October 2015 Around Town 2

New Sculptures at Civic Center Park

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission recently installed 10 new sculptures in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. The sculptures selected were among 81 submissions based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and appropriateness. The grand opening, held on September 12, featured some of the artists and members of the Newport Beach Art Foundation taking visitors on walking tours of the sculptures. Of particular interest was “Demoiselle,” by artist LT Mustardseed (pictured). The piece is a metamorphose of the damselfly, a native species to California, and was created using recycled automotive parts. NewportBeachCA.gov/Sculpture

Sandcastle Contest a Must!

The 54th Annual Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, sponsored by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is held at Big Corona State Beach on Sunday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Castles, Cars & Kids,” and awards are presented in a variety of categories, including most unique, most humorous, and best display of theme. View the creations for free as a spectator, or consider making your own for a minimal entrance fee. Fees are as little as $30 for a team and winning teams receive prizes. Register online.  NewportBeach.com/Events/54th-Annual-Sandcastle-Contest

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Returns

After the success of the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival a year ago, the festival returns October 2-4. The Launch Party is being held at the Island Hotel’s Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge on Friday, October 2, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. During the day at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, you can enjoy live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, interactive wine panels with master sommeliers, mixology courses and live jazz. The Grand Tasting Pavilions will have 30 of OC’s finest restaurants with more than 200 wines poured for tastings. Net proceeds benefit Project Hope Alliance. $150 per person. NewportWineAndFood.com

Five Stars All-Round!

It seems the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences loves Newport Beach! It recently gave the city the International Five Star Diamond Award as a world-class destination, making it the first city on the West Coast to receive the honor. Next, the Academy presented the Five Star Diamond Award to the Balboa Bay Resort, as well as to The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, making it the first restaurant on the West Coast to receive the international recognition as one of the finest tourism destinations. The Five Star designation is the hospitality industry’s most prestigious emblem of achievement. Here! Here!

Popular Home Tour Celebrates 42 Years!

The Corona del Mar Home Tour remains a popular attraction in the community. Now in its 42nd year, it benefits CDM Middle and High Schools. The $80 ticket price includes a self-guided tour of six beautiful homes around Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, a light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch at Sherman Gardens by Chef Pascal of Café Jardin from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., boutique at Sherman Gardens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an elegant afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. You may purchase tickets online at CDMHomeTour.com.

OCSA Opens New Specialized Instructional Facility

For the first time, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has opened a brand new facility rather then having to renovate existing commercial and historic buildings in Santa Ana. The public arts charter school’s new 60,000-square-foot facility recently opened with 600 people attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting (pictured). The Marybelle Musco Dance Center, The Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Music Center and The Argyros Science Center are part of the $16.2 million “Masterpiece in the Making” campus completion campaign, which is very close to be funded. OCSARTS.net