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Wednesday's Calendar


Book Signing

Mark Macdonald, author of "Body Confidence," will have a book signing at 7 p.m. at the Metro Pointe Barnes & Noble, 901 B. South Coast Drive, Suite 150, Costa Mesa. Purchase of the book and wristbands are required for this event, which are available starting at 9 a.m. April 6. Seating is limited. For more information, call (714) 444-1653.

Business Strategies Panel

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts a four-member panel with experts talking about their challenges and business strategies in tough economic times. The event begins at 7:15 a.m. at Newport Lexus, 3901 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Admission is $20 for chamber members in advance, $30 at the door and $35 for non-members. Breakfast is included. For more information, call (949) 729-4400 or visit http://www.newportbeach.com.

Wine Tasting

Representatives from Chiarello Family Vineyards, Honig, Tres Sabores and others will be giving tastings from 5 to 8 p.m. at NapaStyle in South Coast Plaza. Admission is $10. For more information, call (714) 825-0445.


Library Live Presentation

The Newport Beach Library Foundation hosts Peter Stekel, who will be talking about his book "Final Flight: The Mystery of a WWII Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra" starting at 7 p.m. at the library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

'God Is Speaking To You'

Elise Moore from Nashville, Tenn., will be speaking about prayer from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa. The event is sponsored by the Christian Science church. For more information, visit http://www.cs-nb.com.

Juvenile Diabetes Shopping Fundraiser

Items bought at Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There will also be a morning runway fashion show. For more information, e-mail saksspcevents@s5a.com.

SOY Fiesta

Save Our Youth hosts its fundraising event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Taco Rosa, 2632 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit http://www.save-our-youth.org, call Trevor Murphy at (949) 548-3255 or e-mail Mary Cappellini at marycapp@aol.com.

'Chocolate Passover Seder'

The Women of Temple Bat Yahm present a special "Chocolate Passover Seder" at 7 p.m. at Temple Bat Yahm's Main Social Hall, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. The cost is $10 per person and the program is for ages 12 and older. For more information, call (714) 641-8234.


'The Wizard of Oz'

The Pacific Symphony performs the score to "The Wizard of Oz" live with the film at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and sing along with the musical numbers. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit http://www.PacificSymphony.org.


Shabbat Service

Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its Friday night Shabbat Service at 6 p.m. in the Morgan Chapel. The service will be led by Rabbi Mark S. Miller, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman and Cantor Grant and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.

Jimmy Hopper Show

Jimmy Hopper and his band perform Fridays at the Palm Terrace Lounge at the Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Performance and dinner are $65. Hopper and his band will also continue their Saturday performance at the Island Hotel. For more information, call (949) 760-4920.

Gift of Literacy Luncheon

The Newport Beach Public Library presents its fourth annual Gift of Literacy Luncheon, featuring guest speaker Nicole Mones. Mones, author of "Lost in Translation" and "Cup of Light," will talk about her latest book "The Last Chinese Chef" at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Tickets for the luncheon start at $75 per person. For more information, call (949) 717-3874.

Fashion Industry Mixer

The Orange County Fashion Assn., along with the OC Mart Mix, present a fashion industry mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. at OC Mart Mix at SOCO, 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite C, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.theocmartmix.com.

Japan Relief Pop-Up Sale

Boathouse Collective, 1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, hosts Japan Relief Pop-Up Sale, featuring merchandise from Hurley, Volcom and Baum Vision. The fundraiser will donate 50% of the proceeds toward ecofficiency.org's Japan relief efforts. For more information, call (949) 646-3176.

Benefit Concert

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents a benefit concert for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan at 8 p.m. at UCI's Winifred Smith Hall. The UCI Music Department will perform an evening of jazz music, featuring Kei Akagi and other past alumni. Tickets are $20, or $10 for students and seniors. All ticket revenue will be donated to the American Red Cross.

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