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

SEPT. 25

Secrets to Better Sleep

Board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist Ruth M. Benca will discuss the “Secrets to Better Sleep” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Benca, the chair of UC Irvine Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, is widely published in her field on the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders. To reserve a spot, call (949) 548-2411 or email

SEPT. 27

Beyond the Canvas Lecture Series

The Newport Beach Public Library will host the Beyond the Canvas series presented by art lecturer Jacqueline Hahn. A free lecture on art collector Peggy Guggenheim will take place at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For a full schedule of Beyond the Canvas art lectures, visit

Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium in Newport Beach

World Affairs Council Orange County will present the Annual General Membership Meeting with former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman with a general reception taking place at 5:45 p.m. and a dinner and speaker event at 6:45 p.m. at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Admission is $50 for students, $70 for World Affairs Council Orange County members and $85 for nonmembers.

SEPT. 28

Hopes & Vines

The 11th annual charity classic Hops & Vines will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center Club Orange County, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sponsorship and ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Center Club Cares foundation, which has chosen Working Wardrobes as their beneficiary. Tickets are available online.

Youth Employment Service Fundraiser

The Orange County organization Youth Employment Service will celebrate two local business mentors — Kristin Williams from Ultra Mobile and Patricia Aguilar from McDonald’s Newport Beach — at the Evening of Excellence fundraiser. The event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Promenade & Gardens, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, will benefit Youth Employment Service, which helps young people reach economic independence. For more information, visit


Dusk Till Dawn Exhibit

The Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine will present the “Dusk till Dawn” exhibit from painters depicting California landscapes. Works will be on display at the ground floor of the Airport Tower Building, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

SEPT. 29

OC Weekly Decadence Event

OC Weekly will present the 14th annual Decadence event featuring samples of popular menu items from 30 restaurants. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Backyard and Pavilion locations of Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. VIP admission will take place at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

SEPT. 30

Vanguard University Run for Mercy 5K

Vanguard University’s annual Run for Mercy 5K will take place with registration at 9 a.m. and the race at 10 a.m. on the campus, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. This year’s Run for Mercy will benefit alumni Sean and Niccole Connally and their toddler son Noah, who was discovered with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome before he was born. He’s since had three heart surgeries and will need at least one more open-heart surgery and eventually a heart transplant. For more information, visit

Estancia and TeWinkle Schools Foundation Gala

The Estancia and TeWinkle Schools Foundation’s 10th annual gala “Moonshine and Fireflies” from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Mesa Verde Country Club, 3000 Clubhouse Road, Costa Mesa, will raise funds for the two Westside Costa Mesa schools. For more information, visit

Electric Bike Palooza

​​​​Pedego Electric Bikes will host a Pedego Palooza Ride & Event starting with a parade group ride at 11 a.m. from the Pedego Corporate Headquarters, 11310 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, to Huntington Beach State Park on Pacific Coast Highway and Newland. A Pedego Palooza Party will continue on the beach from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a viewing of the Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show. Admission is $40 per person and free for Pedego Owners Group members and friends. To RSVP, visit


Gallery Hosts James Verbicky Artwork

JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, will present works from artist James Verbicky. An artist’s reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. To RSVP, call (949) 510-5481.

Gallery with Laguna Plein Air Painters Work

The Community Art Project Gallery will showcase 60 pieces of work by 27 Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. Signature and Artist Members in a juried art exhibit. The gallery located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

Pop-up Menu at AnQi restaurant

AnQi at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, will serve a sampling of signature dishes from Crustacean master chef Helene “Mama” An. The pop-up menu will include 10 appetizers, four main courses, and two desserts. Anqi opens at 11:30 a.m. everyday and closes 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday; 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call (714) 557-5679.

OCT. 1

Orange County Children’s Book Festival

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival will feature local authors and authors from Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Australia and Ireland. The festival will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Free parking and admission will be available.

Lord of the Strings Concert Series

The Lord of the Strings Concert Series at 3 p.m. at LCA Wine at SOCO and the OC Mix, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, will present Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb’s world-class guitar show. Tickets are $30 and available online.

Reading and Book Signing with Brian Rogers

Author Brian Rogers will read from his novel “The Whole of the Moon” at 4 p.m. in Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. He will also sign copies of his book at the event.

