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Volume 4, Issue 100  |  December 13, 2019


Home & Garden Calendar...What’s Happening?

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Corona del Mar Certified Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., rain or shine. Marguerite Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway. Comprises 27 local farmers who offer fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, pastas and fish.

Farmers Market

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Lido Marina Village Farmers’ Market, open every Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. 3434 Via Lido. Spend the afternoon sampling and shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, juice, bread and more. One hour of complimentary parking in the structure. 

Newport Beach Farmers’ Market by Farmer Mark, open every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located at 104 McFadden Place, right next to Newport Pier. Offers veggies, fruits, flowers, honey, fresh breads, local farm fresh meats and handcrafted items from local artisans. Choose from a variety of free range quail, duck, chicken and goose eggs. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Farmers’ Market teams up with the Newport Beach Surfrider Foundation Chapter to host a beach clean up. To show their appreciation, they give the first 30 participants a Farmers’ Market Buck to spend with any of their vendors. The next beach clean up is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Certified Costa Mesa Farmers’ Market at the O.C. Fair, open every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in Lot D.

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and more

Enchanted Christmas at Roger's Gardens

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Courtesy of Roger’s Gardens

Lil’ Dickens Carolers, Continuing through December 22. Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite standards and Sacred Christmas Carols combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers also mix in some spirited jazz arrangements and a bit of whimsy. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Join in as they celebrate the holidays at Roger’s Gardens. This event is free. Performance times vary so check the website. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Christmas Boutique Opening, Continuing through December 24. Celebrate the most magical time of the year at Roger’s Gardens. Discover the enchanted forest of beauty, wonder and delight. Let your senses guide you as you stroll through the glistening snow covered trees and woodland surroundings filled with toadstools. Revel in the scent of pine lingering in the air as you find an assortment of ornaments, unique holiday gifts and festive decorations. Twinkling lights mingle with seasonal greens and delicate hand-blown glass baubles shimmer in a joyful palette of colors. Be inspired to add a bit of magic to your home. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Sherman Library & Gardens Seeks Nominations for the 2020 Newport Beach Garden Tour, Continuing through January 31, 2020. Free. Sherman Library & Gardens is in the planning stages for the 2020 Newport Beach Garden Tour. The annual tour will showcase gardens in the Newport Beach area. The Garden Tour committee of dedicated volunteers is seeking recommendations for private, residential gardens in this area. The Newport Beach Garden Tour showcases six residential gardens each year. Selected home garden owners will allow members of the community to wander through their yard from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Homeowners do not need to be home for the tour, as Sherman Library & Gardens provides staff at each location. The Tour, in its 24th year, is Sherman Library & Garden’s largest fundraiser of the year and is an event for the avid and amateur gardener alike. To nominate a garden, please provide the physical street address, along with the owner’s name, contact information and a photo or two if possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.2261, ext. 300. The annual fundraiser takes place on Saturday, May 9, 2020. www.slgardens.org

Celebration of Winter with Eric Cortina & Hedda Staines, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-10 a.m. Join Creative Director, Eric Cortina, and Head Merchant, as they demonstrate a natural approach to holiday decorating. Discover his insider trade secrets on how he likes to create the perfect holiday dinner party. Also, watch and learn as Cortina and Staines both use creative ways to embellish wreaths, garlands, fresh floral arrangements and hostess gift ideas for the Christmas season.This event is free. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Floral Class - Christmas Topiary, Friday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Create a jaw-dropping Christmas tree-shaped topiary using candy cane colored flowers, winter greens and decorate with a trail of mini-holiday lights. Pre-registration required. Cost: $80 Friends; $90 Non-members. Register at the website. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

Make It, Take It – Holiday Terranium, Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Need a last-minute holiday or hostess gift? Take a little time out of the holiday rush to come plant. You will create a holiday-inspired terrarium that will last you well into the New Year and beyond. Everything you need to design your terrarium is provided – just bring yourself and your creativity. Cost: $30 fee covers materials and/or handouts. Held at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Register at www.ocfair.com/gardenclassses.

 

ONGOING

OC Market Place is Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2; free for kids 12 and younger. Located in Lot A at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Year Round - Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Events Center is open daily. Hours: Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

https://ocfair.com/centennial-farm/

Centennial Farm

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Let’s Get Outside...places to explore

Community Days, Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come explore parts of the Back Bay Science Center and participate in fun hands-on activities to learn more about the ocean. 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

California Holly & Winter Flora of Buck Gully/OASIS Shuttle Service Route    Led by Irvine Ranch Conservancy Staff. The California holly is special this time of year. On Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 -11 a.m. you will explore the holly and other neighboring flora thriving in Buck Gully during the cooler, wetter wintertime. This is a slow-paced hike on a fairly flat trail which traverses the lower half of Buck Gully. You will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the OASIS Senior Center and hike back to the OASIS Center. The route will be mostly downhill, with a few short, steep sections. Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars are suggested. Distance: 2 miles. Duration: 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Meet at Buck Gully - OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Geared to adults. Free. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike – Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8-11:30 a.m. led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteer. Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. These bridges facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that splits the gully. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully Trail, which offers a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to 12 years and older. Distance is 5 miles; walking pace is approximately 3 miles per hour. Moderate difficulty. Bring water, a light trail snack and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Free. Registration required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. www.LetsGoOutside.org.

 

Monthly Beach Cleanups

Surfrider Foundation hosts a two-hour beach cleanup at 9 a.m. and a three-hour harbor cleanup at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. On the fourth Sunday of each month, they partner with the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market for a beach clean up from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register, click here. They also partner with OC Public Works to host an annual flood control channel cleanup on Earth Day in April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September. For more information, contact Michelle Giron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beach Cleanups on the first Saturday of the month. Meet on the beach in front of Prospect Street and Ocean Front Boulevard in Newport Beach. They run from 9-11 a.m. There is paid public parking nearby, but there are limited spots.

