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Balboa Island News!

Just one week until our Beautiful Outdoor Art Show on Balboa Island, California. Over a Mile of Art and Live Music!

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. Mark your calendar.

This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Performing musicians include Gary Gould,
Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose, and the Rick Sherman Duo. Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.

Balboa Island Artwalk 2017 Event on South Bay Front

Hi Everyone. I just added a “Community Classifieds” due to popular demand. Here you can reach 20,000 people each month. It’s a great place to post about rentals you offer, services, watercraft and moorings, local news, etc. If you or local business want to let others know about events or are hiring, great for that as well. You can also post wanted, free and lost and found ads. Hope this helps everyone! Neighbors and I thought it would be great to have an online version of our local Index Card boards! – Steve Roose


Balboa Island Community Classifieds

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Sprinkle Sprinkle Balboa Bar

As many of you know… my kids, like most kids, love BALBOA BARS. We love them so much it inspired us to design this Balboa Bar T-Shirt. Tonight, while singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, we decided to modify the Nursery Rhyme to fit our fun Balboa Island lifestyle and well you know, dream about Balboa Bars. It resulted in lots of giggles… Here is the original along with our modified version. We hope you like it and have lots of giggles with your kiddos before bedtime! – Steve, Oliver and Scarlett

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Sprinkle, Sprinkle, Balboa Bar

Sprinkle, sprinkle, balboa bar,
How I wonder what you are.
Dipped in chocolate and rolled in toppings,
Down in my tummy you taste so yummy.
Sprinkle, sprinkle, balboa bar,
How I wonder what you are!

Balboa Craft Beer Festival

​Enjoy The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 1st From 12:30 to 5PM
​​Between The Beach and The Bay in Balboa Village, Newport Beach

Enjoy 35 Craft Beers From 17 Breweries
​Plus Delicious Food From The Best Local Restaurants! 

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The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

This is what it looks like today… so sad. After the great Lucifer storm, we are all at a loss. This was one of my favorite trees in Newport.  I watched a friend get married and countless sunsets. I enjoyed the surf when I was younger and now bring my kids here often. We can’t believe this tree has fallen…

The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

The Famous Wedge Tree

My daughter noticed instantly that “The Wedge” has changed forever…. How do you feel?

Do you have memories here? Share them below!

A large crowd gathered around the Balboa Island post office of Friday night. After 42 years with the US Post Office, Jeff Regan officially retired. He lowered the flag for his last time after overseeing the Balboa Island location for 11 years. He was surprised with the local turnout. I wish I would have known about this so I could have helped make the island residents aware of this special moment. Jeff lives on Marine Avenue and will continue to enjoy the island lifestyle.  After many hugs and congratulations, the locals celebrated at The Village Inn.

A Great Farewell For Jeff Regan... Our Post Office Manager

Basilic Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years of Award-Winning Swiss-French Cuisine

Basilic Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years on Balboa Island

Chef-owner Bernard Althaus brings back guest favorites from his original menu!


Since Swiss native Bernard Althaus founded the quintessentially intimate 24-seat Basilic Restaurant in 1997, it has become synonymous with fine dining on Balboa Island, and is a landmark destination for the island’s locals and visitors. As executive chef and proprietor, Althaus still serves one of the best Swiss-French menus and continues to curate a unique wine list for his patrons. This February, he also kicks off the restaurant’s 20-year anniversary.

“Many of our guests have been coming here and supporting this culinary journey since our early years in business, and for them and all our patrons, we are thankful,” Althaus said. “Balboa Island has come to feel like home, and our customers have become like family.”

After moving to the United States from his native Switzerland with his wife and two children in 1990, Althaus quickly got to work in the kitchens of some of the top chefs and restaurants in Southern California. But as a natural entrepreneur, he was destined to open his own restaurant. It was at this same time that Balboa Island was ripe for a culinary uplift. With the recipe set, he and his wife Arlette set to open Basilic. Arlette can still be seen front-of-house, chatting with guests, while Chef Bernard brews his magic in the kitchen.
In celebration of two decades in business, Althaus will be bringing back some of his original menu items as nightly specials throughout the month of February. For more information, visit


Located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, Calif., Basilic Restaurant opened its doors in February 1997 with Swiss  executive  chef  and  proprietor, Bernard Althaus at the helm.  Named after the French word for basil – Althaus’ favorite herb – the intimate 24-seat restaurant has since proven that good things do in come in small packages. Althaus has since been spending his time perfecting his made-to-order dishes, making sure every plate is served to perfection five days a week. Basilic Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, with service starting at 5:30 p.m.

Today, the council voted 6-0 today in favor of a compromise… An alternative plan was presented by Scott Peotter (a councilman) that would allow The Village Inn – Balboa Island to have its Marine Ave outdoor dining space on a smaller scale but also allowed other patio space on Park Ave. Both Sullivan (resident) and Miller (Village Inn owner) found this acceptable as well as the council and dozens of Village Inn supporters. Here is the latest article. This is a preliminary approval but looks promising…

“The fate of a Balboa Island restaurant’s request to build an outdoor patio on the public sidewalk is coming to the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday.” – Daily Pilot

The Village Inn is looking to build a 200 sq ft patio. At the moment, the section of the sidewalk contains bike racks and they would have to be relocated at The Inn’s expense if approved. The Village Inn has been a LONG time business on the island and supporter of local businesses like my own. It was originally established in 1933… That is 84 years and counting. Not too many businesses on the island can boast such a longevity. How do you feel about this patio? Please comment and share the post below! – Steve Roose