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Volume 4, Issue 68  |  August 23, 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 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. 

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

Endless Summer Weekends at the Gardens, continuing through September 15 from 4-8 p.m. During the summer months, Sherman Gardens will be kickin’ back and staying open late on Sundays until 8 p.m. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

Kickin’ Back at Sherman Gardens, Continuing through September 22. Sit back and relax with a summer exhibit of colorful, funky, over-sized garden furniture.  Included with admission to the Gardens. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

Free Class – Creating a Fragrant Garden, Saturday, August 24 from 9-10 a.m. Fragrance can enhance your mood, boost confidence and trigger memories. Horticulturalists will show you plants that can easily be incorporated into your garden adding beauty while offering amazing fragrance. Held at Armstrong Garden Center, 1500 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Halloween Boutique Opening – Malice in Wonderland, Friday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. Follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to experience Wonderland, a labyrinth full of strange and impossible décor to fill your home for Halloween. Enter the Red Queens domain, but be cautious of her wrath, or she will threaten to cut off your head with just a snap. Find yourself exploring the Mad Hatter’s workshop, full of treasures, surprises and frights. Celebrate a very merry un-birthday by pulling up a chair for a cup of tea at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party as the clock strikes midnight. In a world that is simply mad, join this unimaginable visit to Roger’s Gardens’ Malice in Wonderland this Halloween season. They’re all mad here! Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Floral Class – Beautiful Bouquets, Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. Using the European spiral technique, participants will create an abundant, fresh-from-the-garden bouquet that will make a perfect gift for loved ones. How to properly finish the bouquet in ribbon and paper will also be discussed. Register at the website. Cost: $45 Friends; $55 Non-members. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

Pumpkin in Patch

Tillandsia Pumpkin Workshops with Kathleen Nestell, Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10-11 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5-6 p.m. Join Horticulturist & Original Designs Lead Designer, Kathleen Nestell, as she guides you on how to create your very own Tillandsia pumpkin centerpiece that will last for months (if properly cared for). Just bring your creativity and they will take care of the rest. Workshop fee is $100 per person for each session which includes all materials, step-by-step instructions, and details on how to care, maintain, and artistically prune your masterpiece as the succulents begin to grow. Additional supplies and plants can be purchased separately. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after September 7 for the September 14 class and cancellations after September 12 for the September 19 class cannot be refunded. Please bring gloves if desired. Wine and light gourmet snacks will be served. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.www.rogersgardens.com

Growing Epiphytic Plants, Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Epiphytic plants are so easy they don’t even need soil to grow. Learn to mount orchids, ferns and tillandsias. These mounted masterpieces are perfect to hang on a big shady tree or decorate the garden patio. Pre-registration required. Register at the website. Cost: $50 Friends; $60 Non-members. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

Begonia Show, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Southern California Begonia Society invites the public to attend a spectacular judged show and sale. The show offers a rare opportunity to explore the many varieties of gorgeous locally grown begonias. A large selection of beautiful begonias will be available for purchase. The begonias will be unique species not typically available for sale in local nurseries. There is a $5 admission to the Gardens.   

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

Succulent Planter Workshop with Catherine Smith, Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5-6 p.m. Get ready for fall by designing your own large succulent container to enjoy throughout the season. Team Leader, Catherine Smith, will demonstrate how to create this one-of-a-kind succulent arrangement. Workshop fee is $100 per person/arrangement, includes an 18” metal low rectangular container with handle, soil, succulent plants and step-by-step instructions. Additional supplies and plants can be purchased separately. Wine will be served. Space is limited. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after September 19 cannot be refunded. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

 

ONGOING

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.

 

Marine Protected Area Hikes – Join the Natural Resources Staff on a guided, informational 2.6-mile hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area. Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and is open to ages 13 years and above. Free.

Hike Dates & Times:

–Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m.

–Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12-2 p.m.

–Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration is available online at 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. 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?

The California Spiny Lobster molts its shell at least once per year whenever it outgrows its old one. This means that they grow throughout their whole lives, with record lobsters being more than 15 pounds!

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.


OASIS Senior Center events, classes, trips...

OASIS exterior

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Courtesy of OASIS Senior Center

HAPPENINGS

SAVE THE DATE: OASIS Cars & Coffee Car Show is coming Saturday, Sept. 7 and OASIS members are encouraged to sign up now to enter their classic cars and motorcycles in the show. The event takes place from 8-11 a.m. and includes a pancake breakfast. The pancake breakfast is $5. Don’t hesitate as spaces are limited. Trophies will be awarded in all categories, including motorcycles. Call Berenice Barajas in the Friends of OASIS office at 949.718.1800.