Boys on beach for Let's Get Outside

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

Harbor Cleanups with volunteers meeting at Southwind Kayak Center at 100 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. From PCH, turn onto Bayside Drive toward Newport Dunes. www.newportbeach.surfrider.org

Interested in being a Tidepool Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering as a tidepool docent, visit www.ocmarineprotection.org for the next Orange County docent training dates and times.

Did You Know?

December marks the start of one of the coolest things that happens in Newport Beach – the Gray Whale migration! Usually beginning in February, adult and calf gray whales can be seen just yards off from the beach throughout Newport Beach, searching for food in the sand and scratching themselves on the shallow bottom. At a distance, look for their heart-shaped spout, since they have two blow holes instead of one.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.


OASIS Senior Center events, classes, trips...

OASIS exterior

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HAPPENINGS

Holiday Hours: Offices, Classrooms and Transportation - December 23, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 24 through January 1, 2020 - closed. Regular hours will resume January 2, 2020. Fitness Center - December 23, open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (closing early), December 24-26 - closed; December 27-30, open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (closing early), December 31 and January 1, 2020: closed.

Weekday Lunch. Welcome to lunch! Want to meet new friends? Come join other seniors on weekdays in the Evelyn Hart Event Center, Monday through Friday, from 12-12:30 p.m. Delicious hot and cold lunches are served by a local catering company. Reservations by 9 a.m. two days in advance are appreciated. Call 959.718.1820. Suggested donations: $4.50 per meal. Check the OASIS newsletter for the monthly menu calendar. They are collecting new blankets and throws to give to their Home Delivered Meals clients. They have at least 60 people they would like to give to...and they are asking the community to help reach their goal.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, Dec. 18 with the screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas. The meal starts at 12 p.m.; the movie starts at 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center. Call 949.718.1820 the prior Friday to request a meal. Movie Synopsis: With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable A Christmas Carol – which he hopes will revive his sagging career. Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce and Justin Edwards. Running time: 1 hr. 44 min.

SAVE THE DATES:

–Holiday Luncheon: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $5 each. Join in for a delicious holiday feast catered by California Fresh. Festive music and entertainment by Dallas and Doll.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, Dec. 18 with the screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas. The meal starts at 12 p.m.; the movie starts at 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center. Call 949.718.1820 the prior Friday to request a meal. Movie Synopsis: With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable A Christmas Carol – which he hopes will revive his sagging career. 

Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce and Justin Edwards. Running time: 1 hr. 44 min.

–Let’s Go Trippin’ Returns! The group will now meet every other month beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. Join in for a presentation on Iran by Rail. For more information, see the listing on page 17 in the OASIS December newsletter.

–Ginny King Memorial Duplicate Bridge Tournament: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.; the Tournament runs from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration with a partner is required via cash, check or credit card. Register at the Friends of OASIS office. Tickets: $12 per player. For additional information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

–Tax Alert: Beginning in early February 2020, under AARP’s Tax-Aide program, OASIS will be offering free tax preparation services for tax year 2019 to Seniors and Low Income taxpayers. During January, you will begin receiving various Federal and State documents required for tax return preparation. Set these documents aside and bring them to your tax appointment. Such documents include the following:

–W-2: Wages from employment

–SSA 1099: Social Security

–1099-R: Pension/IRA income

–1099-B: Brokerage statements

–1099-INT: Interest income

–1099-DIV: Dividend income

–1099-MISC: Business/Self-Employment income plus associated expenses

–1095-A: If on the Covered California healthcare program

–1099-LTC: If you have long-term care insurance

Tax appointments at OASIS can be scheduled beginning Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Some tax documents aren’t sent out until
later in February (such as year-end combined brokerage statements) so make sure you set an appointment date when you will definitely have all the required documents.

TUESDAY NIGHT TOPICS LECTURES will return in 2020.

VOLUNTEERISM

ENC Museum Docents. Interested in spending time helping out the Environmental Nature Center (ENC)? Docents staff the front desk, greet visitors and provide information at the ENC’s state-of-the-art learning facility. Training will cover frequently asked questions, emergency information, and ENC policies and procedures. Commit to volunteering one day a week or just one day a month. This training is for both experienced as well as brand new docents. It is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Volunteer hours: Weekends, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-5 p.m. Register at www.encenter.org.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

NEW Classes Coming in 2020! Politics of Protest, 220 Election, U.S. International Conflict Management, Russia from Tsars to Putin and U.S. Middle East Relations. (For details, see page 16 in the OASIS December newsletter.)

Food for Thought Program: A Creativity Program with Adult Brain Health in Mind on Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2020 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Art Room. Presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. When we combine creativity with using our hands while visually engaged, we use multiple areas of our brain all at once, making vital connections. Using one’s creativity throughout a lifetime positively impacts the retention intelligence gained from accumulated knowledge and a lifetime of experiences. This program is limited to 24 participants who are able to commit to all four workshops. Cost: $20 (cash only). Pre-registration and payment in person is required to reserve a spot. Stop by the OASIS office to register.

Great Courses Discussion meets Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. New Topic: “My Favorite Universe,”  to watch Great Courses DVD followed by a group discussion. Meetings are free and RSVP is not required. Takes place in Room 2B. View page 17 in the newsletter for the scheduled topics.

Food for Thought Program: A Creativity Program with Adult Brain Health in Mind on Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2020 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Art Room. Presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. When we combine creativity with using our hands while visually engaged, we use multiple areas of our brain all at once, making vital connections. Using one’s creativity throughout a lifetime positively impacts the retention intelligence gained from accumulated knowledge and a lifetime of experiences. This program is limited to 24 participants who are able to commit to all four workshops. Cost: $20 (cash only). Pre-registration and payment in person is required to reserve a spot. Stop by the OASIS office to register.

Learn a New Language with Portal Languages. Portal Languages teaches Italian, French and Spanish with six- to eight-week courses. Come learn a new skill and make new friends in the New Year. View page 18 in the newsletter for class dates, times and costs.

