Christmas Boat Parade
The 103rd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade goes from 6:30 till around 9 p.m. For information, go to http://www.
Las Posadas at Pretend City
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine kicks off its annual, 9-day Las Posadas celebration. For more information, call (949) 428-3900 or go to http://www.pretendcity.org. The museum is at 29 Hubble.
League of Women Voters Luncheon
Prof. Toni Sullivan of the University of Missouri and the former chair of USC's Department of Nursing, will be the keynote speaker at a League of Women Voters of Orange Coast luncheon, which will take place at Coco's at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, at noon. RSVP by calling Barbara Wood at (949) 400-2183. The event is open to league members and the public.
'Shop and Support for Mercy House'
The We Olive shop in The OC Mart Mix at the South Coast Collection (SOCO), 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite C, Costa Mesa, is sponsoring an evening event thee featuring music and food trucks, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. We Olive will send a percentage of proceeds from the event to Mercy House, nonprofit striving to help the homeless. Admission for the event is $15, and includes a drink ticket that can be redeemed at We Olive & Wine Bar.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 16-17
Orange Coast College presents a staged reading of "Richard Rex," a satire written by OCC theater arts instructor David Scaglione that blends elements of Oedipus Rex with aspects of Richard Nixon's presidency. The free readings will be given at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Theatre at OCC, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
Holiday Meals for the Hungry
Members of the Roosters Foundation and volunteers will be packing holiday food baskets destined for 3,500 needy families in Orange County. One Hundred and Two members of the Roosters Foundation have invested close to $80,000 by supplying each of these families with the following provisions that will go into each basket, and will be distributed to them by 48 other O.C. nonprofits. Volunteers will be assembling at 9 a.m. on Sunday to fill the baskets with the food items and toys at The Second Harvest Bank Food Warehouse, 8014 Marine Way, Irvine. For more information, go to http://www.roostersfoundation.org or http://www.feedoc.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
'Christmas on the Coast'
The Orange County Women's Chorus will give two performances of "Christmas on the Coast," a program of holiday songs by local composers. The first performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. George's Episcopal Church, 23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call the Orange County Women's Chorus, at (949) 451-8590, or go to http://www.ocwomenschorus.org.
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. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary
.org or call (949) 717-3800.
FRIDAY, DEC. 23
Temple Isaiah Celebrates Hanukkah
Temple Isaiah, at 2401 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach, will celebrate Hanukkah with a 6:30 p.m. pot luck dinner followed by a Sabbath Eve service at 8 p.m. If you plan to attend the dinner, please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish and a menorah for the fourth night of Hanukkah. For more information, call (949) 549-6900.
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. 22
Patrick's Pub, at 2645 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, is sponsoring its fifth annual toy drive for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. The pub will accept donations of new and unwrapped toys. For more information, call (714) 966-2721.
TILL DEC. 24
The Festival Ballet Theatre presents its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For showtimes and ticket information, call (714) 962-5440 or go to http://www.festivalballet.org.
'A Christmas Carol'
South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, presents its 32nd annual production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol." For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scr.org.
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.