Thursday's Calendar


National Library Week

The Newport Beach Public Library celebrates National Library Week with special programs for children and adults, featuring musical performances, puppet shows, storytime by council members and more. For a full list of National Library Week events, visit or call (949) 717-3800, ext. 2.


'Romeo and Juliet'

The Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts presents William Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet." Tickets start at $12 and all shows are at the Lyceum Theater on campus. For showtimes and more information, call (714) 668-6145 or visit

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

South Coast Repertory's Junior Players present an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book in the Nicholas Studio, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Mercy Vasquez directs the production. Tickets are $9. For more information and showtimes, call (714) 708-5555 or visit


League of Women Voters Luncheon

The next Lunch with League meeting is at noon at Coco's at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. The meeting will focus on the recent revolutions in the Middle East, with Nubar Hovsepian, political science professor at Chapman University, serving as the guest speaker. For more information, call (949) 400-2183.


America's Family Pet Expo

The 22nd annual America's Family Pet Expo comes to the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The expo begins at 10 a.m. each day and general admission is $12, $10 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger and active military personnel with a valid ID. For more information, visit

Original Plays at OCC

Orange Coast College Repertory presents seven original short plays at the Drama Labu Studio Theatre on campus, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Admission is free and the shows are for mature audiences. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.


Spring Plant Sale

Orange Coast College's horticulture garden presents its Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. More than 2,500 plants will be on sale. For more information, visit, or call (714) 432-0202, ext. 26533.


Soul of Korea 2011

The Urban Fusion Dancers from the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts perform at 7 p.m. in the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets, call the box office at (949) 854-4646 ex. 1, or visit

Craft Co-Op Launch Party

SewnClever has a launch party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Studio Seaside, 3711 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. For more information, e-mail or call (949) 675-9642.

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

The inaugural Walk For Wishes, with the Orange County/Inland Empire Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter, is at the Great Park in Irvine. Registration is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. Register at

Melvin Sokolsky

Orange Coast College hosts a lecture by renowned fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky at the Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. The lecture is at 2:30 p.m. and the reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion on campus. Parking and admission are free.


Costa Mesa-based Torelli Realty hosts its annual Egg-Citement event, an Easter Egg Hunt at Tanager Park, 1780 Hummingbird Drive, Costa Mesa. The free event is from 9:30 a.m. to noon and also features pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce house and more. For more information, call (714) 540-7355.

Lemon Drop Dance Club

Newport Beach-based Lemon Drop Club, which hosts singles parties in Orange County geared for adults around the age of 40 and up, will have its next singles party from 7 to midnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom, 17941 Von Karman, Irvine. A free Italian buffet will be served from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and a free dance lesson will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and parking is free. No membership is required. For more information, call (949) 378-6600.

Women's Divorce Seminar

The Women's Institute for Financial Education (WIFE) presents "What Women Need to Know About Divorce in the Current Economy," beginning at 8 a.m. at Merrill Lynch, 4695 MacArthur Court, Suite 1500, Newport Beach. The event is free. RSVP by calling (949) 859-2963. For more information, visit

'Arabian Nights'

The eighth annual Tinkerbell Gala, dubbed "Arabian Nights," begins at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. The event is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County. Tickets are $125 a person or $1,200 for a table of 10. For more information, visit

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