Sing & Pick Hootenanny Group meets every Friday from 1-3 p.m. Bring your stringed instrument or just come and sing along. Takes place in OASIS Room 5.

OASIS Wood Carvers Seek New Members on Thursdays between 8-11 a.m. This group works on individual projects and welcomes new members. Come any Thursday and see Junie Allen to sign up, or find out more about the group. Instructors are available during class time to assist members. Group members are asked to contribute $15 every three months for class tool and machine maintenance. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/oasiswood.

A Different Kind of Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Read a different book based on a chosen topic. You will go home with a list of interesting reads. Theme: Historical fiction or fiction. Free.

Beginning Guitar Workshop gets together on ongoing Fridays from 3-4 p.m. and it’s free. No experience is necessary. Come learn to play the guitar in an informal setting. Bring your own acoustic guitar. Takes place in Room 5.

OASIS Sing Along happens on ongoing Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. and it’s free. Join a group of music aficionados who love to sing together, harmonize and learn new tunes. RSVP is not required. Takes place in OASIS Room 1A.

Hula is on ongoing Mondays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and it’s free. RSVP is not required. Taught by Marianne Ripley.

Head to Toe Fitness on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Cost: $65/8. Drop ins $12/1; no refunds. Starting with dynamic stretching and low impact movements, this class includes light-weight training and floor exercises, helping you maintain bone density as it strengthens and stretches muscles throughout the body.

Longevity Stick on ongoing Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and it’s free. These easy-to-learn gentle movements promote physical fitness and mental relaxation. Bring a one-inch round (in diameter) wood stick that has a length equivalent to your body height. Most hardware stores carry wood sticks. Meets at Grant Howald Park, 3000 5th Ave., Corona del Mar.

Zumba Gold classes are offered at varying times. Costs vary. Offered by CS Dance Factory, your dance party workout will have you groovin’ at your own pace. Easy to follow, low-impact dance steps to zesty Latin and international music. Meet new friends while moving and having fun. Improve balance, strength and mobility. The instructors will uplift and energize you.

FINE ARTS

Open Art Workshop on ongoing Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the OASIS Art Center. Free. No RSVP is required. For students of any medium, this is the perfect time to catch up on class projects.

ENRICHMENT

Current Events Discussion on ongoing Mondays from 5-7 p.m. in the OASIS Library. Free. Join this group to openly discuss current events in a friendly setting. Topics will include news, magazines and movies. Participants are asked to bring an article to share with the group. From time to time, a speaker may present a special topic.

Writing Roundtable Group on ongoing Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in OASIS Room 5. Free. The class is dedicated to improving writing skills by presenting readings then receiving critiques. Authors can bring prepared material, double spaced with a copy for each attendee. A classroom copy machine is required. Content can include short stories, personal essays, a magazine article or poem. Reading time depends upon class attendance. The instructor is Jos Vloet. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Technology Tutoring on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Free. RSVP is required. Call 949.644.3244. Bring in your device and get assistance. Instructor is The Grey Haired Geek.

2020 Election on Thursdays, January 30-March 26, 2020 with no class on February 20, 2020 from 5-6:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 1A. This course examines the policies, people and politics of the 2020 Election. From campaign strategy to voter analysis, you will explore how the 2020 Election for President of the United States is stacking up against the electorate. You will rely on up-to-date candidate policy proposals, such as health care, economic approaches and national security issues to ensure a substantive discussion on the presidential race. This course is for those seeking to listen and share their views on the current state of 2020 Presidential Election Politics and the policies driving public debate. Cost: $60/8. Instructor: Joshua Stone, MPP. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OASIS LIBRARY

Did you know that Oasis has a library that is well stocked with books and puzzles available for checkout? The library has current hardback and paperback fiction as well as non-fiction and biographies. There are also special collections of military/veteran books, sailing/nautical books and large print books. It is located adjacent to the game room in the front left section of OASIS. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are often available, but there is a sign-out sheet so that books can be checked out even if no volunteers are present. 

Donations of books and puzzles are always appreciated. They can be left at the library desk or placed in the book return slot. The library is currently hoping to expand the non-fiction/biography and large print book sections. Please stop by to browse or chat with a volunteer.

SPORTS

Endless Sun Surf Lessons. Newport Beach’s Endless Sun Surf School is offering private and group lessons meet under Newport Pier (Lifeguard headquarters building, lower level) and 24th Street. They teach to any surfing ability. Pro surfers will help you develop confidence, competence and awareness as a surfer. Cost: Private, $75/hr.; Two people, $55/hr./pp.; Three people, $50/hr./pp.; Six+ people, 60/2hr./pp. Book your lesson at www.endlesssunsurf.com.

Sailing with the OASIS Sailing Club makes recreational sailing available to members and their guests, and provides instruction in sailing to those members who wish to learn how to handle a sailboat. Enjoy year round sailing in their beautiful Catalina 34MKII sloops, OASIS-V and OASIS-VI. Both are in excellent condition and ready for all-weather operations. Sailing is sometimes tranquil and always enjoyable. More than 150 friendly club members welcome both experienced and new sailors. The Club meets the last Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m.. There is a $42 monthly dues fees. Sailing is free. Google “Oasis Sailing Club” for the website. Call Membership Chair Rob Reid at 510.329.2741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for membership details. 

OASIS VI

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Pickleball – Outdoor Open Courts & Drop-In. Four outdoor courts; no lights. Open Courts: Mon.-Fri., 7-8 a.m. and 12 p.m.-dusk; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-dusk. Drop In: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m. A predetermined schedule of play is based on skill levels will be posted at the courts and online. View the schedule at www.newportneachca.gov/sports. Participants will be required to supply their own paddle. Approved paddles must be used at all times. Visit www.newportbeachca.gov/sports for the list of approved paddles. Noise reduced balls will be available onsite. Outdoor pickleball is permitted only at the designated courts.

