Friday's Calendar


One Big Tree

South Coast Plaza's 2011 Christmas Tree will be arriving by truck from Mt. Shasta and will be hoisted up between 7 and 10 a.m. at Town Center Park, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.

All About Owls

The Little Naturalist program at the Environmental Nature Center will give an outdoor class about owls for children ages 3 to 5. Children will have an opportunity to touch owl wings and talons. The class is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the center, 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. Cost is $5. RSVP by emailing, or call (949) 645-8489.

High Tea for a Good Cause

The 22nd annual High Tea & Fashion Show, the fundraiser for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. For more information, go to

OCC Science Night

Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, hosts the 12th annual Community Science Night for elementary school kids and their parents. The event is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Get Into the Swing

"Swinging Through The Night," a casino night and swing dance party to benefit the Foundation for Neurosciences Strokes Recovery, is at 7 p.m. at the OASIS Community Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. The evening will feature Swing dance performances by Cheryl Burke's Dance Studio. Tickets cost $250 per person and $400 per couple. For more information, visit

Flashback Heart Attack

Flashback Heart Attack, an 1980s KROQ cover band, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The show is 21 and older only and cover is $5. For more information, visit


'Kings of the Dance 2011'

Five of today's premier male dancers hit the stage in "Kings of Dance 2011" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Segerstrom Hall. The performance features Guillaume Côté, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Denis Matvienko and Ivan Vasiliev. Tickets start at $13.60. For showtimes and more information, visit


'The Trip To Bountiful'

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote's "The Trip To Bountiful" comes to the South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage. For showtimes and more information, visit


'2011: A Space Odyssey'

The Pacific Symphony, led by guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, plays pieces from Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" and other favorites. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit


Homage to The Dude

"Joe Forkan — The Lebowski Cycle," a painting exhibit, is at Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. The exhibit blends masterpieces of Western art with images from the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski." Pavilion is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.


'It's Your Money' Workshops

Peter Kote will be leading the eight weeks of the free "It's Your Money" workshops from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. The workshops promise to "provide attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond," according to a release. No reservations are needed and attendance at all workshops is not mandatory. For more information, call (949) 548-2411 or visit


Trick or Treat

Fashion Camp OC, located at the OC Mart Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, holds a family friendly event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where kids can decorate their own Halloween boo bags. For more information, visit or call (949) 478-0846.

'Evening Under the Stars'

The first "Evening Under the Stars" gala to benefit students in the Costa Mesa High School zone is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Noguchi sculpture garden in South Coast Metro. Cost to get in is $100 per person or $150 per couple. The address is 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. Tickets can be purchased at

Waterfront Celebration

The ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum will fete its 25th anniversary by unveiling expansion plans at 6 p.m. A fashion show will follow at the museum, 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach.

Diamonds and Pearls

Actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher will headline the 8th annual Diamond & Pearl Ball to benefit the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. Tickets cost $500. For more information, go to or


Amelia's Marks 50 Years

Amelia's Seafood & Italian Restaurant on Balboa Island will celebrate its 50th anniversary in business in the same location, 311 Marine Ave. A special five-course menu for $50 per person will come with live accordion music and hors d'oeuvres and house specialty dishes. For more information, call (949) 673-6580 or go to

OCT. 28

'Dig Pink'

The Irvine Valley College women's volleyball team will play Golden West College in "Dig Pink," an Orange Empire Conference match for a good cause. Proceeds from the 6 p.m. match at Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, will go toward breast cancer research. A $5-donation will get you a pink T-shirt and a pink spray cleaner.

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