Around Town: It’s rodeo time for 5 nights at O.C. Fair

Around Town: It’s rodeo time for 5 nights at O.C. Fair
A rodeo clown distracts a bull during the 2014 Extreme Rodeo at the OC Fair & Event Center’s Action Sports Arena. Extreme Rodeo is part of the 2018 fair’s five nights of rodeo through Sunday in Costa Mesa. (File Photo)

Rodeo fans can take in five nights of action this week at the OC Fair & Event Center’s Action Sports Arena in Costa Mesa.

The fair’s Extreme Rodeo, billed as traditional rodeo turned up a notch, runs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Bronc and bull riding take the spotlight at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.


Fiesta del Charro, a Mexican-style rodeo, begins at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for all the events start at $15 at


Fairgrounds parking is $10. For more information, visit

OC Fair Fun Run 5K hits fairgrounds Sunday

The 10th annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K will take participants on a running tour of the OC Fair & Event Center beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Entry fees are $45 for the adult 5K (ages 16 and over), $30 for the children’s 5K (ages 6-15) and $10 for children 5 and younger.

Every runner gets a free ticket to the fair, a commemorative medal and an event T-shirt.

For more information or to register or volunteer, visit or call (949) 222-0456.

Bring clothing donations for free entry to O.C. Fair Aug. 8

Goodwill of Orange County and the Orange County Fair are partnering for a We Care Wednesday clothing drive Aug. 8 in Costa Mesa.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive.

People who donate five new or lightly used clothing items to the drive will receive free same-day admission to the fair and a free carnival ride.

Hoag president to speak Thursday at Wake Up Newport

Robert Braithwaite, president and chief executive of Hoag Hospital, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s Wake Up Newport event from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.

The program is free. For more information, visit

‘Black Panther’ plays Friday at Fashion Island Hotel

The Fashion Island Hotel’s “Summer Dive-In Movies” continue this week with “Black Panther.”

The hotel, at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, is presenting the poolside series of film screenings at 8 p.m. Fridays through August.

Here is the remaining schedule after this week:

Aug. 10: “La La Land”

Aug. 17: “Ready Player One”

Aug. 24: “The Jungle Book”

Aug. 31: “Avengers: Infinity War”

Admission is $10, or free for overnight guests. Food and beverages are an additional cost.

Lobsterfest is back on the beach Sunday at Newport Dunes

Lobsterfest returns to Newport Beach on Sunday for its 10th year of offering fresh Maine lobster flown in the morning of the event and prepared onsite.

The annual beach party will run from 3 to 8 p.m. at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive. Live entertainment is included, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to Leadership Tomorrow and Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire.

General admission is $75 in advance, which includes one whole lobster (additional lobsters are $30 each), grilled New York strip steak, salad, red potatoes, corn on the cob, rolls and butter, dessert and a no-host bar. A VIP package is available for $150.

Walk-up tickets will be sold, if available, for $100 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For tickets and more information, visit

Newport sculpture lecture to focus on ‘Cosmic Glints’

Newport Beach Arts Commissioner Grace Divine will discuss Patricia Vader’s “Cosmic Glints” on Monday for the latest in Divine’s nine-part series of lectures about the newest additions to the sculpture exhibit at Civic Center Park.

Each lecture covers a different artist’s history and inspiration, as well as the style, technique and process used to create the art.

Monday’s event runs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Admission is free.

Surfing history lecture set at Sherman Library & Gardens

Paul Burnett, co-author of a book about the first surfing championships in Corona del Mar, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar.

Burnett will discuss his book, “Surfing Newport Beach: The Glory Days of Corona del Mar,” which highlights the history of the first Pacific Coast Surf Board Championships.

H.B. police and fire departments to hold Night Out

The Huntington Beach police and fire departments will hold a National Night Out event at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Target shopping center at Adams Avenue and Brookhurst Street.

The event will include police and fire equipment displays including a SWAT vehicle, a helicopter and a firetruck, plus horses and a K-9 unit. There also will be community service booths, a barbecue fundraiser, shaved ice, a coffee station, candy, face painting and more.

Dr. Seuss collection to go on display in Laguna Beach

A rare collection of Dr. Seuss’ known and unknown works will be on display Aug. 10 to Sept. 16 at the Narrative Gallery, 417 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit

Lido Theater to celebrate 80 years with two events

The Lido Theater in Newport Beach will celebrate its 80th anniversary with two charity events Aug. 15-16.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley will present a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, and a screening of the film “Jezebel” will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Both events will benefit Lupus International.

To buy tickets to the Medley event, visit For tickets to the movie screening, visit

Poker Under the Stars set in Newport Beach

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present a Poker Under the Stars event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach.

Proceeds will go to the Chamber of Commerce and the Ben Carlson Foundation.

For more information, visit

Pulitzer Prize-winning musical coming to Costa Mesa Playhouse

The Costa Mesa Playhouse will feature the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal” from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16 at 661 Hamilton St..

The play is about a suburban family dealing with a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder.

General admission is $22. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $20.

Reservations are available at

New student award created at UC Irvine to support real estate studies

The UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business recently announced a donation from Newport Beach-based Bixby Land Co. that will help foster the creation of an endowed fund at the Center for Real Estate.

The new award, titled the Bill Halford Family and Bixby Land Co. Student Award, will go to undergraduate and graduate students who show interest in pursuing real estate studies.

Halford, the award’s namesake, was chief executive of Bixby Land Co. He died this year.

“This gift is a tribute to Bill’s memory as a visionary leader who believed in supporting the next generation of real estate professionals,” said Ed Coulson, a professor of economics and public policy and director of the Center for Real Estate. “He was a strong advocate of mentorship and worked with our leaders to launch our program. This award is the perfect way to continue his commitment to guiding UCI students.”