Heat Advisory in Effect Through Tuesday

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A National Weather Service heat advisory has been extended a day and will be in effect through Tuesday, the agency’s webpage states.

The urgent weather message was issued at 1:42 p.m. today and will be in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“High pressure aloft and weak onshore flow will continue the hot weather to the region through Tuesday,” the heat advisory states.

High temperatures will be in the 80s on the cost and the 90s a few miles inland and more than 100 degrees in inland Orange County.

“The hottest weather is expected to persist through Tuesday…though temperatures will be slightly cooler Tuesday,” the advisory states. The temperature will drop further on Wednesday, “although humidity will be on the rise due to an influx of monsoonal moisture from the south.”


Civic Center Park Welcomes Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition

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By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today

A collection of nine out of the ten artworks that were chosen from 260 submissions were on display Saturday afternoon as the city hosted a grand opening for the Sculpture Exhibition installed at Civic Center Park. The Ten sculptures, which are part of the first phase, will be on display until August 2016.

The larger-than-life sculptures consist of seven foot long, “Big Wet Dog” by Matt Babcock, situated near the dog park. Babcock chose the color blue because it made him think of water. “Brandi” by Curt Brill is a bronze sculpture of a woman perched on a slab of granite and is intended to capture the human spirit with humor according to Brill. The three powder coated steel pieces, “Cub Triptych” by Gerardo Hacer, was inspired by Origami. Jennifer Cecere’s “Double Doily” inspired by traditional crochet handiwork can actually be sat upon. “Odyssey” by Ray Katz, positioned near the gateway of civic center, is the largest sculpture at 22 feet. The 11-foot-tall “Pretty Boy” by David Buckingham, is a result of a sculpture created from discarded materials all remaining in original condition. The 8-by-20 foot long “Red Gateway” by Chris Rench is an open and bold abstract design painted bright red. “Sphere 112″ by Ivan McLean is a spherical structure created by welding together thousands of stainless steel rods. The large vessel type forms called “Wintering” by Arny Nadler implies preparation, a dormancy, a long wait.

One of the guides from the Newport Beach Arts Foundation, Lila Crespin, explained viewing the art.

“The sculptures are supposed to evoke responses from people when they look at them,” she said. “We can’t interpret for them.”

During the brief reception in the community room, Mayor Rush Hill spoke to the crowd of about 130 people about the sculptures.

“People either like it, love it, or dislike it but it’s already brought conversation,” he said.

He likes the idea of the Civic Center as a place for people to congregate and he thinks the new sculpture exhibit will be even more of a draw to the community.

Mayor Pro Tem Ed Selich, who was instrumental in bringing about the idea of a sculpture garden, said he agreed that the sculptures would attract more people.

“There has been some criticism, but that’s what art is all about,” he said.

Rita Goldberg, Chairman of the City Arts Commission, said, “This is so exciting, and I’m so happy to be a part of this process.”

Goldberg, originally from New York, stated that even though she has lived here for 27 years the thing she missed most was the culture — but not any more.


CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: September 13th, 2014 02:42 pm | 0No Comments

1. The Newport Beach City Council delayed taking action on a proposed plan to improve parking in the Corona del Mar business district; read more here.

2. A burglary broke into the Corona del Mar High School’s ASB office this week; read more here.

3. PBS crews were filming three local girls at Crystal Cove State Park this week for a future episode of the tween-oriented “SciGirls;” read more here.

4. A bicyclist was arrested this week after a motorist claims he threw a water bottle at her car; read more here.

5. Mysterious and unusual sea creatures washed onto local beaches this week, including at Big Corona; click here to read more.


PTA “Reflections” Contest Open For Entries

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The annual PTA Reflections art contest is seeking entries, according to an email from Corona del Mar High School.

This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if…” the email said.

High school and middle school students are invited to submit entries by Oct. 27 to the schools’ counseling office. Click here for more information, and click here for entry forms.

The categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

The entries are divided by grades. The middle/junior category includes grades six through eight, and the senior division is for grades nine through 12.

Last year, a CdMHS student advanced to the state level in the choreography category; read our story here.


