Around Town: San Clemente mall offering Lunar New Year fun, gifts

The Outlets at San Clemente is presenting a Lunar New Year celebration featuring a dragon dance, interactive lion dances for kids, martial arts demonstrations, face painting, balloon animals and more from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 28.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese descent.


In addition to the celebration, being held in the center court, the mall will host a red envelope giveaway from Friday to Feb. 2, with special offers from retailers and a $108 Outlets at San Clemente gift certificate. In Asian cultures, red envelopes are gifts presented during holidays. Shoppers can visit customer service to receive their free red envelope gifts.

The Outlets at San Clemente is at 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa in San Clemente.


Various establishments joining Newport's Restaurant Week

Diners will find special menus and prices at 62 participating restaurants during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which actually runs two weeks — through Jan. 29.

The 11th annual event offers lunches priced from $10 to $25 and dinners from $20 to $50. The establishments also will offer their regular menus.

The restaurants include fine-dining establishments such as Five Crowns, Andrea at Pelican Hill and A Restaurant along with neighborhood favorites such as Avila's El Ranchito and Billy's at the Beach.

This year, the newly opened Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar will offer a $50 dinner with a mushroom and spinach salad followed by red wine braised lamb shanks or cioppino, a fish stew.

Brian Huskey, head chef at Tackle Box at Corona del Mar State Beach, said he wanted to give vegetarians more options by offering a chickpea patty with pickled Fresno chili and a chipotle tzatziki.

No tickets, passes or coupons are required for Restaurant Week. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit

Saddleback College ready to entertain with music and more

Keyboard Studies at Saddleback College presents Anna Grigorian and Natasha Gubenko in a piano duet at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the McKinney Theatre.

The duo will perform a program of famous works for piano duet by Tchaikovsky, Milhaud, Debussy, Piazzolla and more.

Gubenko was born in Ukraine into a family of musicians. She is one of the founders and organizers of Russian School of Orange County. Grigorian, born in Tbilisi, Georgia, was exposed to classical music from a very young age.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students (presale only). Children get in free with a paying adult.

Also, ThIs ThiNg, originally called Happening/Unhappening — a fusion of dance, poetry, art and improvised music — is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the college's Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door.

Call (949) 582-4656 or visit

Saddleback College is at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. in Mission Viejo. Free parking is available in Lot 12.

Fundraiser for CHOC to be held at Nixon library

Pursenally Yours, the Littlest Angel Guild's annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County, will be held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda at 10 a.m. March 18.

The $80 cost includes a gourmet luncheon provided by the Anaheim White House catering team. A silent action will feature designer, vintage and celebrity handbags to bid on. Auction winners will be included in a drawing for a diamond necklace donated by David Hayman Jewelers of Yorba Linda.

The Littlest Angel Guild has worked for more than 50 years to raise funds for programs and services at CHOC — the Orange and Mission Viejo locations as well as CHOC clinics.

For ticket information, visit