Around Town: MLK Day of Service scheduled for Saturday in Upper Newport Bay

Area residents will have the opportunity to serve their community Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon when the Inside the Outdoors Foundation and the City of Newport Beach host an MLK Day of Service in Upper Newport Bay.

Organizers say the wetland trash cleanup event is a way to honor the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be commemorated Monday with a federal holiday.

Families with children of all ages are welcome. Volunteers, please wear closed shoes and bring water, can register for the event online here or by visiting the foundation’s Facebook page, Meet at the Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.

To learn more about Inside the Outdoors, email [email protected]

Model OC engineers are canceling free public train rides this weekend in Fairview Park

Due to a recent surge in coronavirus infections across the county, the nonprofit Orange County Model Engineers canceled its free mini train rides this weekend at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa.

Members announced Friday that the City of Costa Mesa had asked them to suspend free rides, usually offered the third weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City officials also limited visits to Costa Mesa City Hall to only people with appointments and suspended in-person meetings. On Wednesday, the city reported 15,023 cumulative cases of coronavirus recorded in Costa Mesa since the start of the pandemic.

On Friday, OC Model Engineers apologized for any inconvenience and said members looked forward to welcoming visitors to Goathill Junction soon.

Board of Supervisors Approves COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for County Employees

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized up to 40 hours of paid sick leave through April 7 for members of the Orange County Employees Association. for absences related to COVID-19.

under the new plan, employees can benefit from the program if they test positive for the coronavirus, if they are caring for a family member who must be quarantined or isolated or if they have been vaccinated or strengthened and cannot not work or telecommute due to vaccine-related symptoms.

“It is important that our county employees stay home safely when sick, which in turn protects the public and their co-workers,” District 2 Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement Wednesday. . “By providing our employees with paid sick time, they can take the time they need to recover or get tested, vaccinated or boosted to help prevent serious illness and slow the community spread of COVID-19.”

Costa Mesa’s Independence Project Appoints New Operations Manager

The association Costa Mesa Independence Project, which helps adults with disabilities find jobs and live on their own, announced this week the selection of Dorothy Blubaugh as director of operations and director of daytime community services.

Blubaugh was previously director of operations for the Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, a California-based organization that offers positive behavior practices for children and adults with autism. She began her career as Associate Director at the Vantage Foundation, which merged with Project Independence in 2007.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dorothy to our Project Independence family,” Chief Executive Robert Watson said in a statement Monday. “[I] know that his commitment to providing quality, reasoned and consistent leadership to our management team and employees will help ensure that our organizational goals are exceeded.

Costa Mesa police place ‘bait cars’ all over town to catch catalytic converter thieves

To combat an observed increase in catalytic converter thefts across the city, the Costa Mesa Police Department announced on Friday the formation of a new bait program designed to catch the culprits red-handed.

The department has parked bait cars in various Costa Mesa neighborhoods, and officers are working undercover to catch thieves in real time. Signs announcing: “Catalytic Converter Theft” and “Bait Cars in the Zone” have been placed throughout Costa Mesa to deter and provide fair warning to potential thieves.

“What cars? Where? We won’t tell. Just know that we are in the surveillance zone,” CMPD reported Friday on Facebook.

Police are encouraging vehicle owners to install shields that will prevent catalytic converters from being removed or to seek out an auto shop that will engrave the vehicle’s license plate on the part to aid recovery in the event of theft.

Huntington Beach Public Library Virtual Event Features Author Kaira Rouda

Literary volunteers at the Huntington Beach Public Library are gearing up for their first virtual Wine & Words event, featuring international bestselling thriller author Kaira Rouda.

Rouda will read her new novel, “Somebody’s Home,” at the Jan. 22 event at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by registering at

The event will also include an online auction of items such as a Gulfstream simulator flight, hotel getaways and boutique gift baskets.

Literacy volunteers seek to improve literacy in Surf City. Those unable to attend the virtual event are asked to donate to

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts gears up for FUSION 2022

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts will present three screenings of FUSION 2022 in the Huntington Beach High Auditorium on January 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. on both dates. In addition, a Saturday matinee will take place at 2 p.m. on the 29th.

The show, APA’s Winter Dance Concert, will feature hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap and modern dance styles. The pieces will be choreographed by the dance faculty of the APA.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors at

Fountain Valley Mayor’s Breakfast Postponed

The Mayor’s Breakfast has been rescheduled for Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center, 16400 Brookhurst Street. City officials cited the recent increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the change.

Fountain Valley Mayor Patrick Harper will welcome guests, and there will also be an update given by the Orange County Transportation Authority on the Highway 405 improvement project.

Coffee and donuts will be served at the event, which is open to the public.

‘Shakespeare’s Fool’ at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center on January 29

“Shakespeare’s Fool: Songs and Speeches from the Plays” arrives at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, 235 Forest Ave., Saturday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Singer and songwriter Jason Feddy, 2019 Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Artist of the Year, has written songs performed on acoustic guitar that bring Shakespeare’s work to life.

The show will also feature performances from Ava Burton and other local actors. Tickets for Shakespeare’s Fool are $30 and can be purchased by calling (949) 652-2787.

The 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction is Coming

The Laguna Museum of Art will hold its 40th annual California Cool Art Auction between February 5 and March 5, offering both online and in-person options for bidding.

Registration for the online auction, which begins Feb. 5, opened Wednesday and is available through Artsy, The auction at the museum will take place on March 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is the most anticipated and spirited event of the year at the Laguna Art Museum,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum, in a prepared statement. “From contemporary artwork to plein air painting, the 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction will showcase both emerging and seasoned California-based artists. Over the past four decades of curating the art auction, the museum has cultivated artists like Kim Abeles and Scot Heywood who have made their way to the forefront of the California art scene, and we are happy to bring such an array of impactful works to the community.”

The auction will feature the work of more than 100 Californian artists. Admission for the in-person auction on March 5 is $160. These tickets can be purchased on the museum’s website at

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will hold an installation meeting

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will lock down its board of directors for 2022 with the annual board installation on Wednesday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Sueños Laguna Beach.

JJ Ballesteros will remain as chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Board for a very important year for Laguna Beach,” Ballesteros said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with our members, local businesses, city staff and our community as a whole.”

Julie Laughton will serve as President-Elect, Jenna Cassidy as Vice-President, Doug Vogel as Treasurer and Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold as Secretary. Hornbuckle-Arnold is also the chamber’s acting chief executive.

Carmelit Green, Hasty Honarkar, Mark Meisberger, Reinhard Neubert, Larry Nokes, Craig Strong and Jeff Redeker will also serve on the board. Nokes joins the board in place of Dave Rubel.

Laguna Beach Resident Survey Extended

The deadline to participate in the survey of Laguna Beach residents has been extended to January 19 at 5 p.m.

Residents can expect to see questions regarding community features, municipal services, quality of life and priorities in the future.

The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed at

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