Pickleball – Indoor Drop-In. Three indoor court for doubles play; no partner is required. Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m.; Fridays, 12:30-3:30  p.m. Paddles and indoor balls are available. All skill levels are welcome. Pay and Play. Drop-in cards can be purchased online at City Hall or Newport Beach Community Center. RSVP not required.

Senior Tennis Group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interested in playing tennis? Come out to the San Joaquin Tennis Courts at 1550 Crown Drive, Corona del Mar. Please note: All play is doubles, no need to bring a partner or sign up in advance. Players ranked 3.0 and above are encouraged to participate. Please bring a racquet and $1 for balls. For more information, contact Linda Hardenbergh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s Tee it Up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check-in times and costs vary. Get out and hit the course as the weather is warming up. Groups play at four different courses: Monday: Costa Mesa-Los Lagos, $33 for this long and challenging par 72; Wednesday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Classic Course, $38; Wednesday: Costa Mesa-Mesa Linda, $26, par 70; and Friday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Players Course, long and challenging, $40. Cart fees vary. Average cost is $12 per person. Reservations required.

CARDS & GAMES

Bridge from beginning to advanced and duplicate, learn and advance your skills in this stimulating game. Session times and costs vary.

Mah Jongg when experienced players meet on an ongoing basis on Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 3. Free and RSVP is not required.

Mexican Train where this interactive fun-packed game is played with dominoes. Beginners should come at 1 p.m. on Fridays to learn how to play. Meets on an ongoing basis on Fridays from 1- 4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Ping Pong where new players are always welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in the Event Center. Free and RSVP is not required.

Scrabble where game boards, tiles and official Scrabble dictionary provided. All levels welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Monday from 1:30-4 p.m. in Room 2B. Free and RSVP is not required.

Shanghai/May I where if you know how to play Rummy, you’ll pick up this game in no time. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Texas Hold’em Players Wanted whether you are a beginner or advanced experienced. Come enjoy treats and a chance to win a gift certificate to In-n-Out Burger. You should know the basics of poker, and new players are welcome. Meets on the first and third Friday every month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 1B. Play for chips only. Free and RSVP is not required.

MEAL PROGRAMS

Daily lunch program where both hot and cold meals are served Monday through Friday from 12-2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $4.50 and reservations are required two days in advance by calling 949.718.1820. 

SCREENINGS, SUPPORT GROUPS and COUNSELING

Health Screenings with walk-in Blood Pressure Screenings on the first and third Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Visual Aid Screening by the Braille Institute for magnifying when eyeglasses are no longer sufficient. Call 714.821.5000 for an appointment.

Free Medical Lectures provided by Hoag Hospital. Call 949.644.3244 for the schedule.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group where meetings are open to caregivers, family members and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m.

Caregivers Support Group where “Thrive not Survive” meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in Room 5. Caregiving is challenging. The goal of this group is to increase your confidence as a caregiver, improve the skills that you have developed and offer a safe place to share your feelings. Free and facilitated by the Caregiver Resource Center, 714.446.5030.

Parkinson’s Newly Diagnosed Support Group where a group of people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s meets the second and fourth Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nasira’s Nutrition Individualized Nutritional Counseling with Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, DRPH, RD, CPT. She is a doctorate-level registered dietician, a certified personal trainer and a yoga instructor. This one-on-one nutrition consultation benefits individuals seeking to optimize their health through diet. If you’re interested in learning more about how good nutrition can help you meet your health goals, set up a nutritional counseling appointment. Fitness consultation is also available. Cost: $80 for a 60-minute consultation. For more information and to set up an appointment, contact Nasira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 425.445.3914.

Meals on Wheels where three (3) nutritious meals are delivered Monday through Friday to homebound seniors (60 and older) that qualify for the program. Volunteers take time from their days to use their own vehicles to lovingly ensure that no senior is without a meal. If you have questions about the program, how it works, or if you and a loved one qualify, call 949.718.1811.

TRAVEL

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. AFC Travel Company Presentation. A representative from AFC will be presenting their 2020 tours. This is a very special year, so the perfect tour may be waiting for you. Come find out.

DAY TRIPS

Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14. Celebrate the Christmas season with the 115-member Los Angeles Master Chorale as they sing all your favorite and traditional Christmas carols sprinkled with new arrangements and audience sing-a-longs. The Disney Hall mighty pipe organ will join in the celebration. Lunch on your own prior to the concert. Departs: 11 a.m. Returns: 6 p.m. Cost: $99/$104.

Petersen Automotive Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. This museum is probably best known for its love of wheels. Enjoy a docent-led tour of all three floors viewing more than 150 models from classics to hot rods and learning about the history of the automobile. After lunch, return to the museum for a guided tour of the Vault featuring more than 250 vehicles from around the world including a 1913 Rolls Royce, 1910 Ford Model T, 1923 Mercedes, 1937 Jaguar, 1955 Ferrari and other iconic and rare cars, motorcycles and trucks spanning more than 120 years of automotive history. Lunch on your own at the L.A. Farmers Market. Departs: 8 a.m. Returns: 5 p.m. Cost: $90/$95.

The Broad on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. It’s time to visit one of our most popular museums. This newest contemporary art museum’s aim is to inspire and foster appreciation of art of our time with a collection of nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. If you haven’t seen Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror rooms, two are currently on view and can be seen at no additional charge. A new and special exhibit originated by The Broad, “Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again,” is the largest exhibition to date of internationally acclaimed artist, Shirin Nesha. However, there is an additional charge of $20 to view the exhibit which includes 230 photographs and eight video works. Lunch on your own. Departs: 9 a.m. Returns: 5 p.m. Cost: $60/$65.

