Around Town: The 23rd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival opens Thursday


The Newport Beach Film Festival opens this Thursday with the film “WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, at the Edwards Big Newport Theater at 7 p.m.

The festival will continue until October 20, and dozens of films will be screened as it unfolds. It will end with the highly anticipated “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” from director Rian Johnson. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Bella Terra is hosting the Viet Film Fest this weekend

The Viet Film Fest will hold its in-person screenings this weekend at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach.

The films will be screened on Friday and Saturday. The festival opened earlier this month and will run until October 15 in a hybrid format. For more information and lineup, visit

Free Health Fair at Newport Coast Pharmacy on October 20

The Newport Coast Pharmacy and Compounding Center is hosting a free community health fair on Oct. 20, where people can get free flu shots, bivalent COVID-19 boosters, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, and blood samples. products. The health fair will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. It will be held at the center at 400 Newport Center Drive, Suite #106.

Registrations still ongoing for Love Newport Beach Volunteer Day

The first Love Newport Beach Volunteer Day takes place on October 15

The event was organized by more than 25 businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. Volunteers in attendance will be matched with over 30 projects across the city.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. at Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, where volunteers will gather for breakfast and a kick-off celebration. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers can register at

State Races Candidates Forum scheduled for Wednesday

Speak Up Newport will host a candidate forum for state offices that include Newport Beach on Wednesday. The forum will include races in the state’s 72nd Assembly District, state’s 36th Senate District and the state’s 47th Congressional District.

The expected candidates, according to the organizers, are Diane Dixon, Judie Mancuso, Janet Nguyen, Kim Carr and Scott Baugh. Congresswoman Katie Porter was invited, but was unable to participate in the forum.

The program will be held in the Community Hall of the Newport Beach Civic Center and will begin at 6 p.m. for Zoom simulcast.

Huntington Beach High’s Melissa Vandenbosch Receives Honor

Huntington Beach High School Athletic Director Melissa Vandenbosch was recently named Athletic Director of the Year by the Orange County Athletic Directors Assn.

Vandenbosch, who served as the school’s athletic director for 11 years, has been on campus for two decades. She spent the previous nine years as an athletic trainer for Huntington Beach.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this award,” Vandenbosch said. “Huntington Beach athletics holds a special place in my heart. I am blessed to work with incredible administration, staff, coaches and athletes on a daily basis.

Orange Coast College welcomes school-aged children to attend its 23rd annual Community Science Night on Friday, October 14, from 5-9 p.m.

Science Night returns in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. The event is free for all elementary school students. Participants will receive a free hot dog and water.

“More than a dozen STEM departments will participate in Science Night, including chemistry, marine science, astronomy, engineering and more,” Science Night coordinator Scott Mitchell said in a statement. “Kids will have the chance to explore the tidal pools in our aquarium, see robots do battle in our tech building, and tour the far reaches of our galaxy in our planetarium theater.”

Activities will take place in the Planetarium and surrounding buildings. For more information about the event, visit

Fountain Valley Fire Department Open House

In celebration of “Fire Prevention Week,” the Fountain Valley Fire Department will host its annual Doors Open event at Fire Station #1 on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The station is located at 17737 Bushard St.

Residents are invited to come and enjoy the festivities, including the chance to see the inside of an ambulance and see the “jaws of life” in action. Participants will also learn about fire prevention.

There will be a hot dog lunch and a dessert truck.

Fountain Valley Sports Hall of Fame Induction

The fourth annual Fountain Valley Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Center at Founders Village (17967 Bushard St.) on Saturday, October 15 from 5-9 p.m.

The event will honor the elite athletes of Fountain Valley High School’s past, and tickets are available for purchase through Monday, October 10. The cost is $50.

Among those inducted into the Fountain Valley Sports Hall of Fame this year are Carlos Briceno (volleyball), Dan Malane (basketball), Pam Boswell (softball), Dan Lewis (wrestling), Luke Hudson (baseball) , baseball coach Ron LaRuffa, wrestling coach Wayne Mickaelian and the 1994 and 1995 baseball teams.

Questions should be directed to [email protected]

Bulky household waste will be accepted at the Senior Center in Costa Mesa on October 15

As part of “Clean California Dump Day” as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s $1.1 billion initiative to help keep roads and waterways free of trash, Caltrans staff will be at Costa Mesa Senior Center on October 15, 8-11 a.m. Accept bulky household items, such as mattresses, furniture, and toys that are too big for residential trash cans.

The following items will not be accepted: hazardous materials, such as paint, oil, pesticides, fluorescent lights and smoke detectors; electronic scrap or anything with a circuit board or battery; concrete, stones, bricks or asphalt; treated wood or tires.

The Costa Mesa Senior Center is located at 695 W. 19th St. Drop offs are advised to enter Plumer Street via Anaheim Avenue. Event ends at 11 a.m. or until capacity is reached.

Randy’s Donuts locations in OC to support Breast Cancer Angels with ‘Pink Sprinkles’ sales

To mark October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Randy’s Donuts stores are offering to donate proceeds from the sale of all “Pink Raised with Sprinkles” and “Pink Sprinkles Iced Cake donuts” to local nonprofits. charity that supports breast cancer patients and survivors.

In Orange County, proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Angels, a Huntington Beach nonprofit that provides immediate and temporary assistance with housing, transportation, food, utility payments and more during breast cancer treatment and also offers social workers to provide resources and emotional support. as legal counsel.

Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa Welcomes New Senior Pastor

On Sunday, Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa will appoint Glenn Packiam as its new senior pastor at its three weekend gatherings, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 345 Fischer Ave.

Prior to accepting the position, Packiam served 22 years at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He holds a doctorate from Durham University in England, is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of North America, has written over 65 songs and several books, and hosts the “Resilient Pastor” podcast.

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