Around Town: Patriots Day Parade steps up Saturday in Laguna Beach


The annual Patriots Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in Laguna Beach.

The route starts at Laguna Beach High School, then proceeds down Park Avenue, turns right on Glenneyre Street and right again on Forest Avenue, ending just past City Hall.

Bands, equestrians, classic cars and floats will participate.

Barbara Diamond will be the grand marshal of this year's Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade on Saturday.
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Last year’s parade was canceled because of weather, so this year’s event will have the same theme, “Everyday Heroes”; Honored Patriot, Arnold Silverman; and Citizen of the Year, Sande St. John, according to the parade’s website.

For more information, call Sandi Werthe at (949) 494-6016 or visit

Pacific City schedules ‘secret’ comedy show Friday

The Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach will host a comedy event at 8 p.m. Friday in which the performers’ names will be kept secret until the day of the show.

Tickets are $40. The “Don’t Tell Comedy” show will feature four comics, but their names and the exact location won’t be revealed to ticket buyers until noon Friday via email.


Tickets are available at

Cafe Sevilla expands into Costa Mesa

Cafe Sevilla, a Spanish restaurant with locations in San Diego and Long Beach, is expanding with a new restaurant opening at the Triangle in Costa Mesa.

The restaurant opens Friday at 1870 Harbor Blvd. and will feature live Latin music and flamenco dinner shows.

“Costa Mesa is Orange County’s premier destination for dining and entertainment,” Chief Executive Eric Van de Haute said in a statement. “This city has an emphasis and an appreciation for cultural arts, and we’re looking forward to sharing our own Spanish culture through authentic, rich flavors and the flair of flamenco.”

For more information, visit

‘Three to Infinity’ screening in Surf City

Huntington Beach Reads One Book is screening “Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders,” a 2015 documentary about people who are neither male nor female, on Friday at Huntington Beach’s Senior Center in Central Park.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and a discussion will follow the film.

The senior center is at 18042 Goldenwest St. For more information, visit

Fairgrounds hosts four-wheeler weekend expo

The Four Wheeler Adventure Expo steers into the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday and Sunday.

The event features off-road and outdoor lifestyle brands, as well as live music and a beer garden.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Weekend passes are $30. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Parking is $10 at the Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive.

For more information, visit or call (317) 716-2678.

Pier Plaza concert series begins this weekend

The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum will present the Surfin’ Sundays Concert Series beginning this weekend and continuing through September.

The free series, which includes vendor booths on Saturdays and concerts on Sundays, will be at Pier Plaza at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach.

The concerts run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the vendors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The dates are this Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, June 27-28, July 18-19, Aug. 22-23 and Sept. 26-27.

For more information, call (714) 337-9176.

Look at the sun for spots (with special filter help)

Here’s a chance to look at sunspots without eye damage.

Special filtered telescopes will be available at a viewing set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call (949) 923-2210.

Snakes are the stars at nature center demonstration

The Nix Nature Center in Laguna Beach will host a snake demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
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The Nix Nature Center in Laguna Beach is hosting a snake demonstration with crafting from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The center is in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at 18751 Laguna Canyon Road.

Admission is free. Parking is $3. Registration is required by visiting

For more information, call (949) 923-2235.

Bonsai trees come to Sherman Library

The Orange Empire Bonsai Society will present a bonsai tree exhibition at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The show is free with garden admission of $5.

The library and gardens are at 2647 E. Coast Hwy. For a list of events at the exhibition, visit

Silent disco dances into Argyros Plaza

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will host a silent disco Saturday night.
The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will host a silent disco Saturday night.
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The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will host a night of lights, colors and silent disco Saturday.

The event, titled “Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light,” runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

In silent disco, guests dance to music they hear through headphones.

The plaza is at 600 Town Center Drive.

H.B. Tree Society to plant for Arbor Day

The Huntington Beach Tree Society will have an Arbor Day planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The event will be at 6711 Ellis Ave., at the corner of Ellis and Goldenwest Street.