Grape Expectations – Chocolate, Wine & Exotic Animals on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2020. Put on your walking shoes for an action-filled day. First stop will be an alpaca ranch where you will enjoy a guided tour and meet these inquisitive and friendly creatures. You will be able to pet them and will be given snacks to feed them. Afterward, visit the shop with alpaca fleece products. Then to Sugarplum Farms where they have artisanal chocolates and a petting zoo. You will have time to meet their friendly and exotic animals and enjoy a guided tour of the chocolate store with an opportunity to sample and buy your favorites. A boxed lunch will be served at their picnic site. From there, you head to an award-winning boutique winery for wine tasting. On the way home, there is a stop at Tom’s Farms. Departs: 8 a.m. Returns: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $115/$120.

Note: Day Trip Departure/Return Location is the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast (corner of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road).

EXTENDED TRIPS

Extended trips can be 3-5 days within driving range or a shorter flight leaving out of Orange County. New trips to be posted.

Gambling trips are scheduled monthly. All trips are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out. Note: Trips fill up quickly, so sign up early. Travel Office: Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 949.718.1810.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar,

92625. Call 949.644.3244. Parking is Free. OASIS Senior Center is on Facebook.

For a complete list of classes, happenings, support groups and trips, visit http://bit.ly/OASISSeniorCenter. They are also listed in the quarterly Newport Navigator, available at Newport Beach Public Library branches.


Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Events

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Friends Tour, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9, 9:15 or 9:30 a.m. From Vista Point (corner of Back Bay Drive and Eastbluff Drive), a naturalist will take your group along Back Bay Drive, stopping at outdoor stations. Stations include short talks about birds, plants, marine biology, geology and human history of the area. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and the round-trip distance is a little under a mile.

Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them. To register, visit eventbrite.com and search for “Friends Tour” in Newport Beach, CA. Future Friends Tour dates (second Saturday of the month at 9, 9:15 or 9:30 a.m.) include January 11, February 8 and March 14, 2020.

Friends Tour naturalist and group 12.13

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Family Science Sundays, One Sunday each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-12. Enjoy free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom, with a different educational theme to explore. The activities are self-guided and can include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. No registration is necessary.

Wild Tales, every Friday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for 2-8 year olds. Enjoy story time, a walk and an activity. Pre-registration is required. 949.923.2269.

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Kayak Tour every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Launch from the Newport Aquatic Center at 1 Whitecliffs Drive for a two-hour guided tour of Upper Newport Bay. Trained naturalists begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead participants into the Ecological Reserve. They make several stops where they discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the Bay. Each tour is unique with startling differences in birds and other wildlife seen depending on the season and state of the tide. In winter, there is a huge abundance and diversity of shorebirds, ducks, and grebes that have migrated from Canada and Alaska. Roughly 80 species of fish have been found here. Bring sun protection, even in winter, and be prepared to get a little wet. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour to check in and fill out a waiver. 

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Back Bay Drive Nature Walks on the first Sunday of the month. Enjoy a leisurely morning walk along Back Bay Drive observing birds and plants. A side channel of the estuary runs adjacent to the multi-purpose road and there are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl and other birds.

Back Bay Science Center Community Day every Sunday at 10 a.m. Learn about ongoing research, restoration and education. Explore touch tanks and tour the teaching lab. Free; no reservations needed. 600 Shellmaker Road.

Big Canyon Bird and Plant Walk on the third Saturday of the month. Expert Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs at Big Canyon. They involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, and provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. Free; no reservations needed. 600 Shellmaker Road.

Big Canyon Bird Walk on the last Sunday of the month (except in December). For those interested in a more intense bird-watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of the bird experts offers a 2-3 hour outing at Big Canyon. Suitable for beginner and advanced bird watchers. Free; no reservations needed.

Family Hike on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month. Meet and the Muth Center patio for an hour-long hike providing a great introduction to the Bay. All ages welcome. Call 949.923.2269 to RSVP.

Birds in flight

Habitat Restoration in Newport Bay on the second Thursday of the month. Birds and other wildlife need a healthy habitat to thrive. Be a part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Newport Bay and Big Canyon. All training, tools and gloves will be provided.

Shellmaker Discovery Tours on Saturdays where you can join a California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Naturalist to learn about Shellmaker Island’s rich history, the future of the Back Bay Science Center, and discover unusual and endangered plant, bird and crab habitats.

Ground squirrel heated tail

Restoration Program in Newport Bay on the second Sunday of the month. Join Preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary. Bring a hat, sunscreen and snacks. Water and tools are provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Osprey

What Else?

Walking and Jogging

Back Bay Drive is a multi-use road that stretches 3 miles northwards along the east side of the Bay from the Back Bay Science Center at Shellmaker Road to Vista Point on the corner of Eastbluff Drive. Back Bay Drive is one-way for motor vehicles from south to north. This is the best route if you would like to be close to the water and see shorebirds and waterfowl, but bear in mind that bikes and pedestrians share the road. Street parking south of Shellmaker Road, at the bottom of San Joaquin Hills Road and on Eastbluff Drive, and a parking lot at Big Canyon. There are scenic pedestrian trails at Big Canyon.

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Horseback Riding

There are designated horse trails between 23rd Street and Bayview Drive, but there are no horse rental facilities in the Ecological Reserve or Nature Preserve.

Cycling

There is a 10-mile bike loop around the Bay. Starting at Jamboree at San Diego Creek and heading clockwise the first stop is Vista Point on the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive. Take Back Bay Drive to the Newport Dunes Resort. Follow the sign-posted bike path through the resort, which brings you out onto Pacific Coast Highway at the bridge. Take the highway over the bridge and turn right on Dover Drive. You can take a quick detour to Castaways Park, Northstar Beach or Galaxy Park or follow the direct route along Dover to Irvine Avenue where you will turn right. On Irvine just beyond Santiago Drive a set of paved trails begin. These take you to the Interpretive Center, and from there to Bayview Drive and back to Jamboree Road. The 22-mile Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs from Weir Canyon north of Irvine Regional Park joins the Back Bay Loop at Jamboree Road and continues through to Shellmaker Road.

