Pen on Fire Speaker Series at Lido Village Books: Feb. 6 Event

If you’ve ever been to Lido Village Books, you’d know it’s a magical, literary oasis catty-cornered among the elegant shops of Via Oporto in Newport Beach. The vibe is kind of like a tangible sigh, worry leaves your body, you’re among pages composed by masters of the written word. Tomorrow, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.…

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Balboa Peninsula Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

If you’re looking for a really great reason to bar hop and drink beer, we’ve got one especially for you: The second annual Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause is happening Feb. 24 on Balboa Peninsula. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event directly benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County (CFF OC).…

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Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Countdown to the Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Is On

Crank up the Van Morrison and sing along to “Moondance” because early this Wednesday morning, Southern California will become the hottest spot for the coolest lunar eclipse since well, the mid-1800s. Starting at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, a Super Blue Blood Moon will rise majestically in our fair sky, peaking at 5:29 a.m. By 6:07 a.m.…

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Construction Obstruction: Would You Like A Checklist to Limit Building on Your Block?

At a Jan. 23 Newport Beach City Council meeting, Scott Peotter, city council member for District 6, discussed the possibility of a construction checklist when multiple building projects are happening on a given block to avoid parking issues and alleviate traffic. If you’re a resident of Balboa Peninsula, you know this is far from a…

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Malibu Farm in Lido Marina Village to Sell Fresh Food and Drinks

Malibu Farm is set to open at Lido Marina Village in spring 2018 and, as a sign outside the soon-to-be spot announces, it’ll serve alcohol, just as its sister location does in Malibu. (For reference, here’s the current bar menu at the latter establishment.)

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New Restaurant Hook & Anchor to Set Sail in Beach Barrel Location

A new lobster and seafood eatery, Hook & Anchor, is opening January 18 on Balboa Peninsula in the spot where The Beach Barrel Grill once served its Barrel Burger, homemade pesto and BBQ chicken pizza. The small restaurant is located directly next to Newport Fresh along Newport Blvd., a block east of the gas station.…

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Poisonous and Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Spotted on Balboa Peninsula

A rare and venomous yellow-bellied sea snake was hanging on the beach by the 18th Street lifeguard tower Tuesday. The 25-inch female was spotted by strollers who saw it slithering weakly along the sand. The beachgoers alerted lifeguards, who oversaw its extrication off the beach. The snake was brought to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)…

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Ho Sum Bistro Is Back

Ho Sum Bistro is officially open. The good word arrives after more than a year of silence; in June 2016 a devastating fire shut the place down. Before its unexpected closure, Ho Sum Bistro had something of a cult following. Diners came for the Ho Sum Chicken Salad (and famed dressing) and left completely happy.…

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Rain Advisory in Effect for Newport Beach: Swim at Your Own Risk

As steady rainfall descends on our fair Balboa Peninsula shores, the Environmental Health staff at the County of Orange Health Care Agency has issued the following rain advisory for swimmers (and by default, surfers): The levels of bacteria can rise in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after…

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