Costa Mesa chamber hosts women’s luncheon

The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 International Women’s Day luncheon is Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cafe Sevilla in the Triangle at 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa.

The speaker will be Jami Goldman Marseilles, a teacher and athlete.

Tickets are $50. For more information and to register, visit

Marine topics to be discussed at Laguna event

The South Laguna Civic Assn. will present marine biologist Nancy Caruso on Monday for a discussion of efforts to restore kelp forests off Orange County and reintroduce abalone shellfish. Other experts also are scheduled to speak.

The session starts at 6 p.m. at the Ranch, 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

RSVPs are requested via email at

Oil paintings go on display at Newport library

“Fairy Tales,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass, opens Monday at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.

The works were inspired by 1950s-era advertising.

“Fairy Tales” will be open through May 8 during normal library hours.

‘A Bronx Tale’ coming to Segerstrom Hall

The musical “A Bronx Tale” is coming to Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa from Tuesday through March 22.

Tickets start at $26 and are available at, (714) 556-2787 and the box office at 600 Town Center Drive.

For more information, visit

Women’s awards show set for Costa Mesa

The National Assn. of Women Business Owners Orange County will hold its annual Remarkable Women Awards presentation Tuesday at Fete the Venue, 3101 Red Hill Ave., Costa Mesa.

The event, which highlights milestones for women and honors female business owners, will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $150 for general admission and $125 for NAWBO-OC members. For more information, visit

Youth ballet performances at H.B. library

Ballet Etudes will present “Hercules Saves the Rainbow” on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave.

The one-hour ballet is performed by 100 local dancers ages 6 to 18.

Show times are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $15 and are available at

Newport public works director to discuss harbor projects

Speak Up Newport will present Dave Webb, director of public works for Newport Beach, on Wednesday to discuss the future of Newport Harbor.

Webb will talk about dredging projects and how they may affect residents.

The meeting starts with a reception at 5:15 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Admission is free.

For more information, call (949) 224-2266 or visit

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ author coming to Newport Beach

Tomi Adeyemi, a Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning Nigerian American writer who is the author of “Children of Blood and Bone,” will speak at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.

Tickets are $27 for general admission and $21 for members of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

For tickets or more information, visit or call (949) 717-3892.

Learn about probiotics at Fountain Valley seminar

A seminar about probiotics is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 12 at the Center at Founders Village, 17967 Bushard St., Fountain Valley.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP at or call (833) 818-0789.

CdM chamber to hold information meeting on 405 project

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will present a discussion of the ongoing 405 Freeway widening project on March 12.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive. Parking and admission are free.

The $1.9-billion project aims to expand a 16-mile portion of the 405 between the 73 Freeway in Costa Mesa and the 605 Freeway near Rossmoor by 2023. The plan includes a new general-purpose lane and a new “express” toll lane in both directions. The existing carpool lane in each direction will be converted to a second toll lane.

Community foundation to hold fundraising drive

The Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation will have a fundraising drive March 12 that seeks to raise $70,000.

The funds will promote workforce development and employment opportunities.

For more information and to donate, visit

Laguna presenting Arbor Day tree planting

The city of Laguna Beach will hold an Arbor Day event from 3 to 5 p.m. March 12 at Frederick M. Lang Park.

It will include a tree-planting ceremony and children’s activities.

The park is at 21540 Wesley Drive.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ to open in Surf City

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts will present six showings of “Beauty and the Beast” from March 13 to 15 and 20 to 22 at Huntington Beach High School.

Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $16 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, visit

‘Jungle Junk Critters’ artist to speak at Sherman Library

Ron Yeo shows off his exhibit "Jungle Junk Critters" at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar.
Ron Yeo shows off his exhibit “Jungle Junk Critters” at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar.
(File Photo)

An event to learn about “Jungle Junk Critters,” a collection of 20 found-items art sculptures created by Ron Yeo, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 13 at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar.

