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Around Town: Rep. Rouda to hold town hall meeting in Costa Mesa

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) has scheduled a town hall meeting for Tuesday in Costa Mesa.
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U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) will hold his first district town hall meeting next week in Costa Mesa.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at Estancia High School, 2323 Placentia Ave.

“Once you cut through the noise of Washington, the title of this job is ‘representative,’” Rouda said in a statement. “My constituents have asked me to serve in a position of public trust. I’m looking forward to hearing from them face to face and offering my plans for how we can improve the lives of people in our community.”

Rouda represents California’s 48th Congressional District, which includes Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.


Those who can’t attend the meeting can follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #CA48TownHall.

Newport Beach Jazz Party features over 130 musicians

The Newport Beach Jazz Party is back, running Thursday through Sunday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa at 900 Newport Center Drive.

The 19th annual festival features more than 130 artists, evening concerts each day, poolside sessions and champagne jazz brunches.

For tickets, the full schedule and more information, visit


Fishing event slated for OC Fair & Event Center

The 10th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat and Travel Show is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

General admission is $15. For more information, visit

Gardening to be topic of talk at Sherman Library & Gardens

Ron Vanderhoff, general manager and vice president of Roger’s Gardens, will speak about beneficial gardening practices at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit

Revolutionary War reenactment this weekend in H.B.

A Revolutionary War reenactment will be held this weekend in Huntington Beach.

The free program, presented by the Huntington Beach Historical Society, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave.

For more information, visit

Huntington Beach lifeguard tryouts set for 20 spots

Huntington Beach will hold lifeguard tryouts to fill about 20 spots at 8 a.m. Saturday at the lifeguard headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Hwy.


Applicants must be age 17 by July 1 to be eligible. Applications are available at

For more information, visit

Laguna Art Museum auction Saturday

The Laguna Art Museum will hold its 37th annual California Cool Art Auction with works from more than 100 California artists from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Tickets are $125 for museum members and $150 for non-members. Tickets include auction admission, valet parking, food and drinks.

For more information, visit

Teen dating violence is subject of conference in Newport Beach

A conference on teenage dating violence will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

The “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” program will be run by Orange County nonprofit Human Options to help raise awareness of the issue.

Another conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Gerald P. Carr Intermediate School, 2120 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana.


Students from Huntington Beach arts school to present music show

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts will present a student-curated music show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium at 1905 Main St.

The program will feature music from trending artists. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, visit

Performance to combine classical music with classic rock

A musical performance merging classical compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach with classic rock bands such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

The Hutchins Consort will play along with pianist Maksim Velichkin.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students.

For more information, visit

UC Irvine wildlife program receives $4.6 million

A project co-led by UC Irvine to develop better ways to manage California wildlife recently received $4.6 million following approval from the state’s Strategic Growth Council.

The three-year-program, called the Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions, aims to mitigate long-term carbon use, reduce wildfire risk and combat climate change.

The center is run by scientists from UC Irvine and UC Merced.

For more information, visit

Musical about America’s beginnings coming to Laguna Beach

A musical about the founding of the United States will run Wednesday to March 17 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

“1776 the Musical” is a Tony Award-winning play about the nation’s forefathers drafting the Declaration of Independence.

Admission to the show is $81 to $106.

For more information, visit

Corona del Mar meeting to feature new fire marshal

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

Newport Beach’s new fire marshal, Kevin Bass, will speak about his goals.

For more information, visit

Water policy forum to highlight O.C. reliance on Northern California delta

The Municipal Water District of Orange County will hold a water policy forum and dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.

The program will feature a presentation on Orange County’s reliance on the bay delta in Northern California.

To register, visit

Costa Mesa seeks applicants for city committees

The city of Costa Mesa is seeking residents to serve on a handful of local advisory committees.

Spots are open on the Animal Services Committee, Bikeway & Walkability Committee, Cultural Arts Committee, Fairview Park Steering Committee, Finance and Pension Advisory Committee, Historical Preservation Committee, Housing & Public Service Grants Committee and Mobile Home Park Advisory Committee.

For more information about the panels or to apply, visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 6.

Newport author releases memoir about life as a doctor

Newport Beach author Lawrence Brownlee recently released his book “A Doctor’s Tales,” about his 43-year career in the medical field.

Brownlee was a high school dropout who went to medical school at age 29. His memoir recounts the most interesting cases of his career.

For more information, visit