With the California Coastal Commission expected to take another look at Newport Beach’s fire rings next month, Speak Up Newport will tackle the topic at a May 13 meeting in the Civic Center’s Community Room.
“Fire Rings: A Burning Issue in Newport Beach” will be the topic of the group’s monthly meeting, which will begin with a reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the program until 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.
“The question as to whether wood-burning fire rings should be allowed on the seashore of Newport Beach has reignited,” an event flier states. “Opponents of the fire rings are concerned about the air quality in the area while those opting to keep them want to preserve a long-standing tradition for beach-goers. The question: Which of the eleven proposed plans that were previously brought to the Coastal Commission are preferred and why?”
City Council Member Scott Peotter, resident Denys Oberman and a member of the Friends of the Fire Rings will be on speak, and there will be a Q&A session after the presentation.
Speak Up Newport () is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group that “promote(s) the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community,” according to the event flier. The group was founded in 1979.
The Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive. For more information, call (949) 224-2266.
A new yoga studio has opened in Corona del Mar at 2744 East Coast Highway, above the Summer House restaurant.
Find Your Zen, a yoga and nutrition studio, opened March 14 with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month.
Owner Christina Ratusznik said the studio offers a variety of yoga classes ranging from slow stretch to strength to cardio-based classes, along with a class that’s half bootcamp and half yoga. The studio also has nutrition coaches and offers grocery tours.
“I have a background in nutrition,” Ratusznik said. “I think it’s important to do the exercise and the nutrition.”
Ratusznik grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Michigan, but she visited Southern California throughout her childhood and now lives in Corona del Mar.
Anyone who checks out the studio gets a free first class, she said, then single classes cost $20 with multi-class and unlimited packages available. For more information, visit the Find Your Zen website.
The studio also will have a 21-day challenge launch party on May 9 and a Mother’s Day Celebration with free classes for moms on May 10.
1. The OC Marathon will take place early Sunday, causing some street closures and parking restrictions in Corona del Mar; read more here.
2. Big waves are in store for Orange County beginning Sunday; read our story here.
3. Restoration work is complete on a sculpture in front of the Corona del Mar library; read our story here.
4. A painting worth $4,500 was stolen from a building in the 2800 block of East Coast Highway; read our story here.
5. If you want to meet the architect who will be working on the Corona del Mar fire station and library project, he will attend the May 18 library board meeting after he missed the April meeting; read our story here.
The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Government & Community Affairs Meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday May 14 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
This month’s featured speaker will be George Murdoch, utilities general manager for the City of Newport Beach Municipal Operations Department. Murdoch oversees the water, wastewater, storm drains, streetlights, street sweeping and oil well operations for the city and has been working for Newport Beach for more than 35 years.
“During this drought he has been tasked with assuring Newport Beach has an adequate supply of water by interacting with the Orange County Water District, Municipal Water district of Orange County and the State Water Resources Control Board,” an email flier states. “Balancing ground water and imported water supplies as well as State Regulations has been challenging.”
The meeting will include legislative reports from a variety of elected officials and their representatives. The meeting is open to chamber members and guests, and there is not charge and no reservations are required.
The club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive. No reservations are required, and refreshments will be served.
For more information, cal (949) 673-4050.
The second annual Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival will take place Saturday May 9 in the Central Library and on the Civic Center green, according to a news release.
“This indoor-outdoor event will include bunny-themed storytelling, kids’ activities, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt,” the release said.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, where there will be stories and craft until 11 a.m. The event then goes outside to the Civic Green until 1 p.m. Bistro 24 Café will have kids’ box lunches available for purchase.
The event, sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation with additional support from the Friends of the Library and Imagination Celebration, is free to the public. Parking also is free in the library lot and in the Civic Center Parking structure.
The bunnies event is part of the Making Memories for Children series, which is “designed to engage, educate and inspire children ages 5-12, through a series of series of ‘learn by doing’ programs,” the news release said.
The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.
The architect scheduled to appear at last month’s Board of Library Trustees meeting will instead attend the board’s May meeting, said Tim Hetherton, library services director.
Kelley Needham of WLC Architects will be at the May 18 meeting at the Central Library. Needham is the architect for the project that will rebuild and combine the Corona del Mar library and fire station, which some city staff members have been calling a “fibrary.”
On March 24, the City Council approved a $457,750 contract with WLC Architects, a Rancho Cucamonga a firm that has designed more than 100 fire stations throughout the state. The firm will design a building that will replace and combine the fire station and library branch, which are on adjacent lots in the 400 block of Marigold Avenue.
Some residents, however, have expressed concerns that the library part of the project seems small — a one-story library with 2,500 feet, compared to its current 3,750, and a two-story fire station with living quarters on the top floor.
The board’s June 15 meeting will take place at the Corona del Mar branch.
The National Weather Service today issued a high surf advisory beginning Sunday, with waves of 12 feet in the forecast.
“A pair of 4-foot long period south-southwest swells will arrive at the beaches by late Saturday,” the advisory states. The swells will peak Sunday and Monday, be slightly lower Tuesday and even lower on Wednesday.
Waves and surf will be 6 to 10 feet with 12-foot sets along Orange County beaches, the advisory states. The highest tides will be around 5.7 to 5.8 feet between 9 and 10 p.m. each evening, with low tides about 0 to -1 foot between 3:30 and 5 a.m. each morning.
“The large surf and powerful rip currents will produce extremely dangerous swimming conditions,” the advisory states. “People standing too close to the waves can be swept off their feet and injured. Large waves can sweep people off of jetties and waves may wash over sea walls. Boats may have trouble in the high surf conditions.”
Swimmers are strongly encouraged to stay out of the water, the advisory states. There also could be moderate beach erosion and minor tidal flooding.
1. Newport Beach and trash company CR&R will host a free document-shredding event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the OASIS Senior Center’s auxiliary parking lot at Marguerite and Fifth avenues. All Newport Beach residents who receive trash and recycling pickup from CR&R may attend, the city’s website states. Items that can be shredded include bank and financial statements, credit card statements, pre-approved card offers, IRS tax forms, checks, bills and old credit cards or membership cards. Documents, including junk mail, of any size or color will be shredded, even if bound with staples or paper clips. X-rays and larger plastic items like binders won’t be accepted. For more information call (949) 625-6735.
2. The Friends of Library Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Central Library Friends Room. Thousands of books will be available for purchase, and organizers will supply bags for the 2-Bucks-a-Bag deal throughout the sale. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.
3. The Friends of OASIS monthly pancake breakfast will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes, syrup, sausages, coffee, milk and juice will be served, and tickets cost $4 per adult and $2 per child. OASIS is located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues. Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes are available for younger kids.
4. Roger’s Gardens will host Diane Cotton in a personal appearance and jewelry trunk show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cotton is a local jewelry artist who designs modern and trendy necklaces by combining semiprecious stones, old chains, vintage millinery and Czech glass. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
5. Crystal Cove State Park will host a docent-led interpretive Full Moon hike on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.. The two-hour, 4-mile hike will cover uneven terrain with a steep 700-foot elevation gain and loss in some areas. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance. Organizers suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing in layers and bringing water and a flashlight.