Newport-Mesa has many Memorial Day options

Monday is Memorial Day, and groups around the county will mark the occasion with events and remembrances. Here are some:

The names of military members killed in Afghanistan since March of last year will be read and candles lit in their memory Sunday afternoon at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial in Irvine.

The memorial at Northwood Community Park, 4531 Bryan Ave., consists of a monument sign and plaque, three stone benches and five sentinels with the names of military members who died in Iraq or Afghanistan etched in black granite panels. It was dedicated on Nov. 14, 2010.

The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, visit


Firefighters in Costa Mesa will wear special camouflage T-shirts on Memorial Day to support the military, according to a city announcement.


Costa Mesa High School's Super Boosters are set to host a barbecue fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market on Harbor Boulevard.

Costa Mesa Firefighters will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, while the award-winning CMHS cheerleading squad performs. Tacos, drinks and desserts will also be available.


Costa Mesa's new "boutique bowling alley," Tavern+Bowl, is offering a free game and discounted beers to military ID-holders throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Tavern+Bowl has 10 lanes with social media-equipped scoring systems and offers 40 beers on tap, wine and cocktails, as well as other amenities. For more information, call (949) 438-2320.

— Jill Cowan

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