Around Town: Complimentary Laguna Beach Community Band concert on Sunday at the Festival of Arts

Around Town: Complimentary Laguna Beach Community Band concert on Sunday at the Festival of Arts | Pro Club Bd

The Laguna Community Concert Band performs this Sunday at this year’s Festival of the Arts.

The free concert, titled “The Summer Winds,” begins at 1 p.m. The show is expected to include Broadway favorites from productions such as Oklahoma and My Fair Lady, as well as Ghost Riders in the Sky from the 1949 western classic Riders in the Sky. Singers include Lisa Morrice, Gary Greene, Samantha Morrice and Katie Baker.

“Like many other music groups, we have had to postpone or cancel certain concerts over the past two years,” said Mark Lowery, the band’s co-conductor, in a statement announcing the concert. “So we are very happy to be playing at the Festival of Arts again. It’s a great setting and a special opportunity to bring the joy of live music to our local fans and visitors to Laguna Beach.”

The Laguna Community Concert Band rehearses every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the band room at Laguna Beach High School. For more information on upcoming concerts or playing with the band, visit

Tickets available for the Pacific Airshow

Tickets for the Pacific Airshow, the popular event that will fly over Huntington Beach from September 30 to October 2, went on sale Friday.

This year’s show features the US Air Force Thunderbirds as the Air Force celebrates its 75th anniversary, as well as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Tickets for the Pacific Airshow, the popular event that will fly over Huntington Beach from September 30 to October 2, went on sale Friday.

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Fans have five options for tickets, including extended general admission for $25 per day, pier seating for $40-$60 per day, Premiere Club seating, Premiere Club plus a table for 10, and cabanas.

RV camping will also once again be available for the event that draws millions to Surf City each fall.

Visit for more information.

Reading Pickleball Tournament Saturday

The Parentis Foundation is hosting its first pickleball tournament this weekend at the Tennis and Pickleball Club in Newport Beach.

The tournament raises funds for the foundation’s intergenerational reading program, in which older adults teach children who cannot read at their grade level.

The tournament takes place this Saturday and officially starts at 16:00. Spectators are invited to watch as teams compete at three different skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Organizers said the hope is to raise at least $40,000 by the end of the tournament, which will be used for training materials, books and a literacy consultant to oversee the program.

Interested parties can visit for more information about the tournament and how to donate.

School safety topic of 4 upcoming NMUSD forums

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will hold four in-person school safety forums in the coming weeks, beginning with Newport Harbor High School Tuesday at 6 p.m. The remaining three will be held at Estancia High School on July 20; Costa Mesa High School on July 26; and Corona del Mar High School on July 27 at each of their respective locations. All three will start at 6pm and Spanish translation will be available at all meetings.

The district will also host a virtual forum on July 28. Registration is required and can be done at

Community members are also invited to contribute thoughts on school safety through the district’s Thoughtexchange, available online at from July 19th to July 29th.

OC Water District Honored

The Assn. of California Water Agencies recognized the Orange County Water District with this year’s award for Most Effective Agency on Federal Affairs, according to a local agency announcement Thursday.

The Orange County Water District serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, and Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

Officials said the award was given for the district’s involvement in federal affairs, as prioritized by the association’s federal affairs committee.

OCWD director Denis Bilodeau thanked the association in a press release announcing the award, saying: “Our efforts have resulted in increased funding for local projects and legislative changes. We must continue to persuade lawmakers of the need to ensure the region’s water supply through major infrastructure investments and improved coordination between state and federal governments.”

Free children’s painting class on Sundays at the Muth Center

The Newport Bay Conservancy is hosting a free painting class for children this Sunday starting at noon.

The two-hour class will have art teachers. The class is for children ages 7-12 and takes place in the outdoor amphitheater at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. All materials are provided and participants can take home a finished painting at the end of the course.

Further information and registration can be found at

In addition, the Muth Center will host a weekend exhibition and art sale by artists from Southern California Plein Air Paints Assn. takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. Shows start at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm on both days. The event includes live music and an original painting as a giveaway. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Family walk through nature on July 23rd

The Newport Bay Conservancy is hosting a Newport Bay Family Nature Walk on July 23.

The walk will follow Upper Newport Bay, primarily along the paved Bayview Trail. Guides stop to allow visitors to spot birds, wildflowers, and other wildlife.

The hike is scheduled to start at 9:00 am. Interested parties can go to for more information and to register.

Premiere concert planned by Laguna Live!

Lagoon Live! brings more opera to the city. On August 13, the organization will present a Laguna Opera premiere concert with soprano Oriana Falla and tenor Arnold Livingston Geis.

The concert includes works by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Britten and Schumann. It will be held at the Sanctuary of the Neighborhood Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive and will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $35; $75 for a VIP ticket, which includes front-row seating, a drink ticket, and a meet and greet with the artists. For more information visit or call (949) 715-9713.

Scottish Ceilidh takes place on August 6th at Shipley Nature Centre

The Shipley Nature Center’s Cool Summer Nights Series presents “It’s a Ceilidh!” on Saturday, August 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Center, 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach.

A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Scottish dance party where you can enjoy lively traditional music and learn some simple, fun dances. No dance experience or partner is required, and children are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and a kilt if you have one.

Reservations are not required and admission is free, although donations to the Shipley Nature Center are welcomed. Live music and dance lessons/vocation from the SO-CALedonians.

Parking in the Shipley lot is limited, but additional parking is available in the sports complex lots across Goldenwest Street or in the lot adjacent to Edwards Street and Central Park Drive. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the nature center, but there are plenty of picnic spots nearby.

Visit or email for more information.

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