'Chair Portraits and Other Subjects'

The OMC Gallery for Contemporary Arts, 7561 Center Ave., No. 32, Huntington Beach presents a photo exhibit by Djani Ivancevic "Chair Portraits and Other Subjects." The opening reception for the exhibit is from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Regular gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and by appointment. For more information, visit or call (714) 421-0476.


Countdown to Retirement

The Countdown to Retirement workshop is offered by the Huntington Beach Adult School from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays until June 5. This three-session workshop will cover Social Security planning for boomers, navigating Medicare, creating an income stream in retirement and avoiding the five biggest mistakes retirees make. Tuition is $50, and your spouse is free. You must pre-register at Click on the personal finance tab and click on course to enroll. Or call the Huntington Beach Adult School office at 714-847-HBAS ext. 4227. The school is at 16666 Tunstall Lane, Huntington Beach.


West Coast Artists

"Contemporary Traditionalists: A West Coast Perspective," a show featuring 48 works by 18 South Orange County artists, runs at the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St. Among the artists on display are Scott Albert, Paul Cheng, Susan Jarecky, Casey Parlette and Bradford J. Salamon. There is an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. May 19 and regular gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation. For more information, call (714) 374-1650 or visit


Benefit Car Show

The Animal Assistance League of Orange County hosts "Show-Down," a benefit for abused and abandoned cats and dogs, at the Newland Barn, 19822 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. The event lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes a chili cook-off, a raffle, a silent auction, beer and wine tastings and chocolate and cheese tastings, plus a performance by singer Phil Shane. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include a sample of each chili and 10 tasting tickets; children 12 and younger are $10, which includes a kids meal. For more information, call (714) 893-4393 or visit


Line Dancing Lessons

The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 will host couples line dancing lessons every fourth Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the lodge, 7711 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Cost is $6 per person. After the lesson, enjoy tacos, margaritas and karaoke from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Mountain-Climbing Author

Paul and Denise Fejtek, who have climbed the highest mountains on each continent, give a presentation on Paul's book "Steps to the Summit: Reaching the Top in Business and Life" at Huntington Beach REI, 7777 Edinger Ave., Suite 138, Huntington Beach. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call (714) 379-1938.


'Hobbit' On Stage

Alethia Christian Theater presents J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors. For more information, call (562) 841-3288 or visit


Car Show and Chili Cook-Off

The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 presents the seventh annual R.C. Classic Antique Car Show and Chili Cook-Off. The car show and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. Admission is free. The event includes crafts, entertainment, vendors and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Elks' Christmas Basket Program that serves local military and families in need. The lodge is at 7711 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach.


The Huntington Beach Coordinating Council meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month (except July, August and September) 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. Saturdays to Petco, 8909 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, visit or email

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