FRIDAY: The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce presents a speed networking event from 4 to 6 p.m. at Baci di Roma, 5205 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY: OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, 7561 Center Ave., No. 32, Huntington Beach, presents an exhibit of pastels and drawings by Scott Valenzuela (pictured). The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and also by appointment. For more information, call (714) 421-0476.
SUNDAY: Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, hosts a musician's swap meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
St. Paddy's Special
Monkey House Café, 18862 Beach Blvd., Suite 101, Huntington Beach, offers a St. Paddy's Special featuring beer, wine, raffles and traditional Irish foods from 6 to 9 p.m. for $18 plus tax. Seats are limited, so make reservations
at (714) 803-8989 or
TILL MARCH 31
Phone Book Drive
Residents may bring in phone books in exchange for a raffle ticket at Beachside Recycling, 8601 Edison Ave., Huntington Beach. Winners will be announced April 5 for prizes, including dinner for two at Benihana, a free one-night stay at Embassy Suites and free Sunday brunch at the Waterfront Hilton. Beachside is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For
more information, call (714) 969-7638.
TILL APRIL 3
American Master Painter
"American Master," an exhibit of drawings, paintings and prints by Milford Zornes, is on display at the Anderson Art Gallery, 16812 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach. Works by Bill Anderson, Raul Anguiano, Henry Fukuhara, Howard Hitchcock and Bea Riley are also on display. Opening reception is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closing reception 1 to 5 p.m. April 3. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (562) 592-4393 or visit http://www.billandersonartgallery.com.
Rock for Red Cross and Japan
iBookGigs is teaming up with Beachfront 301, 301 Main St., Huntington Beach, and rock band the Opera to raise money for those affected by the earthquake in Japan. The Opera will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Beachfront 301 will donate a percentage of bar sales made during the performance to the American Red Cross for the Japan earthquake disaster relief efforts. For more information, contact iBookGigs' Chief Executive and booking agent Josh Cottrill at Josh@iBookGigs.com.
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church hosts an Irish festival at the campus' Coleman Hall, 20444 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. The event, which includes Irish corned beef and cabbage, dancing and music by the Rovers Three, runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $20 presale, $25 at the door. For more information, call (714) 962-3333.
The Hebrew Academy hosts its annual Grand Purim Celebration at 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach. The festivities include a Megillah reading, costume contests, a magic show, raffles, lunch and hamentaschen, and last from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5. For more information, call (714) 898-0051.
AND APRIL 17
Street vendors offering crafts, jewelry, art, furniture, clothing and other items make their monthly appearance at Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. The market is open from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (714) 895-8020 or visit http://www.oldworld.ws.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will sign his new autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock" from 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. No. 110. No memorabilia and no personalization and no posed photos; photos from the line may be allowed. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will discuss and sign "Hellhole," the first book in a new trilogy, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. No. 110. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.
Street Beat, a theatrical drum and dance ensemble, performs for children at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. The show begins at 4 p.m. in the Library Theater and admission is $4. For more information, call (714) 375-5107.
The Democratic Club of West Orange County presents a seminar on "Why are city governments important to our daily lives and what do they do?" at the Green Valley Adult Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West, Fountain Valley. Former Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy, Planning Commissioner Blair Farley and Cal State University Professor Emeritus Bob Smith will speak. The presentation is free and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (714) 501-1181 or visit http://www.dcwoc.org.