Veterans Courtyard of Honor
Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, dedicates its Veterans Courtyard of Honor with special guest Ret. Adm. Vernon E. Clark at 4:30 p.m. A VIP reception is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The courtyard is a symbol of gratitude to those who have served in the military.
Improvinitus, a troupe of college students who perform improv comedy, performs at 8:30 p.m. at Starlight Theatre Company, 1125-A Victoria St., Costa Mesa. Tickets for "Laughter is Contagious" cost $5. For more information, visit http://www.improvinitus.com.
THURSDAY TILL SATURDAY
Pacific Symphony, as part of its Pops Series, presents Chicago singer Peter Cetera in concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. The shows are at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $25. For more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.
UC Irvine dedicates the Rowland Hall Exhibit, highlighting the life and work of Professor F. Sherwood Rowland, starting at 1 p.m. with a lecture by Professor Donald R. Blake in the Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D, A311 Student Center, Irvine. A reception and toast follows at 3 p.m. at the entrance to Rowland Hall. For more information, visit ps.uci.edu/
"Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan" will screen at 7 p.m. Friday at Newport Mesa Church, 2599 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. The film follows 25 orphans living as a family along the railway in southern India. For more information and free tickets, visit http://www.motherindiafilm.com.
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.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
District Dance Festival
Come see Orchesis, Intermediate Dance and a few special guest performers at this year's District Dance Festival at 7 p.m. at Newport Harbor High School's Loats Theater, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. Tickets may be bought in the quad during break and lunch through Friday.
UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of Arts presents a Trio Celeste concert in tribute to Winifred Smith, one of the most significant supporters of the school. New York-based Trio Celeste will perform Beethoven's Triple Concert with the UCI Symphony at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $12 for children younger than 17 and students with ID. For more information, call at (949) 824-2787 or visit http://www.arts.uci.edu.
Alex's Lemonade Stand
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, hosts Alex's Lemonade Stand in memory of John Taggart. The stand in Carousel Court will offer lemonade, fresh baked goods and a complimentary carousel ride. For more information, call (949) 753-5180.
Surrealist Art Exhibition
Anne's Boutique Wines, 270 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, presents the Surrealist Art Exhibition throughout the month of June. An artists' reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, call (949) 631-6627 or visit http://www.annesboutiquewines.com.
Children's Bureau, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, hosts a Clambake from 6 to 10 p.m. at Oak Creek Golf Club, 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine. Tickets for the Clambake, a semi-casual event featuring inspired cuisine, a live auction and dancing, are $250 per person. Register at http://www.all4kids.org. All of the net proceeds raised from the evening go toward Children's Bureau prevention programs.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Relay for Life
Costa Mesa's Relay for Life kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Estancia High School, 2323 Placentia Ave. This 24-hour fundraiser commemorates those lost to cancer while honoring those who have survived it. For more information, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit http://www.RelayForLife.org.
OC BBQ & Music Festival
The O.C. Fair and Events Centers hosts the fifth annual OC BBQ & Music Festival, a fundraiser featuring more than 70 award-winning barbecue teams plus beer and wine tastings. Scott Slater, owner of Slater's 50/50, has issued a challenge for teams to create a unique burger recipe fit to be served in his three Southern California restaurants. The festival also includes a concert by Sugar Ray, "American Idol" finalists and Mr. BBQ Pageant. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for one day or $25 for both. Children get in for $10 per day, with those younger than 2 admitted for free. Parking is $5 for general and $8 for preferred.