Around Town: Nixon’s Western White House among sites to be featured on virtual Garden Tour

La Casa Pacifica is part of a virtual Newport Beach Garden Tour hosted by Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Assn.
La Casa Pacifica in San Clemente, also known as President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, makes its debut May 8 as part of a virtual Newport Beach Garden Tour hosted by Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Assn.
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The Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Assn. is planning its 26th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, which will be held virtually, as it was last year. The tour will feature three videos to be released throughout this summer, beginning on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, and culminating with an in-person Summer Garden Party on Aug. 27 at Sherman Gardens.

The first Garden Tour video, debuting May 8, features La Casa Pacifica in San Clemente, a classic California beachfront mansion long recognized as President Richard Nixon’s Western White House.

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, the second video showcasing historic homes and gardens on Balboa Island will be available for viewing. The final video, which will be released Aug. 1, is of the 1948 Mid-century Modern home of W. Parker Lyon House in Pasadena.

Sherman Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, will host the Summer Garden Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Tickets for the Virtual Garden Tour are $25 for Sherman members and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets for the Virtual Garden Tour and Summer Garden Party combined are $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Proceeds support the Sherman Library & Gardens’ children’s education programs.

In other news at Sherman, a limited edition “First Monday Coffee” apron and cookbook combination pack is on sale now for $49 in the Garden Shop. Proceeds support children’s education programs at Sherman.

For more information, and to purchase tickets to the 26th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, visit or call (949) 673-2261.

Mary Lou Heard Memorial garden tour coming up April 30, May 1

Forty-two private home gardens in Long Beach and Orange County will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of April 30 to May 1 for the self-guided Mary Lou Heard Memorial garden tour.

Heard was a passionate horticulturalist and local nursery owner in Southern California who created the garden tour in 1994.

Tickets are not required; donation jars will be set up at each featured garden with funds going to the Sheepfold, an O.C. women’s shelter.

To learn more, visit the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour on Facebook and Instagram or the website

Costa Mesa Police Department to host coyote management meeting

Residents are invited to learn more about how to live safely alongside local coyote populations during an in-person community meeting Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Costa Mesa City Hall’s community room.

Hosted by CMPD, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, the free discussion includes tips from wildlife experts, including Dr. Niamh Quinn, a human-wildlife interactions supervisor for the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine.

Participants can learn more about emerging coyote trends, coyote safety tips, hazing techniques and the importance of reporting coyote sightings. City Hall is located at 77 Fair Drive, in Costa Mesa.

‘Tillyana Jones’ charity event for Tilly’s Life Center tees off April 25

Tilly’s Life Center — an Irvine nonprofit whose programs empower teenagers to cope with adversity, crisis and tough decisions — invites the public to participate in its annual golf tournament Monday, April 25, at the Mission Viejo Country Club.

“Tillyana Jones” will be held in an 18-hole, shotgun style/scramble format with plenty of food, beverages, prizes, swag and more. Teams of four can sign up, and players have the option to buy a contest card to gain access to special adventures, including putting and chipping contests, straightest drive and golf-ball launcher. All proceeds go toward social and emotional learning programs for teens.

Tilly Levine, co-founder of the popular retail clothing and accessory store Tilly’s, will be hitting the links at the event, which begins at 8 a.m. Mission Viejo Country Club is located at 26200 Country Club Drive, Mission Viejo. For more visit

Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s Ocean Club plans speaker’s event, gin tasting April 28

Members of PMMC’s Ocean Club will host its first speaker event April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Geoff Shester, California campaign director and senior scientist for Oceana, an international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Shester will speak on the topic of plastic pollution and public policy and advocacy efforts being undertaken to help protect marine biodiversity.

The event takes place at the exclusive Carl Nolet Sr. Hospitality Center in Aliso Viejo and features a 6 p.m. happy hour followed by a gin tasting and presentation by Nolet Spirits. Tickets cost $100 for members, $140 for nonmembers. For more details visit

— Daily Pilot Staff