Around Town: Newport Beach Egg Race runs Saturday

Around Town: Newport Beach Egg Race runs Saturday
Kids participate in a sack race during last year’s Newport Beach Egg Race, then called the Mayor’s Egg Roll. The event returns Saturday on the Civic Center lawn. (File Photo)

The fourth annual Egg Race is coming to the Newport Beach Civic Center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The public is invited to join Mayor Marshall Duffield on the Civic Center lawn for sack races, games and egg races, plus bounce houses, face painting, train rides, popcorn, cotton candy and spring goodie bags.


The free event is presented by the city Recreation and Senior Services Department. For more information, call (949) 644-3151.

Paul Mitchell School treats Project Independence clients

Paul Mitchell School student Kristina Medrano, left, gives a free salon treatment to Ruth Anne Hogue during an event Sunday organized by Project Independence.
Paul Mitchell School student Kristina Medrano, left, gives a free salon treatment to Ruth Anne Hogue during an event Sunday organized by Project Independence. (Courtesy of Project Independence)

Adults with developmental disabilities were treated to free salon treatments by students at the Paul Mitchell School in Costa Mesa on Sunday.


The event was organized by the Access 2 Adventure program with Project Independence, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that aids developmentally disabled people.

“It was a great success,” Todd Eckert, Project Independence’s director of development, said in an email. “Our clients left the Paul Mitchell studio feeling 10 feet tall.”

Swing dance classes offered at Argyros Plaza

If your swing dance moves need some refreshing, you can brush them up and get ready for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ upcoming Sip & Swing Party by attending a series of “Swing at Six” dance classes at the center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza the next three Fridays.

The free classes, from 6 to 7 p.m., will feature Mandy Mykitta of Dare to Dance studio in Huntington Beach teaching Single Time East Coast Swing on March 23, Janelle Przytulski of Bella Ball in Orange teaching the Lindy Hop on March 30 and Martin Parker of Dance Scene Dance Studio in Costa Mesa teaching the West Coast Swing on April 6.

The Sip & Swing Party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 15.

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

HGTV star buys house in Costa Mesa

Tarek El Moussa, star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” has bought a 3,010-square-foot house in Costa Mesa for $2.28 million, according to news reports.

El Moussa, who was divorced from show co-star Christina El Moussa in January, closed the purchase last month on the four-bedroom, four-bath residence, real estate records show.

The house, built in 2015, was listed in October for $2.398 million.

Xcel State Gymnastics Championships this weekend

The 2018 SoCal Xcel State Gymnastics Championships run Friday through Sunday at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Along with state awards, competitors are bidding to qualify for the Regional Championships.

Events will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $10 general, $8 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID and $5 for children 12 and younger. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit

Beachcruiser Meet to showcase classic cars in H.B.

Woodies, Volkswagen buses, convertibles, wagons and other classic cars will be displayed at the 18th annual Beachcruiser Meet this weekend in downtown Huntington Beach.

Vehicles manufactured through 1972 will be part of the show Saturday and Sunday along Main Street and at Pier Plaza, with additional vehicles on the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday. Vintage longboard collections will be on display with vendors next to Pier Plaza.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is free to spectators.

Show participants can register at For more information, call (760) 468-2115.

Gun show is back at O.C. fairgrounds

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which is held multiple times annually at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, returns this weekend for two days of gun and Western Americana displays, along with accessories, tactical gear, ammunition and more.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $18; children 12 and younger get in free with a parent or guardian. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit

LOCA Arts Education gets $25,000

LOCA Arts Education, which provides free and low-cost programs throughout Laguna Beach designed to complement academic curriculum, has received a $25,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation.

“We thank the Festival of Arts Foundation for enabling us to continue educating our entire community,” LOCA President Carla Meberg said in a statement.

For more information, visit or call (949) 363-4700.

Watercoloring class to be held at the beach in Laguna

LOCA Arts Education will present “Learn to Watercolor on the Beach,” a class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in which participants can see tide pool creatures and learn to paint them in a journal.

The event will be at Treasure Island Park, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

The cost is $35 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, visit or call (949) 363-4700.

The class also will be offered April 22.

Orange Coast College culinary team advances to nationals

Orange Coast College's 2017-18 Hot Food Team advanced to a national culinary competition after winning the top prize at an American Culinary Federation regional championship event Sunday.

The Costa Mesa campus earned a gold medal and first place overall.

The national competition will be in July in New Orleans.

“I am extremely proud of each and every team member and our coaches,” Bill Barber, OCC’s program coordinator of culinary arts, said in a statement. “This all comes through dedication, hard work, lots of 5 a.m. practices and long hours in the kitchen.”

UC Irvine law programs receive high rankings

UC Irvine’s Ph.D. program in criminology, law and society placed third in the nation in the annual graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report. It had been ranked fifth.

The university’s law school placed seventh among public universities and 21st overall in U.S. News’ rankings, an increase of seven spots from last year.

“UCI has established itself as a world-class public research university in a wide range of fields,” Frances Leslie, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate division, said in a statement. “These rankings confirm that our campus offers challenging and intellectually rich opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve academic and professional excellence.”

Costa Mesa council approves committee appointments

Costa Mesa City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to make appointments to a handful of city committees:

  • Bikeway and Walkability Committee — Rick Huffman, James Kane, Flo Martin, Cynthia McDonald, Michael Nolf, Ralph Taboada, Nathan Torres

  • Cultural Arts Committee — Charlene Ashendorf, Frank Gutierrez, Jason Komala, Anthony Manrique, Andrew Gallagher (alternate)

  • Finance and Pension Advisory Committee — Teresa Drain, Don Harper, Lee Hinson, Marwan Khalifa, Al Melone, Tom Pollitt

  • Historical Preservation Committee — Joshua Hutchinson, John McQueen, Gary Parkin

  • Housing and Public Service Grant Committee — Damon Anthony Burris, Christopher Cubeiro, Dave Goodman, Michael Habitz, Ted Phung Ngo (alternate)

Costa Mesa Senior Center revamps restrooms

Costa Mesa officials have reconstructed bathrooms at the Senior Center on West 19th Street to make them up to date with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The renovation includes new stalls.

The restroom project is expected to be completed by the end of March.


New traffic signal installed on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa

Bristol Street in Costa Mesa has a new traffic signal between the Camp commercial center and a Pep Boys store.


In addition, Bristol has been newly paved and striped between Baker Street and Randolph Avenue, according to a city news release.