Sounds of Broadway Fundraiser

The Huntington’s Disease Community, Advocacy, Research and Education — or HD-CARE — organization will hold its “Sounds of Broadway” fundraiser from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Lyceum Theater at Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, will present a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical about six mid-pubescent students participating in a spelling competition while sharing stories of their home life. Tickets are $19 for general admission and $15 for seniors and children. For more information and showtimes, visit

OCT. 3

Harley Rouda to Meet with Voters

Harley Rouda, who is running for Congress and meeting with voters throughout the 48th District, will appear at a meeting from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in conference room C of the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit


Logo Design Contest for Dana Point Festival of Whales

The logo design contest for the 47th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will accept entries and have online voters decide which of the top five designs will be chosen for the festival. Contestants are asked to design a representation of the California gray whale. The festival is planned to take place March 3, 4, 10 and 11. For more information on how to enter the contest, visit


Angelitos Card Week

Angelitos Card Week is a weeklong shopping fundraiser that will offer cardholders 20% savings at more than 100 boutiques and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Proceeds from card sales will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters. Cards will go on sale at from $60 starting Aug. 28, and card purchases made by noon Sept. 29 include an invitation to the card week Preview Day champagne reception and luncheon at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court.

OCT. 5

Artist Reception

An artist reception for fine art photographer Brooke Shaden will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Brooke Shaden Artists Reception

The JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Costa Highway, Laguna Beach, will present photographer Brooke Shaden’s work in “Fourth Wall.” A artists reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

Democratic Club of West OC Meeting

The Democratic Club of West OC meeting at 6:45 p.m. will host Hans Keirstead, a scientist, entrepreneur and educator campaigning to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. The free meeting will be held at the Green Valley Adult Recreation Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines W, Fountain Valley.


Mindfulness Meditation Classes

The St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, will hold Mindfulness Meditation Classes at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information on the free classes, visit


Sound Installation at Orange Coast College Arts Pavilion

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, will present “And I Will Always Forever… (1 Hour),” a work by sound artist Maura Murnane. The multimedia installation plays a manipulated version of the Whitney Houston song with a sound that mimics ocean waves. The pavilion is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. It will also be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7.

OCT. 14

OC Walk to Remember

The OC Walk to Remember at The District, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, will honor babies that have died due to pregnancy loss and infant death. Registration will open at 7:15 a.m.

Gala to Honor CHOC

Orange County nonprofit Tilly’s Life Center will host its third annual “I Am Giving” gala to honor the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. in [AV] Irvine, 16500 Scientific Way, Irvine. Tickets are $275. For more information, visit

OCT. 14 TILL OCT. 15

Alice in Wonderland at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The Festival Ballet Theatre will present “Alice in Wonderland” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 15. For more information, visit

OCT. 21

Newport Beach Library Hosts Bestselling Author

A Happy Hour event at 6 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, will feature Lisi Harrison, author of “The Dirty Book Club.” The event will include a wine and cheese reception before the program, a Q&A portion and a book purchase and signing. To reserve a spot, visit

Westside Costa Mesa Market and Community Gathering

The “Fall in Love with the Westside” community gathering with a local artisans market will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Estancia High School, 2323 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. The event will include art demonstrations, live music and a pumpkin patch.


Looming Spaces

“Looming Spaces” is the third, and final, exhibition in a series celebrating women in the arts at the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. It features weaving through four contemporary fiber artists: Ashley Blalock, Dawn Ertl, Annette Heully, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

OCT. 25

Beyond the Canvas Lecture Series

The Newport Beach Public Library will host the Beyond the Canvas series presented by art lecturer Jacqueline Hahn. A free lecture on art collector Gertrude Stein will take place at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For a full schedule of Beyond the Canvas art lectures, visit

NOV. 10 AND NOV. 11

ARTventure at SoCo and the OC Mix

The City of Costa Mesa’s third annual juried exhibition of art “ARTventure” will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Design Within Reach at SoCo and the OC Mix, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. For more information, visit


Gray Matter Museum of Art Classes

The Gray Matter Museum of Art, 485 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, will hold classes taught by local artists on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Adult classes will take place 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. on all days. Kids classes will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. 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

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