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 ...

Grateful for the Good Times in Newport

Growing up in Newport Beach during the 1960’s and 1970’s was great fun. I enjoyed the many charms of Balboa Island: learning to swim at the Blue Buoy Swim School there, savoring delicious doughnuts from Dad’s and tasty tacos and soft-serve ice cream from the Jolly Roger (where Wilma’s Patio is now.) My Dad taught […]

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The Bubble

Newport Beach is a bubble.  Successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, and even celebrities flock to the beachside city to reside in one of the world’s most beautiful places.  Does the affluence of the Newport community mean that everyone here somebody or stuck-up?  Anything but.  Some of the nicest, kindest, and most inspirational people I’ve ever […]

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Grateful for Newport Beach

Growing up in Newport Beach, I was very sheltered.  I had little to no knowledge of what it’s like in less safe and less wealthy areas. But on the flip side, I received a great education at a private school and got to enjoy many privileges, such as neighborhood pools and parks.  Sometimes, there were organized […]

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The Beauty of Newport Beach

Growing up in Newport Beach has been both a blessing and a privilege. The beautiful sunsets each day accompanied by a brilliant, sparkling ocean is one thing that I believe makes this world so much brighter. To me, it is the eighth wonder of the world. As a younger kid, I’ve always wondered why my […]

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Sunday Beach Days

Growing up in Newport Beach has been a true privilege. Wherever you may venture, there is always something interesting to do or discover. I moved to Newport Beach when I was just over a year old. It is the only place I have ever called home, and Newport Beach holds almost all of my fondest […]

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Growing Up in Newport

I met my husband when we were in high school- he went to Newport Harbor, and I attended CdM. As two teenagers in the late 80s, we spent a great deal of time down at the Fun Zone-pretty much every time we went out, we would wind up down there!  To us, it was hours of cheap […]

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Big Corona & Boogieboarding

Growing up in the Port streets included trips to Big Corona throughout the week.  My Mom would take my sister and me down after school on occasion and my Dad would take us on the weekends or early on summer week days before he left for work.  As a family, we would go down at […]

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Summer Reading Memories

Newport being a beach town, of course I have wonderful memories of times spent at the ocean with my family and friends.  However, my favorite memories growing up in Newport center around one place:  the Mariners Branch Library.  Because the branch is  accessible by bike or by foot down quiet residential streets it was, and […]

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14th Street Beach Time

Thinking back to growing up in Newport Beach, I immediately think of carefree, warm, lazy, summer days which were usually spent at 14th Street down at the beach.  It was never very difficult to twist my mom’s arm into packing up tuna fish sandwiches made on wonder bread and a thermos full of cold lemonade […]

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4th of July

Forty years ago, the Fourth of July on Balboa Island was like stepping into Dante’s Inferno: all smoke and flames and wondering whether the showering sparks were gonna set anyone’s boat cover on fire.   We used to spend each July 4th at my grandparents’ little house right where Opal and Collins come together.  My […]

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