Sunday, December 4, 2011

Balboa Island Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Other Events

Today is a busy day in Newport Beach - Corona del Mar has their 33rd Annual Christmas Walk. Free to the Public 11 am - 4 pm.

Fireman's Grill BBQ from the Newport Beach Fire Department, Merchant Promotions, Beer and Wine Garden at Bandara's with the popular bank "Pinch Me", Free Giveaways, Restaurant Tastings and Much More. Entertainment for Children - Santa Claus, Bounce House, Bungee Jumping and a Petting Zoo.

Then This Afternoon at 4pm head over to Balboa Island and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting - Snow, Cookies, Music and Santa will have made it here from Corona del Mar!!!
For more info about this and other Christmas Events on Balboa Island

Sunday, November 27, 2011


What is it with Walmart shoppers?

On Black Friday a woman was shot in a Walmart parking lot in Northern California. A shopper was subdued with a stun gun at an Alabama Walmart store after he hit another shopper. Another shooting was reported in a Walmart Parking lot in South Carolina. A Walmart store in Cave Creek Arizona was evacuated when a suspicious package was found in an employee refrigerator. In North Carolina an off-duty police officer used pepper spray on Walmart shoppers while trying to make an arrest.

Finally, locally here in Southern California 20 people were injured when a female shopper used pepper spray at a Walmart in an upscale city in the San Fernando Valley - for an X-box!
Now I know why I never shop at Walmart!!

What happened to the true Spirit of Christmas? They have taken away Thanksgiving for a lot of employees and shoppers - a non-religious traditional holiday that unites all Americans. A Target employee protested and collected almost 200,000 signatures in a short period of time. and

Did you know Black Friday isn't even the best day of the Christmas Season for sales???? Maybe the retailers need to rethink the whole idea of Black Friday - before it gives them a "black eye"!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Terry's Family has owned Beach Time Realty on Balboa Island for as long as I can remember - and longer!!!

Dear Family and friends,
On Wednesday November 9, my Dad Glenn, passed away at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He was 95 years old.
We are all thankful for the wonderful life he had, and the wonderful life we had with him.

Having served in the Army during WW II in Italy and North Africa, he was truly part of "The Greatest Generation". Tom Brokaw in his book, "The Greatest Generation" writes, "At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated, anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and productive lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest. They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was that special, because everyone else was doing it too".

My dad's time in the military was very important to him, and up until three months ago, he attended breakfast at 7 am every Wednesday at Coco's in Newport center. He loved to talk about his stories and listen to the other veterans talk about what they did. I attended some of these breakfast's, and I can tell you there was always something new to talk about.
Not many people know this, but when someone in my family dies, I try to take a photograph of the sunset on the last day of their life here on earth. When my Dad died early Wednesday morning, the air was warm, the water in front of there East Bay Front home was eerily still. There was not a wisp of air moving a single leaf. The sky was a deep morning blue. Not cloud to be seen and the visibility was forever. The start to a beautiful but sad day for my family. I shot this sunset at around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Like the morning, the day was like a warm Newport summer day. In the late afternoon, the sky looked promising for a beautiful sunset. As I have done several times in the past,, I went to my favorite spot for sunsets. WOW! The sunset on Wednesday afternoon, was on of the most beautiful ones I have ever photographed. The good Lord and my Dad gave me a sunset to remember him for a long time. I will never forget that day!

Please remember my Dad in your prayers. Funeral services are pending.

ED Note: I remember seeing Glenn driving his golf cart on Balboa Island - fixing things at the rentals they managed and helping people. He was a very nice man!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


It is 5 am and I have been awake since 3 am when my little angel of a cat, Magic, woke me out of a sound sleep gagging - I had to put him outside so he could do his thing out there rather than on my hardwood floors.
This is nothing new. Magic is a 14 year old cat who adopted us when he was 2 years old and his original owner became ill and could not take care of him. He has always been an inside/outside cat. He is a very friendly being who talks to everyone he sees. Unfortunately there are not as many people on Pearl as there were on Agate. So he has taken to going down to North Bayfront during the day and sitting on the seawall and talking to the passers by.
All this is wonderful for him - and me. However, Magic is also a very thin cat - just like there are thin and not so thin people - there are thin and not so thin cats. Magic is skinny - but healthy - his weight has always been the same and he has access to food at home 24/7.
Unfortunately strangers look at Magic - and he does beg pitifully - and think, "He needs to be fed." They feed him and then call the number on his collar to tell me they have done so - AFTER they feed him.
This is where the problem begins. Magic is allergic to Fish, Beef, Milk and almost everything else. I know - I have paid big bucks to have him tested for allergies. The only thing he is allowed to eat is his HP Formula food. I wish it were otherwise - it is $60.00 a bag! But if he is fed ANYTHING else he leaves it on my floors within 24 hours - usually in the wee hours of the morning!!
Because of Magic I have learned that you should never feed an animal that does not belong to you. I keep treats at my house and always ask the owners before offering them. Some animals are on diets, some have health issues like Magic and some owners just prefer they don't eat anything but what they personally feed them.
And . .. . . this is a BIG and - food should never be left outside for your animals. It attracts raccoons (HUGE problem in our neighborhood), rats and possums (they live in the untrimed palm trees and any dense vegetation) and finally - and most importantly . . . COYOTES. Yes, there have been coyotes spotted on Balboa Island. I knew they lived in Back Bay, but they have found the 'jack pot' here of uncovered trash cans and food left outside for our pets. AND OUR PETS - especially cats - are becoming dessert!!
Since discovering this, I keep Magic in at night - even though he howls to go out when the raccoons and coyotes are near. And I don't even keep treats in my jar outside for the neighborhood dogs - a local critter - probably a raccoon took the lid off and ate the treats. He didn't even have the manners to put the lid back on :(
Magic used to have a collar that said, "Don't feed me - Allergy". He lost it and the backup one I had. Yesterday I ordered two more from www.K-9 in Canada. K-9 Collars will embroider anything you want on a collar - except swear words. They even have had people put marriage proposals on their collars. So soon Magic will be a healthy cat - not so happy because no one will feed him - but much healthier. And I will get to sleep past 3 am!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween on Balboa Island

Yes, we always celebrate Halloween on October 31st. Come and have fun with all the ghosts and goblins. Walk along South Bayfront and see the festive houses. There will be hoards of children lining all the streets to get their fantastic treats!!! It is a safe place to wander at night.

