Wooden Boats, Anyone?
The Second Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival is coming up on June 6 at, you guessed it, the Balboa Yacht Club! The public is invited to view Newport Beach’s finest wooden boats and yachts, and admission is free, so plan on plan on dropping by for a whale of a good time. Members of the Balboa Yacht Club are the perfect hosts, and the boat owners and an army of volunteers make the day a special day for everyone attending. BYCWoodenBoatFestival.com
A Summer Tradition
This year’s 22nd annual Balboa Island Parade on June 7 is boasting an “Anchors Aweigh” theme. The parade on the island’s Marine Avenue is a summer tradition filled with children on bikes, island dogs, decorated golf carts and floats, vintage cars, Keystone Cops, drill teams, marching bands, local dignitaries and much more. Come for the parade at 11 a.m. and stay for the after party in front of the fire station. Remember, the Marine Avenue bridge closes at 10:30 a.m., so get there early. The parade is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association. For parade and entry form information, please email BIParade@att.net or call 949.673.2281.
Discovery Cube’s Expansion a Win-Win
Mark your calendars on June 11 for the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting celebrating the Discovery Cube’s expansion. The science center’s new 44,000-square-foot expansion and renovation at 2500 N. Main Street in Santa Ana is spectacular. DiscoveryCube.org
Art at its Best
The 2015 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary this year, will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Saturday, June 13 from 1 to 6 p.m. The one-day juried exhibition, presented by the Newport Beach Arts Commission, will feature paintings, photography, mixed media, and sculpture from more than 100 artists. Guests will be able to meet the artists and purchase some of the original artwork on display, and a portion of the proceeds from the art sale will fund Newport Beach community arts programs. A wine and cheese reception will be held from 3:30–5:30 p.m., with awards announced by Mayor Ed Selich at 4:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room. The exhibition is juried by renowned artist James Strombotne. NewportBeachCA.gov
Father’s Day at the BBC
This Father’s Day, June 21, treat Dad to a special day filled with family, friends and the finest collection of classic cars in town. The Balboa Bay Club’s Eighth Annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will not only showcase rare, classic, custom and unique cars, but the event will also feature a full service bar, concessions, a barbecue buffet lunch, an A&O beer booth, music with a live DJ, temporary tattoo artists, and a Father/Son Tire Change Challenge. The event is open to the public, with no reservations required. BalboaBayClub.com/Fathers Day Car Classic
South Coast Plaza is boasting a plethora of new store or renovated store openings at the top retail center. The crown jewel, of course, is the redesign of its Chanel boutique, which opened April 23. The 10,000-square-foot boutique, transformed by preeminent architect Peter Marino, is stunning and inspired by the sea. The Mademoiselle Prive Camelia watch celebrated its exclusive global launch at the South Coast Plaza boutique with the opening. Also of note, is the recent opening of the redesigned Roberto Cavialli boutique, and the upcoming boutique openings of luxury shoe designer Charlotte Olympia, Dolce & Gabbana and high-end German watch brand A. Lange & Sohne. SouthCoastPlaza.com