Copyright © 2019, Los Angeles Times | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy

Calendar: Highlights from around town

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


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


Jim Abbott

The Newport Beach Central Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free event featuring guest speaker Jim Abbott, former pitcher of the Angels. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

JULY 11, 18 AND 25

Summer Concert Series

OC Parks will host three free concerts from 5 to 8 p.m. Sega Genecide with Dream Brother will perform on July 11 and the Fenians with Cory Clark will perform on July 18 at Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine. The English Beat with dj sandok will perform on July 25 at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange.

JULY 12, 19 AND 26

OC Parks

OC Parks will host three free nights of cinema from 6 to 10 p.m. “Paddington 2” will be shown on July 12 and “The Goonies” on July 19 at Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. “Incredibles 2” will be screened on July 26 at Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine.

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.


Leadership in Heels

A Leadership in Heels aimed at teaching women how to lead in business will be held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. “Multi-Generational Leadership | Leading and Being Led” will be hosted by Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson, who is also a partner, chief executive operating officer and chief financial officer for Squar Milner in Irvine, one of the top 50 accounting firms in the nation.


‘Christmas in July’

The Orange County Rescue Mission will host a “Christmas in July” event so people can donate items for the 268 men, women and children currently residing at various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. The mission is in need of canned foods and hygiene items. They can be dropped off at the Village of Hope, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin.


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