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Mesa, CA 92627; by e-mail to jeff.benson@latimes.com; by fax to (949)

646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4298. Include the time, date and

location of the event, as well as a contact phone number.

SATURDAY

Marine biologists age 8 and older are invited to join the marine

discovery expedition in Newport Bay from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children

under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per person,

and reservations are required. Information: (949) 642-5031.

The Friends of the Newport Beach Library will hold a used book

sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central

Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Information: (949)

759-9667.

A two-hour walking tour of the Back Bay will be given by a trained

naturalist beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost, and there are no

reservations needed. Information: (949) 923-2269.

A two-hour electric boat tour of the Back Bay will be given by a

trained naturalist beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per

person, and reservations are required. Information: (949) 923-2269.

Randy Myers will sign his book, "Jesus, The Computer and New York

City," at noon at Barnes & Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 South Coast

Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 444-0226.

Tigers of the Sky is a course that teaches the habit and methods

of various airborne predators of the Southern California skies,

including the owl. It includes a live bird presentation from the

Orange County Birds of Prey Center and an owl pellet dissection.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the cost is $5 per person, and registration is

required. Information: (949) 923-2275.

Author John DePuy will discuss and sign his new book, "Building

Business in the 21st century," at 2 p.m. at Borders, South Coast

Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. Information: (949) 631-8661.

The Back Bay Science Center will hold an evening marsh prowl,

where a naturalist will demonstrate plant and wildlife in the Back

Bay at dusk. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the cost is $15 per person and

requires reservations. Information: (949) 923-2269.

SUNDAY

Interfaith Cafe will hold a seminar on "Resolving Conflicts with

Family, Friends and Neighbors: Religion and Spirituality Today" from

1:30 to 5 p.m. at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, 1259

Victoria St., Costa Mesa. A $10 donation is suggested. Students with

ID get in free. Information: (949) 661-3087 or http://www.religious

diversityfaire.org.

A reception for House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Chris

Cox (R-Newport Beach) is held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Barry

and Debra Allen, 1021 White Sails Way, Corona del Mar. Refreshments

will be served. RSVP to Evelyn Hart at (949) 645-9127.

Sunday Fun-Day is held from 3 to 10 p.m. at Bonita Canyon Sports

Park, Bonita Canyon and Mesa View drives in Newport Beach. The event

will feature live music, games, activities and an 8:30 p.m. showing

of "The Cat in the Hat" on the grass. The first 1,000 kids receive a

free gift. Information: (949) 644-3151.

MONDAY

"Storytime with Miss Kathy" begins at 10 a.m. at Borders, 1890

Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. Information: (949) 631-8661.

A Jazzercise open house runs through Aug. 28 at the Costa Mesa

Senior Center, 695 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The event starts at 6

p.m. today, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9

a.m. Saturday. Free classes and door prizes will be awarded.

Information: (949) 642-8408.

TUESDAY

Toddler Time, "Ocean Adventure," is held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the

Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. Parents

and children 2 to 4 are welcome. The cost is $5 per child.

Information: (949) 645-8489.

Orange Coast College's Transfer Center is hosting a workshop to

show students how to fill out applications for California State

University campuses at 12:30 p.m. OCC is at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa

Mesa. The CSU application-filing period for the spring of 2005 begins

Aug. 1. Admission is free, but appointments are required.

Information: (714) 432-5894.

A free SAT and college admissions seminar hosted by the Princeton

Review begins at 6:30 p.m. at Borders, 1890 Newport Blvd., Costa

Mesa. Information: (949) 631-8661.

Authors Allyson Shaw and Richard Emidio Melo will sign their

books, "The Bon-Bon and Love Token" and "Jokerman 8," at 7 p.m. at

Book Soup South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 2400, Costa

Mesa. Information: (714) 689-2665.