Newport Bay Conservancy

www.newportbay.org

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center,

2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Email:

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Crystal Cove State Park’s upcoming events

Crystal Cove cottages

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Learn more about the Moro Canyon’s ecosystem at Crystal Cove State Park during Field Science Saturday on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Become a scientist and join Crystal Cove Conservancy staff and UCI researchers to learn about ongoing restoration projects in Moro Canyon and help with maintenance of the research site. Meet at the Berns Environmental Study Loop Amphitheater (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground and follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) 

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Join park naturalist ranger Alex for a fun, Kid-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1-2 p.m. Search for natural treasures left behind by the ocean and learn about the coastal marine wildlife found in the Park’s Marine Protected Area (MPA). Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Meet at the Reef Point parking lot (PCH coastward at the Reef Point stoplight, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the first restroom building.) 

Join a park naturalist on a beautiful Sunset Bluff and Beach Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn about the unique cliff and marine environments and the native plants and animals these support. Bring camera and binoculars. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the end.)

Fall and Winter is an exciting time to learn about our local critters including bobcats, butterflies and birds. Join park naturalists on a moderate three-mile Family Nature Hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sundays, December 15 and 29 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) 

Stop by and meet a Park Naturalist at a Trailside Chat table before starting a hike into the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park on Sundays, Dec. 15 and 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about some of the fun critters living in the Park and reasons to stay on the trail. The Park naturalist is stationed at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near the Bern Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow signs toward the campground.

Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. for a Marine Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Meet at Pelican Point lot 4. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.)

sea glass wrapped jewelry

Enjoy a free Sea Glass Jewelry Making activity on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Turn a found object into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Learn the art of wire wrapping sea glass to turn it into a one-of-a-kind creation. Takes place at the Education Commons in the Historic District. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

Join Crystal Cove State Park bird enthusiasts for a Shorebird Walk along the beach at Pelican Point on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. You’ll look for the threatened snowy plover and fall migrants like whimbrels and black-bellied plovers. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the first lot.)

Join a park naturalist as you watch the sunset and welcome the stars of the night on a Winter Solstice Hike at Crystal Cove State on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Enjoy the shortest day of the year on this moderate one-hour hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress in layers. Meet at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) 

Explore the coastal bluffs, sandy beach, and intertidal habitat at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 12:30 p.m. when a park naturalist leads an Ecology Walk to Little Treasure Cove. Learn a little about the birds, intertidal invertebrates, seaweeds and common land plants. Meet by the bulletin board at Pelican Point parking lot #1. (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the end.) Wear shoes appropriate for scrambling over sharp rocks as we will be rounding a headland at low tide and walking on uneven terrain.

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Enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving Guided Tidepool Walk to the Rocky Bight intertidal area on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. when the tide will be a super negative low tide at -1.3. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome Reef Point, turn left after the entrance kiosk and meet at the first restroom building.)

About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sealife is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: Never remove animals, shells or rocks; Never pick up animals, observe them where they are; Walk gently, taking care not to step on plants and animals; and Never turn over rocks.

Enjoy a negative -0.8 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalist will lead a Guided Tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot

(PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)

State Parks, Campgrounds and S’mores are a tradition. Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 5-7 p.m. to Chat and Snack with a Ranger and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the park. Bring your S’more fixings and they’ll have the fire pit lit.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

For additional information on events, call 949.376.6200 or visit www.crystalcove.org.

Interested in a historic cottage rental? Visit www.reservecalifornia.com. Cottages are available every day of the month. But call early, as they book up very quickly.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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KidWorks Toy Drive | Continuing through December 18 | This year, KidWorks has set a goal of collecting more than 1,500 Christmas presents for parents to have the joy of purchasing for their young family members. To make that happen, the toys will be made available to them at the Annual KidWorks Christmas Store at the Dan Donahue Center on December 18 for just 10 percent of their retail value. Proceeds collected from the store then go to a benevolence fund to assist the neediest of families throughout the year. Suggested gifts for children 4-12 years old include arts & crafts supplies, bikes, skateboards, scooters, dolls & action figures, along with grooming items, science sets and games. Gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, Visa and movie theaters are popular with teens. Interested parties have three ways to assist. They can donate unused, unwrapped toys and gift cards directly to the Christmas Store, host a toy drive, or volunteer to work at the store on December 18.

Contact: https://kidworksoc.org/christmas-store or contact the KidWorks Volunteer Department at 714.834.9400, extension 115.

Takes place at The KidWorks Dan Donahue Center, 1902 West Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana.

Operation Christmas | Continuing through December 23 | The City of Newport Beach is supporting Operation Christmas for our troops & their families this year to make the holidays brighter for military personnel and their families. Interested community members may drop off new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment, new or used DVDs and gift cards at the following locations:

–Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach - Revenue (1A), Community Development (1C), City Clerk’s Office (2E)

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

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

–Marina Park Community & Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Newport Beach Police Department, 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach

–Balboa Peninsula Fire Station #1, 110 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Lido Fire Station #2, 475 32nd St., Newport Beach

–Fashion Island Fire Station #3, 868 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach

–Balboa Island Fire Station #4, 124 Marine Ave., Balboa Island

–Corona del Mar Fire Station #5, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

–Mariners Fire Station #6, 1348 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

–Santa Ana Heights Fire Station #7, 20401 Acacia St., Newport Beach

–Newport Coast Fire Station #8, 6502 Ridge Park Road, Newport Coast

–Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

–Balboa Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Crean Mariners Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

–Corona del Mar Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

Donations will be accepted now through 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23. Military personnel pick up donations take place on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 23.

Contact: For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 949.644.3005. 

Takes place throughout Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.

53rd Annual Christmas Carol Ball | Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. | This has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. Anticipated to attract more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters who will join the event for fun, fellowship and fabulous food along with dancing and special holiday touches in a gorgeous setting.

Contact: www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org

Takes place at the Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point.

