Calendar: Highlights from around town

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


Huntington Beach Central Library Art Exhibit

The art of Gloria Gibbs will be on display at the Huntington Beach Central Library at 7111 Talbert Ave.


Heritage Museum of Orange County

The Heritage Museum of Orange County will be hosting a new exhibit that tells the stories of Vietnamese Americans who immigrated to the country following the Vietnam War. The exhibit, “Building Communities: The Vietnamese-American Experience”, is free with general paid admission and is at the museum at 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. For more information, visit


Rainforest Adventure

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


Farmer’s Market

A farmer’s market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at SOCO and the OC Mix at 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. There will be live music, chef's demos and a variety of family-friendly activities. For more information, visit


Huntington Beach Concert Band

The Huntington Beach Concert Band’s Summer Series begins with the first free event. Eleven concerts will be held on Sunday until Sept. 2. The concerts will be held at the Thomas Ridley Central Park Concert Bandstand at Huntington Beach Central Park at 7111 Talbert Ave. For more information, call Linda D. Couey at (714) 891-6856 or visit


Laguna Greenbelt Documentary

Village Laguna will host a screening of a documentary about the creation of the Laguna Greenbelt environmental group at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St., Laguna Beach. No reservations are required.


Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano will host craft-making events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Attendees will make adobe bricks, arrowhead necklaces and pan for gold. The mission is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano.

JUNE 29, 30 AND JULY 1

A Taste of Greece

The 40th annual Taste of Greece festival will be held at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church at 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. June 29, noon to 10 p.m. June 30 and noon to 9 p.m. July 1. Admission is $3. For more information, visit


Hotel Irvine Movie Night

Hotel Irvine will host an outdoor showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 6 p.m. General admission is $10. For more information, visit


Big Fish

The Chance Theater will host the musical, “Big Fish,” based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and movie by Tim Burton. The Chance Theater is located at 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. For information about showtimes, visit


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


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.


The Springsteen Experience

The Springsteen Experience 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.


Designer Camp

Designer Camp — a design-based summer camp — will feature workshops where kids ages 11 to 17 can learn about various careers within the design industry. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. There will be two different events — one spanning July 16 to 20 and another from July 23 to 27. For more information or to register online, visit

JULY 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29


Musical Theater Orange County will be hosting a performance of Disney’s “Tarzan The Musical.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. July 20, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 3 p.m. July 22, 7:30 p.m. July 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 28 and 3 p.m. July 29. The shows will be held at the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center at 1651 N. Valencia Ave., Placentia.

AUG. 6

Teeing for Tusks

A golf tournament will be held to fund programs that support anti-poaching efforts in Africa. “Teeing for Tusks” will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Monarch Beach Golf Links at 50 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. A single golfer entree is $300 and a team of four is $1,200. Register at

AUG. 12

Tijuana Dogs

The Tijuana Dogs 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.

AUG. 16 AND AUG. 17

Stray Cats

The renowned rockabilly band, the Stray Cats, will headline the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair and Event Center at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit or

AUG. 16 TILL AUG. 26

OC-centric Festival

OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival will feature full-length drama shows and several one-act comedies during its run at the Moulton Hall Studio Theatre at Chapman University, 300 E. Palm Ave., Orange. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 15 at For more information, 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.


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