Newport Beach Public Library offers a hands-on eBook training session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Library staff will demonstrate Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iPad and Sony readers and provide personal instruction for downloading free eBooks from the Overdrive site. Customers should bring their own eReading devices to enable downloading directly to their reader. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org or call (949) 717-3800.
Get the Inside Edge
Author Alan Kaufman will be the featured guest at a breakfast meeting of the Inside Edge, from 7 to 8:45 a.m. in the University Club, corner of Los Trancos and East Peltason, UC Irvine. Cost is $35 for first-time guests. Reservations can be booked at http://www.insideedge.org.
Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach will hold its Friday Night Shabbat Service at 6 p.m. in the Morgan Chapel. The temple is at 1011 Camelback St. For more information, go to http://www.tby.org, or call (949) 644-1999.
Support the Troops
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar will hold its fourth annual "Mi Casa Cares" drive to collect donated items for U.S. troops serving overseas. The drive will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the restaurant, 296 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. For a list of requested items to donate to the troops, go to http://www.micasa1.com.
Our Lady Mount Caramel SOUL Ministry will host a Christmas boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local vendors and hand crafters will offer a selection of goodies. Proceeds will contribute to SOUL's well building fund with Women of the Wells (www.womenofthewells.org). Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is at 1441 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 642-4640.
NOV. 26 AND NOV. 27
Photo Ops with Santa
The Orange County Marketplace at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, will offer free photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Twinkie on the weekend after Thanksgiving, as well as the weekends of Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. For more information, phone (949) 723-6616 or go to http://www.ocmarketplace.com.
The Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $16. Tickets can be bought at the box office, or by calling (714) 556-2787 or going online to http://www.SCFTA.org.
TILL DEC. 4
Marine Gift Drive
The Orange County Great Park and city of Irvine are holding a holiday gift drive for the families of Irvine's adopted Marine unit through Dec. 4. Unwrapped gifts will be collected for the Marines at the Great Park Visitors Center and at its Sunday Farmers Market. People who bring toy donations to the Farmers Market will get a $1-coupon off a purchase at the market. For more information, go to http://www.ocgp.org.
TILL DEC. 14
Toys for Tots
Christ Lutheran School, 760 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, is collecting Toys for Tots at its our front office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
TILL DEC. 16
'Things That Keep Me Up at Night'
Orange Coast College's Doyle Arts Pavilion hosts an exhibit featuring memorable images from 20 artists. Admission to the "Things That Keep Me Up at Night" exhibit is free. For more information, call (714) 432-5102 or visit http://www.occartspavilion.com.
TILL DEC. 31
Orange County Fine Arts, an association of OC artists, presents an exhibition of artistic works by its members at the Showcase Gallery, South Coast Plaza Village, 3851 S. Bear St., Santa Ana. The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
TILL JAN. 22
"State of Mind" and "Two Schools of Cool" exhibitions are showing at the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, go to http://www.ocma.net, or call (949) 759-1122.
TILL JAN. 29
"The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project," an exhibit presented by the Orange County Great Park, will be shown in the park's Palm Court arts complex. For hours and more information, go to http://www.ocgp.org.