Women of Elegance Events I Sunday, Dec. 22 I They have invited SABIL USA to conduct a high-end silent auction and will be selling diamonds to benefit this charity. Women of Elegance honorary awards will be given out to women who have made an impact on society for the betterment of humanity. Festivities include vendors, a fashion show and a red carpet. Dress: Elegant evening gowns; be red carpet ready, as media will be in attendance. Schedule: 3 pm. VIP red carpet with extras; 4:30 p.m.; general admission. SABIL USA supports the needy, homeless and refugees. Tickets: General admission, $80; VIP, $120. Table seating 10, $750.

Contact: 310.292.6578

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., 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 you would like to reach out to Newport Beach nonprofit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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

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

Sherlock Holmes The Final Adventure, Continuing through December 15. The world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. Ticket: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

Lil’ Dickens Carolers, Continuing through December 22. Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite standards and sacred Christmas Carols combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers also mix in some spirited jazz arrangements and a bit of whimsy. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Check the website for the schedule.

Contact: For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com

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

OCMAExpand Season 3 with the six new exhibits continuing through March 15, 2020. features six new projects by artists Carolina Caycedo, Daniel Duford, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Mulyana, Robert Zhao Renhui and Yang Yongliang, whose work considers the complexities of our relationship to nature. Admission and parking are free. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMA/Expand, South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

Caycedo

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Sherman Library & Gardens presents “6th Annual Nights of 1000 Lights,” Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 12-15,19-22 from 6-9 p.m. Revel in 12 nights of holiday cheer! Enjoy a “Blue Christmas” with Elvis, take a stroll in the glistening light tunnel and boogie through the disco inFERNo. Enter a world of sugary sweets in Gingerbread Land, experience the magic of a Scandinavian Christmas, make a traditional Julehjerter (Danish woven Christmas heart) and be on the lookout for a family of trolls, follow the gnomes to visit Santa in his workshop, and warm yourself with hot chocolate and s’mores around the bonfire. Make lasting memories with friends and family by celebrating the holidays at Sherman Library & Gardens. All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make-your-own s’mores station. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop. Tickets: Members, $15; Non-members, $25; children 3 and under are free. Register at the website.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show on Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join industry veteran, Frances Gadbois, and daughter and co-founder, Charlotte, who have partnered to create a fresh and vibrant, fine jewelry line with classic and wearable staples that will outlast the test of time with their signature strié texture running through each hand finished piece. With something for everyone, Frances and Charlotte, have combined their elegant design expertise and modern flare to build a versatile jewelry collection that can be worn to yoga or out on the town. The collections range from giftable diamond pendants or ring stackers, to statement cocktail rings showcasing their rare, luxurious semi-precious gemstones. This s a free event.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

Mele Kalikimaka; A Worldwide Celebration of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 and 8 p.m. Features a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the Youth Choirs, Grand Chorus and the Symphony Orchestra.

Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras (MCO®) is a performing force of more than 5,000 participants and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas and Idaho, MCO® has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities. Tickets start at $18.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker, Orange County’s must-see holiday tradition, comes to Segerstrom Hall December 13-22. Performance times are Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Once again, audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s incomparable dancers. As the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, accomplished young students from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School appear alongside ABT’s internationally acclaimed dancers to tell this family favorite tale. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Holidays Around the World on December 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. Watch the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live performances that showcase traditions from around the world, including Mexican ballet folklorico, Indian Bollywood dance, German holiday folk dances, Chinese lion dance and more. The festive family fun doesn’t stop there – take a ride on the Holiday Express train, create your own seasonal craft, and experience our special snowfall on the plaza. No tickets are required.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Carols and Classics: “Holiday Organ Spectacular” on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live performances that showcase traditions from around the world, including Mexican ballet folklorico, Indian Bollywood dance, German holiday folk dances, Chinese lion dance and more. The festive family fun doesn’t stop there – take a ride on our Holiday Express train, create your own seasonal craft, and experience our special snowfall on the plaza.

Contact: www.pacificsymphony.org

Takes place in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center of the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights on December 18-22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, join more than a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Enjoy the Ring of Lights, a waterfront decorating competition of homes, businesses and yacht clubs that surround the harbor. Participants receive prizes and are recognized at the gala in January 2020. For more information and to register your boat, visit www.christmasboatparade.com

Contact: www.christmasboatparade.com

Takes place throughout Newport Harbor.

Marina Park Family Fun Night on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. This family favorite features photos with Santa, boat parade viewing and activities for kids. Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and passes Marina Park at approximately 6:49 p.m. Registration Codes: Children 2+ are $15 MPBPNK; Adults, $25, MPBPNA.

Contact: For more information and to register visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation, or call 949.644.3151.

Takes place at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos is one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos returns on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Christmas w/Marie Osmond on December 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with Marie Osmond backed by the spectacular Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Experience her captivating talent with an unforgettable holiday concert featuring festive favorites as well as hit singles such as “Paper Roses,” “Meet Me in Montana” and “Read My Lips.” Tickets start at $40.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 and 9 p.m. lets you celebrate the winter holidays with the debut of the two-time Grammy-winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band that will make you want to stand up and dance. This Latin jazz powerhouse exuding energy on stage with musical precision captivates audiences until the last note is played. Tickets start at $39.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tis the Season! on December 22 at 5 p.m. and December 23 at 7:30 p.m. Join Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, and the Southern California Children’s Chorus for a joyous musical celebration of the holiday spirit! Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert invites you to ring in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. This concert recreates the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. This year’s concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, the National Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

ABBA The Concert on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ABBA the Concert pays tribute to the phenomenal Swedish pop group for one night only. Their performance celebrates such fan-favorites as “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and “Dancing Queen.” 21st Century Artists, Inc. has presented its ABBA tribute show throughout North America for well over a decade, bringing one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life. Tickets for ABBA the Concert start at $39.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place in Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fireflies on January 5-26, 2020 on the Argyros Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. It is his wife Olivia, however, who skillfully crafts his speeches and delivery. But her ability to play the supportive spouse is cracking under the weight of too many secrets, too many regrets and life lived in the shadows. Recommendation: High school and above.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

