Saturday's Calendar

Today

Artist Reception

Engard Arts hosts an opening night reception for an exhibit featuring artwork by five Orange County artists from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Whittier Law School Library, 3333 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa. The free event will have refreshments and live music.

Free Boat Rides

Ocean Alexander of California is offering free two-hour rides on two new additions to its fleet. Reservations are required. For times and to RSVP, contact california@oceanalexander.com or (949) 515-7700.

Book Signing

A book signing with author Alexander Amani is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martha's Bookstore, 308 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Amani is the author of adult and children's fiction and self-help books.

Rock La Cave

Studiofix, Charles' Mansion, and Bella Novela play beginning at 10 p.m. at La Cave, 1695 Irvine, Ave., Costa Mesa. The free event is 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.lacaverestaurant.com.

Book Signing

Eric Volz, author of Gringo Nightmare, will lead a discussion and signing at 2 p.m. at the South Coast Plaza Borders bookstore, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa.

The Droppers

The Droppers, a modern and classic rock band, perform at 9 p.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive. For more information, call (949) 640-4110.

SUNDAY

AAUW Membership Mixer

AAUW Newport-Mesa-Irvine Branch, an organization devoted to breaking down barriers for women and girls, hosts an annual membership mixer from 2 to 4 p.m. New members welcome. For more information, call (949) 644-4576.

Chili Cook-Off

The sixth annual Halecrest/ Hall of Fame Chili Cook-off is from noon to 4 p.m. at Halecrest Park, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, Costa Mesa. The free event will have a chili cook-off, vendors and activities for children.

Torah Celebration

A special Torah celebration, marking the completion of a new Torah, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. Guests are welcome to join the festivities. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.

TILL SUNDAY

'The Odd Couple'

Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" is at the Costa Mesa Playhouse, 661 Hamilton St., Costa Mesa. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.costamesaplayhouse.org.

Art-A-Fair

The 44th season of Art-A-Fair, which features exhibits from local artists, is at 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. An adult season pass is $7 for one of Southern California's most popular art festivals. For more information, visit http://www.art-a-fair.com or call (949) 494-4514.

Summer Art Show

Showcase Gallery at South Coast Plaza Village hosts the Summer Art Show, featuring regional artists' paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and glassworks. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.orangecountyfinearts.com.

TILL TUESDAY

'Chinatown' Exhibit

The Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., hosts an exhibit by photographer Ting-Ting Lee titled "Chinatown." Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call (949) 717-3870.

TILL WEDNESDAY

Back-to-School Drive

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is collecting backpacks, paper, crayons and other school supplies to be donated to at-risk children. Supplies can be dropped off at Edward Jones investment firm, 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 557-1764.

MONDAY

Monday Residency

Los Angeles-based indie rock band Italian Japanese is among the bands that will join Rye Douglas & The Echo Sounding's final Monday residency show at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. My Pet Saddle and Dolphin City also perform. The free show starts at 9 p.m. and is 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.

TUESDAY

Detroit Tuesdays

Indie artists Summer Twins, Pablo Signori and Scott Ibex perform at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The free show starts at 9 p.m. and is 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.

Political Fundraiser Dinner

The Costa Mesa Republicans Assembly is hosting a fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Ayres Hotel, 325 Bristol Ave., Costa Mesa, with special guests Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The cost of dinner is $45 for an individual and $75 for a couple. For more info, call (714) 434-1009.

FRIDAY

Singles' Shabbat

A singles' potluck dinner to celebrate Shabbat will be held at 6 p.m. at Temple Isaiah, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Participants are asked to bring either a vegetarian or dairy dish. Shabbat services with the congregation follow at 8 p.m., with guest speaker author Willy Leventhal. For more, call Felicia Wiseman at (949) 760-0660.

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