Calendar: Highlights from around town

A roundup of community events throughout Orange County. To submit items, email


Newport Beach Jazz

An 11-week jazz series will be held every week at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa at 900 Newport Center Drive. KJAZZ is sponsoring the event. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (949) 759-5003.


Drawing on the Past

The Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine will feature “Drawing on the Past: Works on Paper,” with drawings, pastels watercolors and etchings from famed California artists. The museum is located at 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine. For more information, visit


Italian Wine Event

An Italian-inspired evening hosted by Armando Fumanelli, proprietor of the Marchesi Fumanelli Winery, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Tickets are $155. For more information, visit

Bike Beyond

The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag will be hosting a free screening of Bike Beyond, a documentary that follows a team of 20 people living with Type 1 diabetes, who came together in June 2017 with a shared goal to ride across the country from New York to San Francisco. The screening will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free but attendees can register at


Tiki Expo

A Tiki Island Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Original Mike’s, 100 S. Main St., Santa Ana. There will be live bands, lifestyle displays and island cocktails. For more information or tickets, visit


Desperado Eagles Tribute

The Desperado Eagles Tribute will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Green at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. The free concert is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission as part of a Newport Beach concert series.

SEPT. 18

Tererai Trent

The National Assn. of Women Business Owners will host internationally-acclaimed educator, author and humanitarian Tererai Trent as a keynote speaker during an entrepreneurship event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $65. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit

SEPT. 21 TILL 23

Costa Mesa Fish Fry

The 71st annual Costa Mesa Fish Fry and Carnival & Car Show will be held at Fairview Park, 2501 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21, and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 and Sept. 23.

SEPT. 29 AND 30

Orchid Show

An Orchid Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. There will be displays of exotic orchids from around the world with free seminars. Admission is free. For more information, visit or


Wine and Food Festival

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival will have interactive chef dinners, wine tasting panels, barbecuing and a yacht party. For more information, visit

OCT. 5

Chef Dinner

The 28th annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Pasea Hotel and Spa at 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. The event highlights local chefs and all proceeds benefit the SOS Food Pantry, which provides bags of groceries to an average of 235 families and individuals each day. For more information, visit

OCT. 6

Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the Night will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, $5 for ages 5 to 17 and children 4 and under are free. For more information and tickets, call (949) 673-2261 or visit


Stop the Bleed

UC Irvine trauma surgeon, Dr. Jeffry Nahmias teaches a free Stop the Bleed course on the third Saturday of each month at the UC Irvine Medical Center at 101 The City Drive South, Orange. For more information, visit

Newport Beach Walking Club

A Newport Beach walking club meets at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday on the benches at the end of East Balboa Boulevard. For more information, call Loyda at (949) 600-0966.

Farmers’ Market

The SOCO Farmers’ Market, held at 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and features coffee and pastry shops, home decor, and fashion. For more information, visit

Wetlands tour

Amigos de Bolsa Chica hosts a tour of the wetlands from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, departing every 15 minutes from the footbridge in the south parking lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The tour is led by docents and participants will learn about the birds, endangered species, history, ecology and restoration of the wetlands. For more information, call (714) 840-1575 or email

Walking Club

The Newport-Mesa Walking Club offers free walks at 9 a.m. and 7 pm. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call (949) 600-0966.

Monthly Beach Cleanup

Community beach cleanups are held on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. In Laguna Beach, the cleanup locations with supplies are Hobie Sport, Thalia Surf, El Ranchito and United Studios of Self Defense. Participants can ask for “zero trash discounts.” For more information, email Chip McDermott at

Hortense Miller Garden

The Hortense Miller Garden covers 2 1/2 acres of the upper slopes of Boat Canyon and features a range of plants and small themed gardens. Tours through the garden and private residence are at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and must be scheduled two weeks in advance. For more information, call (949) 497-0716, ext. 6.

Preschool Stories

The Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre St., presents Preschool Story Time at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by cookies and punch. For more information, call (949) 497-1733.

Susi Q Needle Art Guild

The Needle Art Guilt meets at the Susi Q Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the last Friday of each month to create various items for local organizations, including Mission Hospital's oncology unit and the Friendship Shelter. All ages and levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. In addition, a new needle art technique will be discussed each month. Yarn and monetary donations are always appreciated. This is a free activity. For more information, call (949) 497-2241.

Newland House Tour

The historic Newland House Museum, 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, offers tours from local historians who provide information about the two-story Victorian home built in 1898. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturday and Sunday of the month. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children. For information, call (714) 960-0055.

Crafty Kids Club

Huntington Beach Central Library hosts Crafty Kids Club at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the library, at 7111 Talbert Ave. Children about 5 through 9 years old are invited to enjoy stories and related crafts. Call (714) 375-5107. Press zero to speak with a librarian.

Laptime Storytime

The Huntington Beach Library presents Laptime Storytime at 9:15, 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at 7111 Talbert Ave. for children 18 months to 3 years old. The library's Preschool Storytime for children 3 to 5 are at 10 and 11 a.m. Fridays. Call (714) 375-5107.

Bolsa Chica Walking Tour

A two-hour walking tour of the Bolsa Chica mesa and wetlands is conducted at 10 a.m. on the third Sunday of every month by the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. This docent-led tour makes five stops along the walk bridge and loop trails of the wetlands. Meet in the south reserve parking lot on Pacific Coast Highway across from Bolsa Chica State Beach. Warm clothing, comfortable shoes and binoculars are recommended. Tours are free and open to the public. Call (714) 846-1001 or go to

Newport Beach Walking Club

A Newport Beach walking club meets 7 to 8.30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Union Bank parking lot on Jamboree and Bayside Road. To join call Loyda at (949) 600-0966.


People can volunteer to tutor children each week at El Morro Elementary School at 8681 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The tutoring sessions are provided by the Learning Club, which operates two afternoons a week from January to May. For more information, visit

Photography Contest

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is holding a photography contest through April 15. Contestants can submit pictures of a series of new sculptures at Civic Center Park at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Submissions should be emailed to For more information, visit