Performers Wanted for the 8th annual OASIS Talent Showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. Sign-ups are open for the annual Talent Show. Guidelines: Performers will be given a maximum of five minutes to perform; Music tracks will only be accepted on a MP3 with no exceptions; Performers will be responsible for setting up and breaking down their own instruments; Maximum of two microphones per act with no exceptions; All members of each act must attend a mandatory rehearsal on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 2-4 p.m. If any member of an act or group is not able to make this rehearsal, the act will be replaced; To submit your idea, contact Anne at 949.644.3244. Tickets are free for this event. You can pick up yours in the administration office.

FBI Special Agent Frederick J. Simon, Private Sector Coordinator, InfraGard is holding a presentation on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. in Room 5. Come and hear a presentation on the scope of our local FBI, CIA and police agencies by an FBI Agent with more than 20 years of experience in the field.
What criminal behavior does each agency pursue and how is this determined? What are
the latest scams being used to harm local citizens? Learn the answers to these and more questions.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, August 28 with the screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. 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: In this sun-soaked sequel, a pregnant Sophie (Donna’s daughter) is now running the family villa on Kalokairi and worried about facing motherhood minus her mom’s guidance. But Donna’s best friends reassure Sophie with tales about Donna’s experiences. Starring: Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Cher, Meryl Streep. Running time: 1 hr. 54 min.

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

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Senior Town Hall Event on Friday, Aug. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. Join Congressman Harley Rouda at the Evelyn Hart Event Center. As a Freshman member in Congress, Harley is dedicated to working with Democrats and Republicans on bipartisan legislation that makes a difference in people’s lives – legislation that makes his community, and his country, healthier, safer, more sustainable and more prosperous in the 21st Century. Come to hear what is happening on Capitol Hill and plan on bringing your questions. Resources for seniors will also be available. RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/SeniorTownHall.

American Politics – Fall 2019 Preview on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. in Room 1. In this special preview lecture, Joshua Stone, MPP, will give a teaser of this upcoming eight-week collegiate level courses exploring a variety of American politics topics: U.S.-China Relations, 20th century U.S Foreign Policy and the American Presidency. Each course explores topics in depth, giving a rich background and history incorporating literature, lectures and group discussions. For more information on the classes, see the OASIS August newsletter, page 16 (link listed at the end of our calendar).

VOLUNTEERISM

Newport Beach Film Festival Reviewers Needed, so if you’re looking for a way to engage your love of arts, apply to become a Newport Beach Film Festival Reviewer. If you’re interested, contact Dorothy Krauss at 949.253.2880, ext. 233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 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.

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.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

Registration for Summer Classes began on August 1 at 8 a.m. There are lots of classes to choose from, so be sure to read through the newsletter (see link at the bottom of the calendar for the August issue) to find the classes you’ll most enjoy.

Making a Shutterfly Photo Book on Monday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. in the OASIS Computer Lab. Instructor: Carole Kamper. Each session is $34. Learn how to make a printable photo album using the website Shutterfly. Using the Shutterfly smartphone app, you will also learn how ti upload pictures from your devices directly to your Shutterfly account. Come and explore your creativity in this fun, project-based class. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills with some knowledge of the Internet.

Writing Your Life Stories - Introduction on Tuesdays from October 1 through November 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Room 5. Instructor: Berteil Mahoney. Have you ever wanted to write about your life, but wondered how to get started, how to keep going and whether it is even worth it in the first place? In this class, you will learn how to turn the crazy, sad and wonderful stuff of your life into stories that have order, clarity and meaning. With opportunities for giving and receiving feedback, you will learn how to prepare your stories for the benefit of future generations, possibly your greatest legacy. No writing experience necessary. Group is limited to 15 participants. For those new to the class, a $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor. Cost: $140/8.

New! Chocolate Tasting 101 on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 5. Enjoy the nuances of fine chocolate in this fun new workshop. Like a fine wine, quality chocolate has a nose, acidity, fruitiness and tasting notes. Understand bean-to-bar, and learn how to develop your palate and appreciate single origin chocolate. A $15 material fee is due on the first day. Cost: $20/1.

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.

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

Beginning Watercolor Tuesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 8 from 1-4 p.m. or Oct. 15-Nov. 19 at the OASIS Art Center. Instructor: Theresa Fernald. Cost: $82/6. Learn creative, expressive and colorful watercolor techniques. Develop a foundation for great watercolor composition and drawing while exploring color, brushwork and design based on art history and design theories. Materials list will print out on registration receipt. A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor.

