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December 2007 / Vol 9 No 12



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Patsy Metcalf
Pilates by the Sea

Rotary Club of Newport Balboa
Sally Martin Realtor
Yacht Cruises

The Spice Guy
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 Merry Christmas 2007


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Boat Parade

Balboa's 99th Annual Christmas Boat Parade is an event that's a must for everyone.

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For nearly a century the week before Christmas is an event that draws thousands of people from all over the globe, and this Christmas will be no different. One of the best places to view the Boat Parade is at the Balboa Island Ferry Landing at the  Fun Zone on the Balboa Peninsula. Be sure to dress warm because this is the coldest time of the year.
This year the Boat Parade will run from Wednesday, December 12th  thru Sunday,  the 16th.
Even better then watching the parade, you can be a part of it. You can rent a boat or ride in the Boat Parade on one of several boats that are a part of the Boat Parade. Here are some of them:

 Balboa Boat Rentals
 Catalina Passenger Service
Davey's Locker
Fun Zone Boat Co.
Marina Boat Rentals
Newport Landing Sport Fishing
Shellback Yacht Cruises

Harborside Restaurant
Newport Landing Restaurant


Time Capsule


From TalesOfBalboa the Book

 It was a rainy day just before Christmas in the late 1980s when the unarmed man walked into the Class of 47. The man was unarmed not from not having a weapon, but because he had no arms. His left arm had been amputated at the shoulder, and his right arm had been amputated just below the elbow. The stranger ordered a shot of gin from Big Al the bartender and was served. He picked up the glass with the inside stub of his elbow, downed the shot, and spit on the floor. Big Al suspected this man was going to be trouble and asked for payment. At this point the armless man said that he had no money. Because it was the Christmas Season, Big Al was going let the man go without paying, when suddenly he spit on the floor again. This infuriated Big Al who went out and flagged down a cop. The man was taken outside and placed under arrest. The cop when arresting the man, pulled out his handcuffs, stopped, and with a sheepish grin put the handcuffs back, and ordered the unarmed man into the backseat of the police car. 

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A Balboa Christmas Greeting Card

This series of paintings was made for the Balboa Pavilion by Susan Newcomb.

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Events Calendar

Taco Tuesdays, All Day
$1.00 Tacos, No Limit, Eat In/Take Out
Great Mex
703 E. Balboa Blvd.

99 Tuesdays at the Fun Zone
99 Specials All Day

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

Wednesdays, 11 Am - 12 Noon
 Fun at Pirates Cove, 2 - 5 year olds

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
(949) 673-7863 X 105 Carol Davis

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1 PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

First Friday of the Month
Fun Zone Friday

Wednesdays 7 PM - 9 PM
Art Night
Rainey Fine Art Gallery
103 Palm St. - 673-1382
Free Admission

December 12 - 16
99th Annual Newport Beach
Christmas Boat Parade

Sunday February 17, 3 PM
Sunday Musicale Event
Classical Edge Trio
Newport Beach Central Library

April 9, 13
35th Annual Newport Boat Show

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This picture was taken during the Christmas season of 1979. Back then, the merchants took a lot more pride in getting Balboa ready for  the hollidays. Note the lights in the trees.

Words of Wisdom

"Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance."
                                             J. Petit-Senn


Help! I'm a young man trapped inside this old geezer's body.
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Viewer Email & Memories

I'm looking for photos of Soto and his toy shop that was in a crafteman style cottage next door to Lony Vincent's pharmacy. Also information about him. He and his wife were sent to a concentration camp in the desert when Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor. Panicked mothers were convinced he was trafficking in secret communications from Tokyo hidden in toy shipments. There was also a Japanese man the locals called "George the Jap" that ran a small market right across the street from Soto, both shops facing the street that lead to the Pavillion. My father was a boat builder in Newport and during the Great Depression when the wealthy could no longer afford to have yachts built or repaired our family had a rough go of it. It was George, a hunting and fishing friend of my father's, who saved me as a young boy from going hungry with his clandestine deliveries early in the morning on our door step of milk, vegetables, and other essential food items. It pained my parents when these two were carted off to concentration camps. Do you have any suggestions where I might look for photos or stories about Soto. (Starting in 1928 I spent the first 10 years of my life growing up near the tip of the Balboa Peninsula and made many visits to Soto's toy shop with my weekly allowances to buy waterwings, candle powered putt putt boats, and other affordable diversions).
John  Reis

Hello sir or Miss

'm making a website in dutch for travellers to amerika now is my question is it possible that i may put your webcam on the site?
Patrick Lock
The Netherlands

We used to drive from Beverly Hills to Lido for a Bob's Big Boy hamburger. Does that sound crazy enough for you?
How long ago was that?

I am searching for a photo:  WONACOTT DONUT SHOP across from the Frozen Banana Bar in the 1950's.  Understand this was right near the landing of the ferry to the Island.  I am doing this for a friend, grandaughter of the couple who owned this.  help me please.  Email welcome.
marilyn hauck



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