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Around Town: Newport Beach Civic Center to host 15th Art in the Park

Artist, Susan M. Cox displays a collection of still life and landscape paintings during the Newport
A collection of paintings by artist Susan Cox is displayed during Newport Beach’s 2017 Art in the Park. This year’s event will be held Saturday at the Civic Center.
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The 15th annual Art in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grass at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Visitors will be able to meet artists and craftspeople while walking the exhibits.

The free event features oil paintings, pastels, acrylics, mixed media and sculpture, among others. Artwork will be available for purchase.

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Miss Huntington Beach to be crowned Saturday

Huntington Beach’s best and brightest will vie Saturday at the Miss Huntington Beach Scholarship Competition.

The program will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 and younger.

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Huntington Beach ceremony to honor fallen officer

A ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in Huntington Beach to memorialize police Officer Leo Roy “LeRoy” Darst, who was killed in an on-duty traffic collision in 1928.

Police officers and city officials will gather at the corner of Crest Avenue and Main Street, where a new street sign will bear Darst’s name.

This is the first of three Huntington Beach ceremonies scheduled to honor fallen officers. Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Ezra Stanley (who died in 1940) and Huntington Beach Officer Leslie James Prince (1974) will be honored Nov. 19 and Dec. 1, respectively.

Pumpkin patch to raise money for H.B. Police and Community Foundation

A pumpkin patch festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Huntington Beach to raise money for the Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation.

Every child will get a free pumpkin at the event at 1720 Pacific Coast Hwy. There also will be pumpkin face painting, food, games and a silent auction.

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Painting class to be held in Laguna Beach

LOCA Arts Education in Laguna Beach will present a painting class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.

The program costs $20.


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Surf City 10 races set in Huntington Beach on Sunday

The Surf City 10, a series of races for runners, is set for this weekend in Huntington Beach.

A lifestyle expo is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, followed Sunday by a 10-mile run starting at 6:30 a.m., a 10K (6.2 miles) at 7 a.m. and a 5K (3.1 miles) at 7:30 a.m.

The location for all festivities and races is a parking lot at 21291 Pacific Coast Hwy.

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Surf City Arts Fest coming to downtown H.B.

The Huntington Beach Art Center will host a Surf City Arts Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 538 Main St.

The free program combines the annual events Family Arts Day and Art in the Park.

There will be 75 booths, hands-on projects, live music and dance performances.


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5K run in Costa Mesa to raise awareness of housing crisis

A 5K run will be held Sunday in Costa Mesa to help raise awareness of what organizers call a housing crisis in Orange County.

The first United for Housing Fun Run & Resource Fair will benefit the Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, a network of lenders, community groups and public agencies that promotes creation of quality affordable housing.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. Registration is $25.

To register or for more information, visit

Public can help with wall mural in Laguna Beach

The Festival of Mosaics in Laguna Beach will hold public art workshops where people can sort tile chips that will be used in a wall mural.

The free events will be held Sunday and Oct. 20, 27 and 28 at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

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Newport surgeon to be honored for work with high school football team

A Newport Beach resident and leading orthopedic surgeon with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine will be honored at a dedication ceremony Sunday for his role with the Servite High School football team.

Dr. Ben Rubin has been serving on the sidelines at Servite football games since 1978.

A new sports medicine building and program at the Anaheim school will be named after him.

College and career night to be held at fairgrounds

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will hold a college and career night Wednesday for seventh- through 12th-graders at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

The free event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Hundreds of college representatives will be on hand to help students explore educational and career possibilities.

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Corona del Mar meeting will focus on homelessness

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. will hold its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Oct.18 at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

Former Newport Beach city manager Dave Kiff, now interim chief executive of the Assn. of California Cities-Orange County, will speak about combating homelessness.

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

Taste of Laguna Beach puts top restaurants on the menu

Food and beverages from Laguna Beach’s top restaurants will be featured at the Taste of Laguna Beach on Oct. 18.

The program will run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Admission is $85 to $150. For more information, visit

Human trafficking to be topic of Costa Mesa event

The Friends of Costa Mesa Libraries will hold an event focusing on human trafficking at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W 19th St.

Tera Hilliard, president of Forgotten Children Inc., will speak about human trafficking in Orange County.

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Laguna Beach firefighters raising awareness for cancer prevention

Laguna Beach firefighters are wearing pink and blue shirts throughout October to help raise awareness for cancer prevention.

“This is definitely a cause that hits home for us,” said Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia. “Within the last eight years, three retired members of the Laguna Beach Fire Department have been diagnosed with cancer. Two of them have lost their lives to the disease and one is actively fighting it. We do this to show our support for them.”

Newport woman honored by Alzheimer’s organization

Alzheimer’s Orange County recently honored Newport Beach resident Debra Kornswiet-Shandling for being a primary caregiver to her father for nine years as he battled dementia.

Kornswiet-Shandling was recognized at the nonprofit’s 12th annual Visionary Women Caregivers Luncheon.

“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be an intensely emotional journey,” said Jim McAleer, chief executive and president of Alzheimer’s Orange County. “We were honored to recognize these incredible individuals who selflessly pour their hearts and energy into improving the lives of those who can no longer care for themselves.”

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic School hires new principal

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic School in Huntington Beach recently announced the appointment of Colette O’Bannion as its new principal.

O’Bannion previously was assistant principal at Holy Spirit School in the Diocese of San Jose.

“My amazing mother was a Catholic school teacher for 35 years,” O’Bannon said. “Witnessing her lead young people spiritually and academically inspired me to follow in her footsteps.”