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..

Constitutional Law: United States on Thursday, July 11-Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 1. Cost: $50/8. This course will examine foundational questions in American constitutional politics and the techniques of constitutional interpretation. Over an eight-week period, you will explore some of America’s most significant legal and judicial challenges and the resulting transformations that impact our world today. You will use an array of formats, such as music, videos and roundtable discussions to bring out the very best of your engagement with the topics you encounter. Led by Joshua Stone, MPP.

Driver Safety (AARP) on Monday, July 15 from 12-4:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 12-4 p.m. in OASIS Room 1B. Cost: $15 AARP members; $20 non-members. The July 15 class is a one-day refresher course. It is only available to those who have taken the full eight-hour course within the last five years. Check with your insurance company to see if they accept the refresher course for a discount. You must attend both Monday and Wednesday to complete the September courses. This eight-hour class covers defensive driving strategies, new traffic laws, rules of the road, car control, driving skills/techniques, preparation for the written test, DMV test questions, how to tell if you should give up driving and even how to get around when you no longer drive. Some insurance companies offer a three-year discount on auto insurance upon completion of this course. In person, advance registration, only. Checks only, made payable to AARP.

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. 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. 

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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

DAY TRIPS

Christ Cathedral and the Hilbert Museum of California on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Travel to Christ Cathedral for an opportunity to see the frescos of the Sistine Chapel up close. The frescos have been digitally emblazoned on fabric panels to within centimeters of their actual size. They are displayed in the exhibit in roughly the same position as they are in the Sistine Chapel, either as walls or above as a ceiling. After lunch included, visit the Hilbert Museum for a docent tour of the museum. View their newly acquired Rockwell drawings created for the Saturday Evening Post. Departs: 9 a.m. Returns: 4 p.m. Cost: $75/$80.

The Thrilling 30’s Murder Mystery on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Bus to Almansor Court just south of Pasadena for a luncheon and musical revue. Enjoy the popular songs, comedy, costumes, dialogue and dancing with your lunch and wine. There will be time to shop and participate in the opportunity drawing. Departs: 9 a.m. Returns: 4 p.m. Cost: $95/$100.

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.

Chicago All Access - September 1-7

California Coast & Wine Country - September 8-14

Canyon de Chelly & Mesa Verde - September 8-12

French Canada & Niagara Falls - October 7-15

AFC’s Danube River Cruise - October 18-29

Georgia On My Mind - October 20-26

Kentucky with Noah’s Ark - October 23-28

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 and support groups, 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

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, Sept. 8. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Newport Bay Conservancy. Festivities include a sunset dinner. More details to come.

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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.

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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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Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons, hosted by Crystal Cove Conservancy on August 21 and 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family. Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of  Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

Join a Park Naturalist and learn about “What’s Out There,” at the Park on this fun guided one-mile Scavenger Hunt, along the bluff trail to the overlooks, along the wooden boardwalk and back on August 22 and 29 from 9-10 p.m. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4 near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at the kiosk to the end lot.)

Chat and Snack with a Ranger, and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the Park. State parks, campgrounds and s’mores are a summertime tradition. Come down to the Berns Amphitheater on Friday, Aug. 23 from 7-8 p.m. Bring your s’mores fixings and they’ll have the fire pit lit. For this family night to share together, meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Enjoy the $5 sunset rate.

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in their weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Junior Rangers meet from 10-11 a.m. on Aug. 24. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs to the Campground.) Come for the program, stay for the day.

Join a geologist on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike along the coastal side of Crystal Cove State Park and explore several of the Park’s volcanic features on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the Park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground/Moro day use.)

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 Sunday, Aug. 25 from 8-11 a.m. Learn about some of the fun critters living in the Park and reasons to stay on the trail. The Park Naturalist will be stationed at the Moro Canyon Trail Head near the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground.)

Stop by Naturalist Laurel’s Beachside Chat table on Monday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals living in the Park. Find Laurel and her bounty of nature props near the Historic District Education Commons by the Beachcomber Café. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.)

Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on August 29 from 12-3 p.m. and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find Alex and her bounty of nature props near the Historic District Education Commons  by the Beachcomber Café. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.)

Walk with a park interpreter and see if you can spot plants and animals  on Crystal Cove State Park’s Nature Bingo on Friday, Aug. 30 from 10-11 a.m. Walk the 1/2-mile Environmental Studies Loop Trail to search for the natural treasures in the Park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground/Moro day use.) 

