Hilary Malloy will sign copies of her children's book, "Skater Kate," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martha's Bookstore, 308½ Marine Ave., Balboa Island.
New Year's Eve Celebration at Pretend City
The Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine will host a New Year's Eve party for kids from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, go to http://www.pretendcity.org.
Family New Year's Eve at OC Great Park
The Orange County Great Park will stage its inaugural Family New Year's Eve celebration from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. As 9 p.m. approaches, there will be a countdown coinciding with the clock striking midnight on the East Coast. The Great Park balloon will descend as the ball in New York's Times Square drops. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee. For more information, go to http://www.ocgp.org.
New Year's Eve at SOL Cocina
SOL Cocina will add twists to their traditional Baja cuisine for New Year's Eve. Other New Year's Eve activities will include a live deejay from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight, raffle prizes and a contest for the best New Year's hat, which wins dinner for two at SOL. The restaurant, at 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will also provide free rides home, though some restrictions apply. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (949) 675-9800 or going to http://www.solcocina.com.
Ring in 2012 at the
The Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., will put on its OC New Year's Eve 2012 bash from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. For details and information about tickets, go to http://www.ocnewyearseve2012.com.
New Year's Eve Block Party
The second annual New Year's Eve Block Party is from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, General admission tickets cost $40. For more information, go to http://www.ocfair.com.
New Year's Party for Singles
Kalida's New Year's Eve dinner and dance party, for singles between 29 and 49, will take place in the Tee Room at the Newport Beach Executive Golf Course, 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. The event is from 8 p.m. to midnight. No membership is required and the cost is $35. Call (714) 381-1223 for more information.
New Year's Eve Gala at the BBC
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will put on its New Year's Eve Gala, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., among other New Year's Eve offerings. The black-tie event will feature a live band and dancing. Cost is $195 per person. To make a reservation, go to http://www.balboabayclub.com or call (888) 445-7153.
Ring in the New Year Aboard a Yacht
The eighth annual New Year's Eve Yacht Party will take place in Newport Harbor aboard the 150-foot vessel The Majestic. If tickets for the party on the Majestic sell out, tickets will be sold for a New Year's Eve party aboard another yacht, The Ambassador. Tickets for the four-hour cruise through the harbor range between $145 and $170. For tickets, go to http://www.un4seenproductions.com or call (949) 378-9971. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.
New Year's Eve at Detroit Bar
KCRW presents Junkie XL, Jason Bentley and the Cosmic Kids at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The 21-and-older show begins at 8 p.m., with pre-sale tickets for $25. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.
XL NYE, Day 1
Costa Mesa-based Sutra rings in the New Year in style with a special show, featuring the biggest names in electronic music. ATB, Manufactured Superstars and other acts perform on New Year's eve at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. General admission and VIP tickets are available by call (949) 777-3010. For more information, visit http://www.sutraoc.com.
Season 52 at South Coast Plaza has extended hours for its piano bar the New Year's holiday, featuring lead pianist Charlie Sleeth. Entertainment begins at noon, and again at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (714) 437-5252.
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.
Classic and vintage car lovers will stage the ninth annual Tour d'Orange, a two-hour cruise of Orange County's best two-lane roads. The event leaves from the corner of Red Hill and Fischer avenues in Costa Mesa and ends at the In-N-Out Burger at The District in Tustin. Arrive by 8 a.m. Maps will be given out to drivers at 8:45 a.m. with a scheduled 9 a.m. departure.