OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, 7561 Center Ave., No. 32, Huntington Beach, hosts a pastels and drawings exhibit by artist Scott Valenzuela. Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and also by appointment. For more information, call (714) 421-0476.


Eclectic Wines

Monkey House Café hosts "Wonderful Wines to 'Wine' Down the Year," a culinary event featuring six premium wines — Ceviche, Back Seat Blonde, Cherub Rose of Syrah, Zin Your Face, Boxhead Shiraz and Passion Has Red Lips — at 18862 Beach Blvd. #101, Huntington Beach. Cost is $30 and the pouring begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (714) 803-8989 or (714) 274-1176.


Tree Lighting

Fountain Valley hosts its annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St. The festivities last from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include fireworks, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, food, games and more. Admission is free, with pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus for $5. For more information, call (714) 839-8611.

Equestrian Center Boutique

Red Bucket Equine Rescue hosts a holiday boutique to raise money for its 96 rescued horses at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, 18381 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. Festivities include painting for kids, horses to pet, tours of the stables, vendor booths and riding demonstrations The free event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (310) 466-6223.

Yoga Workshop

Seventh Chakra Yoga hosts a workshop on "Breath and Mind" at 19171 Magnolia St., #14, Huntington Beach. The free workshop is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (714) 965-7770.

Book Signing

Author and Huntington Beach Independent columnist Chris Epting signs his Orange County history books at Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach. The signing is from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call (714) 897-8781.



Holiday Book Sale

The Main Street Branch Library hosts its annual holiday sale of books, movies and CDs at 525 Main St., Huntington Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Items are at half price Dec. 10 through 17. For more information, call (714) 375-5071.


Youth Shelter Benefit

The Community Service Program's Huntington Beach Youth Shelter hosts its 15th annual "Light a Light of Love" holiday celebration in downtown Huntington Beach around Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The program includes a Soup for Youth food-donation event from 2 to 5 p.m., a children's parade down Main Street (led by the Ocean View Little League World Series champions) from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., entertainment at Pier Plaza from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and a pier-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 842-6600.

Christmas Concert

The Huntington Beach Concert Band performs holiday songs at Seabreeze Church, 18162 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. The show is free and begins at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (714) 891-6856


The Huntington Beach Coordinating Council meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month at Murdy Park, 7000 Norma Drive, a $5 lunch is available. For more information, visit

A Home 4 Ever Rescue brings puppies and small dogs available for adoption from 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to the Petco, 8909 Adams Ave. For more information, visit

The Orange County Wine Elite hosts a fun and educational blind-tasting of wines from around the world at 6 p.m. every Saturday at Spark Woodfire Grill, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. #202, Huntington Beach. Themes vary on a weekly basis, and guests pay only their coverage for the wines at retail cost, plus any individual food expense. Check out their program and register for events at

Second Chance Pet Adoptions hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Petco, 5961 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. Adoptions are also held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PetSmart, 7600 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. Cats over 7 years old are $99; kittens and all others are $135 for one and $200 for two. Adoption includes neuter/spay, vaccination, FIV/FELV test, microchip, collar ID tag and a bag of food.

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