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Lido Farmers’ Market Moves to Newport Pier

At this week’s Newport Beach City Council meeting, council approved a Revocable License Agreement between the City of Newport Beach and Sprouts of Promise to operate a Certified Farmers’ Market located at McFadden Square and Newport Pier. Also approved was a request for a reduced...

Charity Spotlight: Registration Now Open for Race for the Cure in Fashion Island

Registration is now open for the 24th annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. This year’s theme, “There’s a HERO in YOU” symbolizes the extraordinary acts of service by all Race participants who...

Communities: Town Hall Meeting Offers Drought Update

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon invited residents of her Council District 1, which includes West Newport, the Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island, to a town hall last Monday evening. Attendees got an update from utilities general manager George Murdoch on the city’s...

Benefit: Stars and Stripes Fishing Tournament Reels In $2.8 Million for Children’s Charities

Some people like fishing for compliments, but the organizers of the 19th annual Stars and Stripes fishing, golf and music fundraiser held in Los Cabos, Mexico, were fishing for funds to support five Orange County-based charities. This year, more than 600 people attended the...

On Faith: A Stirring Night of Worship at Mariners Church

Almost two thousand people from several Orange County churches gathered at Mariners Church recently for “The Stirring,” a unique night of worship. Though the churches differ in style, size and structure, the evening was one of unity, evidenced the minute all the voices joined...

Communities: Balboa Peninsula Trolley Plan Rolls On

The concept of a shuttle or trolley system for Balboa Peninsula rolled forward last week after the presentation of a Balboa Peninsula Shuttle/Trolley Feasibility Study by Dan Boyle of Dan Boyle & Associates Inc. at the Balboa Village Advisory Committee meeting held July 8 at...

Going to the Dogs: Local Canines and Their Human Companions

Dogs and their humans around Balboa Island.  Chloe and Earl Just look at them—they’re one of the happiest couples you’ll ever meet. We’re talking about seven-pound, 12-year-old Chloe the Chihuahua, and her best friend, Earl – all 105 pounds in a 5-year-old, laid-back Yellow Lab...

Communities: A Little Free Library Opens in Eastbluff

Newport Beach has a main library and several branch libraries, but recently a new independent library opened in Eastbluff at a neighborhood park on the corner of Basswood and Alta Vista Drive—but don’t drive too fast or you’ll miss it. The new library is called the Little Free...

On Faith: All We Have is Today

“I wrote in my diary when I was 13 years old that I was going to write a book to help people with whatever they are struggling with,” explained Newport resident Michelle Wulfestieg, 32. “God put it on my heart way back then. Actually, I didn’t write the book, God wrote it through...

Local Focus: There’s No Place Like Home Gym

Going to a crowded gym often is an exercise in frustration. A well-designed, 30-minute workout can stretch into more than an hour when one considers the time to commute back and forth from home or office, wasted minutes while waiting for pieces of equipment because muscle bound...

Summer Fun: Fireworks, Music and Shakespeare

Summer hits with a bang this weekend thanks to the Fourth of July, and continues all summer with myriad events from concerts in the park to Shakespeare on a diamond (a baseball diamond). Fourth of July Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina teams with the City of Newport...

Community News Briefs

News from the community. By Gina Dostler & Chris Trela | NB Indy Marina Park On Track for December Opening According to the city’s Marina Park Project spring/fall newsletter, Marina Park continues to progress rapidly. Notable milestones achieved include completion and opening...

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Honors ‘Assisteens’

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa honored 15 graduating seniors of its Assisteens Auxiliary at the 24th Annual Medallion Recognition Ball, held in the ballroom at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on June 13. All of the debutantes were marking the end of their years of community...

Charity Spotlight: Raising a Glass and Cash at Literacy Bar Battle

The money poured in to The Literacy Project earlier this month when the organization held its “Cheers for Literacy” bar battle event at 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront in Newport Beach. The competition pitted guest bartenders Katie Smith, a local philanthropist, and Kimberly Vig from The...

Benefit: OC Museum of Art Serves “Art of Dining” Gala

The Orange County Museum of Art unveiled a tasty masterpiece on May 30 when 350 supporters enjoyed Art of Dining 2015, the museum’s most important fundraiser and one of Orange County’s more sought-after social events. Presented by Louis Vuitton, this year’s...

Ben Carlson Statue Approved for McFadden Square

Nearly a year after Benjamin Carlson, a longtime Newport Beach lifeguard, lost his life while rescuing a swimmer in distress, the Newport Beach city council this week approved a statue honoring Carlson to be placed in McFadden Square near the new lifeguard station that bears his...

Biggest Beach Party of the Year Comes to Newport Dunes June 26 – 28

Get ready for the biggest beach party to be held in Newport Beach this year: Newport Beach Party: A Celebration of Community, held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort June 26 – 28. The three day event is designed to raise money for a variety of charities, including the Newport...

On Faith: Vacation Bible Schools and Camps

Faith columnist Cindy Christeson compiled this list of local vacation bible schools and camps. Ages of camp participants vary, contact individual churches for details and more information. Grace Fellowship Church (3170 Red Hill Ave. Costa Mesa ). July 21 – 25, 4 – 6 p.m. $20...

Communities: Sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church Consumes Town Hall Meeting

An overflow crowd of 200 people packed into the old city hall council chambers and spilled out into the lobby for a District 1 Town Hall meeting, organized by Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon, whose district includes West Newport, the Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island....

Campus: Newport Students Shine in Arts School Season Finale

Ever wonder where the next generation of singers, actors, musicians, poets, chefs and filmmakers will come from? Locally, there’s a good chance that they’ll be graduates of Orange County School of the Arts. According to the schools website, “the Orange County School of the Arts...