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FRIDAY

R & B and Soul

DJ Ron Sleezy & Bobby Soul will appear at 9:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd. For more information, visit http://www.commonwealthlounge.com.

Phil Shane

Singer Phil Shane will perform cover songs from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and others at La Cave Restaurant, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa. The free show is 21 and over only. For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/lacave.

Droppers

The Droppers will play a free show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call (949) 640-4110 for more information.

TILL FRIDAY

Jewish High Holiday Services

The Chabad Jewish Center will hold a Rosh Hashanah service at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach. The free event is open to all. For more information, call (949) 721-9800, or go to http://www.JewishNewport.com. Temple Isaiah, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, holds its Rosh Hashanah Eve service at 8 p.m. For information about membership or high-holiday tickets, call Rabbi Marc Rubenstein at (714) 904-9522.

Festival of Children

The 10th annual Festival of Children — a month-long family oriented event featuring live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, and more — returns to South Coast Plaza. More than 75 youth-serving organizations will also be showcased. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.festivalofchildren.org.

Paul Frank Book Drive

As part of the Festival of Children, the Paul Frank store at South Coast Plaza, will offer customers a 20% discount in exchange for donating a gently used children's book.

SATURDAY

Southland Opera

Performers from Southland Opera will present an interactive program, "Adventures in Song and Story," to encourage children to enjoy operas, musicals and other forms of music. The show will feature Hansel and Gretel and the Three Little Maids, among other characters. The event is at 11 a.m. in the Friends Meeting Room, Central Library branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Adults must accompany children. For information, call (949) 717-3860 or go to http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org.

Book signing

Lynda Zussman will sign copies of her book, "THROW ME THE ROPE: A Memoir of Loving Lauren," a memoir of her late daughter, at Martha's Book Store, 308½ Marine Ave., Balboa Island. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chinese Acrobats

The National Acrobats of China perform at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The event is part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary weekend celebration. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.

Soul and Funk

DJ Josh One performs at 9:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd. For more information, visit http://www.commonwealthlounge.com.

Lemon Drop Club

Newport Beach-based Lemon Drop Club, which hosts singles parties in Orange County geared for adults around the age of 40 and up, will have its next singles party from 7 to midnight at the Newport Beach Elks Lodge, 3456 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. A free dance lesson will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and parking is free. No membership is required. For more information, call (949) 378-6600.

Different Drum

Different Drum performs a free show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the patio at Muldoon's, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call (949) 640-4110 for more information.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

'We Built This City'

Children and their families participate in Polyglot Theatre's "We Built This City," where an entire city will be created from thousands of cardboard boxes at Arts Plaza. The event is part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary weekend celebration, and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.

SUNDAY

Children's Book Fest

The eighth annual Orange County Children's Book Festival takes place in the campus quad at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairiew Road, Costa Mesa. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a wild animal arena and train rides. For more information, go to http://www.kidsbookfestival.com.

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