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Lincoln Elementary Students Gain Arts Education Performing in ‘ The Lion King Jr .’

Lincoln elementary students Jacob Kaiser , Milla Hamilton , Ava Keiser rehearsing “ The Lion King Jr .” Photo by Chris Trela
By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
The state of arts education in California is appalling , especially considering a state law that requires all students receive sequential , standards-based visual and performing arts education .
Sadly , only 11 percent of schools meet that requirement .
SRI Education ’ s latest study , “ Creativity

Newport Beach City Manager Update

Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
As the New Year gets underway , I ’ m pleased to report that construction of the Superior Avenue pedestrian and bicycle bridge at Pacific Coast Highway is nearly complete . The last major step ( pouring concrete for the arch that spans Superior Avenue ) was recently finished , using about 253,000 pounds of reinforced steel and about 60 truckloads of concrete .
The City ’ s contractor , Reyes Construction ,
Challenge : The State of Arts Education in California ,” was commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2022 as a follow-up to the 2007 “ An Unfinished Canvas : Arts Education in California .”
The report reveals that a majority of California schools continue to fail to meet the state ’ s arts education mandate
is now removing the temporary wooden framework used to support the concrete pours . A few final items , such as the bridge ’ s lighting and railings , will be installed in the coming weeks . The bridge is expected to be finished by March , with the remainder of the project ( retaining walls , storm drains , parking lot and landscape improvements ) completed by August .
The $ 14.7 million project will provide a significant community benefit , with improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists across a busy intersection , and increased accessibility and use of Sunset Ridge Park through the expanded parking lot .
NBPD MOUNTED UNIT JOINS PASADENA ROSE PARADE The Newport Beach Police Department ( NBPD ) Mounted Unit joined the Orange County Mounted Officers Association on January 1 for the 135th Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena , marking the Department ’ s inaugural appearance at the event .
Three NBPD mounted unit members , of offering all California students dance , music , theater , and visual arts instruction .
Insufficient funding and a lack of training for teachers remain the biggest barriers to providing excellent arts education throughout the state .
Those statistics are true even in Newport Beach , but help has arrived thanks to a partnership with Costa Mesa-based Arts & Learning Conservatory and Vanguard University .
On January 16 , 30 students from Lincoln Elementary in Corona del Mar ( part of the Newport-Mesa School District ) presented a half-hour , kidfriendly musical version of “ The Lion King ” for parents and friends . This fullycostumed and choreographed production was the first time most of those students had been exposed to theater .
The production came about through a grant program called # CaliforniansForAll College Corps , which places student fellows with nonprofits working to overcome societal challenges related to three areas : food insecurity , climate action , and in this case , K-12 education . College students receive a stipend of up to $ 10,000 ( helping with college debt ) and an opportunity to give back to others while taking what they learn in the college classroom out into the community .
including two police officers and one volunteer , proudly represented Newport Beach at this iconic New Year ’ s Day celebration as they trotted through the parade route on horseback .
This year ’ s parade coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Orange County Mounted Officers Association . Joining forces with agencies across Orange County , the NBPD Mounted Unit celebrated two decades of equestrian excellence and community service . A total of 27 officers and their horses participated from several public safety agencies , including the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Department and the cities of Anaheim , Buena Park , Garden Grove , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach and Santa Ana .
Clarita , the low bidder . The amended agreement with the Foundation updates funding conditions and terms of use under a 50 / 50 cost-sharing agreement .
The 9,814-square-foot building is designed

City of Newport Beach Notice of Funding Availability

By NB Indy Staff The Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 , as amended , provides Community Development Block Grant ( CDBG ) funds to the City of Newport Beach for projects that promote the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing , suitable living environments , and expanded economic opportunities , particularly for low- and moderate-income persons .
The City anticipates receiving an allocation of approximately $ 399,000 and may use up to 15 percent of the allocation to provide public services .
The City of Newport Beach is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations requesting funds to provide public services to low- and moderate-income residents . Prioritization will be given to organizations that demonstrate the capacity to implement the program in accordance with the requirements established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ), and whose services will help revitalize neighborhoods , promote economic development , and improve community facilities and services in Newport Beach .
Additional information about the City ’ s prior years ’ strategic plans and performance reports are available for viewing online at : http :// www . newportbeachca . gov / CDBGreports .
Applications must demonstrate that the service to be provided will principally benefit persons of low- and moderate-income ( households earning less than 80 percent of Orange County ’ s median income ).
Examples of eligible services include housing and / or support programs for victims of domestic violence , abused children / youth , the disabled , seniors , or the homeless . Additionally , services addressing unemployment , inadequate healthcare , crime prevention , or substance abuse rehabilitation are eligible .



Which New Year ’ s Resolutions most resonates with you in 2024 ?
� Save money
� Exercise more
� Be happy
� Other