Calendar: Highlights from around town

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

FEB. 23


The Southern California Hospice Foundation is looking for volunteers to stuff “bags of love” to be given to patients. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at their headquarters at 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 1250, Costa Mesa.


Portraits from Pageant of the Masters comes to Los Angeles

Ralph Pucci International in Los Angeles will be showcasing portraits of the participants of the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The exhibit, titled “Art People: The Pageant Portraits,” features the work of photographer Matthew Rolston. The showroom is at 1025 N. McCadden Place.


Witte Lectures

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation will hold the 21st annual Witte Lectures, featuring speakers David Frum, Masha Gessen and Maira Kalman from February through April. The events will be held at the library at 1000 Avocado Ave. For more information, visit


Russell Pierce

The work of famed artist Russell Pierce will be on display at the Community Art Project gallery at 260 Ocean Ave., on the second floor near the Wells Fargo building in Laguna Beach. For more information, visit


California Impressionists

The “Harmony of Light: Spring in California” exhibit will be displayed at the Irvine Museum of Collection at the University of California, Irvine, 18881 Von Karman Ave. The showcase features paintings from California impressionists depicting springtime in the state. For more information, visit

FEB. 24

Race on the Base

The Southland Credit Union Los Alamitos Race on the Base will be held on the runways of the Joint Forces Training Base at 11206 Lexington Drive. For more information or to register, visit

Stepping Out

Dublin Irish Dance will perform “Stepping Out” at 7:30 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets, starting at $29, can be purchased at

The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues will be featured at 7 p.m. at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center at 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. Tickets cost $30. For more information, visit

Dublin Irish Dance

Dublin Irish Dance will perform “Stepping Out” at 7:30 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

FEB. 24 AND 25

Art Sale

Students from the Laguna College of Art and Design will be selling arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the art market at 370 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach. For more information, visit

FEB. 25

Crystal Cove Conservancy

The Crystal Cove Conservancy will hold a book signing for Laura Davick, founder and vice-president of the conservancy and co-author of “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crystal Cove Visitor Center at cottage 00. Attendees must RSVP by Feb. 19. For more information, visit

FEB. 26

Magic Show

Arty Loon, a magician, will be featured from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bella Terra Pavilion Event Plaza at 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. The free event will have comedy, magic and puppetry.


Flying Miz Daisy

Flying Miz Daisy, a vintage market, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit


Huntington Beach Art Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center will feature the annual exhibit, “Centered on the Center,” at the gallery at 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit


Orange County Restaurant Week

Orange County Restaurant Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary during this year’s run. The weeklong event will feature more than 150 restaurants. For more information, visit

MARCH 3, 4, 10 AND 11

Festival of Whales

The 47th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will be held with a parade and street fair in downtown along with other events through the four days. The festival pays tribute to the annual migration of gray whales that pass by Dana Point. For more information, visit



Kontrapunktus, a Baroque ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. For more information, visit

Littlest Angels Guild

The Littlest Angels Guild will hold a fundraising event at 10 a.m. at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. The event costs $85, which will include a gourmet lunch provided by the Anaheim White House. Proceeds from the event go toward the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. For more information, visit

Children’s Fair

Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy’s 30th anniversary children’s fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arborland Hughes Campus at 2121 Hughes Drive, Fullerton. There will be a petting zoo, crafts and music, among other activities.


James Carville Speech

UC Irvine will host an academic conference entitled, “Can Adversaries Hack Our Elections? Can We Stop Them?,” from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Barclay Theatre at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Former Bill Clinton campaign manager, James Carville, will be a featured speaker. General tickets cost $50 and VIP are $200. For more information, visit


‘A Step for Suicide Prevention’

The 11th annual Walk with Hope “A Step for Suicide Prevention” will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Orange Lutheran High School at 2222 Santiago Blvd., Orange. For more information, visit



Bubblefest, which includes a variety of bubble-related activities, will be held at the Discovery Cube at 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. For more information, visit


Mick Adams and the Stones

Mick Adams and the Stones, a Rolling Stones tribute show, will be featured at 8 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Standing tickets are $15 and $20 for seating. They can be purchased at


La Bayadère

The Ballet Repertory Theatre will perform “La Bayadère,” or the Temple Dancer, at 7 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25 at the Golden West College theater at 15751 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit


Music Festival

Tickets are on sale for Sabroso’s Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival, which will feature a variety of bands including the Offspring. The event will be held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Tickets, starting at $45.50, can be purchased at


Wild and Crazy Taco Night

The 25th annual Wild and Crazy Taco Night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Share Our Selves at 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. The event, which will feature beer, margaritas and tacos, costs $75 for general admission until April 1, when the price increases to $85. VIP tickets cost $150. To purchase tickets, visit


Festival of Arts Exhibit

The Festival of Arts is featuring a new exhibit at foaSOUTH showcasing the work of artist Bradford J. Salamon. The exhibit is located at 1006 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. For more information, visit


OC Music Fest

The Orange County Music Festival will be returning to Lakeview Park near Irvine Lake at 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Orange. The weekend music and camping festival is returning after a three-year hiatus. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Rainforest Adventure

A Rainforest Adventure exhibit is featured at Discovery Cube at 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. For more information, visit


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