Around Town: Boat auction docks in Newport on Feb. 16

Around Town: Boat auction docks in Newport on Feb. 16
Potential bidders browse boats and other abandoned vessels during an auction in Newport Beach in 2014. A similar auction will be held Feb. 16. (File Photo)

More than 40 boats and paddleboards will be up for the highest bidders when the public auction of abandoned vessels returns to Newport Beach next week.

The auction is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol docks at 1901 Bayside Drive. Viewing will begin at 8 a.m.


The inventory includes five sailboats in the 25-to-31-foot range, three powerboats in the 11-to-28-foot range, a 20-foot Duffy electric boat, a 25-foot outrigger canoe, a 15-foot barge and several paddleboards, kayaks, rowboats and dinghies.

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Public hearing Wednesday on Newport-Mesa trustee areas

The Orange County Department of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's plan to have school board members elected by voters in their trustee areas.

Currently, the trustees represent zones but are chosen by voters districtwide.

The district hopes to put the new voting system in place, with adjusted zone boundaries to make them more equal in population, by the next election in November.

School attendance boundaries would not be affected by the change.

Wednesday's meeting will be in the district office at 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa.

JWA regulations to be topic at Newport forum

The next John Wayne Airport issues forum in Newport Beach on Friday is expected to cover airport regulatory documents such as the Access Plan, which restricts noise levels along with operational capacity and hours.

The forum is part of an informational series presented by the city of Newport Beach and Orange County, which owns and operates the airport.

The forum will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the City Council chamber at 100 Civic Center Drive.

Parent/teen conference in Costa Mesa to focus on dating violence

Human Options, a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence, will present a parent/teen conference on Saturday at Costa Mesa High School as part of its "Love Shouldn't Hurt" campaign to raise awareness of teenage dating violence.

The public event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is designed to get students talking about relationships, destructive gender stereotypes and warning signs of dating abuse and help them learn safe ways to address abuse in their lives. Complimentary breakfast and lunch are included.

Costa Mesa High School is at 2650 Fairview Road.

For more information, call (949) 737-5242, ext. 211, or visit

Chinese New Year celebration Saturday at Argyros Plaza

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Julianne and George Argyros Plaza will host a free Chinese New Year celebration from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Guests can welcome the Year of the Dog with an evening of dance performances, family-friendly crafts, traditional foods and a musical performance by the Lotus Bud Guzheng Ensemble of Irvine.

The Argyros Plaza also will be the scene of concerts by MenAlive, Orange County's gay men's chorus, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday before the performances those nights of the Broadway hit "Kinky Boots" in Segerstrom Hall.

The Segerstrom Center is at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 556-2121 or visit

Huntington Beach mayor to hold town hall meeting

Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey will present a town hall meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday to discuss zoning and other issues. The event will include a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will be held in the City Council chamber at 2000 Main St.

For more information, call (714) 536-5202 or email

Baby Date set for O.C. fairgrounds

The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa will host the first Baby Date — billed as a family festival featuring indoor activities for young children — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event is themed "Baby Sadie Hawkins." Organizers said it will feature face painting, arts and crafts, balloon art, photos, fashion shows and a marketplace.

For tickets or more information, visit or call (909) 282-8727.

Costa Mesa man is new marketing director of Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation, a San Clemente-based ocean advocacy group, has named Costa Mesa resident Eddie Anaya as marketing director.

Anaya previously held senior marketing positions at Vans, Oakley and Quiksilver, according to a news release. The longtime surfer and snowboarder started his career as an editorial intern at Surfer magazine. He holds a bachelor of science degree in political science, with an emphasis in politics and policy formation, from Cal State Long Beach.

"I'm incredibly honored to join the Surfrider family and its mission to protect our ocean and coasts," Anaya said in a statement.

Newport fire chief to discuss wildland fire safety in Corona del Mar

Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan will discuss wildland fire safety at this month's Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board meeting.

The meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 15 in Room 5 at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

For more information, call (949) 478-2454 or visit

Stretch of University Drive to close for pavement replacement

Orange County Public Works will remove and replace pavement on the stretch of University Drive between Willo Lane and Irvine Avenue in the Costa Mesa-Newport Beach area from Feb. 19 to 23.

The project will require a complete road closure, though area residents and the Newport Beach International Montessori Academies will continue to have access.

Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


2:35 p.m.: This article was updated with the Huntington Beach town hall item.

This article was originally published at 2 p.m.