Join Crystal Cove docents for a two-mile guided Sunset Hike on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the rising moon over Moro ridge on this moderated one-hour hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at the stoplight at School-State Park and follow the signs toward the campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a flashlight, and dress in layers.

Tidepools

Enjoy a Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations when the tide will be at an afternoon low 0.7. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2 at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to first lot.)

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.

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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Priceless Luncheon | Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | The Priceless Luncheon ending human trafficking educates attendees about the startling issue of human trafficking in Orange County, and honors victims and community members fighting this issue. Tickets: $225 for individuals with table and event sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.966.6360

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

Laura’s House 25th Annual Gala | Saturday, Sept. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. | Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent & live auctions and dinner. They will be honoring individuals and corporations that have contributed integral support to the programs and services we provide. Sponsorships, tickets and advertisements will be available.

Contact: www.laurashouse.org

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

50th Anniversary Celebration for the Newport Bay Conservancy | Sunday, Sept. 8 | Festivities include a sunset dinner. More details to come.

Contact: www.newportbay.org

Takes place at Upper Newport Bay Conservancy, 2302 University Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Charity Golf Classic | Monday, Sept. 16 with a 10:30 a.m. check in; 12:30 p.m. tee-off | Enjoy 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and various awards. Cost: $500 per layer; $1,600 per foursome. Register at the website.

Contact: Vlad Anderson at 949.375.0258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. http://npacfgolfclassic.org

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

Susan G. Komen Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk | Sunday, Sept. 22 | Susan G. Komen Orange County is one of 26 locations across the country that will be reintroducing its Race for the Cure as the More Than Pink Walk this year. The event will include a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible through fundraising efforts. The More Than Pink Walk, which will not have a separate timed run element this year, will increase people’s connection to Komen’s work beyond breast cancer awareness including, research, community outreach and more. Tickets: $15 during pre-registration (ends May 31); $30 after pre-registration and $35 the day of the event.

Contact: Stacy Davis at 714.957.9157, ext. 34 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here.

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (Starts at Pacific Life Insurance Company.)

Evening of Excellence Gala Event to benefit Youth Employment Service | Thursday, Sept. 26 | Honors employers for their ongoing commitment to hire and support YES graduates as they transition into the workforce. Festivities include a cocktail reception, wine pull, auction, awards presentation and dinner. Proceeds support the Comprehensive Job Readiness Program and its expansion to greater Orange County. Sponsorships, donations and attendance opportunities are available.

Contact: www.yesworks.org

Takes place at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

New, Now, Next: The OCMA Affair | October 5 | This annual gala supports the museum’s exhibition and educational programs and ensures that the museum can offer free admission at its temporary location at South Coast Plaza Village. Co-chairs: Jennifer Segerstrom and Jennifer Van Bergh

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMA/Expand, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

Dusk at the Island Fashion Show to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Orange County | October 10 | More details to come.

Contact: www.rmhcsc.org/orangecounty

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

Second Annual Forever Families Gala to support Seneca Family of Agencies | November 9 | This event supports this organization’s mission to create families that are stale, loving and permanent. They have a 100 percent adoption permanency rating. Every $1,000 supports the finalization of an adoption for a child in foster care. There are more than 600 kids waiting to be adopted in Orange County. Honorees to be announced. Sponsorships are available from $5,000-$50,000.

Contact: www.senecafoa.org/gala

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

46th Candlelight Concert to support Segerstrom Center for the Arts | December 6 | For more than 40 years, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Candlelight Concert has been one of Orange County’s most treasured events. Considered by many as the official kick-off to the holiday season, Candlelight brings friends and family together for an elegant evening of great fun while raising essential funds in support of the Segerstrom Center for the Art’s artistic, education and community engagement programs.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

 

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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

OCMAExpand Six New Exhibitions on view continuing through September 1. Features works of Pacific Rim artists and a seventh show with objects from the museum’s collection. Through a wide range of media including interactive installations, photography and site-specific interventions, the works touch on notions of value, control and power, and truth and reality, responding to some of today’s most pressing global socio-political concerns. Spring exhibitions include: Diego Berruecos: Only A Shadow; York Chang: To Be Wrong with Infinite Precision; Victoria Fu and Matt Ric: Monster A; Fritzia Irizar: CaCO3; UuDam Tran Nguyen: TIME BOOMERANG California Edition – From S.E.A. Atolls to the Next Dead Stars; Hiromi Takizawa: Open Air and Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. 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.