THURSDAY

A daytime lung cancer support group, "Radiation Therapy for Lung

Cancer," will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hoag Cancer Center

Conference Room "A", One Hoag Drive, Newport Beach. Admission is free

and no registration is required. Information: (949) 760-5542.

The Parent Advisory Committee of Families Costa Mesa will hold a

community forum on education empowerment from 6 to 9 p.m. at

Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa. Guest

speakers include Sandra Robbie, producer of the documentary "Mendez

vs. Westminster," and Sylvia Mendez, a daughter in one of the

families, who challenged school segregation in Orange County.

Information: (949) 574-3970.

AUG. 27

The Southern California Indian Center's pow wow is held from 2 to

10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday in the Picnic Area and

Arlington Field at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88

Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 13 to

17 and for seniors, $2 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5

and under. Information: (714) 962-6673.

The first film in Orange Coast College's film series is "On the

Waterfront" starring Marlon Brando, showing at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine

Arts Building, Room 119 at OCC, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors over 60 and for OCC

students. Information: (714) 432-5154.

Estancia High School's class of 1994 will celebrate its 10th high

school reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Sutton Place Hotel,

4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Information: (949) 476-2001.

A Full Moon Walk at the Environmental Nature Center is held from 8

to 9 p.m. at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. Drinks and snacks will be

served. The cost is $2. Information: (949) 645-8489.

AUG. 28

Local bird expert Maya Decker will host a Fall Migration Birding

Walk from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Environmental Nature Center, 1601

16th St., Newport Beach. The event is free for members and $5 for

nonmembers. Information: (949) 645-8489.

Orange Coast College Extended Education is sponsoring a Loan

Signing Agent Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college, 2701

Fairview Road. Registration is $154. Information:(714) 432-5880,

option 1. Register online at: http://www.occtickets.com.

There will be a roots restoration effort in the Back Bay that will

help to maintain and learn about the natural ecology at the same

time. The project runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Reservations are required

for groups of five or more and refreshments and tools are provided.

Information: (949) 640-0286.

Fullerton College biology teacher Lenny Vincent will lead a spider

and insect hike through the Environmental Nature Center from 10 to

11:30 a.m., at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. The cost is $2.

Information: (949) 645-8489.

UC Irvine's annual Summer Bulb Sale is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the Arboretum, Campus Drive and Jamboree Road, Irvine. General

admission is $2, and children 12 and under get in free. Information:

(949) 824-5833.

Storytime with Merrily Kutner, author of "Down on the Farm,"

begins at 2 p.m. at Borders, 1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.

Information: (949) 631-8661.

Pamela Price, co-author of "100 Best Spas of the World," will

discuss and sign her book at 2 p.m. at Borders South Coast Plaza,

3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 432-7854.

A computer fair is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

in Building 12 at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88 Fair

Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children

under 10. Information: (800) 800-5600.

Roman Loranc will sign his new photography book, "Two-Hearted

Oak," from 1 to 5 p.m. at Susan Spiritus Gallery, 3929 Birch St.,

Newport Beach. Information: (949) 474-4321.

A Back Bay Bat Walk will be hosted by bat expert Stephanie

Remington beginning at dusk. The cost is $7 per person for ages 8 and

up and pre-registration is required. Information: (949) 923-2275.

Estancia High School Class of 1974 will celebrate their 30th high

school reunion from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Marriott, 18000 Von

Karman Ave., Irvine. Information: (949) 553-0100.

AUG. 29

The fifth annual Endless Summer Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle

Show & Elvis Salute is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orange County

Market Place, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is free with

Market Place admission. Information: (949) 723-6663.

The Jami Lula Singer's Workshop, for people who either love to

sing with a group or would like to give it a try, will meet from 1 to

4 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Discovery, 2850 Mesa Verde Drive

East, Costa Mesa. The cost is $35. Information: (714) 754-7399.

AUG. 30

Fall semester classes begin today at Orange Coast College, 2701

Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 432-5072.

