Calendar: Highlights from around town

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


Family Art Day

A “Dream Big Family Art Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SOCO and the OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


Diaper Drive

HomeAid Orange County is partnering with First 5 Orange County for a diaper drive that will take place between Mother’s Day, May 12 and Father’s Day, June 16. The organizations will collect and distribute diapers, wipes and other baby supplies to local families facing homelessness. Donations can be dropped off at HomeAid’s office at 24 Executive Park, Suite 100, Irvine.

JUNE 14, 21, 28

Night at the Movies

OC Parks will be offering screenings of the films “Zootopia”, “Grease” and “Thor” from 6 to 10 p.m. The June 14 and 21 films will be shown at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, and the final screening will be at Craig Regional Park, 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton.

JUNE 20, 27


OC Parks will offer a concert from Hard Day’s Night and Greasy Spoons on June 20 and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on June 27. Both concerts will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Craig Regional Park, 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton.


Adult Summer Reading Program

The Newport Beach Public Library will kick off the 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program with a program featuring local author Kim Hooper at 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Hooper will discuss her new book, “Tiny.”

Sculpture Exhibition

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will hold a grand opening celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. for the next phase of the sculpture exhibition in the Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive. The event will celebrate the addition of 10 new sculptures to the exhibit.

Old World Village

The Old World Village & LemonDrop Club will present musician Dean Torrence with the Vertikals Band from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Old World Village Concert Hall, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. Admission is $10.


Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. will present “Smart-Ups” — a summer program for young girls currently in third through fifth grades. Attendees will learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business. The program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Chapman University Leatherby Center Launch Labs, 549 W. Palm Ave., Orange.


Jazz Series

An 11-week jazz series will run at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive. For tickets and other information, visit

JULY 13, 14

‘Veterans Project’

Orange County military veterans interested in participating in developing a “Veterans Project” dance will be interviewed by project directors and join in a dance workshop for an audition. The interviews and dance workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chapman University’s Partridge Dance Center, 190 N. Cypress St., Orange. The “Veterans Project” dance will be performed on Sept. 21 at the Musco Center for the Arts.


Hot August Night

Hot August Night, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform at 6 p.m. at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano. The concert will benefit Creer, a local organization that seeks to help children in the community. For more information, visit

AUG. 10 AND 11

‘Real Street’

A new hip-hop festival “Real Street,” will be held at the Honda Center and will include A$AP Rocky, Future, Migos, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Miguel, Rae Sremmurd and more. For more information, visit

SEPT. 22

Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen’s More Thank Pink Walk will be held at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Sealegs at the Beach

Huntington Beach’s seasonal live music series will be featuring indie rock, pop punk, indie pop and alternative music artists every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. For more information on the lineup, visit

OCT. 5

Shopping Extravanganza

The Outlets at San Clemente will hold a Shopping Extravaganza with discounts at multiple stores. The Outlets at San Clemente will donate $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper’s choice. Since the first event in 2015, Outlets at San Clemente’s Shopping Extravaganza has raised more than $189,000 for various Orange County nonprofits.


Second Harvest Food Assistance

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is ramping up efforts to aid government workers during the federal shutdown. For a list of Second Harvest’s food assistance locations, visit

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