Uudam Tran Nguyen for Best Bets

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Summer Exhibit: Kickin’ Back at the Gardens, Continuing through September 22. Sit back and relax at Sherman Library & Gardens with a summer exhibit of colorful, funky, over-sized garden furniture. Feel like a kid again: climb on up into big and bold retro lawn chairs, sway away on shady swings and sprawl out in hammocks. Put your feet up and enjoy kickin’ back. Included with admission to the Gardens.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Radiant Rides at Newport Dunes, Continuing through October 7. Experience the feeling of discovering the nightlife under the sea in Radiant Rides, a stunning activity that will dazzle. Light up the Back Bay with your stand up paddleboard during this LED night tour. Tours are $30 per person with a minimum of eight attendees. One hour guided tour takes place Friday and Saturday nights. Complimentary LED glow accessories. Must be 13 years pf age or older.

Contact: Call 949.279.4507. www.newportdunes.com/radiant-rides-newport-beach/

Takes place at Newport Dunes  Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. 

Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency, Continuing through October 20. Friday nights will get a little hotter this summer when the Bank of the West Summer Concert Series 2019 heats up. Returning for another year, world-class music will fill the air along with fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheater. Headliners include Boz Scaggs, Kenny G. and West Coast Jam, among others.

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit http://series.hyattconcerts.com/tickets/.

Takes place at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.

Kenny G for Newport's Best Bets

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Ramon Ayala with special guest, Banda Machos, August 22 from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$72.50. To purchase tickets, visit https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0B00563ED0C13C5C.

Contact: www.pacamp.com.

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

Fight Club OC – Pro Boxing & MMA Show, August 22 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Also October 10 and December 5). The most fun you can have on a Thursday night in the OC. General admission is $60. Parking $9.

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit https://socafights.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1104244.

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

Watercolor Class: Cactus Flower with Erna, August 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Classes are designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home his/her own charming painting. 

Maximum 12 people. Cost: $35 Friends, $45 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Summer Jazz: Mon David Quartet featuring Tateng Katindig on Piano & Charmaine Clamor, August 23 at 7 p.m. It’s Filipino Jazz Night on Argyros Plaza. Known for his wide vocal range, rich tone, fearless style and eclectic musicality, Mon David has shared the stage with luminaries such as Diane Schuur, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and the late Bobby Enriquez. Tateng Katindig, who has performed with Lou Rawls, Marienthal and others, represents the best of Filipino jazz piano. Charmaine Clamor is a Filipina jazz singer best known for melding traditional Filipino folk songs and with American jazz and blues in a newly developed musical genre called “Jazzipino.” This event is free.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Gem Faire, August 23-25. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. Hours: Friday, Aug. 23, 12-6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $7; free for children 11 and younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit https://gemfaire.com/event/costa-mesa-ca-17/.

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

OC Night Market, August 23-25 from 4-11 p.m. The OC Night Market heads into its 6th year at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on August 23-25 from 4-11 p.m. The biggest party of the summer invites you to bring your friends and family to eat, drink and shop from 200+ local vendors. It also features a diverse mix of activities such as an Art Walk, dance competition, eating contest, entertainment stage with live performers, and more. Single day tickets are $5; a three-night weekend pass is $10. 

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit www.ocnightmarket.com/tickets.

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

Mosaic: Hummingbird Sculpture, August 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn nipping and fitting techniques related to glass tile mosaics and wheeled nippers while designing and applying to a custom metal 12” x 12” x 4” hummingbird sculpture. Please bring a lunch or snack and beverage for this full day class. 

Pre-registration required. Cost: $115 Friends, $125 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Sunset Jazz at the Newport Marriott, Wednesdays, August 28 and September 4, 11 and 18 beginning at 6 p.m. Headliners: Chuck Redd – Tom Scott Quintet, John Pizzarelli Quartet (sold out), Jackie Ryan with Bill Cunliffe Quartet, Byron Stripling/Bobby Floyd Quartet, Emmett Cohen Trio & James Morrison, Barbara Morrison’s Birthday with The Peak Experience and Tom Kubis Big Band with Vocalist Nicole Kubis. Ticket prices vary from $14.50 - $31.

Contact: For tickets, visit https://www.goldstar.com/events/newport-beach-ca/sunset-jazz-at-newport.

