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April 2008 / Vol 10 No 4



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Arts organizations offering cultural arts programs for Newport Beach residents and visitors are invited to apply for 2008-09 Newport Beach Cultural Arts Grants available through the City Arts Commission. Grants will be awarded to qualified arts organizations with strong projects that enhance educational and community programs for the City of Newport Beach. Successful applicants must be able to document need, quantifiable success, a realistic budget and implementation plan, and direct service to Newport Beach residents. Past recipients include organizations offering cultural programs benefiting children, adults and seniors in the Newport Beach community. Applications are due by Friday, May 30, 2008 at 4 p.m. For more information or an application, call the Newport Beach Cultural Arts Services office at 949-717-3870.

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From TalesOfBalboa the Book

One of the bay's early harbor cruise boats was the 35-foot single-master sloop Bay Queen.  With a big dark blue mainsail and white hull, Dennis Wood recalls as a child in the 1950s, "You could see it a mile away. It was no small thing." Although the Bay Queen's mainsail was always up, this was more of an attention getting device, because she would be operating under motor power. The Bay queen had no deck; passengers were packed in like sardines on bench seats stretching from one side of the hull to the other. Departing from next to the Pavilion, the Bay Queen would make continuous runs, traveling close to the shoreline. A narrator would bellow out the sights through a megaphone.

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This Balboa Market business card was made from a photo taken from the third floor of the Rendezvous condos around 1980.

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Central Balboa Peninsula Residents to Vote on Utility Undergrounding 

Residents who live in the central Balboa peninsula region from Edgewater to Balboa Blvd. and Buena Vista to Adams (also known as District 101) will have an opportunity to eliminate unsightly utility lines and poles this April.  This vote comes after 60% of the area residents signed a petition in 2005 to ask the city to study the undergrounding, and extensive city negotiations to minimize cost.
Within the next few weeks, property owners will receive material from the City of Newport Beach that identifies the cost for the removal, financing options, voting instructions, and notification of a public information meeting.   Voting material must be returned to the city within 45 days.  If removal of the utility lines and poles is approved, construction will begin just after Labor Day.
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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.

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

1st Wednesday of the Month
 10 Am - 11AM
 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

April 9, 13
35th Annual Newport Boat Show

Sunday, April 25, 12 Noon
61st Annual Newport Ensenada Race

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 AM
Family Concerts at the
Newport Beach Public Library
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

Saturday, May 3,  7:30 AM - 3 PM
18 Annual Balboa Island all
island garage sale

Saturday, May 3, 6 PM - 9 PM
Balboa Philharmonic 49th Annual
Cocktail Benefit Dinner Party
 & Auction
Mary Lou Skowronski: 949-723-4930

Sunday, May 18,  9 AM - 5 PM
Balboa Island Art Walk

Saturday, May 24, 10:30 AM
Family Concerts at the
Newport Beach Public Library
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

Friday,  July 4, 1PM - 3 PM
Old Glory Boat Parade

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Sunday, July 20, 1 PM
Flight of the Lasers
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HI Jim,
I'm so stoked to have found this site!!! I am an artist working on a collage of old Newport & Balboa, and just stumbled onto it. Very cool!
I am a CA./ Newport native, 1948, went to Harbor, my dad was Captain of Newport Police and our stomping grounds were FABULOUS in those days. I try to relay to people how it was back then and they just can't comprehend it. You know the saying, "you can't go back home again",
well this is pretty dang close! Thank you!

It would be really great if you could have a wind gauge located at the end of the harbor entrance on the ocean side for us sailors to check on the wind conditions outside. Maybe a remote sender located on the sea bouy would work.
Art Bilderback

This is one of the best cams on the internet. Your format
and your content is outstanding. I'm hooked!
Thank you,

What happened to the Studio Cafe??????

Walk the streets of Balboa!
Simply go to
Enter an address in the search bar (701 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA)
A window will pop up with the address along with a clickable image of the location. Click on the "Street View" link or the image that pops up.
You can now walk the streets of Balboa navigating with the on-screen arrows. It's almost like being there!
Sergey Zakharov

What has happened to the webcam at the Balboa Yacht Club?  Looks like it has gotten knocked out of place.  It now only shows the dock, deck and part of the roof.  Help!  We need to see the bay and The Point!!
Tita Yost

