November 2016 Around Town

Museum Celebrates Newport Beach 
Police Department

The Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society gathered close to 100 members and friends at its location to celebrate the Newport Beach Police Department. Moderator Lieutenant Steve Rasmussen introduced three retired policeman from the department, who regaled attendees with great stories from the early days. They were Stan Bressler, Neil Purcell and Mike McDonough. Police Chief Jon T. Lewis praised the retirees for their service and spoke glowingly about the officers who serve today. Also attending were young men and women from the Newport Beach Explorers, who volunteer hundreds of hours of community service. Visitors also enjoyed seeing the temporary exhibit of police memorabilia set up by Stan Berry, supervising investigator from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Celebrity Matthew Morrison Launches OCSA’s 30th Anniversary

Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) hosted the Season Premiere of its 2016-2017 performance season in celebration of its 30th anniversary with notable alumnus Matthew Morrison performing along with 40 of the school’s talented students artists. Also performing was “Glee’s” musical director Brad Ellis, who contributed many of the performance’s exciting musical arrangements. Held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, 300 guests enjoyed a gourmet repast prior to the beachfront concert at sundown. Morrision is renowned for his Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Sabatino’s Shipyard Sausage Company in Newport Beach is once again hosting a salute to the U.S. Marine Corps and its 241st birthday on Thursday, November 10, 2016, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant will be serving a complimentary meal and beverages to honor service members and their families. The meal will feature Caesar salad, fruit salad, fresh bread, pasta, baked mostaccioli, eggs Italiano, and Sabatino’s homemade Italian sausage. The owner’s feel they are blessed to be able to honor those who preserve our freedom and have given so much. 949.723.0621

Ms. America is from Newport Beach

Oksana Vovk from Newport Beach was crowned Ms. America® 2017 at the national pageant held at the Curtis Theater in Brea, California. Vovk earned her Juris Doctor degree at 23 and has been a successful defense attorney for 13 years. As a single mother with a son with autism, she has learned perseverance and unconditional love. Her never-ending drive for the higher ground led her to the pageant. She loves to sing, dance and design and speaks three languages. Her motto is, “Where there is a will, there is a way!”

Local and International Talent Showcased at Gala of Stars

Newport Beach native Agnes Su, who now dances with Stuttgart Ballet, got her start at Southland Ballet Academy, the dance company affiliated with Festival Ballet Theatre. Recently, FBT held an exceptional night of dance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at its ninth annual Gala of the Stars, where Su was showcased in the West Coast premiere of a John Cranko duet. FBT’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, who was very impressed with Su, has been with FBT and Southland Ballet Academy for more than 30 years.

Free Pop Up Math Museum

MIND Research Institute is offering mathematical experiences for students and families. On Friday, November 4, it is hosting Taste of Math, which will gather notable chefs from the area to delight the taste buds and fuel curiosity of how math is all around us. On Saturday, November 5, the institute will present a Math Fair Pop Up Math Museum with several local partners, which will be a free, family-friendly event to excite young minds as they interact with mathematically-themed activities, games, exhibits and performances.