be meeting on the third Wednesday every other month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Groux, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in The Charles Sword Meeting Room, upstairs in Central Library, 1000 Avocado, Ave., Newport Beach.

The Children Act

The Gift of Literacy Luncheon with bestselling author Janelle Brown, May 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy’s annual fundraising event, a service of the Newport Beach Public Library. This year, the guest speaker is Janelle Brown, The New York Times best-selling author of the novels Watch Me Disappear, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, and This Is Where We Live. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Brown will be introducing her latest book, Watch Me Disappear, a page turning story about the disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother and the unraveling of mysterious family secrets. For more information call 949.717.3874, or visit www.newportliteracy.org. Takes place at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Medicine In our Backyard, May 21 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This lecture series features UC Irvine Health physicians discussing research and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. Topic: Is a Clinical Trial Right for You? First, Dr. Daniela A. Bota is a board-certified neuro-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as in the neurological complications of cancers. Dr. Bota is a lead investigator on several clinical trials, including novel treatments using brain tumor vaccines and the use of electrical fields to inhibit the growth of gliomas. Second, Dr. Henry Klassen serves as research director for the Retinal Regeneration Program at the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has focused on regenerating damaged retinal tissue to restore sight to people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. In addition to his medical degree, Klassen holds a doctorate in neurobiology and has delved into the retina’s unique architecture to understand how to repair the neural system. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A is 7 - 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend; no reservations are required. For more information, visit http://www.nbplfoundation.org/, or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, May 23 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 – Surrealism: Man Ray, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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LEGO Block Party, May 30 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.

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.;

Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 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. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 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.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 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

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org