International Literacy Day
The Newport Beach Public Library's Literacy Services marks International Literacy Day, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Friends Meeting Room, Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. The public is invited. For more information, call (949) 717-3874.
Chamber Networking Luncheon
The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly networking luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members pay $17 and potential members pay $20. Call (714) 885-9093 for more information.
Newcomers Club of Newport Beach
The club invites those who have lived in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar for less than five years to a get together for new and prospective members. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at 30 Long Bay Drive, Newport Beach.
Benefit Chili Fest
Members of the Costa Mesa Fire Department take part in a chili fest at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St. One dollar from the sale of each item off a special menu during the 6 to 8 p.m. event will benefit the Costa Mesa Firefighters Widows & Orphans Fund. Commemorative 9/11 10th anniversary memorial T-shirts will be on sale. For more information, call (714) 979-7469.
DJ Thrifty Lips and Danger House perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. Cover is free. For more information, call (949) 675-4444.
Fashion's Night Out
Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza celebrate Fashion's Night Out, kicking off the fall fashion season. Fashion Island will celebrate the night from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (949) 721-2000. South Coast Plaza will celebrate the night from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.southcoastplaza.com/FNO
Easter Seals Fundraiser
Easter Seals Southern California Disability Services invites the public to its 11th annual "Walk With Me" fundraiser. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. RSVP by calling Marie Holper, at (714) 834-1111, ext. 215.
O.C. Historical Society
Historian Chris Jepsen will give a talk about the former Pacific Beach Club, a club located between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach that catered to African-Americans in the 1920s, when blacks were barred from Los Angeles beaches. The 7:30 p.m. talk at the Sherman Library & Gardens, 2467 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., is free and open to the public. Event will begin at 6:30 p.m., with potluck appetizers and desserts.
The city of Costa Mesa will hold a free brown-bag workshop on housing options for the homeless, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Police Department Emergency Operations Center, 99 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Irvine Valley College will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks with a noon to 12:30 p.m. program in the campus' Performing Arts Center, 5500 Irvine Center Drive. Speakers will include O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Irvine Police Chief David Maggard Jr. Free parking in Lot 5 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Friday Night Shabbat
Shabbat services at Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, are scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Sonenshine Sanctuary.
Singles Pot Luck
Temple Isaiah, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, will have a singles' pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. Participants should bring a dairy or vegetarian dish. For more information, call (949) 631-2701.
Brett Rubbico Gallery
Tessa Shane and Mitch Esaki are the featured artists for "TSME" at the Brett Rubbico Gallery, 361 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. According to the gallery, the two artists have "masculine geometrics [merging] harmoniously with feminine detail to create a complementary seamless fit and perfect balance." For more information, visit http://www.brettrubbicogallery.com or call (949) 515-5102.
FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY
Opening of OCC Theatre Season
The Orange Coast College Theatre Department opens its 2011-12 season with "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer," by playwright Don Nigro. Friday night show is at 7:30 p.m., Drama Lab Studio Theatre, OCC, 2701 Fairview College. Advance tickets are $6 and tickets at the door are $8. Call (714) 432-5880 or go to http://www.occtickets.com.