Orange County Coastal Real Estate News

Nov. 25, 2022

Art and the Noble Sport

Everyone living in a Newport Coast home is invited to the First Thursday’s Art Walk in Laguna Beach. This event happens on the first Thursday of each month year round. Laguna Beach has a strong connection to the arts and many residents find it refreshing to surround themselves with art each month. Search for inspiration for new art pieces for your Newport Coast home, chat with local artists, meet gallery owners, and enjoy live music. In addition, there are gallery tours, artist demos, and much more each month.

This event is available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Upcoming dates are December 1st, January 5th, and February 2nd. There are many participating galleries. You can check out new ones each month. Just a few participating galleries include Artist Eye Gallery, Cast of Crowns Art Collective, Dawson Cole Fine Art and Sculpture Garden, Elena Fine Art Gallery, Kelsey Michaels Fine Art, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, National Geographic Fine Art Gallery, Ryan’s Art for the Soul, Las Laguna Gallery, Hugo Rivera Gallery, and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. The list goes on, find all participating galleries here. Also, use the gallery map to plot out your evening.

While you are out for the evening, consider spending some time on the beach, exploring the murals in Laguna Beach, or grabbing dinner out. There are many amazing restaurants in Laguna Beach. Some top favorites include Nick’s Laguna Beach, The Cliff Restaurant, 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant and Bar, and Splashes Restaurant. Enjoy a date night, meet friends or coworkers, or bring the whole family out for an evening filled with art and fun. Take advantage of the pleasant winter weather and come out for an evening away from your Newport Coast real estate and immerse yourself in art.

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Nov. 17, 2022

Winter Fantasy Festival

Everyone living in a Newport Beach home is invited to get in the holiday spirit by attending Sawdust Presents: The 32nd Annual Winter Fantasy. This is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival. Bring your holiday shopping list and cross off gifts. Feel good about making your purchases from local artists and makers. There will be 160 artists and makers ready to show you their handcrafted gifts. In addition, you can shop for decorations and wares for your Newport Beach home.

The artist directory is filled with talented people. Find those who are ready to share their ceramics, clothing, glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and woodworking. In addition to the art, there is lots for the whole family to do and see. Holiday festivities include holiday carolers and live music on three entertainment stages, marionette puppet shows, daily photos with Santa, magic acts, balloon artistry, and much more. You can also enjoy hot beverages, libations, and tasty food from seven concession stands, and complimentary festival classes. Come every year to the festival to make lasting family memories.

Sawdust Winter Fantasy is open from November 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th and December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, and 18th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach. Ticket costs are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children five and under are free. Season passes are also available for only $20. Everyone living in Newport Beach real estate is invited to learn more about the festival and purchase tickets here.  If you love this festival, also be sure to check out the summer festival coming in a few months. It will be even more fun for the whole family.

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Nov. 9, 2022

Indulge in the Coast Film and Music Festival

Everyone who calls coastal Orange County home is invited to the Coast Film and Music Festival. This annual showcase brings together the outdoor and ocean communities. The goal is to inspire positive change through film and music. There will be adventure and non-fiction films at this event that takes place November 9th through 13th at the Festival of Arts. In addition, online streaming will be available from November 17th through the 27th.

The schedule is packed and begins with Five Summer Stories, 50th Anniversary Special Showing on Wednesday, November 9th. The doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by Par Avion and the special screening starts at 7 p.m. Next, on Thursday, November 10th, it’s the Opening Night Filmmaker Showcase Featuring Mountains and Snow Films at the Festival of Arts. The doors open at 5 p.m. with special screenings and question and answer sessions.

The fun continues all weekend November 11th through 13th. All of these days have events from morning until night. There are hikes, films, music, and more. Don’t miss the After Party at Suenos on Saturday at 10 p.m. On the closing night, Sunday, enjoy A Special 50th Anniversary Show with 5 Summer Stories and Honk. Everyone living in coastal Orange County can purchase general admission tickets for an individual day, VIP tickets for an individual day, or All Festival VIP Passes.

It will be an unforgettable weekend filled with time outdoors, live music, and film. There will also be parties, question and answer sessions, and more. All who call coastal Orange County home are invited to learn more and consider attending this event. Find all the details, including the full schedule, information about the films and musicians, and links to purchase tickets here. Don’t miss this chance to meet like minded people and make a difference.

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Nov. 1, 2022

Sports Equipment Swap

Are you interested in supporting a local school that serves children living in a Newport Coast home and decluttering your own home? If so, don’t miss the 14th Annual Laguna Beach Sports Swap. This event will occur on Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at 8 a.m. at Thurston Middle School. This school is located at 2100 Park Ave. in Laguna Beach. Many families have made it a tradition to come for this annual event. Here, you can find new and gently used sports gear, equipment, and apparel being sold at heavily reduced prices.

