Around Town: Father’s Day car show at Balboa Bay Resort this Sunday

The car show crowd at the Balboa Bay Club's annual Father's Day event during a previous year.
The Balboa Bay Resort’s annual Father’s Day Car Show returns this Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. The event is suitable for the whole family.
(Ann Chatillon)

The Balboa Bay Resort’s annual Father’s Day Car Show returns this Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. The event is suitable for the whole family.

Visitors will see a collection of fine cars in the upper parking deck the Balboa Bay Resort. Live music will entertain guests, and barbecued food, cocktails and concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets are not necessary for attendees as the show is complimentary.

‘Stand and Salute’ June 23 aims to raise $175K for O.C. nonprofits supporting veterans

The Orange County Community Foundation is asking area residents to participate in an online day of giving Thursday to help raise $175,000 for five nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and their families in Orange County.

“Stand and Salute” will support groups that offer a range of resources and services, including assessment and referrals, mental health programs, employment resources, family support and financial counseling. The event is part of the Foundation’s iheartOC Collaborative Giving Day which connects potential donors and volunteers with local causes they care about.

To give online during the 24-hour Giving Day, visit For more information, visit or call (949) 553-4202.

Entries still being accepted for O.C. Fair competitions

If you’re a talented baker or have the greenest thumb on the block, there’s still time to enter a number of culinary arts and horticulture competitions for the annual Orange County Fair, taking place July 15 through Aug. 15.

The deadline for culinary entries — including the categories of cookies, bars and brownies, sugar arts and confections and yeast and quick breads — is July 5. Deadlines for horticulture entries in the categories of cut flowers, fruits and vegetables and container plants will begin July 13 with weekly entry deadlines and events through the fair.

To review the specific deadlines for weekly competitions and guides for entry into each competition, visit

Coast Community College District names Yamamura chancellor

Folsom Lake College President Whitney Yamamura has been selected to serve as the next chancellor of Coast Community College District, officials announced Wednesday. He will begin Sept. 1.

Yamamura replaces outgoing Chancellor Dr. John Weispfenning, who is retiring after a 30-year career in higher education. He has served as president of Folsom Lake College since 2017 and comes to Southern California after 33 years in that college’s Los Rios Community College District.

Prior to being named president, Yamamura worked his way up from a teaching intern to part-time and later full-time tenured faculty before accepting the positions of dean, vice president and interim president.

A fourth-generation Japanese American and Californian, his father’s family was detained with several other Japanese Americans held in state camps during World War II.

“My family taught me that education gives us the power to correct injustices while creating opportunities to better ourselves and our communities,” Yamamura said in a June 16 statement. “I am grateful to the trustees and communities of the Coast District for this opportunity to lead and serve alongside you in the great work of education.”

Exchange Club of Newport Harbor awards $63K to Newport-Mesa Unified students

The nonprofit Exchange Club of Newport Harbor announced this week the result of several awards programs benefiting students of Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

High school students selected to receive the “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award” have demonstrated an ability to overcome obstacles and move forward toward positive change. Recognized at a recent luncheon, the students took home $3,000 scholarships.

Winners include: Isabella Maez-Akins, Frances Daly, Silvestre Gonzalez, Valeria Sanchez Lopez, Christopher Navarro, Marco Ruiz and Ashley Stanwick of Back Bay and Monte Vista High Schools; Eric Thompson of Corona del Mar High School; Caitlyn Roum of Costa Mesa High School; Anabelle Pham of Early College High School; Maria Ceja-Ceja of Estancia High School; and William Yanez of Newport Harbor High School.

A total of 31 elementary school students were also recognized as winners of the organization’s “Young Citizenship Essay Contest,” which asked entrants to ponder what makes a good citizen. First-place recipients won a Kindle Fire, and Mariners Elementary School sixth-grader Kit Harrington read her essay during the Exchange Club’s May 27 Field of Honor Youth ceremony.

Youth of the Year award recipients from each NMUSD comprehensive high school received $3,000 and a plaque recognizing their achievements. Winners include: Alex Sunday and Francesca Disanto of Corona del Mar High School; Aiden Spallone and Emiko Grun of Costa Mesa High School; Lily Shandalove and Dane Dodge of Estancia High School; and Pete York and Maddie Malouf of Newport Harbor High School.

June 24 is Sawdust Festival Opening Day

The 56th annual Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach will open its doors for the summer on Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m.

Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf is scheduled to appear for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m., according to Franky Duschane, director of marketing and public relations for the festival.

The festival, located at at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, will be open daily through Sunday, Aug. 28. Attendees will be able to shop for creations made by 162 local artists, listen to live music and take classes.

The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The grounds are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 through 12.

‘Jay Johnson: The Two and Only’ at Laguna Playhouse

Jay Johnson will bring his award-winning ventriloquist act to the stage for two shows at Laguna Playhouse this weekend.

“Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

For tickets or for more information, visit

Circus Bella, Fête de la Musique shows Saturday in Laguna Beach

Circus Bella will have live performances from Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. The one-ring circus show “Flip, Flop, Fly” features acrobatics, juggling and live music.

Preshow entertainment will be provided by Cirque Kids L.A.

Also on Saturday, various musical acts will participate in Fête de la Musique. A jazz band will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. at the Main Beach stage and cobblestone area. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m., and bands and belly dancers will perform at the same stage at from 1:20 to 5 p.m.

Live music will be played in the streets of the downtown area at 33 locations from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

HBAPA holding a pop and rock music summer camp

This July, the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts is hosting a pop and rock music summer camp for kids and teens ages 10 through 16.

The Plug-In to Pop Music Camp will run Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., from July 18 to 29, on the Huntington Beach High School campus. Faculty members from the MMET program, Nicole Kubis and Kamber Fishbein, will lead the summer camp for kids with all levels of music experience.

Students will learn the basics of guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, as well as songwriting and ear training.

Registration is $299 and available at Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.

Locals named to USA Water Polo national teams for FINA World Championships

Three women’s water polo players with local ties were named to the USA Water Polo squad for the upcoming FINA World Championships, which start Monday in Hungary.

Corona del Mar High graduates Maddie Musselman and Stephania Haralabidis, as well as Newport Harbor graduate Kaleigh Gilchrist, are all on the roster.

Musselman and Gilchrist are two-time Olympic gold medalists, while Haralabidis also struck gold with Team USA last year in Tokyo.

Team USA, which has won three straight world championships, kicks off the tournament with a match against South Africa on Monday at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Huntington Beach High graduate Chase Dodd also was named to the men’s national team for the FINA World Championships.

The U.S. men open their tournament against Serbia on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time.

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