Future of Community Banks
Orange County Risk Management Assn. and SingerLewak present a seminar on the future of community banks. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Club, 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Registration is necessary for the seminar, which is $50 in advance and $60 at door. To register, go to http://www.ocrma.org or call (714) 267-5281.
Amy Hirshberg Lederman — an author, columnist and lawyer — will give a presentation about Jews who served as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Merage JCC Theatre, 1 Federation Way, Irvine. Tickets are $12 at door and $50 for priority seating. For more information, call (949) 435-3400 or visit http://www.jccoc.org.
Emerson String Quartet
The famed Emerson String Quartet returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $60. For more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.
Canstruction Orange County
Check out the 15 structures made out of canned foods that will be displayed throughout South Coast Plaza during Festival of Children, all of which will later be donated to the Orange County Food Bank.
TILL SEPT. 30
Festival of Children
The 10th annual Festival of Children — a month-long family oriented event featuring live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, and more — returns to South Coast Plaza. More than 75 youth-serving organizations will also be showcased. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.festivalofchildren.org.
Paul Frank Book Drive
As part of the Festival of Children, the Paul Frank store at South Coast Plaza, will offer customers a 20% discount in exchange for donating a gently used children's book.
TILL OCT. 2
Musical at Vanguard
"Americans All," featuring music by retired Orange County Judge James P. Gray, plays at Vanguard University's Lyceum Theater, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For showtimes and more information, visit vanguard.universitytickets.com.
OCC Transfer Day
Orange Coast College Transfer Day is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the campus quad, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Representatives from as many as 66 colleges and universities will be on hand at the free event, which will be open to the public.
Newport Beach Arts Commission is organizing a daylong trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. The chartered bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the parking lot at the Newport Beach Central Library branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., and returns around 4 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and include bus ride, lunch and private tour of the Norton Simon. It is necessary to pre-register for this event under "Museum Tours" at http://www.newportbeachca.gov.
Costa Mesa GOP
Police Chief Tom Gazsi will be on hand to meet community members at a meeting of the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly. The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dakota Room of the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Tickets cost $5 but admission for first-time visitors is free.
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Kurt Vile and the Violators perform at 9 p.m. at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., in Costa Mesa. Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $15. For more information, go to http://www.detroitbar.com.
THURSDAY TILL SATURDAY
Violinist Sarah Chang performs with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 and performances are at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY
The 33rd annual Lido Yacht Expo opens at Lido Marina Village, 3400 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. Admission for the event is $12 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger get in for free. For event hours and more information, call (949) 757-5959, or go to lidoyachtexpo.com.
The "Lady Alice," a vintage P-51 Mustang, will be on display at the Lyon Air Museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (714) 210-4585, or go to http://www.lyonairmuseum.org.
Project Camelot Conference
Awake and Aware 2011 Conference, presented by Project Camelot, opens Friday night at the Hilton Irvine, 18000 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine. To register and get more information, go to http://www.awakeandaware2011.com.
The Semana Flamenka concert is at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets, call (949) 854-4646 ext.1, or visit to http://www.thebarclay.org.