Around Town: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian names Reza Joolhar its nurse of the year

Hoag Hospital emergency in Newport Beach on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Reza Joolhar, a float pool nurse that spent the last year as a charge nurse for one of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s COVID-19 units, was named the hospital’s nurse of the year on Monday.

With a more than 20-year history with the hospital, officials said that Joolhar has served as a mentor and role model to many of his colleagues.

“We are proud to recognize Reza Joolhar as our Nurse of the Year,” said Rick Martin, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, in a statement. “Not only did he provide exceptional care for the patients, but he was a tremendous leader for our nurses during an extremely challenging time. His dedication is a true representation of our entire team of [registered nurses] at Hoag who are committed to providing outstanding care to our community.”

National Donut Day June 4 to be celebrated at Randy’s Donuts

To mark National Donut Day, Randy’s Donuts will offer customers free glazed buttermilk bites from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 4, while supplies last. All locations of the chain will participate, including the one recently opened in Costa Mesa. No purchase is necessary.

National Donut Day was first celebrated in 1938 in Chicago and is traditionally marked on the first Friday of June.

Foster youth given private shopping experience at Macy’s South Coast Plaza

In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month, Macy’s South Coast Plaza will host 15 foster youth Saturday morning for an in-store private shopping experience. Orangewood Foundation, based in Santa Ana, is partnering with Macy’s for the event.

Earlier this week, Macy’s South Coast Plaza and Mission Viejo stores held a virtual event to help guide the foster youth on how to select “wear-to-work” styles and to learn about how to prepare for a job interview.

After the participants select new clothing items Saturday, the store will provide each of them with a Macy’s gift card.

Newport Beach City Council to begin budget hearings for next fiscal year

The Newport Beach City Council will be reviewing the proposed budget for the next fiscal year on Tuesday, May 25, at 4 p.m. The proposed budget is currently up online for the public at

The meeting Tuesday will also include a review of resources and service levels to maintain city beaches. As part of proposed consent calendar action, the council is also expected to schedule a public hearing on the budget for June 8.

The current fiscal year, 2020-21, will end on June 30.

‘Comedy by the Stage Door’ Saturday night

David Rusiecki hosts an outdoor stand-up comedy showcase Saturday night featuring Richard Weiss, Donna Maine and Denise Shue at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre, 1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; advance purchase required.

Ron Kobayashi Trio streaming event

This jazz trio led by pianist Ron Kobayashi is joined by vocalist Andrea Miller in a concert filmed at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Streaming now through May 31. Virtual access tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

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