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

DEC. 8, 9, 15 AND 16

Boat Parade of Lights

The 43rd annual Boat Parade of Lights will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Dana Point Harbor. Associated free family activities will be hosted by OC Parks at 4:30 p.m. Free trolleys for the events will run from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive at Doheny State Beach, The Visitor’s Center, Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, Island Way, Retail Area and back to Doheny.


Art Exhibit

A new art exhibit, Deconstructing Allusion II, featuring the work of artist Greg Miller will be held at the JoAnne Artman Gallery at 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The exhibit explores the connection between advertising, urban environment and social history. For more information, visit

DEC. 9

Alfredo Rodriguez

Cuban jazz composer and pianist Alfredo Rodriguez will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $64. For more information, visit

Thierry Mugler Fashion Exhibit

A new exhibit featuring the works of French fashion designer Thierry Mugler will be ushered in with a lecture and luncheon from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at FIDM Museum and Galleries at 17590 Gillette Ave., Irvine. The exhibit will feature Mugler’s garments, sketches, runway photographs and perfume bottles.

Shopping Extravaganza

A shopping experience with complimentary gift wrap, snacks and drinks will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Diane’s Beachwear at 118 Main St., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit

Dog Rescue

Dog rescue organizations will team up with Santa and his wife for the event, Santa Paws, across the street from the Shorebreak Hotel at 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. Local merchants and nonprofits will set up displays and rescue dogs will be available for adoption. Santa will be available for photos. The free event will run from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

DEC. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

‘The Nutcracker’

The Ballet Repertory Theatre will feature “The Nutcracker” with nearly 300 performers at 16161 Springdale St., Huntington Beach. Tickets can be purchased for $19 or $15 for seniors, veterans, students and children under 12. For more information, visit


‘Nutcracker’ coming to Festival Ballet Theatre

The Festival Ballet Theatre will feature “The Nutcracker” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive. For more information, visit

DEC. 10

Balboa Island Walking Tour

The 21st annual Balboa Island Walking Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s tour will feature nine homes decorated in holiday ornaments. Tickets can be purchased for $35 at

Festival Singers of Orange County

The Festival Singers of Orange County will begin their season with “Winter Holiday Celebrations Around the World” at 3 p.m. at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club, 24752 Toledo Way. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door or at


Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays at SOCO and the OC Mix, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, will take place every second Wednesday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can visit the Yarnover Truck, take an hour-long yoga class, do tarot card readings and have a tasting at We Olive Wine Bar and the Cheese Shop. Reservations can be made through

DEC. 14

Brandenburg Concertos

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform the Brandeburg Concertos at 7:30 p.m. at the Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange. The orchestra will be accompanied by harpsichord prodigy Mahan Esfahani. For tickets, visit

DEC. 15

The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange. For tickets, visit

DEC. 16

Mystic Arts Gallery

The Mystic Arts Gallery is hosting a Holiday Ornament Tree of Hope event to raise money for the Laguna Artist Benevolence Fund. Attendees can purchase handmade ornaments from local artists during the event, which will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at 664 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.


The Lemondrop singles club will host a Toys for Tots dance party for singles from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hilton Orange County Airport Hotel at 18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine. Admission is $10 and attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for children. For more information, visit


‘Inspired’ coming to Huntington Beach Art Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center will be featuring a new exhibit, “Inspired”, with the work of 83 artists from members of the Huntington Beach Art Center’s Artist Council. The center is located at 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit

Costa Mesa Playhouse

The surreal musical comedy, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” will be featured at the Costa Mesa Playhouse at 661 Hamilton St. Performances run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit


Toy Drive

Patrick’s Pub at 2645 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa is holding its 17th annual toy drive. People can drop off new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages at a collection box inside. Toys will be donated to Costa Mesa families. For more information, call (714) 966-2721.


Winter Fest

Winter Fest is returning to the Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The winter-themed festival will include more than 20 activities, including ice tubing and a snow play area. Tickets start at $10. For more information, visit

DEC. 31

Rita Rudner

Comedian Rita Rudner will be featured at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tickets, ranging from $99 to $125, can be purchased at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS.


Holiday Gingerbread Display

A gingerbread exhibit modeled after “The Wizard of Oz” will be on display at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive. The display was crafted with 400 pounds of gingerbread dough, 300 pounds of fondant, 100 pounds of chocolate, 200 pounds of various candies and 200 pounds of powdered sugar.

Holiday Heartbeat

A special holiday music series, “Holiday Heartbeat,” will be held each weekend in December at the Source at 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. For more information, visit

Bookstore Sale

Holiday gifts and certificates will be on sale at the Newport Beach Library bookstore at 1000 Avocado Ave. The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Model trains exhibit at Nixon Library

The Nixon Library at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, will showcase a 24-foot exhibit of classic Christmas model trains. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


New Laguna Beach art exhibit analyzes Yosemite

The Community Art Project gallery in Laguna Beach will be showcasing a new exhibition exploring the beauty of Yosemite. It will feature art from local artists Cheyne Walls, Mike Tauber and Troy Poeschl. The gallery at 260 Ocean Ave. is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

JAN. 12

Jane Lynch

Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Jane Lynch will bring her comic and musical skills to the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. The performance is slated for 8 p.m. For tickets, visit or call (949) 854-4646.

JAN. 13

Alyson Cambridge

American soprano Alyson Cambridge will perform at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets, visit or call (949) 854-4646.

JAN. 20

Peisha McPhee

Cabaret artist Peisha McPhee will perform “Chopin Meets Broadway” at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets, visit or call (949) 854-4646.

JAN. 21

Mozart Classical Orchestra

The Mozart Classical Orchestra will perform in celebration of Mozart’s 262nd birthday at 3 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets, or call (949) 854-4646.


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


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.


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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