Retired Teachers' Meeting
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers-Retired chapter will hold its winter general meeting and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mimi's Cafe, 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. New members are welcome.
Six Members, Five Minutes Each
Six members of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will each give a five-minute presentation about their business during a chamber luncheon at noon at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. Reservations for this event, which costs $25 for chamber members and $30 for guests, are required. For more information, call (949) 673-4050 or email admin@Cdmchamber.com.
Chef Cathy Pavlos, of Lucca Café in Irvine, will give a cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Newport Beach Public Library's Central branch, 1000 Avocado Ave. The event is part of the library's What's Cooking at the Library program. The cost is $20 per person, which covers food. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org.
Rock band The Spell performs Tuesdays in February at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa. The free 21-and-older show starts at 10 p.m. For more information, http://www.lacaverestaurant.com.
The new Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, at Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa, will open for its first day of business at 10 a.m.
'Crime Trends Targeting Seniors'
Andi Querry, a crime prevention specialist with the Newport Beach Police Department, will be about "Crime trends targeting seniors," during the February meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which starts at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 1000 Bison St.
Geena Davis and Co.
Actress Geena Davis, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Rep. Linda Sanchez, state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner will speak in support of the California Commission on the Status of Women at a reception in Newport Beach. A VIP reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by a general reception at 6:30 p.m. The receptions will take place at the Newport Beach Fairmont Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd. For more information, go to http://www.women.ca.gov.
'The New Hollywood'
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation presents "The New Hollywood with Robert Kline." Kline, a producer, director and ex-studio head, will talk about this year's Oscar nominations. His presentation will include a feature on George Clooney. General admission tickets cost $20 (Foundation members pay $15). The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Newport Beach central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. For tickets, go to http://www.nbplfoundation.org or call (949) 548-2411.
Newport Harbor Republican Women
Writer Jamie Glazov will talk about "Honor Crimes Against Women: How the Left Controls the Culture and Narrative on this Issue" during the February meeting of the Newport Harbor Republican Women, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Cost of admission is $45. For more information, call Sheila Thomsen at (949) 720-1726, or go to nhrw.org.
Grand Opening Party
Rebecca Taylor will celebrate the opening of its store at Fashion Island with a party from 6 to 8 p.m. During those hours shoppers can enjoy discounts of 10%. A portion of proceeds from sales during the evening will benefit the Junior League of Orange County, a local nonprofit.
The Newport Beach Sister City Assn. presents "Whither Japan," a lecture about Japan's social, demographic , economic and political future by Stephen M. Harner, a Newport Beach, Tokyo and Shanghai resident who now blogs about Japan. During the 1980s and 90s, Harner worked in Japan for the U.S. State Department, Citibank and Merrill Lynch. The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.
Virtuoso Violinist in Concert
The Pacific Symphony presents a concert with Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, who will perform Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto" on a Stradivarius made in 1680. The concert, which will be performed at 8 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, will feature the world-premiere of composer Michael Daugherty's "The Gospel According to Sister Aimee," which will be performed by renowned organist Paul Jacobs. For tickets information and tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or go to http://www.PacificSymphony.org.
Cirque de Bat Yahm
Temple Bat Yahm will transform into a spectacle of light, sight and sound with a Cirque du Soleil-themed fundraiser, including a live performance with special appearances by the temple's clergy. The evening will include gourmet food, live auction and opportunities to buy fine wines. The festivities start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $118. For more information, visit http://www.tby.org or call (949) 644-1999.
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South Coast Repertory Co.'s Theatre for Young Audiences presents "The Borrowers," an adaptation by Charles Way of Mary Norton's book series by the same name. The production features a blend of puppets and actors. Tickets go from $20 to $32. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.scr.org or call (714) 708-5555.
South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, presents playwright Molly Smith Metzler's "Elemeno Pea." The play is a "comedy about class, family and the choices that shape who we are," according to a release. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scr.org.
'Pack of Lies'
Newport Theatre Arts Center presents "Pack of Lies," a play directed by Sharyn Case. The theater is at 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. For ticket and showtime information, go to http://www.ntaonline.com, or call (949) 631-0288.
TILL MARCH 10
Call for Volunteers and Donations
The nonprofit group Working Wardrobes is looking for volunteers to staff its upcoming "Dream Girls and Distinguished Gentlemen Prom," as well as donations of dresses, tuxedos, accessories and shoes for this special event for 150 high-risk youths. To find out how you can help, go to http://www.workingwardrobes.org, or call (714) 210-2460.
TILL MARCH 17
'I'm a Frayed Knot'