City to Honor CdM Artist With Saturday Events

posted: October 29th, 2014 05:05 am | 0No Comments

Rex Brandt, considered one of the finest 20th Century American watercolor painters, will be honored on Saturday at two city events scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Brandt, who died in 2000, lived and worked in a Corona del Mar studio, called Blue Sky, which was located near the Goldenrod Footbridge.

“Blue Sky, once located to the right at the top of the bluff, was the home and studio of California Scene painters Rex Brandt and Joan Irving Brandt,” according to a program for a Saturday event. “For nearly 40 years, Blue Sky was the site of the Summer School of painting, where Rex and Joan instructed countless students in the art of watercolor painting.”

The City of Newport Beach will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Footbridge, where the area will be officially designated an Historic Point of Interest. The actual studio was torn down in the 1990s.

The ceremony will include the unveiling and dedication of a plaque in the Brandts’ honor. The Brandts’ daughters, Joan Brandt Scarboro and Shelley Brandt Walker, will attend.

The Rex Brandt Centennial Celebration will continue at the Central Library with an art exhibition of his work, which will open at 9 a.m. and run through Dec. 15.

At 2 p.m. Saturday in the Friends Room of the library, there will be a presentation of his life and art by Gordon McClelland, with a discussion and Q&A with E. Gene Crain, friend of Rex Brandt and collector of his art, George James, renowned artist who studied at the Brandt/Dike Summer School of Painting, and his daughters, Scarboro and Walker. After the event, there will be a reception in the Bamboo Courtyard of the library, located at 1000 Avocado Ave.

The Brandts served on the Library Board of Trustees during the 1940s and 1950s and were active in the founding of the Newport Harbor Art Museum, an event program says, and Rex Brandt designed the City of Newport Beach official seal.

The events and reception are free and open to all members of the public.

Photos courtesy of the City of Newport Beach.

From the Police Log: DUI, Battery Report

posted: October 28th, 2014 01:23 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested a 61-year-old Newport Beach man at 10:36 a.m. Monday on suspicion of DUI in the 800 block of Avocado Avenue, reports state.

The man’s bail was $2,500.

Police also took a report of a battery in the 400 block of Goldenrod Avenue on Monday. The incident occurred between 12:55 and 12:58 p.m., a report said.

Equipment Failure Caused Power Outage

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A power outage that affected 1,720 customers, including the Newport Beach Civic Center, Central Library and Harbor View Elementary School, was caused by equipment failure, a Southern California Edison media representative said today.

The outage occurred at 1:09 p.m. Monday, and power was fully restored at 4:22 a.m. today, said Susan Cox, a company spokeswoman.

The outage affected customers between Back Bay Drive, Marguerite Avenue, Bayside Drive and Marine Avenue.

Libraries to Host Halloween-Themed Events for Kids, Teens

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The Corona del Mar Library branch will host a Halloween-themed craft events for children from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the library’s website.

Ghostly Crafts is aimed at children from 3 to 8 years old. The branch is located at 420 Marigold Ave.

For older kids, the Central Library will host a HallowTeen Hangout from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Friends Room. Activities will include Halloween Jeopardy, with prizes, crafts, scary stories, hot chocolate and popcorn and a show. The event is open for seventh through twelfth grade teenagers, and no reservations are required.

The Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.

Slight Chance of a Rainy Halloween Night

posted: October 28th, 2014 08:18 am | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service forecasters say there’s a chance of rain this weekend, beginning with showers on Halloween night.

According to the agency’s Los Angeles Facebook page, the last time the area had measurable rain on Halloween was in 2003, when it recorded .53 inches.

The online forecast says today and Wednesday will be sunny and clear with high temperatures in the 70s. By Wednesday night and Thursday, we could see patchy fog with clouds developing by Thursday night.

On Friday, Halloween, the forecast indicates decreasing clouds during the day with a high temperature of 70 degrees, but there’s a chance of showers on Friday night and Saturday.

