FRIDAY: The 10th annual Santa Ride to benefit Orangewood Children's Home takes off at 8:30 a.m. from Fitzgerald's Pub, 19171 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. Motorcycle riders will dress as Santa to deliver toys to the children's shelter. Riders are encouraged to meet for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Fitzgerald's. For more information, call (714) 968-4523 or visit http://www.orangewoodfoundation.org.
SATURDAY: Classic car owners known as the Donut Derelicts meet each Saturday at 6 a.m. to share stories and admire their cars at 9015 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach. The tradition has been going for more than 20 years and is billed as the "best free car show in the world." For more information, call (949) 859-8549 or visit http://www.donutderelicts.com.
SUNDAY: There will be ice skating at The Strand, 5th and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, until Jan. 3. Skate rentals are $5 for children and $7 for adults. For more information, visit http://www.atthestrand.com.
Ballet Repertory Theatre presents its 34th season of "The Nutcracker" at Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23; 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, 18, 22 and 23; and 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 19 and 24. Tickets are $16 general admission, $15 seniors and ASB/Golden West students, $14 children under 12. For more information, call (714) 895-8150.
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"Destination Art," a one-woman show by Huntington Beach artist Sherry Marger, is on display at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. Open hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Marger will be in attendance from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. For more information, call (714) 842-4481.
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"Drama in Seven Acts," a photography exhibit featuring works by Lauren Greenfield, Alvin Booth, Themba Hadebe, David Lurie, Euro Rotelli, Robert Stivers and Guy Tillim, is on display at the OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave. #32, Huntington Beach. Regular gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. The gallery is closed between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. For more information, call (714) 421-0476.
DEC. 29 TILL DEC. 31
Don the Beachcomber hosts a three-day Waitiki Festival, featuring dinner, music and dancing, at 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. The Waitiki Quartet presents "The Jazz Sides of Exotica" Dec. 29; the Waitiki 7 with Robert Drasnin and Sherry Shaoling present "Coronation of the Voodoo Masters" Dec. 30; the Waitiki 7 with Combustible Edison Alums, Brother Cleve and the Millionaire present "The New Sounds of Exotica" Dec. 31. The event begins at 7 p.m. each night and tickets range from $30 to $125. For more information, call (562) 592-1321 or visit http://www.donthebeachcomberpresentswaitiki.com.
New Year's Bash
La Brique Steakhouse hosts its first New Year's celebration at 14892 Springdale St., Huntington Beach. Pianist Richie Fauno and multi-instrumentalist Danny Lantz perform beginning at 8 p.m., and the menu includes a number of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Patrons can arrange to have the restaurant's Town Car escort them home after the event. Cost for the event is $95. For more information, call (714) 897-0055.
Community United Methodist Church hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive at 6652 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach. The event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all participants receive a $5 coupon for Daphne's Greek Café and a voucher for two tickets to a Los Angeles Clippers game. Donor ID is required. For more information, call (714) 842-4461 or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.
The Clara Barton Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Community United Methodist Church, 6652 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach. Membership in DAR is open to any woman at least 18 years old who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information, call (714) 962-0840.
Foundation for Neurosciences Stroke and Recovery (FNSR) offers a support group for adults with early onset Parkinson's Disease the third Friday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. For more information, call (562) 983-8139 or visit http://www.parkinsonsinbalance.com.
Cypress Twirlers Square Dancing hosts a dancing night for singles and couples from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The event is at 5946 Westminster Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (562) 425-0130 or (714) 840-1750.
Second Chance Pet Adoptions hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Petco, 5961 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 448-9079.
The Huntington Beach Business Improvement District will present the Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. every third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call (714) 536-8300.
The Huntington Newcomers Club welcomes all new residents as well as "long-timers" into their group of active and friendly women. The club meets at 11 a.m. the second Tuesday each month at different area restaurants. Other activities include book clubs, bridge groups and much more. For more information about events and meetings, call (714) 846-0108.
Members of the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club, 3821 Warner Ave., meet for brunch on the first three Sundays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public and guests are welcome. Cost is $12. For information and reservations, call (562) 592-2186.
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. For a rental, call (714) 536-5486.
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 bolsachicalandtrust.org.
Huntington Beach Central Library will host Crafty Kids Club from 11 to 11:45 a.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.
Tumble-N-Kids Inc. offers beginning through advanced gymnastics classes for children from 6 months to 12 years. A series of Yoga-4-Kids classes has been added, and all sessions last for 10 weeks. Classes are at the Murdy, Edison and City Gym and Pool Community Centers in Huntington Beach. Call Dayle Lusk at (714) 842-3586 for information on class times, prices and locations or go to http://www.tumblenkids.com.
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.
The Main Street Library presents a story time at 3 p.m. Fridays at 525 Main St. The library's Preschool Storytime will be 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Call (714) 375-5071.
"Pajamarama" with Miss Susanna is offered at the Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Ave., every Monday evening at 7 p.m., and features a new book each week for children and toddlers. Admission is free. For information, call (714) 897-8781.
The Edison Community Center hosts themed Friday Nite Funtime Dances for developmentally disabled youths every third Friday of the month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 2137 Magnolia St. Participants can dance the night away to the sounds of a deejay. Admission is $2. Call (714) 960-8870 for more information.
The Craft Fair and Farmers Market is from 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays at Pier Plaza. Call the Craft Fair at (714) 846-5509 and Farmers Market at (714) 573-0374 for more information.
Open Sky Yoga holds free community yoga sessions at 6:30 a.m. every Monday and Friday in Manning Park, in the basketball courts at the corner of Delaware and Detroit. Bring a yoga mat and a blanket. For more information, call (714) 536-7275.
Huntington Beach Disc Golf Tournaments are the first Saturday of each month in Central Park. Enjoy one of the nation's first 18-hole disc courses for two-round tournaments at the Golden West Street entrance of the park across the street from the Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center. Call (714) 425-9931.