The Union Bank branch at 2865 East Coast Highway was robbed about 2 p.m. Friday, police confirmed.
No other details were immediately available.
A helicopter circled over Corona del Mar after the robbery.
1. Artist Rex Brandt, who lived and worked in a studio near the Goldenrod Footbridge, will be honored Saturday with a plaque unveiling at 11 a.m. at the Footbridge and at a reception and program at the Central Library at 2 p.m. The events, scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Brandt’s birth year, also include an art exhibition that will open Saturday and run until Dec. 15. Read our earlier story here.
2. The Central Library also will host a drop-in craft event for kids from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. No registration is required, and the event is aimed at children from 3 to 8 years old. The event will be held in the children’s story time room in the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.
3. Roger’s Gardens will host an event called California Friendly Gardening Solutions — The Best California Native Plants for Your Garden with James Maxwell from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Maxwell is a native plant expert, and he will discuss which plants flower prolifically, attract wildlife and add fragrance to your garden as well as lawn alternatives using California native plants. From 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Roger’s Gardens will host My Edible Garden with David Rizzo, a horticulturist who will focus this month on planting cool-season crops and spraying for disease control on dormant fruit trees. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
4. Crystal Cove State Park will host a bird walk that meets at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance, as well as a beachside ranger chat in the Education Commons in the Historic District from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
5. Peek Kids at Fashion Island is hosting a silhouette event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, where artist Karl Johnson will be cutting silhouettes. To reserve your five-minute appointment, call (949) 719-7732. The shop is located at 273 Newport Center Drive.
Harbor View Elementary School staff and students celebrated Halloween on Friday, beginning with a Flag Deck ceremony that honored students who had read more than 400 minutes for the month of October. Dads dressed as superheroes, and Principal Todd Schmidt dressed like Captain America, calling 36 students to receive superhero capes as reading rewards.
“We will be doing this every month with the superheroes showing up at the end of the month,” Schmidt said. In all, he said, 252 students clocked a minimum of 400 minutes of reading this month, more than 100,000 minutes. (Read more about the program here.)
The students then marched in a parade by grade levels. Several teachers dressed as crayon characters from the story “The Day the Crayons Quit,” with signs that said “No more grass!” and “I need a rest!”
Teacher Sabrina Ericastilla said her students would be completing a lesson after the parade.
“We’ve been working on farm-to-table,” she said. “So we’re going to finish a project on pumpkins.”
Her students, she said, would not be celebrating with candy, cakes, donuts and cider — part of a new school policy to limit food at school parties to a few times a year.
But students said they knew there was candy in their futures — the best part of Halloween.
“I’m a candy girl,” said Brooke Rosten, 9, in fourth grade, describing her costume and her favorite part of the holiday.
“The candy is the best part,” said Makenna Stefano, also 9 and in fourth grade.
Nolan Crane, 7, a second grader, dressed as an old man, with a sweater, mustache, fake glasses and a copy of a newspaper.
“Candy,” he said. “Candy’s the best part.”
Newport Beach Fire Department crews responded to a structure fire at 5:33 a.m. today at the Methane Gas Recovery Systems location at 20662 Newport Coast Drive in Newport Coast, according to a news release.
“Upon arrival, Newport Beach Fire personnel observed heavy smoke and electrical equipment on fire,” the release said. The building had been evacuated before firefighters arrived.
A battalion chief, two engines, one truck, and one medic unit quickly controlled the fire, and there were no injuries.
The fire was electrical, but the cause remains under investigation, the news release said. The loss is not yet known, although one power generating unit was damaged.
An interactive workshop called Health Care and Your Retirement: Aging with Dignity will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 8 at the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter offices in Irvine.
Corona del Mar today advertiser Peter M. Rivas, an Edward Jones financial advisor, has organized the event and will be speaking about the potential impact of rising health care costs on retirement savings. Guest speakers will include Kari Walker, the Alzheimer’s Association’s education director, Glen Depke of Depke Wellness, and Tom Borsuk, a senior care family advocate from Senior Samaritans.
The event is free but space is limited, and organizers suggest reserving your spot by calling (949) 631-7491.
According to an event flier, one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and last year, 15.5 million caregivers provided about 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at more than $220 billion.
The event will be held at 2515 McCabe Way in Irvine.
Peter Rivas is a Corona del Mar Today advertiser.
Newport Beach police took a report of a commercial burglary with no forced entry in the 500 block of Newport Center Drive on Wednesday. The burglary, with a loss of $3,140, occurred between 1:11 and 1:26 p.m.
Officers also tok a report of vandalism with property damage in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on Wednesday. The incident, with no loss listed on the report, occurred at 3:25 a.m.
Police arrested a 68-year-old Seal Beach man at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of DUI near East Coast Highway and Fernleaf Avenue; his bail was $2,500.
Police also arrested a 30-year-old Newport Beach man at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Avocado Avenue on suspicion of narcotics possession and a misdemeanor warrant.
A holiday boutique will be held on the Corona del Mar High School campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 15, featuring jewelry, hostess gifts, candles and wreathes, women’s clothing, items for kids, accessories and more.
The event will raise money for the Corona del Mar Middle School cheer team, organizers said. There also will be refreshments available for purchase. Cookie Lee Jewelry, Heather Pullis Designs, Christina Favreau Jewelry Design, Monkey Baby Clothes, Stella & Dot and Scentsy Candles all will be featured.
Vendor spots are still open; anyone interested in more information should call Elaine Greengard at (714) 342-7622.
Harbor View Elementary School traditionally held a holiday boutique fundraiser every December, but parent volunteers decided to focus on other fundraisers instead about three years ago, said Mindy Froehlich, former Harbor View Elementary School Parent Faculty Organization president. Parents who had worked on that school’s boutique decided to create a similar event on the high school campus this year.
The school is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.
Roger’s Garden will host its annual Pumpkin Decorating contest and children’s costume parade from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Dress your children up in their favorite costumes and bring in your decorated Halloween pumpkin for a chance to win a Roger’s Gardens’ gift card and other prizes,” Roger’s website states.
Pumpkins will compete in three categories — carved, decorated/painted and children 12 years old and younger. A panel of staff members and designers will be the judges, and entries must be ready for judging by 4 p.m.
Children in costumes will parade around Roger’s grounds and will receive treats, the website states.
Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.