Around Town: We love a parade! The 27th annual Balboa Island Parade returns June 5

Newport Harbor High School Sailor Marching Regiment performed during the 2019 Balboa Island Parade.
Newport Harbor High School Sailor Marching Regiment performed during the 2019 Balboa Island Parade. The event returns Sunday, June 5, beginning at 11 a.m. on Marine Avenue.
(Susan Hoffman)

It’s almost parade time! On Sunday, June 5, beginning at 11 a.m., the 27th Annual Balboa Island Parade and After-Party featuring the band Whiskey Hayride will get underway.

The parade begins on Marine Avenue, followed immediately afterward by the party in front of the Balboa Island Fire Station.

Organizers say this year’s event is themed “Island Rodeo — Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats,” so Western wear is in order. Also, visitors are invited to pack beach chairs for comfortable seating while they view the spectacle.

Balboa Peninsula Trolley resumes summer service

The city of Newport Beach recently announced the return of the Balboa Peninsula Trolley. Service will resume Saturday with free service to continue through the summer on weekends and holidays.

The trolley will be available from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and all major summer holidays.

There are 22 stops along the route and people are free to board at any of the stops between the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone.

Former CdM coach John Vargas to enter USA Water Polo Hall of Fame

Former longtime Corona del Mar High water polo coach John Vargas, who went on to a distinguished career at Stanford University, has been named as part of the 38th induction class into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.

Vargas won seven CIF championships with the Sea Kings and finished runner-up five times before joining Stanford in 2002. In 20 years as the Stanford men’s water polo coach, he won five MPSF conference titles and NCAA championships in 2002 and 2019.

Vargas retired from Stanford earlier this year, ending with 389 career victories.

The 2022 Hall of Fame class also includes three-time Olympian Layne Beaubien, women’s water polo pioneer Kelli Billish-Fitter, veteran referee Bob Corb and masters water polo champion Russ Hafferkamp.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame induction luncheon, which will take place Aug. 26 at the Irvine Marriott.

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts to celebrate retiring teacher at ‘Synergy’

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts will present three performances of its dance concert “Synergy” on June 3 and 4 at Huntington Beach High.

Shows are Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors at

This year, Synergy will pay tribute to APA’s artistic director of 25 years, Diane Makas, who is retiring in June. The APA Dance faculty will perform a theatrical dance to Sid Vicious’ “My Way,” the song made famous by Frank Sinatra, with cameo appearances and a flash mob by audience members.

Students in APA’s Company Ensemble will also be featured in a special exhibit in the auditorium lobby, aimed at preparing students for careers as professional dancers.

Sherman Library & Gardens presents ‘Freewaytopia’ author

Paul Haddad, author of “Freewaytopia: How Freeways Shaped Los Angeles,” is the featured speaker when Sherman Library & Gardens holds the next installment of its Lunch & Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 8.

In his book, Haddad provides an entertaining history of 527 miles of roadways that comprise the Los Angeles freeway system. He will include anecdotes about Orange County during his lecture, and selling and signing books after the talk.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by the noon lecture. The cost to attend both is $35 for Sherman members and $45 for nonmembers. To attend the lecture only, members are admitted free while the nonmember fee is $5. Advanced registration is required and can be made at

The series is presented by South Coast Plaza. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

Laguna Beach trash collection pushed back for Memorial Day

Laguna Beach city officials have issued a reminder to residents and businesses that trash collection will be delayed a day, beginning Monday through Friday, June 3, in observance of Memorial Day.

City Hall will also be closed for the holiday.

Moulton Meadows field closed temporarily

The field at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach is closed to the public through Monday, June 13.

The closure comes for turf renovations and maintenance.

Laguna Beach voting centers announced

A voting center is set up in the multipurpose room of the Community and Susi Q Center through June 7.

From May 28 to June 3, the hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hours will be adjusted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from June 4 through 6, and then the voting center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

Another voting center will open to the public at Lang Gym from June 4 through 7.

Champions for Life Tennis Camp to start June 13

The Champions for Life Tennis Camp will have weekly sessions beginning June 13 at Alta Laguna Park.

The camp is open to children between the ages of 5 through 14 and offers lessons for beginning and intermediate players. A lunch break will be provided, and additional activities will be included.

Participants will be supervised at all times. Tennis attire is required.

For more information, email Julie at

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ on Vanguard campus beginning this weekend

The Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus is the venue when the American Coast Theater Company presents the jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

The show, starring Logan Cranford, Cameron Del Rosario, Natasha Reese and Noelle Roth, is running five weekends beginning May 28 and ending June 6.

Ticket prices are $30 for general admission and $20 for seniors, children (the play is suitable for teens and older), college students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling box office at (714) 668-6619.

Wooden Floor to present 39th annual concert, ‘Hope Abounds’

The Wooden Floor, which serves young people in low-income communities by teaching them not only dance, but assists them in their college-preparedness goals and provides family support programs, is hosting its 39th annual concert, “Hope Abounds,” June 2 through 4 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Performances will be staged at 8 p.m. all three nights, and at 2:30 p.m. on June 4. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased at

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