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THURSDAY

Skateboarding Author

Jason Ellis, professional skateboarder and author of "I'm Awesome: One Man's Triumphant Quest to Become the Sweetest Dude Ever," signs his book at Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. Unit 110, Huntington Beach. The free event starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.

THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY

'Our Town'

The Academy for the Performing Arts presents Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" at the Huntington Beach High School auditorium, 1905 Main St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors. For more information, call (714) 536-2514, ext. 4025.

FRIDAY

Vegan Chef

Roberto Martin, the personal chef of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, discusses and signs his book "Vegan Cooking for Carnivores" at Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. Unit 110, Huntington Beach. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.

FRIDAY TILL MAY 20

'Sherlock Holmes'

The Huntington Beach Playhouse presents "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," written by Steven Dietz and directed by Greg Cohen, at 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. For more information, call (714) 375-0696 or visit http://www.hbplayhouse.com.

SUNDAY

Culinary Festival

The 12th annual Taste of Huntington Beach, featuring food and drink samples from more than 40 eateries, takes place at the Huntington Central Park Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St. The event is from noon to 4 p.m., with a VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon, and tickets are $65 ($85 including the VIP reception). For more information, call (714) 375-5023 or visit http://www.tastehb.com.

Bike Festival

The Orange County Transportation Authority kicks off National Bike Month with a Bike Festival at Pier Plaza, Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes safety and maintenance demonstrations, complimentary bike inspections, vendor booths, giveaways and more. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 560-5358 or visit http://www.octa.net/bike.

Author Visit

Christopher Moore, author of "Sacre Bleu," discusses and signs his book at Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. Unit 110, Huntington Beach. The event is free and starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.

MONDAY

High School Drummers

The Huntington Beach Union High School District presents a drum line and color guard showcase at the Marina High School gym, 15871 Springdale St., Huntington Beach. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (714) 903-7000.

MAY 3

National Prayer Day

The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council hosts a National Day of Prayer Celebration at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 20444 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and includes prayers, speeches, songs and an awards presentation; Ruth Treeson, a Holocaust survivor and author, is the featured guest speaker. Requested donation is $5 and a continental breakfast will be served. For more information, call (714) 962-3333.

MAY 3 TILL MAY 22

Student Art Show

The Golden West College Fine Arts Gallery hosts the 2012 Juried Student Art Show at 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. The opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. May 3 and regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 895-8772.

ONGOING

A Home 4 Ever Rescue brings puppies and small dogs available for adoption from 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to the Petco, 8909 Adams Ave. For more information, visit ahome4everrescue.org or email ahome4ever@gmail.com.

Second Chance Pet Adoptions hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Petco, 5961 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. Adoptions are also held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PetSmart, 7600 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. Cats over 7 years old are $99; kittens and all others are $135 for one and $200 for two. Adoption includes neuter/spay, vaccination, FIV/FELV test, microchip, collar ID tag and a bag of food. For more information, visit http://www.secondchance

petadoptions.org.

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