Sunday and Monday should be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 70s again.

Natural History Lecture Series Event Scheduled for Nov. 5

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The Orange County Natural History Lecture Series will present “Raptors of Orange County” from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5, according to an email announcement.

Biologist and veterinarian Scott Weldy of the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be the speaker and will discuss birds of prey, including owls, eagles, falcons, condors, vultures, ospreys and kites, and which creatures can be found in the Orange County region.

Weldy is a founder and head veterinarian of the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, a volunteer organization dedicated to treating and rehabilitating injured raptors and returning them to the wild.

The event will be held at Back Bay Science Center at 600 Shellmaker Road in Newport Beach. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7:15 p.m. The event and parking are free, but organizers request you reserve your spot by emailing marine education at newportbeachca dot gov.

From the Police Log: Battery Arrest, Shoplifting Report

posted: October 27th, 2014 08:07 pm | 0No Comments

A 56-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested at 5:12 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Jasmine Avenue on suspicion of battery, according to a police report. The man’s bail was $500.

Police also arrested a 22-year-old San Ysidro man on suspicion of commercial burglary at 12:31 p.m. Friday; bail was $20,000. And officers arrested a 26-year-old Huntington Beach man at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at Pelican Point Drive and East Coat Highway on suspicion of possession of unlawful paraphernalia; bail was $500.

Police took a report of commercial burglary/shoplifting in the 3000 block of East Coast Highway at 12:04 p.m. Friday. No loss was listed on a police report. Officers took a report of commercial burglary in the 7800 block of East Coast Highway on Sunday. The incident, with a loss of $1,170, occurred between 2:35 and 5:45 p.m. Officers took a report of a burglary by fraud or forgery in the 3100 block of East Coast Highway on Friday. The incident, with no loss listed, occurred at 11:20 a.m. And officers took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Friday in the 700 block of Newport Center Drive. The incident occurred between 4:45 and 7 p.m. with no loss listed on the police report.

Power Outage Reported in CdM

posted: October 27th, 2014 01:54 pm | 0No Comments


About 1,720 customers are in the dark after a power outage today in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.

The Newport Beach Civic Center, Harbor View Elementary School and businesses along East Coast Highway are affected. The Central Library announced on Facebook that it has closed because of the outage.

The outage began at 1:09 p.m., and Southern California Edison crews continue to work to restore power, a spokeswoman said.

“The cause is under investigation,” said spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett.

The outage affected customers in the area surrounded by Back Bay Drive, Bayside Drive, Marguerite Avenue and Marine Avenue, she said. She did not know when power would be restored.

CdMHS to Hold “Shades of Autumn” Concert

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The Corona del Mar Middle and High School music department will hold a fall concert called Shades of Autumn at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s gymnasium.

The concert will feature all of the schools’ musical performing groups, including Jazz Band, Madrigals Singers, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Drumline, Concert Choir, Beginning Instruments and Women’s A Capella. The directors will be Andrew Ball and Val Jamora.

“Each group will perform just one or two selections – many of them works of progress towards our larger Winter concerts in December,” according to an email announcement.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The school is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.

Council to Meet Tuesday; Bike Master Plan, Goldenrod Footbridge on Agenda

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The Newport Beach City Council will meet Tuesday, first at a 5 p.m. Study Session and again at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting.

The Study Session will include a staff presentation of concept plans for a Balboa Village Fine Arts Center, according to the meeting’s agenda.

The regular meeting’s consent calendar will include a second reading of an A-frame sign ordinance, which would make the signs legal in Corona del Mar’s business district. The meeting will also include a resolution to change street sweeping and parking restrictions on some streets near Corona del Mar High School, as well as a decision about listing the Goldenrod Footbridge as a Class 3 local historical site.

The Council also will discuss the city’s Bicycle Master Plan.

To read the agenda and find links to staff reports, click here.

The meetings will take place in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.