"Storytime with Miss Kathy" begins at 10 a.m. at Borders, 1890

Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. Information: (949) 631-8661.

SEPT. 2

The third annual Festival of Children is held from 6 to 9 p.m. in

the Nordstrom Parking Lot at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St.,

Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 546-0110.

SEPT. 4

The Orange County Cruisin' Assn.'s "Great Labor Day Car Cruise"

runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Sunday at the Orange County

Fair and Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is

$10 for adults and free for children under 12. Information: (714)

826-1948.

SEPT. 5

The Zen Center of Orange County is offering an "Introduction to

Zen" workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at 120 E. 18th St., Costa Mesa. The

workshop combines experience in Zen meditation with small group

instruction. The cost is $60. Information: (949) 722-7818.

SEPT. 8

A Manuscripts book discussion group will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the

Friends Meeting Room of the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000

Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The free discussion will focus on Edward

P. Jones' "The Known World." Information: (949) 717-3800 or

http://www.newport beachlibrary.org.

SEPT. 9

CM900 of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host wine

connoisseurs and enthusiasts for wine tastings and live and silent

auctions. Proceeds benefit CM900 children's charities and

scholarships. Information: (714) 885-9095.

Traditional Jewelers' annual Watch Fair is held from 5 to 9 p.m.

at 203 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Information: (949)

721-9010.

SEPT. 11

A "Celebration for Peace begins at 10 a.m. at Newport Dunes

Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. The day's festivities

include live music, guest speakers, games, food, vendors and beach

activities. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for teens and $3 for

children 12 and under. Information: (714) 736-7222.

South Coast Repertory's annual "Playing to a Muse" Gala Ball and

fundraiser runs from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency

Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway,

Huntington Beach. Information: (714) 708-5504.

The Crystal Cove Alliance's second annual "Tropical Gala on the

Beach" begins at 6 p.m. today and Sept. 12 at Crystal Cove State

Park, 8471 Pacific Coast Highway. Proceeds benefit restoration of the

cove and its education programs. Tickets are $150. Information: (949)

640-5220.

Newport Harbor High School's class of 1964 will celebrate its 40th

high school reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Harborside

Restaurant, 400 Main St., Balboa. Information: (949) 676-4663.

Corona del Mar High School's class of 1964 will celebrate its 40th

high school reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Harborside

Restaurant, 400 Main St., Balboa. Information: (949) 676-4663.

SEPT. 12

A special welcome and orientation for Hebrew and Sunday school at

Temple Bat Yahm begins at 9 a.m. at 1011 Camelback St., Newport

Beach. Information: (949) 644-1999.

UC Irvine's Macular Degeneration Partnership and the department of

ophthalmology will hold an educational seminar on macular

degeneration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beckman Conference Center, UC

Irvine. Events include a vision fair from 9 to 10 a.m., presentations

by specialists from 10 a.m. to noon and a vision fair from noon to 1

p.m. Reservations are required. Information: (888) 430-9898.

SEPT. 17

The Sand Sports Super Show is held from 5 to 10 p.m. today, from 9

a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the

Orange County Fair and Exposition Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

Information: (714) 990-5107 or http://www.sandsport supershow.com.

SEPT. 18

The city of Costa Mesa will host the 23rd biannual "Neighbors for

Neighbors" community clean-up, a program that aims to assist

low-income homeowners maintain the beauty of their homes and

neighborhoods. Donations are welcome. Information: (714) 754-4892.

SEPT. 22

The Orange County Activity Directors Assn.'s Senior Games are held

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 10 at the Orange County Fair and

Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: (714)

376-6169.

Hoag Hospital Dr. Mark Kan, OB/GYN, will discuss risks, symptoms

and treatment options for individuals and couples regarding

infertility at 6 p.m. at Hoag Conference Center, One Hoag Drive,

Newport Beach. The discussion is free, but reservations are required.

Information: (800) 514-HOAG.

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