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Happy Hour Yoga - August, August 29 6-8 p.m. This class will be held amid the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens and will focus on breath work by going over breathing techniques and fundamentals. The class will then move into Hatha yoga (all levels), focusing on balance, strength and stretching. Next, will be a meditation practice (10-15 minutes) and the class will end with a restful, restorative, Savasana pose. After class, enjoy a glass of wine as you wander through the Gardens. Bring a mat, small towel, and water. Happy Hour Yoga is held on the last Thursday of each month. Cost: $20 Friends, $25 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Summer Jazz: Sweet Baby J’ai and the Women in Jazz All-Stars, August 30 at 7 p.m. Few entertainers can command a stage like the indefatigable Sweet Baby J’ai. She is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers today and has toured the world with her genre-defying work which both embraces and expands the jazz tradition. Joined by the multi-award-winning Women in Jazz All-Stars, this world-class ensemble of extraordinary musicians come together to set the night on fire with a blend of blues with jazz, funk, pop and soul. This event is free.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Block Printing Workshops, August 31 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Taught by instructor Elizabeth James from Pacific and Rose Textiles, learn step-by-step the ancient art of hand block-printing, including classic Indian design principles, printing bed and ink tray preparation, and blocking-printing techniques. After first practicing on paper, you’ll move on to fabric, whether it’s kitchen towels, aprons or scarves. All tools and supplies will be furnished, with an instruction pamphlet for you to keep. Additional

Vintage woodblocks will be available for purchase. James’ collections of home and lifestyle products have been hand block-printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Cost of each workshop: $70. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Reserve you spot at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events

Contact: If you have questions, contact Elizabeth James at 949.633.1080. www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Block printing for Best Bets

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Hot Yoga - August, August from 31 6-8 p.m. This class will take place inside a lush tropical conservatory. Whether this is your first hot yoga experience or you are a seasoned hot yoga student, you will love this unique location. Starting with breathing and gentle stretching, you will slowly move into more challenging poses. You will build strength and balance in the same hot, humid and sweetly scented environment enjoyed by orchids, bromeliads, koi fish and turtles. Bring a mat, small towel and plenty of water. Cost: $15 Friends, $20 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Newport Beach Luau, August 31 from 6-9:30 p.m. Experience an authentic Hawaiian Luau without the plane fare. The inaugural Newport Beach Luau will feature traditional island entertainment, including male Kane dancers, fire-throwing, ladies with their hula dances and much more. Learn about the history of the luau told through music, dance, drums and chants. Enjoy a Hawaiian-style dinner under the stars with grilled chicken teriyaki and fresh pineapple, and Kalua pulled pork. Watch the traditional Samoan pig ceremony. Sip cocktails from the Tiki Bar and be greeted by their ukulele player, with a special appearance by Moana, so bring the kids. This family-friendly event with dinner starts at 6 p.m.; night activities by 8 p.m. The dinner menu includes grilled teriyaki chicken with fresh pineapple, roasted pig and Kalua pulled pork, steamed rice, fresh grilled vegetables, Hawaiian macaroni salad, tossed green salad with dressing and Hawaiian king roll. Tickets are required for ages 5 and up.

Contact: For more information and tickets, visit www.newportdunes.com/event/newport-beach-luau/.

Takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Great Labor Day Cruise, August 31-September 1. The event continues to be one of the largest and longest running events in the nation and one of a few that can offer non-stop cruising around a 1.25 mile cruise route set up at the 150-acre venue. OCCA, Inc.is a not-for-profit, volunteer based 501 (c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the Great Labor Day Cruise are donated to the Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station. Hours: Saturday, Aug. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.;  Sunday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12; free for children 12 and younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: For more information, www.thelabordaycruise.org.

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

American Mariachi by José Cruz González, September 7-October 5. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Mariachi at SCR

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Cirque Mei, September 14-15 at 8 and 2 p.m. From People’s Republic of China, Hebei Province, Cirque Mei features traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts in a colorful and lively celebration of the internationally renowned Chinese circus arts. With a company of 40 elite circus artists and acrobats, these performances will include many of the most popular Chinese circus routines including Hoops Diving, Lion Dance, Collective Bicycle Skills, Flying Meteors, Foot Juggling with Umbrellas, Female Contortion, and Ladder Balancing Act.
Cirque Mei was founded in 1976 and supports a community of more than 130 circus performers who tour throughout China and the world. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Cirque Mei

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Sonia De Los Santos, September 21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and September 22 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sonia De Los Santos has been performing her positive, multicultural, family-friendly music since 2007. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions. They reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Singing in both English and Spanish, De Los Santos’ messages of joyful community, music making, and cultural bridge-building will inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Tickets start at $20.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