Commissioners Don’t Agree on Rex Brandt Plaque

posted: September 12th, 2014 05:01 pm | 1Comment

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Corona del Mar artist Rex Brandt’s birthday, plans to commemorate his Goldenrod Avenue studio stalled at a city Arts Commission meeting on Thursday.

“The commemorative marker for Blue Sky and Brandts was not approved as there were some concerns about the design,” said Tim Hetherton, library services director, in an email. “The Arts Commission will most likely hold a special meeting (date TBD) to decide on a revised design for the marker.”

City staff had proposed that the commissioners recommend that the former Rex Brandt and Joan Irving residence, school and studio — known as Blue Sky — be changed from a Class 4 Structure of Historic Interest to Class 5 Point of Historic Interest. Staff also suggested placing a commemorative marker near where the home and studio once stood near the Goldenrod Footbridge.

Some neighbors, however, said the proposed plans are flawed and that the area needs to be spruced up before calling attention to it as an historic site. They also said the idea to place the plaque in a boulder would make it look like a grave marking; read our earlier story here.

The commissioners voted 3-3 on whether to send the matter back to a committee to review those concerns, and they voted 3-3 on whether to accept staff’s proposals and send the matter to the City Council. Because of those ties, the special meeting will be called.

Brandt was born on Sept. 12, 1914 and is famous for his paintings of Newport Beach and Balboa Bay. He served as a Newport Beach Public Library trustee in the 1940s and 1950s and designed the city seal.

The City is planning a celebration of his life on Nov. 1 at the Central Library.

Read more about Brandt here.


From the Police Log: Burglary in Corona Highlands

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The Newport Beach Police Department issued an alert to residents after a burglary was reported in the 400 block of Seaward Road.

The burglary occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Thursday when a suspect forced open the house’s front door, causing the door frame to splinter, the alert said. The suspect entered the home, ransacked several rooms, then fled with a laptop computer, iPad and cash.

No suspect information was available.

In other police news, officers took a report of a petty theft of $900 in the 20400 block of Newport Coast Drive on Thursday. The theft occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. Sept. 5. Police also took a report of grand theft from a vehicle Thursday. The theft, with a loss of $1,859, occurred between 2 and 3:21 p.m.

Police took a report of possession of marijuana at Avocado Avenue and East Coast Highway at 2:59 a.m. Wednesday, as well as a report of threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize in the 1200 block of Marguerite Avenue on Wednesday.


CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

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1. Do the sculptures in the Civic Center Park leave you dazed or confused — or a little bit of both? On Saturday, you can learn more about them as part of a grand opening celebration for the inaugural sculpture in the Civic Center Park exhibition event. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Civic Center Park at 100 Civic Center Drive and will include walking tours, art activities and a program and reception at 3 p.m. Read more about the sculptures and the event here.

2. The Newport Beach Fire Department will host its 6th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library. The event is open to all Newport Beach residents and will include interactive information booths that will teach how to build a disaster supply kit and perform basic first aid. There also will be children’s activities. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.

3. The Orange County Museum of Art will host a Free Second Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with this month’s theme being Fall Frenzy. Throughout the day there will be hands-on art projects, story times and family gallery tours, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the StuffNIT Burger truck will be available. The museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive; call (949) 759-1122 for more information. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.

4. Crystal Cove State Park is hosting several weekend events, including a guided summer bird walk that meets at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Berns Amphitheater. Park birders will help you identify local birds and fall migrants in both inland and coastal areas of the park. There also will be a tour through the renovated 12-acre Historic district at 10 a.m. Saturday, where you can learn about the park’s history and different uses for each cottage. Park in the Los Trancos lot and meet in cottage #34 at the top of the hill in the Historic District. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be Citizen Science opportunities in the Environmental Study Loop, where a park interpreter will be available to explain the different opportunities available at eight science field stations. Meet at the Berns Ampthitheater. And at 9 a.m. Sunday, you can join a park naturalist for a family hike that will teach about plants and animals that live in the park. This hike also meets at the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance.

5. Roger’s Gardens will host Container and Raised Bed Vegetables with David Rizzo from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, where horticulturist Rizzo will explain how to plant a bountiful garden using
raised beds and containers. The presentation will including information on how to prepare your soil, what types of plants to use this time of year and more. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.


Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory

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A heat advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.

The advisory, issued at 12:27 p.m. today, states that “expanding high pressure and offshore winds will bring hot weather to the region from Saturday through Monday” for an area that includes the Orange County coast.

Coastal temperatures will be in the upper 80s on Saturday and lower 90s on Sunday and Monday, the website states. Inland temperatures will reach the lower 100s. The hottest temperatures are expected Sunday and Monday, and a slow cooling trend will begin Tuesday.

“Very high temperatures can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” the advisory states.

Anyone who works or spends time outside should take extra precautions, the advisory said, including rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evenings. People should wear lightweight, loose-fititng clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location. Call 911 in case of heat stroke, the advisory states.

The Corona del Mar High School’s cross country team will participate in the Laguna Hills Cross Country Invitational Meet on Saturday, and the meet’s director said that after a consultation with the Orange County Fire Authority and the Laguna Hills training staff and administration, the meet will be
“utilize the Heat Index Race Schedule” so that events conclude by 11 a.m.


City to Host Two Events on Saturday

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and the City of Newport Beach has organized two events on Saturday that will help residents get ready for emergencies.

The Newport Beach Fire Department will host the 6th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Library at 1000 Avocado Ave. The event will include fire and police department booths, along with booths for Southern California Edision, The Gas Company, Ready OC and SOS Survival Products. Children’s activities also will be featured.

The event is open to all residents for free.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, the OASIS Senior Resources Expo and “Taste” Event will be held at the center at Marguerite and Fifth avenues.

The free event will feature more than 60 vendors from health and wellness organizations, as well as home care agencies, medical groups, animal rescues and more.

After the Expo, there will be an event called “A Taste at OASIS,” which features the center’s lunch vendors. Tickets for the taste went are $5 each, and each ticket includes four “tastes” of items that include Chinese chicken salad, chicken and shrimp fettuccine alfredo, BLT with turkey and broccoli slaw, beef and salmon sliders, chocolate tiramisu mini cakes and items from a cookies and dessert bar. Tickets can be purchased at the OASIS Front Office.


Filming of PBS “SciGirls” Underway at Crystal Cove State Park

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Three girls, all Crystal Cove State Park Junior Guards participants, have spent this week hanging out at the park, conducting scientific research in the ocean and in university laboratories — all part of filming of a PBS television show that will air in the spring.

“It’s been fun,” said Ellah Hess, 14, who attends Orange Lutheran High School. “I’ve loved everything.”

Ellah, along with Taylor Magee, 13, of Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach and Chloe Hyde, 13, of Ensign Middle School in Newport Beach, all were chosen from a group of about 40 girls to participate in the filming of SciGirls. Filming began Sunday and will run through Saturday.

The SciGirls program is designed for kids from 8 to 12 years old and “showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives,” according to a PBS website. “Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere!”

Taylor, Chloe and Ellah spent the week conducting research on the Crystal Cove Alliance’s Marine Protected Area Citizen Science boat, including using digital fishing rods that have cameras instead of hooks. The girls lowered their lines through kelp forests, filming fish so they could identify and sort them later. They’ve also collected plankton samples that could indicate climate change, and they tested water purity. They spent mornings on the water, then afternoons in a lab at UC-Irvine or in a cottage in the park’s Historic District.

The girls said being outside snorkeling and kayaking and collecting samples — even being surprised by a sea lion that darted in front of their cameras — was fun. But the indoor work was good, too, they said.

“It does get serious,” Ellah said.

“But it’s not a bummer at all,” Taylor said. “We go outside for field work and come inside to analyze the data, but it’s still fun.”

Producer Marie Domingo from Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul said filming would take a week, then there would be few months of post-production work including editing and animation. The episode should air in spring of 2015.

The filming has gone well, with beautiful weather and scenery, she said.

“My kids are home at soccer practice wearing fleece,” she said. “It’s a treat to be here.”

Harry Helling, president and chief executive officer of the Crystal Cove Alliance, said it was exciting to be selected as a SciGirls program location.

“We’re being showcased among top universities all over the country,” he said. “We’re honored and proud.”

Bottom photo courtesy of the Crystal Cove Alliance.