Hi, I'm Dave Howell.
I lived on Balboa Island, at 322 Onyx Ave, from about 1946 through 1950.  I was 7 through 11 years old back then.  We were right behind the old Fire Station, so the chief, Ed Zubie (sp?) would salute me and he called me "General Nuisance"  which seemed pretty cool when I was about 7.  Now I'm trying to find some of my childhood buddies. Like Paul Mantz, Jr., and Skippy Hudson (whose dad was Art, a dentist in LA) and Art [somebody] who lived above the photography store on the west side of Marine Ave.  Does anyone have a picture of the fire chief, or remember, Ed Zubie (or Zuby) in about 1950?  He lived with his wife and two daughters on Onyx Ave. a few doors south of the fire station.  I attended the brand new Corona Del Mar elementary school for first grade and Ms. Sevier, the principal, was my teacher.  She lived with her father, Dr. White, on South Bay Front.  I have photos of, I think, my second grade class at CDM Elementary, taken in 1947.  Let me know if you may be in the picture.  We attended the little Community Church on Collins Ave. and Whitney Bains, whose mother Adele was very active there, was a best friend. I watched it snow in 1948 and scraped up snow on the floor of the new Jolly Roger restaurant that was under construction on Marine Ave.  I have fond memories of my years on the Island and would love to chat with anyone else who is now, like me, about as old as dirt...69 in May.
David Howell

Balboa was where our family went to escape the city. The best memories of our lives where made there. We had a house on Bay Ave. next to the Fire Department. My brother and I would cut Bamboo poles from the Library next door and maked them into fishing poles. It was a safe place where we slept with our doors open. My mother would lay in the sun at the bay and we would bring her frozen bananas on a stick. We all regret selling the Beach house as it was all our "Happy Place." I miss thoes days, and our family was never the same after we sold the house. Balboa is the closest thing to paradise on Earth.

I can't wait for summer time.  Came over 6 times last summer from Phoenix.  Lay on the beach and do nothing, except ride the huge waves.
Balboa is our favorite area. 
Robert Borg

Our family moved from Pasadena to Newport in 1958.  The house my folks bought was in a subdivision called Harbor Highlands (the low $$ end of Westcliff & Baycrest).  They paid 16,000 for a 4 bd house on Highland Drive (that same house is on the market TODAY for 1.2 million).  At that time, Highland ended at Mariners Dr.  The Back Bay was 1/2 block from our house ............. The Back Bay where kids from Harbor High went to watch the "submarine races" and make out.  Where little kids could prowl around all day long and find "treasure" - flotsam from mariners of days of old.   There was no Mariners School and Irvine was a two lane road.  At 17th & Irvine sat  High Time Liquor.  Up 17th there were a vegetable stand and an Alpha Beta Market and the rest pretty much vacant.
My friend Judi (she lived in Newport Heights on Catalina Dr) and I used to ride our bikes from 17th down to Vincent's Drugs Store on Lido, have a banana split, head down to Seashore and spent the day at the REAL River Jetty (ick - there was a sewer treatment tank just north of the jetty at the edge of the Santa Ana River). It's a miracle that we didn't contract some exotic disease!   In those days, there was a wide space of sand between Seashore & the Coast Hwy where the old Red car line's tracks still rested.  There was one railroad car there that an old lady owned......she sold candy. At the end of the day, we would reverse our ride, stopping again at Vincent's for another banana split.
We went to Harbor High - at the corner of Irvine & 15th St.  In the 60's when Dick Dale was the big deal, we would go to the Rendevous (remember the Surfer Stomp?)  We hung out at Bob's Big Boy - the tiny one on Balboa Island and later at the one 17th St.
At the corner of Dover Drive where it intersects with 17th. There was a huge fountain.  Many Saturday or Sunday mornings, it would be flowing with soap suds which had been desposited by "naughty teenagers" the night before.
We went to the Socrates to hear folk music (Tim ?).  Our parents went to the Hurley Bell in Corona del Mar, the Jamaica Inn, the Villa Marina or sometimes to Frankensteins Coffee House (Beatnik) south of Corona del Mar on Coast Hwy towards Laguna.
All these places of which I speak are gone - Frankensteins, Jamaica Inn, Villa Marina, Socrates, the Fountain at Westcliff, both Bob's Big Boys, the Rendevous, the little train car store, Vincents, Hi Time (it moved), much of what was originally the Back Bay and saddest of all the TOWER at Harbor High.  I had a great life growing up in Newport in those times.  I go back often but it's not the same - it's getting harder and harder to find the HEART of the place.  Both my brothers still live there and when I come we seek out the "old places".
Kirby Carol Harris


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