Takes place in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Piff the Magic Dragon, September 27-28 at 7 and 9 p.m. After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you must see to believe. Piff is joined by his trusty sidekick Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™. Tickets start at $39. It’s 50 percent comedian, 50 percent magician and 100 percent dragon.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

Takes place in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Goat Yoga, September 29 at 9 and 11 a.m. The art of yoga walking and playing at-will around you is fun and a bit chaotic. Party Goats Los Angeles is partnering with Sherman Gardens to combine nature, animals and yoga. The benefits of Goat Yoga include fun (as laughter is guaranteed), Improving core strength, deepens stretches and tests balance. Spanky and Pippin have been trained to participate in goat yoga on command. They will jump on your back during key yoga poses, aid in deeper stretches with their front hooves, and run underneath your legs during standing poses. The goats are on leashes and each has a handler which helps provide a structured and safe environment. Th class is one hour and will be followed by 45 minutes of photos – so strike that perfect pose for Instagram. All participants must pre-register. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes early, wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring your own mat or towel. Rain or shine event.  No refunds. Cost: $35 Friends, $40 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

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The Canadians by Adam Bock, September 29-October 20. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba – Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people. But lately, Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime – to experience life far from Canada. In this tour de force comedy where five actors play a shipload of characters, small chances might lead to big changes.  But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Miss Saigon, October 1-13 at varying times. Miss Saigon tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like, “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”

Tickets start at $26.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Miss Saigon

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Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: La Bayadère, October 16-20 at varying times. Amid the sweeping vistas and grand temples of mystical India, Petipa’s great Russian classic is an epic of eternal love and godly revenge. La Bayadère offers tour de force performances by the Mariinsky’s legendary ballet stars as the tale’s doomed temple dancer Nikiya, the warrior who betrays her, Solor, and her archrival, Gamzatti. Tickets start at $39.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

La Bayadere

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Photo by Natasha Razina© State Academic Mariinsky Theatre

Betty Buckley, October 17-19. At 7:30 p.m. Buckley is a Tony award-winning Broadway, film and television star, but when she takes the cabaret stage, her personal song favorites are undeniably in the hands of a master artist. Without fail, she knows when and where to let it ride, when to pull back or lean in, providing a generous gift of memories for her devoted fans. Tickets start at $89.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

Takes place in Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aubergine by Julia Cho, October 19-November 16. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst; music by Shelly Markham, November 8-24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Julianne Aryros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, November 30-December 24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and the best-known curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It’s the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don’t miss Hal’s final “Bah Humbug!” This production is not part of subscription packages.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“Sobier Photo Project” exhibition by Ed Olen, Continuing through September 6. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting a the “Sobier Photo Project” by celebrated photographer Ed Olen, that just opened on July 8 and is on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery through September 6. 

Olen has traveled to Haiti with The Heart of Hollywood Foundation on yearly mission trips since 2012. For the past three years, the organization has focused on the village of Sobier, which was particularly devastated by the 2010 earthquake. Olen always photographs his trips, but this year he decided to try something new. With the help of strategic and handmade props, Olen juxtaposes a culture of wealth against a community of need, capturing the unique personalities of his subjects, creating striking images that demand attention and evoke reaction. The Heart of Hollywood Foundation has begun construction on a clinic for the community, projected to be completed this spring. Next, they want to focus on a well for fresh water because it’s a two-hour plus round-trip for the villagers to get fresh water every day. The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours.

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Photo by Ed Olen

“Aging As Art” photographic exhibition, Continuing through September 9. 

The Council on Aging – Southern California invited all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years of age or older residing in California, to use their imagination and share their vision and unique interpretation of the aging experience. The Aging as Art Photography Show, juried by a panel of distinguished judges, depicts the diversity, dignity and challenges of what living a long life means today. Selected entries are currently on display on the second floor of the Newport Beach Central Library during regular business hours at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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2019 Concerts on the Green on August 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. on the Civic Green. 

In a tribute to one of the most iconic groups in rock history, QUEEN NATION recreates the image, sound and energy of a live Queen concert. Gregory Finsley, Mike McManus, Pete Burke and Parker Combs pay remarkable homage to the legendary band with songs like “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites The Dust.” Presented by the City of Newport Beach, visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited), and gourmet food trucks Baby’s Burgers and Scooter’s Italian Ice will be on site. Admission and parking are free, on a first come, first served basis.

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LEGO Block Party on August 28 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.

