Home tour tickets on sale now

Tickets are now available for the 37th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour, which will take place Oct. 26, organizers said.

The tour, which typically sells out, includes tours of seven homes as well as breakfast, lunch and a post-party at Bliss Home and Design.

"As we all are painfully aware, schools in California have seen serious budget cuts this year," said Marlene Tolfa, the event's co-chairwoman. "This fundraising event is more important than ever. Why not indulge in a day of beautiful homes and elegant dining, knowing that you're supporting our students and their education?"

The homes included in this year's tour include a Bayside Place home that reflects the owner's vision and need for hypoallergenic and green materials, as well as homes in the Flower Streets, Shore Cliffs, Spyglass, One Ford Road, Harbor View and the exclusive Pelican Ridge neighborhood.

"We are thrilled to have found such beautiful homes for this year's tour," said Jane Owen, co-chairwoman of the event. "They are real homes, and they each showcase the owners' unique viewpoints and design styles."

The tour begins with a light breakfast at Cafe Beau Soleil in Fashion Island from 8 to 10 a.m. After touring homes, a lunch catered by Pascal's will be served at Sherman Library & Gardens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following the afternoon tour, a reception with refreshments will be held until 5:30 p.m. at Bliss Home and Design in Corona del Mar.

Tickets, which are partially tax-deductible, are $65 apiece and include the tour and meals. Limos for small groups are available for $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at various local merchants. For more information, call the CDM Tour hotline at (949) 721-8220.

The home tour is the only fundraiser for the Corona del Mar Middle and High School PTA, which funds many of the school's activities, including arts and special academic programs.

Sponsors include South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, First Team Estates, Fletcher Jones Motor Cars, Tradition by Pascal, Cafe Beau Soleil, Daily Grill, Daily Pilot, Canaletto, Bliss Home and Design and Sherman Library and Gardens.

Editor's note: Corona del Mar Today's editor, Amy Senk, has a student in Corona del Mar Middle School and appreciates this opportunity to tell her readers about the event.

Downed power lines cause fire

Downed power lines caused a small fire, a power outage and a small-scale evacuation in the middle of Corona del Mar's business district, officials and witnesses said.

The down lines were reported at 3:33 p.m. Sept. 27 in the alley behind 3337 E. Coast Hwy., said Jennifer Schulz, a Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman.

"Firefighters and police cordoned off a safety area and waited for Edison," she said in an e-mail. The downed lines caused a small fire in a trash container, she said, but firefighters quickly extinguished it.

Crews with Southern California Edison arrived and cut the downed lines, Schulz said, and firefighters were able to clear the scene three hours later at 6:29 p.m.

Beverley "B.J." Johnson said her real estate office at Prudential California Real Estate at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway was affected.

"We had to evacuate the block because of wires falling down and the…fire," she said in an e-mail.

Media representatives with SoCal Edison have not yet been able to provide information about what caused the downed lines.