Blue Man Group On Tour on January 7-12, 2020 at varying performance times. More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP and now it’s your turn. BLUE MAN GROUP returns to Orange County for a limited engagement on their new North American tour. It’s everything you know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP – signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy – the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages. Tickets start at $26. On January 7 and 8, they will be hosting Kids Nights on Broadway and kids can go free of charge. Use code BLUEKID when purchasing and when you buy one ticket at full price, you’ll get another ticket free. Plus make sure to come early – there will be fun activities for kids in the lobbies starting at 6 p.m., including coloring stations, games, activities, photo opportunities and more.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Art Garfunkel – In Close Up on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world, both as a solo artist and as one of the unrivaled duo, Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums, the most recent being Some Enchanted Evening in 2007. In late 2017, he released an autobiography, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From An Underground Man. Garfunkel was originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon. Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound Of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the biggest selling album ever. Tickets start at $39.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Cucina Enoteca

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Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns as Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week, Jan. 13, 2020 for its 14th year. The 14-day event showcases Newport Beach as a premier dining destination where Orange County’s best and brightest chefs showcase their talents with special pre-fixe menus starting at just $15. The annual culinary festival has grown to incorporate a wide variety of restaurants offering preferred menu pricing for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Contact: www.visitnewportbeach.com/dinenewportbeach/

Takes place at restaurants throughout Newport Beach.

Opera for Kids: The Elixir of Love on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 with two concerts. In this a special, just-for-kids rendition, enter the big top to immerse yourself in Donizetti’s operatic circus, featuring a lovestruck laborer, a greedy quack and a love potion – what could possibly go wrong here? Associate Conductor Roger Kalia leads the audience through the twists and turns of Donizetti’s comic opera for a morning of magical music. A Musical Carnival will take place at each concert, encouraging children to test drive instruments, interact with members of Pacific Symphony and participate in themed crafts. Activities start at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers. Tickets start at $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Contact: www.PacificSymphony.org.

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1-6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. This annual juried event will showcase more than 300 pieces of original art at the Newport Beach Civic Center location, an open modern venue where guests can enjoy a festive atmosphere of art, music, food and wine. Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and in the Central Library parking lot. The Call for Entries will be announced on the City of Newport Beach website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts in January 2020. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Destination Art” exhibition of acrylics by Sherry Marger continuing through January 3, 2020 during library operating hours. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents Destination Art, an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Sherry Marger, on display at Newport Beach Central Library gallery. Marger is an acrylic landscape painter, born in New York City, but raised in New Jersey. It wasn’t until much later in life, when she started traveling that she began to paint seriously. Always having photographed, catalogued and then assembled albums of trips, she realized how painting could further interpret her traveling world experiences to herself and to others. Traveling became her inspiration. Destination Art has become her passion. As a studio artist, she works in an impressionistic style with acrylic paints. Plein air watercolor sketching is done on location to lay the groundwork for the finished paintings done on either canvas or paper in her studio. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. (Nyhaven Colors by Sherry Marger is pictured below.)

Destination Art for NBPL 10.22

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Witte Lectures are for the curious, engaged and motivated. It presents serious topics for serious times. Join in for dynamic, informative, call-to-action conversations about the U.S. Presidency, the impacts of income inequality, what to anticipate with rapid environmental change, and learn the societal price of addiction. Understand the complexities of globally relevant issues. Tickets for these events are now on sale for the 23rd season running January through April 2020. The Series kicks off with Doris Kearns Godwin on January 24, 2020. To become a member click here.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Let’s Talk Money: Taking Control of Retirement on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 12-1 p.m. In this seminar, you’ll talk about one of the most life-altering financial turning points each of us will experience – the transition to retirement – and the challenges and risks associated with it, as well as some potential strategies. Join this informative seminar during which you’ll get a better understanding of 1) Common retirement issues such as longevity, withdrawal, investment and inflation risks – and ways to help manage them; 2) How to identify your retirement goals, and more importantly, prioritize them based on what matters most to you; and 3) Techniques for building a portfolio aligned to your priorities – leveraging a range of solutions. This series of Let’s Talk Money Financial Workshops is free and held in the Central Library Conference Room. Space is limited and registration is required. Go to the Library website to reserve your seat. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop: Raising Capital for Your Business, Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Raising Capital for Your Business is a workshop that offers advice geared to all types of entrepreneurs who are looking for capital. It discusses the aspects and tools necessary for seeking capital, as well as identifying the types of money and resources available from financiers today. You will look at specific challenges in raising capital at all stages and attendees will walk away with a playbook for raising money for their business. This workshop is presented by Irving Kau, who now serves as the head of KW Capital Partners. He founded the Asia Office and was the Asia-based head of a U.S. investment bank, Seaport Global (previously, Global Hunter). He was named Top 40 under 40 financing professional in 2012. Geared to adults. Limited seating. Registration/Check-in is from 5:30-6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Synopsis: The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling biography of the visionary widow who built a Champagne empire, became a legend in tumultuous times and showed the world how to live with style. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman. Doors open at 9 a.m. Free, but a suggested $10 donation is appreciated. No reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. The Book Discussion Group members select, read and discuss 10 books per year. This active and dynamic group meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Refreshments are provided and the books are available through the Newport Beach Public Library. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop In Crafts on Monday, Dec. 16 from 3:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by the library to create, craft, and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGOS

Wrappin’ Up 2019 Crafts on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Drop in at the Balboa Branch Library and share the gift of creativity as you make crafts inspired by the winter season. Geared to ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS ARE CLOSED on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m.

ALL NBPL LOCATIONS CLOSE on Monday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Can’t stay up late but still want to celebrate? Come to the library for the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with crafts and fun as they count down to noon. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Note: All NBPL locations close at 1 p.m.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes 

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6-24 months. CdM Library 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. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 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.

Songs & Stories – Children 2-5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Central Library 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. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Corona del Mar on Wednesdays 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

 

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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

410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sundays

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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