If you have some gently used sports items at your Newport Coast real estate, consider donating them to the Thurston Middle School PTA. All funds raised go to student programs at the school. Look for the next size up for your kids’ sports equipment, get your holiday shopping done early, or pick up some gear to explore a new hobby. Expect to find all sorts of great bargains, even snowboards, SUP boards, and surfboards. This is a great way to support youth in the community, make room at your house, and pick up some great deals for yourself.

If you would like to donate sports gear, merchandise, or equipment, send a text to Sports Swap Chair Prue Wyman. She can be reached at 347.781.3788. She will arrange to pick up your donated items, or you can drop them off yourself. All donations to this event are greatly appreciated. Donating your gently used equipment to programs like this helps you clear the clutter and keep sports equipment out of landfills. Help another family find something that fits their growing child or allows them to start a new hobby. Everyone living in a Newport Coast home is invited to participate in this event. Donate your gently used equipment or come shop to support Thurston Middle School.

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Oct. 21, 2022

Get Spooked at the Wraith House

There are many great Halloween activities available to those living in coastal Orange County. If you are looking for a way to be scared this Halloween, consider attending ‘Wraith House’ Halloween Haunt 2022: Laguna Niguel. This event is available from October 28th through 31st, 2022. Wraith House is located at 29425 Ana Maria Lane in Laguna Niguel. The low-scare event will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is not recommended for kids under 8. The high-scare event takes place from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is not recommended for kids under 13.

Get ready for a terrifying haunted experience that takes place in a house which fell victim to a nuclear spill. Inside this coastal Orange County home, find individuals with horrid mutations who guard the house from evil dwellers. Guests need to get through the zombie-encrusted grounds to the back entrance. Next. be ready to meet Schlecht the Butcher in the dining room and then view a Carnival of Carnage complete with maniacal clowns. Only dare enter if you are prepared for a scare. All participants are also required to stay on the lit path and keep their hands to themselves.

Timed entry tickets are on sale now here. The cost is $10 per person. This year, Wraith House will benefit the Aliso Niguel Theatre Company at Aliso Niguel High School and JET Arts, a local children’s theater company. Please note that parking is limited, so please come in as few cars as possible. When parking, be sure not to block any driveways or the flow of traffic. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to come get a scare at Wraith House. Bring friends or family to share the experience and enjoy this hauntingly scary Halloween experience.

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Oct. 17, 2022

Golfing With Celebrities

Do you have any golf enthusiasts living in your Newport Beach home? If so, consider checking out The Bentley Celebrity Golf Tournament. This tournament will take place on October 21, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is presented by Bentley Newport Beach and will take place at Monarch Beach Golf Links. The day starts with a star-studded round of golf and will conclude with an awards reception and dinner.

Monarch Beach Golf Links is a picturesque location that provides plenty of challenges to golfers. There are dramatic bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. The course was designed by master golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.. He designed a one-of-a-kind course that is challenging and fair. It also includes views of surf breaks from every hole.

The day starts out with a shotgun start. Foursomes will compete and enjoy an entertaining and interactive journey through 18 holes of golf. All those participating will receive lunch when they arrive and food and beverages on the course while playing. At the end, there will be a cocktail reception. Participants can network with celebrities, VIPs, and high-profile locals on the course and at the closing dinner and entertainment show. The closing dinner will feature top chefs and beverages from around Southern California. This is an event that no avid golfer living in a Newport Beach home will want to miss.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., which includes a Putt for Wine Contest. Next comes the lunch and Bloody Mary Bar on the 1st Tee from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The shotgun start occurs at 12:30 p.m. and the Awards Reception with cocktails and appetizers is at 5:30 p.m. Last comes the dinner and show at 6 p.m. on the 1st tee. If you live in Newport Beach real estate and would like to participate, register as soon as possible. Find all the details here

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Oct. 10, 2022

Hike the Halloween Haunted Trails

If you are looking for a fun and spooky experience near your coastal Orange County home, check out Halloween Haunted Trails 2022: Crown Valley Park, Laguna Niguel. This event is returning this year from Thursday through Sunday, October 13th through 16th, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. It takes place at Crown Valley Park, which is located at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel. The cost is $10 per person for one-time entrance tickets. Tickets are available now at the Crown Valley Community Center during normal operating hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The trail is full of spooky people, creatures, and images. Therefore, it is not recommended for children under 10 years old. Be ready to jump, scream, and see some gore. If you like being scared, this is the place for you. Just don’t head back to your coastal Orange County home alone! Make sure you have friends or family with you. If you don’t like being scared, consider a lighter activity instead that involves plenty of yummy treats.

