Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, presents an all-day program of Hanukkah-related activities for kids, including an 11:30 a.m. Hanukkah olive press workshop. For more information, call (949) 428-3900 or go to http://www.pretendcity.org.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nationwide non-profit organization, meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at 1701 Baker St., Costa Mesa. The first meeting is free and guests are welcome. No reservations are required. For more information, visit http://www.tops.org, or call (800) 932-8677.
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.
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.
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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.
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The classic holiday film "White Christmas" comes to the stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $20. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.
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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.
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Canoe Under Holiday Lights
Enjoy outrigger canoeing for all ages and skill levels around Balboa Island's 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.
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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.
Local rock band Snakebit Drifters headline Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The 21-and-older show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $6. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.
TBY Celebrates Hanukkah
Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its annual Hanukkah celebration at 5:40 p.m. Dinner reservations should be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 12;, Children 5 and younger get in for free. RSVP by calling (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.
Temple Isaiah Celebrates Hanukkah
Temple Isaiah, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, celebrates 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.
Chick-fil-A and Charlie Brown
Chick-fil-A is hosting Chick-fil-A Night at City Hall's Charlie Brown display from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The restaurant will be collecting money for Give the Gift of Food and handing out its famous chicken sandwiches. Every dollar raised will be matched by Tammy Guadagno, operator of the Chick-fil-A on Bristol and MacArthur.
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 http://www.flashbackheartattack.com.
DJ Andy D'Arrigo headlines Sutra, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is 21 and older only. Taylor Jaymin and Kunal Parikh also perform. For more information, visit http://www.sutraoc.com.