Around Town: Vietnam War-era speedboat tour of Newport Harbor


The American Legion’s Newport Harbor Post 291 will welcome a Vietnam War-era speedboat to its dock from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. The event is in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

A “Dustoff” Huey medical evacuation helicopter used in the Vietnam War will also be on display over the weekend.

Tours of the fully restored US Navy PCF816 speedboat, brought from the San Diego Maritime Museum, will be offered. All guests visiting speed boat tours are asked to enter through the parking lot gate.

Donations will be welcome.

On Saturday evening, members of the Newport Harbor Post and their friends will gather for their annual Welcome Home Vietnam party. Tickets for this event are $35. For party reservations, call (949) 673-5070 Ext. 1100.

The Newport Harbor Post is located at 215 15th St., Newport Beach.

“Make Earth Cool Again” Film Festival This Month

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, 235 Forest Ave., will show a series of films throughout April with a focus on understanding climate change.

There will be five screenings – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (April 6), “The Age of Consequences” (April 13), “Before the Flood” (April 20), “This Changes Everything” (April 27) , “I am Greta” (April 29).

“We organized the ‘Make Earth Cool Again’ film festival to give filmmakers a local venue to tell important stories and inspire communities to take action,” Rick Conkey, director of the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, said in a statement. . “After each film, we’ll have dynamic expert-led discussions for guests to ask questions, learn more, and bounce ideas off of.”

Free film screenings begin at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at

Edison High School is looking for a new cross-country coach

Edison High School is looking to hire a new boys’ and girls’ cross country coach, the school announced.

The Chargers competed in a dual track meet in Corona del Mar on Thursday, where Brian Brierly, the head coach of both programs and the school’s distance running coach, said he took a coaching position at Canyon High School in Anaheim, where he has been a chemistry teacher since 2014.

Those interested in applying for the coaching position at Edison should contact Rich Boyce, the school’s athletic director, at [email protected]

The Fountain Valley Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 16

The annual Fountain Valley Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St., from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.

Families can hang out with the kids and have fun, with egg hunts back and forth.

Photo ops with the Easter Bunny will be available, and there will also be carnival games.

Fountain Valley Mayor’s Breakfast to be held at FV Regional Hospital

A breakfast with Fountain Valley Mayor Patrick Harper will be held inside Suite 214 of the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital Conference Center on Thursday, April 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Representative Michelle Steel will be a guest speaker for the event, which will also feature an update from the hospital.

Breakfast is free, with organizers encouraging a $2 donation per plate.

Speak Up Newport will host a Candidates Forum

Speak Up Newport is hosting a Candidates Forum in the races for County Supervisor and Assembly in the 72nd District on April 13.

Starting Friday, the confirmed Assembly race candidates will be Diane Dixon, Judie Mancusco and Benjamin Yu. As for the county supervisor race, candidates Pat Bates, Katrina Foley, Diane Harkey and Kevin Muldoon are expected.

The forum will be held in the Community Hall of the Newport Beach Civic Center. A reception will be held at 5:15 p.m. and the main program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

People will be able to attend in person or online via Zoom. Those wishing to watch the forum online will need to register at

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to contestants to [email protected].

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club will host candidate Mancuso

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club announced this week that its featured speaker on Wednesday, April 13 will be Judie Mancuso, candidate for State Assembly, District 72. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Susi Q Center. registration for the hybrid event is free at

A resident of Laguna Beach since 1995, Mancuso serves as vice chairman of the city’s environmental sustainability committee. She is the founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Judie Mancuso, candidate for State Assembly, District 72, will address the Laguna Beach Democratic Club on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Susi Q.

(Judie Mancuso)

Project Access receives grant for its resource centers

The Pacific Life Foundation recently awarded a $12,500 grant to Project Access, an Orange nonprofit organization that operates resource centers for families and seniors in low-income housing and labor communities. -work across the country.

Nonprofit organization officials said this is the Pacific Life Foundation’s first three-year grant commitment of $42,500 dedicated to its after-school tutoring and enrichment programs.

“At Project Access, we believe that access to vital health, education, employment, and economic services onsite for families, children, and seniors is vitally important and supports positive outcomes. on a myriad of levels,” said Kristin Byrnes, CEO. and president of Project Access in a statement announcing the grant. “This generous commitment from the Pacific Life Foundation will go a long way in fulfilling our educational mission.”

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