Balboa Fun Zone

  The name says it all The Balboa Fun Zone, a three block area between the Balboa Island Ferry landing and the Balboa Pavilion originally dedicated in 1936, has provided ...


Bal Week

“Bal Week” was a spring break tradition that took place on the Balboa Peninsula from the late 1920s until the late 1960s. High school and college students from all over ...


Sister Cities visit

In 1956, President Eisenhower initiated the “People to People Program” as a diplomatic alternative to the wars that he experienced as a soldier. The People to People Program offers both ...

An entrance/exit to the cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. July, 2013. Courtesy of Niu family.

Road trip: Celine Niu

We have always wanted to beat our record of driving from California to Washington D.C. and back. One night while my family and I were eating our dinner, my parents announced something so incredibly special to me. Next Tuesday, we were going to drive all the way to Maine and back!

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Balboa Peninsula arcade

Kari Vorwerk

Kari Vorwerk spent many Summer days during her teen years in Newport Beach: on 29th Street and on Balboa Island. Here she shares some memories in response to our Kids These Days interview questionnaire: “Many of my “lazy days of summer” were spent going to Newport Beach for the entire day. Packing some snacks, the radio, and having a few dollars for my friends and I to get Carl’s Jr or food on the Boardwalk during our day at the beach…”

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Daren McGavren's Senior picture, 1941

Daren McGavren

Daren McGavren grew up in Newport Beach in the 1930s and 40s. He vividly recalls his high school years–including dancing the Balboa Shuffle at the Rendezvous Ballroom and holiday weeks on the Peninsula.

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YAAC members Drew Boortz, Chris Selna, and Grant Gochnauer at a monthly meeting, 1995 or 1996.

YAAC: Young Adult Advisory Council

Since 1994, members of the Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) have helped staff improve the way the Newport Beach Public Library serves young people and made teens participating partners in the Library’s provision of quality young adult resources and services. YAAC members have great ideas that turn into programs and services for the community. Over […]

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Stories: Larry Cripe

Newport Beach resident Larry Cripe talks about moving to Via Lido from Los Angeles and attending Newport Elementary School.

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Nancy Gardner

Newport Beach Councilwoman Nancy Gardner talks about growing up in Newport Beach.

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Teen Academy students using Lidar (light detection and ranging) guns to gauge motorist speed. Front row, (holding lidar) l to r: Evan Schwartz, Giorgio Weismann, Cesar Guzman with Motor Officer Sean Dugan. Back row: Strom Ossenmacher, Chad Redfearn and Kevin Conde. 2012. Courtesy NBPD.

NBPD Teen Academy

The Newport Beach Police Department Teen Academy was conceived and implemented in 2002. The city had created a Citizens Academy in 1998, which is a twelve-week course where Newport Beach citizens learn about the inner workings of law enforcement. The success of that program led the police department to create the Teen Academy to offer […]

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Ocean rescue

On May 20, 1989 around 3 p.m., Lasse Holmes, 16, and Matthew Prince, 17, were just hanging out near the 10th Street Beach. The two, juniors at Newport Harbor High School at the time, were waiting to meet up with some friends when Holmes suddenly noticed two people struggling out in the water. As Holmes […]

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Ken Kvammen: Summer, 1940

From Newport resident Kev Kvammen: In the summer of 1940 I became enamored with a penny arcade which was in the area between the ocean pier and the harbor ship yards. What a thrill all the bumps, lights and bells, when you’d run up a big score. I often won anywhere from a nickel to […]

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