If a lighter, family-friendly, activity sounds better to you, come to Haunted Trails Halloween Snap and Treat. This event takes place on Saturday, October 15th, and Sunday, October 16th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also takes place at Crown Valley Park and the cost is $5 per person for a wristband. This event provides family fun on the trail and children will receive a treat station card to collect candy at treat stations throughout the trail. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to come to the spooky trail or the family-friendly trail. Follow Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest details.

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Oct. 3, 2022

Enjoy Kim's Convenience at the Laguna Playhouse

The arts are important to many living in coastal Orange County. If you enjoy going to a play, consider purchasing tickets for Kim’s Convenience. This is the most successful new Canadian play out in the last 10 years. The play is set in a family-run Korean convenience store. The play is hilarious and pays homage to generations of immigrants. The play centers around Mr. Kim, who is a first-generation Korean immigrant. He has owned Kim’s Convenience for 30 years. The play looks into his struggle to deal with a changing landscape in the neighborhood and his second-generation off spring. This play was the springboard for the popular show on Canadian TV and on Netflix.

The play is running now through October 9th at The Laguna Playhouse, which is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach. The run time for this play is one hour and ten minutes with no intermission. The play is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera and stars Yong Kim, Gavin KAwin Lee, Susane Lee, Clinton Lowe, and Janet Song. Be ready to laugh when you come for the show and talk about the punch lines as you head back to your coastal Orange County home.

If you are a fan of going to the theater, stay up to date on all upcoming shows. A few to consider are Peter Paul and Mary Alive, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, Sleigh My Name with The Skivvies, Chopin in Paris, and Sister’s Christmas Catechism. If you go to the theater often, consider purchasing a subscription. This is a great way to save money. Create your own package of four performances starting at only $160. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to view the upcoming calendar for the Laguna Playhouse and consider purchasing tickets for a performance here

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Sept. 26, 2022

Experience the Giant Blue Whale Migration

It’s a true treat to view the ocean life near Newport Coast homes. The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings an added bonus to the area in the summer and early fall. Last summer/fall, more than 800 whales were viewed near Laguna and Newport Beach. Of these whales, 130 were giant blue whales. These whales used to be rare in this area, but that trend is changing and residents can view these majestic animals that reach up to 90 feet in length. These are the largest of all animals.

Those living in Newport Coast real estate are lucky because there is a marine sanctuary that covers more than 60 square miles off of Newport and Laguna Beach. This area provides a haven for marine creatures, which in turn makes for some great whale watching. In addition to whales, it’s common to see bottlenose dolphins.

To see the blue whales consider going on a Blue Whale Migration Summer Cruise. This special is going on from September 21st through October 31st, 2022. These cruises are offered by Newport Landing Whale Watching, which is located at 309 Palm St. Suite A in Newport Beach. The cost is $20 on weekdays or $24 on weekends. However, if you plan to go on a cruise between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., please add $10.50 to the ticket cost. This additional charge is due to reduced boat capacities and the costs of COVID protocols.

Newport Whale Watching offers many additional choices beyond this special. Everyone living in Newport Coast homes is invited to view all whale watching options and find more details about the Blue Whale Migration Summer Cruises here. Getting out on the water is a great way to explore the area and to experience the wonder of whales and other sea creatures.

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Sept. 19, 2022

Set Off on the Catalina Fun Run

Have you explored the area near your Newport Beach home by boat? Traveling on the water is one of the best ways to experience all that this beautiful area has to offer. The 7th Annual Catalina Fun Run is coming up and offers the chance to do just that. This event will take place Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th, 2022. All makes, models, and experience levels are invited to take part in this fun event which takes participants to Catalina Island. This beautiful place is just 26 miles off the coast of Southern California. The purpose of this event is to promote ocean boating and to create awareness of all the amazing places that are part of our backyard.

Registration is now open to those who call Newport Beach home or who live in surrounding areas. The cost is $50 per vessel. At registration, you must provide your boat make and length, plus your registration number and vessel name. At this point, free t-shirts are no longer available. However, you can still purchase them online. Keep in mind that there are no refunds. If you can’t come, consider it a donation to sponsor the event.

This year, there is more boating and more available destinations. The schedule is packed with boating outings, meals, and time at places such as a private area at Harbor Sands with cabanas, picnic tables, lounge chairs, music, and games. Every year this event gets bigger and better with more opportunities to meet people from the local boating community. Some of the destinations and important locations include the Newport Dunes Launch Ramp, Emerald Bay, Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, Descano Beach Club, and Two Harbors Isthmus. Everyone living in Newport Beach real estate is invited to learn more about all of these beautiful locations, plans for this event, and registration details here

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