'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.
FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version incorrectly said the Newport Beach Public Library was hosting an ebook training session Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Christmas Boat Parade
The 103rd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade goes from 6:30 till around 9 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.christmasboatparade.com.
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: a 16-pound frozen turkey, vegetables, canned foods, toys and other items. 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.
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.
TILL JAN. 2
A free and public exhibit, "On Display in Orange County: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture," will be displayed on the penthouse level at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St.
TILL JAN. 7
Canoe under Holiday Lights
Enjoy outrigger canoeing for all ages and skill levels around Balboa islands under the glow of holiday lights decking out the watercraft and homes competing in the 103rd annual Boat Parade. Participants go out crowd-free on a non-boat parade day. Cost is $35 per person. Corporate and private holiday party paddles are available upon request. Meet at Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949-646-7725) or visit http://www.newportaquaticcenter.com.
TILL JAN. 15
The city of Irvine and Second Harvest Food Bank are holding a food drive to help the needy during the holidays. The city and Second Harvest are seeking the following types of food donations, including: canned fruit and juices, canned soups, rice, cereal, canned veggies, canned fish, chicken or meat. For a list of sites where the food donations can be dropped of, go to http://www.cityofirvine.org. For more information, call at (949) 653-2900.
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.