Around Town: Corona del Mar pilot helps with Hurricane Irma relief

Around Town: Corona del Mar pilot helps with Hurricane Irma relief
Corona del Mar resident Todd Green, a pilot, flew his Mooney airplane from John Wayne Airport to Arizona and then to Texas as part of a transport chain getting donated supplies to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma. (Courtesy of Todd Green)

A Corona del Mar resident recently volunteered with a hurricane relief effort by flying his Mooney Ovation2 Gx airplane Wednesday from John Wayne Airport to Scottsdale, Ariz., and then Austin, Texas.

Todd Green, a business litigator with Newport Beach-based Green LLP, was one in a chain of volunteers who worked to get goods to victims of Hurricane Irma. Green picked up donated diapers, wet wipes, water and clothing in Scottsdale and transported them to Austin. The supplies were then taken by another pilot to Florida.


Green's flight was coordinated through Aerobridge, which helps provide transportation to bring supplies to disaster areas.

In an email, Green called his effort, which took 14 hours round trip, "just a drop in the bucket, no doubt" of what Hurricane Irma victims need. "But this is how some folks fortunate enough to fly planes give back."

Vanguard to host civil-rights activist

Vanguard University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting Sylvia Mendez, a civil-rights activist and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Her presentation is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Costa Mesa campus. Mendez's parents were plaintiffs in the landmark Mendez v. Westminster School District school segregation case that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

"Sylvia Mendez is a living legacy of Hispanic heritage, and the importance of a quality education for every student, no matter what his or her race or background," Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard's Global Center for Women and Justice, said in a statement. "It is important that we tell her family's story which is unfamiliar to most Americans, but profoundly shaped our education system."

CdM board will host former mayor

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board of directors will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

Former Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner is the guest speaker and will talk about a new animal shelter.

UCI center to host Alzheimer’s conference

UC Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and Alzheimer's Orange County are hosting a conference Sept. 22.

The annual event, titled "The Elephant in the Room: Discussing Sensitive Subjects in Dementia Care," will be from 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Marriott hotel in Irvine.

General admission is $100. Professional admission is $200. For more information or to register, visit or call (949) 757-3721.

Harbour View helps Texas hurricane victims

Harbour View Elementary School in Huntington Beach is aiding victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas with cash and gift cards.

The "More for Moore" campaign will aid Moore Elementary School in Houston, which was damaged from flooding. Harbour View Principal Cindy Osterhout heard about the damage at the Texas school and wanted to help.

"After just having had our wonderful first week of school and watching our Harbour View staff work so hard to create their beautiful classroom environments, I can only imagine how difficult it was for the Moore Elementary teachers and children to make this transition," Osterhout said.

Donations will be accepted at the campus through Sept. 22.

Golf tournament will help foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its 39th annual 65 Roses Golf Classic on Sept. 23 in Newport Beach and Sept. 24 in Irvine.

For more information, visit Tickets for the gala and golf tournament are still available.

Free prep testing coming to CdM

C2 Education, a test prep company, is offering free ACT, SAT or PSAT practice tests Sept. 23 in Corona del Mar.

The testing will be done at 2121 E. Coast Hwy. Registration is online at

Schools foundation to host fundraiser gala

The Estancia and TeWinkle Schools Foundation will host its 10th annual gala at the Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa on Sept. 30.

The event will feature live music by Whiskey Hayride, a barbecue dinner and moonshine tasting. The Brian Kapko Foundation, named after Estancia alumnus Brian "Bubba" Kapko, who died in 2005, is being honored with a distinguished alumni award.

To donate, sponsor or purchase tickets to gala, visit or email

Vanguard to support alumni family with 5K run/walk

Vanguard University is hosting its annual Run for Mercy 5K on Sept. 30.

The event benefits alumni Sean and Niccole Connally and their son, Noah, who was born with a heart condition that left his left ventricle underdeveloped.

Noah, now 2, has had multiple surgeries and needs at least one more open-heart surgery and, eventually, a heart transplant, according to a news release.

"At the center of the Vanguard experience is a community that serves others," Vanguard President Michael Beals said in a statement. "This year, our 5K run/walk will benefit a family of alumni whose child was diagnosed with fetal aortal stenosis, but against all odds, has lived to see 2 years old."

For more information on the Run for Mercy 5K or to donate, visit

Festival of Children launches photo challenge

The Festival of Children Foundation, based in Costa Mesa, is launching a photobomb challenge that will award a $50,000 grant to a children's charity.

Participants are asked to upload their photos at through 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The winner will be chosen by its popularity on social media.

UCI professor’s estate donates to campus

The estate of Christian Werner, a UC Irvine professor emeritus of geography and former dean of the social sciences school, has donated a second $1-million gift.

It will support social sciences graduate student research and scholarships.

Werner died in 2016 at age 81.

"The additional funds into this endowment will go a long way toward helping UCI social sciences compete for the very best students across the disciplines," Bill Maurer, social sciences dean and professor of anthropology and law, said in a statement. "This represents a huge step forward. Our top-ranked programs will start to have the level of fellowship support commensurate with their research excellence and ambitions."

Restaurant group raises money in Costa Mesa

The California Restaurant Assn. Foundation recently raised nearly $73,000 during an event at the OC Fair and Event Center's Red Barn.

Proceeds will benefit an emergency assistance fund providing financial support to Restaurants Care, a program that helps workers facing an unforeseen hardship, according to a news release.

Nature center to host fall event

The Environmental Nature Center will host its annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 15.

The event at the Newport Beach center goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes crafts, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, food and music. Proceeds benefit the center.


For more information, visit or call (949) 645-8489.

Westside artisans event coming to Estancia High

Estancia High School is hosting the Fall in Love with the Westside artisans market on Oct. 21.

The event at the Costa Mesa campus will feature art demonstrations, food, entertainment, live music, a pumpkin patch and shopping. Admission is free.

"The heart of this event is to bring the community together and shine a light on the very best of the Westside," Hydee Beth, Estancia High School PTSA president, said in a statement. "We have so much to be proud of, from amazing artisans and wonderful schools to fantastic up-and-coming businesses."

For more information or to sign up as a vendor or sponsor, email

Festival of Arts accepting applications for 2018 show

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is accepting artist applications for its summer 2018 art show.

Applications from Orange County residents of at least one year will be accepted through Oct. 31. Next year's show is July 5 to Sept. 1.

Applicants must apply online at For more information, call (949) 464-4234.

A free seminar about preparing work for submission is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Festival of Arts theater, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Huntington’s disease group to raise money in Costa Mesa

HD-Care (Huntington's Disease Community, Advocacy, Research and Education), a UC Irvine-based group, is having its Sounds of Broadway event Oct. 1 in Costa Mesa.

The fundraiser goes from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive.

Proceeds support Dr. Leslie Thompson's lab at UC Irvine that focuses on finding a cure for Huntington's disease.

For more information, visit

Newport Bay Conservancy launches golf event fundraiser

The Newport Bay Conservancy is having its inaugural golf tournament Oct. 14 at the Newport Beach Golf Course.

Money raised from the tournament will benefit education, restoration, research and advocacy.

For more information, visit or call (949) 640-1751.