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Around Town: Bar crawl in Newport Beach to help Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Saturday’s Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause in Newport Beach will begin at 1 p.m. at Malarky’s Irish Pub, 3011 Newport Blvd.

A bar crawl to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Orange County chapter will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Newport Beach.

The Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause will begin at Malarky’s Irish Pub, 3011 Newport Blvd.

Those who participate in the crawl will be able to taste special drinks at each bar. Other stops are Stag Bar + Kitchen, Baja Sharkeez and Blue Beet.

Admission tickets are $20 and are available at


OC Home & Garden Show comes to Costa Mesa

The 42nd annual Orange County Home & Garden Show is being held this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The event, featuring exhibits and workshops, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 88 Fair Drive.

Admission is $8.

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Glassblowing lessons offered at Sawdust Festival grounds

Glassblowing lessons will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

The private lessons will run in two-hour increments. Admission is $250.

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California Jam combines music and health discussion

California Jam — which merges a TED talk format with music — is being held through Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The event features discussions from experts in the health field, along with live rock music between presentations.

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Free silent disco Saturday night at Segerstrom Center

A free silent disco will be part of “Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light,” set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The three-hour event will include dancing, disc jockeys, a light painting photo booth and interactive art exhibits.


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Fountain Valley fashion show to raise money for seniors

The annual Fit & Fabulous Fashion Show will run from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at the Founders Village Senior and Community Center, 17967 Bushard St., Fountain Valley.

The program will raise money for Fountain Valley senior citizen services.

Tickets are $15 and include lunch, prizes and the show. They can be purchased at the reception desk.

Costa Mesa discussion to provide update on local homelessness

A discussion on the state of homelessness in Costa Mesa will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fete the Venue, 3101 Red Hill Ave., Costa Mesa.

Admission is $25 for members of the Chamber of Commerce and $35 for non-members.

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Costa Mesa council to review budget during study session

The Costa Mesa City Council will hold a study session Tuesday to receive and review a budget status report for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.


The meeting will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1A at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

Flower-painting class set in Laguna Beach

A sip and paint party is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Artist Lisa Rainey will teach guests how to paint poppies during the three-hour class, which will include complimentary wine.

Admission is $75.

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Robotics competition coming to OC Fair & Event Center

A robotics competition will be held Thursday through March 2 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The event will run from 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 at the fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive.

In the FIRST Robotics Competition, teams of high school students create industrial-size robots to compete in a field game.

Public admission is free. For more information, visit

Laguna Beach recognized for its love of trees

Laguna Beach was recently named a Tree City USA for its longstanding fealty to the perennial plants.

The Arbor Day Foundation bestowed the honor after the city met the required standards for urban forestry management.

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Ocean View School District recognizes top employees

Four employees of the Ocean View School District were recently honored as Employees of the Year.

They are flooring repairman Noah Valadez, food service worker Jill Earnest, office manager Cynthia Smith and instructional assistant Julissa Aleman.

“These classified employees truly embody what it means to be a part of the Ocean View family,” district Supt. Carol Hansen said in a statement. “They have served hundreds, if not thousands, of our students during their careers, and they continue to put students’ needs first and build positive relationships each and every day.”

The Huntington Beach-based district also named its Regional Administrators of the Year: Felix Avila, assistant superintendent of human resources, and Randy Lempert, principal of Mesa View Middle School.

Waymakers receives $1.1-million state grant

Waymakers, which runs the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, recently received a $1.1-million grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to help combat domestic violence.

The two-year grant will go toward Waymakers’ Project PATH (Positive Action Toward Health) program, which focuses on solving issues such as drunk driving, drug abuse and domestic violence.

“We have reached a critical point in addressing the issue of family violence. This grant from Cal OES will allow us to raise awareness of the issue — and resources available — statewide,” Ronnetta Johnson, executive director of Waymakers, said in a statement. “We hope to change the staggering rates of domestic violence through this campaign that will connect with people, especially young people, and deliver a potentially lifesaving message.”