Events and Information Around Town

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Balboa Island

A few upcoming events on the island include a fun, local run and an island-wide garage sale.

The Balboa Island Jetty Run will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will meet at the ferry crossing on Agate Avenue. Runners will cross the harbor to the fun zone and then run to the wedge, about four miles round trip.

The 26th Annual Balboa Island Garage Sale is scheduled for April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Come enjoy the island and find your next treasure,” organizers announce.

The sale will be set up in the alleys of the island.

Shoppers are encouraged to also visit the businesses on the island while they browse.

For more information, visit


Airport District

The Aviation Committee will meet Monday at 4 p.m. in the Community Rom at the Newport Beach Civic Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Committee members will hear about and discuss the departure altitudes with John Wayne Airport staff,

There will also be an update on communications with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding NextGen, the FAA’s nationwide initiative to make air traffic more efficient and safe and involves narrow, more precise and repeatable flight paths aimed to optimize airspace. It’s meant to save fuel, reduce delay, and increase capacity.


Newport Beach Civic Center & Library

The Newport Beach Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Room.

“Be part of a lifesaving journey. Donate blood,” officials encourage.

For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, contact Laura Rudd at the Red Cross at [email protected] or (949) 439-0551, or visit and use sponsor code “NBCivicCenter.”


The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly Wake Up! Newport meeting on April 7 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Library Friends Room.

April’s topic will be “What is on the horizon for dealing with the drought?”

The featured guest speaker will be Robert Hunter, general manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County.

Hunter will provide an update on Orange County water issues, including where the OC gets its water supply, OC performance in the drought, OC Water Reliability Study, and the importance to the OC of the “California Water Fix” program.

This event is free to the public, but reservations are encouraged.

For more information, contact Pam Smith at [email protected] or (949) 729-4411, or visit


Corona del Mar

Farmers & Merchants Bank has named Kirk Van Atta the new Corona del Mar branch manager. This will include the management of all functions, banking activity and services provided through this location.

Van Atta brings more than 30 years of bank managerial experience. He previously served as the private banking manager with Union Bank, where he was responsible for developing comprehensive and customized financial solutions for individuals, business and business owners.  

“Joining the F&M team is the start of an exciting new chapter in my banking career,” said Van Atta. “Service Above Self is a key F&M value that is perfectly in line with the reason I got into the banking business in the first place; to make a difference in the lives of others.  I am thrilled to be working for an organization that allows me, on a daily basis, to turn the values of Integrity, Service, Humility, Faith and Compassion into action on behalf of our clients.”

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