Enjoy my favorite holiday - before the stress begins!
Trick or Treat!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pancake Breakfast

Everyone Rise and Shine and Come to the Balboa Island Pancake Breakfast This Saturday September 24, 2011. It will be lots of food and fun for everyone!! This is the last of our four food events this year. You won't get any more delicious pancakes until early next summer!!! And there will also be raffle prizes donated by Balboa Island businesses.
I wish I could tell you how much the breakfast costs - but in perusing the newsletter from the event's sponsor the BIIA, there is no information - but it won't break the bank!!!
The event is held at the Beek Center on Agate Avenue - right by the Balboa Island Ferry!! See you there on Saturday between 8 am and 10 am. Come hungry - leave happy!!

Friday, July 1, 2011


It is that wonderful time of year when things get busy and crazy on Balboa Island. More renters, more visitors, and more of everything. I have been e-mailed several times this year asking about bringing fireworks to the Island. It is definitely a no-no !!! Fireworks are illegal anywhere in Newport Beach and here on Balboa Island they are downright dangerous!! We love our houses and don't want to see them go up in flames!!

However, we do have the luxury of watching the Fireworks at the Newport Dunes from North Bayfront. The fireworks start at dark and are a fabulous, dazzling display. Come early - park off the Island if possible and bicycle in - and enjoy this fun, family event!!!

Happy 4th of July!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Balboa Island Parade

Come everyone to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday July 9 at the Beek Center on Agate by the Balboa Island Ferry. The Breakfast will be from 8:00 - 10:00 am. Awards will be given out for the Balboa Island Parade. Yummy Pancakes, coffee, and fun with all your Balboa Island neighbors and friends!!
Our little Friends of Pearl Avenue Float won the Family/Block Challenge Award for our Three Golf Carts - Courage, Faith, Hope and Charity. For more parade pictures go to

Sunday, May 22, 2011


The Corona Del Mar Complainers are At it Again - There is a huge ad in the Daily Pilot instructing all their residents to sign a petition about airport noise - which suddenly they are having to share with the rest of us in Newport Beach. This Kay Rackauckas must be a politician because she is spreading the propaganda that property values will fall in CDM because of the airplanes. Hasn't done so anywhere else in Newport Beach - but then the CDM ers have a low pain tolerance :)

Here are the comments I wrote on their website:

Where were all you Corona del Mar residents when we on Balboa Island were working to get an airport at El Toro. And why do you think you should be exempt from airplane noise. I have read comments in the Daily Pilot that indicate you are not even aware that there are no restrictions on private planes - they can take off at 6:30 am or 5:30 am or even in the middle of the night if they want to. The airport runways are NOT closed - they are just restricted from commercial aviation.

Now that you have to bear some of the noise that we on Balboa Island, Back Bay (my friends have noise insulating windows and air conditioning), The Bluffs, etc. have for years - you suddenly notice there is noise.

We could have used your help on the El Toro issue - where were you??? You use John Wayne just like the rest of us. i'll bet you don't go to LAX or Ontario to save a plane from flying out of John Wayne. Get involved with AirFare or one of the other organizations that are working to keep the airport from becoming 24 hours at some point.

And by the way - the airport noise has NOT kept property values down any where in Newport Beach - that is propaganda on your part.

Carolyn L Carr

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Don't let the little bit of rain this morning discourage you from attending the Balboa Island Art Walk. Art, Music, Food and Fun for the whole family.
Located along South Bayfront on Balboa Island, the Art Walk is composed of over a mile of art - from postcards to murals. Beautiful paintings, jewelry, pottery and more.
Enjoy the music of Jim Roberts, Rick Sherman and Alan Remington, Grant Peacock, Alice Wallace and others along the way.
The Balboa Island Art Walk is today - Sunday May 15, 2011 from 9 am - 5 pm. Be There!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Fling on Balboa Island

Today is our Spring Swing Concert on Balboa Island from 5-7 pm. Hopefully we won't encounter any rain drops. Our weather here in Southern California has been unusual at best.

Coming soon is the Balboa Island Garage Sale - Saturday May 7, 2011, 7:30 am until 3:00 pm. This is the first time we have the Garage Sale and Mother's Day on the same weekend. We welcome all the Moms who will be here to celebrate and enjoy our event as a bonus.

Just remember - don't have any flowers delivered on Saturday before noon - getting on the Island is a real hassle between 7 and 12 and we don't want any disappointed Mother's!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I cannot believe it has been so long since I blogged!!! I have had a busy winter with moving and other things. Don't forget to follow me on the web at between my writings here.

We are coming up on the 21st Annual Balboa Island Garage Sale. It is a fun event for buyers and sellers alike. The Garage Sale starts at 7:30 am with coffee and water available from Starbucks and Sue Podany Prudential California Realty. And maps of all the sellers and what they are selling as well.

What: 21st Annual Balboa Island Garage Sale
Where: In the Alleys on Balboa Island
When: Saturday May, 7, 2011
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Information: 949.422.8570