Tickets start at $30 and include lunch. Sherman Library is at 2647 E. Coast Hwy.

For tickets or more information, visit

Medications seminar is March 13 in H.B.

The Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council will hold a discussion about medications at 9:30 a.m. March 13 at the Senior Center in Central Park, 18041 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach.

The event is presented by Dr. Bill Liu of the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Assemblywoman to hold women’s event at OCC

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) will present the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference on March 14 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

The free event, co-sponsored by Girls Inc. and Planned Parenthood, will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a college fair and will last until 2:30 p.m.

Actress Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal Minds” is the keynote speaker.

OCC is at 2701 Fairview Road. Parking will be in Lot E.

For registration and more information, visit

Outpost Kitchen expands with second Costa Mesa location

Outpost Kitchen, an Australian cuisine restaurant that first opened in Costa Mesa in 2015, has opened a second location at 3420 Bristol St., near South Coast Plaza.

The second spot, dubbed Outpost Kitchen & Bar, is 4,000 square feet, nearly four times the square footage of the original location at 1792 Monrovia Ave.

For more information, visit

Orange Coast College president receives honor

The League of United Latin American Citizens Santa Ana Council No. 147 recently recognized Orange Coast College President Angelica Suarez as one of its 2020 Hispanic Women of the Year honorees.

Suarez was recognized alongside nine other women of Hispanic descent for their “accomplishments and meaningful voluntary contributions to their overall communities [that] make them positive role models for a younger generation of leaders,” according to a news release.

Suarez is the 11th president to head the Costa Mesa campus and the second woman and first Latina to do so.

New coffee shop opens in Newport Beach office building

Stereoscope Coffee Co. recently opened at 100 Bayview, an office building in Newport Beach at 100 Bayview Circle.

The specialty coffee shop and roaster is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit or call (949) 932-0068.

Mountain Mike’s opening new spots in Costa Mesa, F.V.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a chain known for its crispy, curly pepperoni, is opening two new restaurants in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley this spring.

The Costa Mesa location replaces Paris Baguette at 350 E. 17th St.

The Fountain Valley location will be in the shopping center at Brookhurst Street and Garfield Avenue that is anchored by Grocery Outlet.

Kia makes $450,000 donation to nonprofit

Kia Motors recently presented a $450,000 donation to StandUp for Kids, a national nonprofit with an office in Costa Mesa, to benefit homeless youths.

The funds will support housing, meals, transportation and more in Orange County and beyond, according to a news release.

Hoag Hospital gives $100,000 to Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of Orange County, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, recently received a $100,000 grant from Hoag Hospital.
The funds will benefit elementary programming, which includes a summer camp program.

O.C. Fair Board approves new community benefit program

The Orange County Fair Board has approved a community engagement program “aimed at helping local community groups, nonprofits and government agencies by supporting projects and events,” according to a news release.

The state-owned property in Costa Mesa set aside $150,000 and a two-person committee to spearhead the program, which will offer free or discounted meeting and facility space.

Organizations interested in applying can visit

O.C. Community Foundation giving $600,000 to area groups

The Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation is giving nearly $600,000 in grants to help advance environmental conservation and education.

The funds will go to 15 nonprofits, according to a news release.

George Mason University picks UCI dean as president

UC Irvine’s engineering dean, Gregory Washington, has been chosen as the new president of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

He is scheduled to begin in the job July 1.

OCTA asks for public input in new survey

The Orange County Transportation Authority is conducting an online survey to “gain better insight into how people living in Orange County are changing the way they get around the county,” according to a news release.

The survey, available at, is intended to gauge people’s opinions about the current public transit system. It could be used to shape transportation planning.

Hoag Hospital is honored for nursing practices

For the fourth time since 2005, Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach has attained Magnet recognition for its dedication to quality nursing practices, according to a news release.

The award, given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the highest honor an organization can receive in professional nursing, according to Hoag.

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