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College Application Workshop on August 31 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. NBPL is hosting a workshop to help you go through the Common App, UC App, Coalition, or any other app you’re working on and make sure you’re putting together the best application possible for the schools you’re applying to – anything from USC to UC Irvine to University of Washington and every school in between. Bring your laptops, your transcripts and your resume. Age level: Rising high school seniors ONLY (Class of 2020) - no parents, please. Registration to open soon.

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LEGO Saturdays on August 31 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 is required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party on September 4 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.

College Essay Workshop on September 3 from 7-8 p.m. Learn about the most common college essay topics and how to approach them in the College Essay Workshop. This free workshop is provided by Collegewise will help you gain the confidence and skills to write college application essays that stand out. Space is limited. Register at the Library website. Age level: Rising High School Seniors and Parents. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop on September 4 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is generously funded by Friends of the Library. Age Level: Adults. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport on September 5 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. A free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials and stay current on local, state and federal issues. RSVP to Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your space. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SAT Practice Tet on September 7 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharpen your test taking skills with a free, full-length practice SAT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting this free SAT practice test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students should bring Number 2 pencils, a calculator, water and snacks to the test. The calculators are needed for better success on the test and help with time management for the math sections. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that if you signed up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the test. The library opens at 9 a.m. and they will recommend showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if some become available. Go to the NBPL Calendar website to register. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Drop-in Crafts on September 7 from 12-3 p.m. Drop in to the Central Library Children’s Room between 12 and 3 p.m. to make some fun crafts. Geared for ages 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. First come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Pages of Crafts on September 10 from 4-5 p.m. Celebrate “Read a Book Day,” with some bookish crafts. Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Takes place at the Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, September 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. Synopsis: Tells the unbelievable true story of young women who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb – only they didn’t know that. This narrative non-fiction book is a story of patriotism and purpose, mystery and suspicion, survival and remembrance. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.; Free (a suggested donated of $10 is appreciated). No reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Refreshments are provided and the books are available through the Newport Beach Public Library. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party on September 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.

International Literacy Day Celebration on September 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate the dedicated tutors, learners and supporters of the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program at this annual lunch program. To RSVP or get more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3874. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

College Planning Dilemma & Student Loan Crisis Workshop on September 12 from 7-8 p.m. Join Orange County’s financial aid expert for a seminar on financial planning for college. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ACT Practice Tet on September 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharpen your test taking skills with a free, full-length practice ACT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting this free ACT practice test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students should bring Number 2 pencils, a calculator, water and snacks to the test. The calculators are needed for better success on the test and help with time management for the math sections. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that if you signed up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the test. The library opens at 9 a.m. and they will recommend showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if some become available. Go to the NBPL Calendar website to register. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays on September 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 is required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money – Introduction and New Tax Law on September 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by Peter Kote, this is part of an annual series of workshops presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service, for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop-in Crafts on September 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. Drop in to the Corona del Mar Branch Library to create, craft and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on September 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.

You’re Welcome! Crafts inspired by Moana on September 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. Board your boat and sail to the Balboa Branch Library for crafts inspired by the movie, Moana. Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first served. Takes place at 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays on September 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 is required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sunday Musicale – L.A. Classics & Pops Ensemble on September 22 from 3-4 p.m. The L.A. Classics & Pops Ensemble, featuring Cathleen Wong on flute; Scott Graham, double bass; John Ryskowski, drums; and Sonia Lee playing piano, will play a repertoire which elegantly infuses jazz and classical. The concert will showcase Claude Bolling’s First Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. When first released in 1975, the album immediately hit the No. 1 spot of the Billboard Classical Charts, and remained there for an astounding total of 530 weeks. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money – The Financial Sales Game on September 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by Laura Dubchansky, this is part of an annual series of workshops presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Moderated by Peter Kote. These free workshops are presented as a community service, for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Medicine in Our Backyard – The Use of Cannabis for Pain - Fact, Fiction and Everything in Between, September 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Brent G. Yeung, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, UCI Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. Cannabis is being touted as a panacea for just about anything that ails you. Claims have been made that it lowers blood sugar, slows Alzheimer’s disease, and alleviates a wide range of psychological problems – from anxiety and depression, to PTSD and psychosis. But few studies have been done on cannabis. At this lecture, Dr. Brent G. Yeung will discuss the facts and fiction of the use of cannabis for pain. Yeung is a UCI Health anesthesiologist who specializes in the management and treatment of pain. His clinical interests include interventional procedures for chronic pain management and the use of cannabis for pain. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7-8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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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

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075
Hours: TBD

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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