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THROUGH OCT. 22
Project Playhouse, a six-week event with elaborate kid-size
playhouses on display and sold at public auction, will be held at
Fashion Island Center in Newport Beach. All the playhouses will be on
display, with village tours on the weekend and an open house Sept.
17. The auction is scheduled for Oct. 22. Info: (949) 553-9510 or
THROUGH NOV. 9
The Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee is seeking local artists to
display their work at the Artist Showcase, a new event created to
support the local artistic community. The event is scheduled at 6
p.m. Nov. 10 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845
Park Ave., Costa Mesa. There is no charge to participate, and the
event will be open to the public. Interested artists should call Jana
Ransom at (714) 754-5300.
The Sierra Club National Sustainable Consumption Committee
explains "The True Cost of Food" with a discussion about diet, health
and the environment from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community
Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa. $3 donation. Info: (714) 963-6345
The 32nd Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour -- featuring six homes in
the communities of Pelican Point, Pelican Crest, Cameo Highlands, and
Corona del Mar -- is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with
refreshments at 8:30 a.m. at Rouge Restaurant, Newport Beach. All
proceeds will be contributed to Corona del Mar High School and Middle
School PTA. Tickets cost $60 and are pre-sale only. The cost includes
morning refreshments, lunch, and a cocktail reception. Info: (949)
222-4622 or o7www.cdmhometour.comf7.
Judith Todero will present a free seminar on beating bronchitis
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mother's Market, 225 East 17th St., Costa
Mesa. Info: (949) 631-4741.
Dr. James Pick will speak about urban issues confronting cities in
the United States and abroad. His new book, co-authored with Richard
Greene, has analyzed the trends in cities and urban areas utilizing
new techniques and the most recent information. The event is
scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room of the Newport
Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Info: (949)
The Newport Beach Public Library Manuscript Discussion Group will
discuss "Sister Age" by M.F.K Fisher -- a collection of stories drawn
from the author's encounters with the realities of aging. The book is
available at the library as well as in paperback at several local
bookstores. The discussion will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Newport
Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The
Manuscripts Book Discussion Group is open to the public, and there is
no charge to attend. Info: (949) 717-3800 or
Sandi Miller, author of "Feng Shui Your Way," will present a free
seminar and book-signing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mother's Market,
225 East 17th St., Costa Mesa. Info: (949) 631-4741.
Speak Up Newport is holding its monthly general membership
meeting, and this month's topic is Marinapark. The meeting begins
with a 5 p.m. reception and officially starts at 6 p.m. in the
Commodores Room of the Newport Beach Yacht Club, Bayside Drive and
Jamboree Road, Newport Beach. Guests are welcome. Info: (949)
Chuck Meece, founder of the Wellness Center, will present a free
seminar on fatty acid analysis from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mother's
Market, 225 East 17th St., Costa Mesa. Info: (949) 631-4741.
Stacia Deutsch, author of the children's book "Blast to the Past:
Bell's Beakthrough," will discuss and sign the book at 10 a.m. at
Barnes & Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa.
Info: (714) 444-0226.
Firoozeh Dumas, author of "Funny in Farsi," will discss and sign
the book at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 South Coast
Drive, Costa Mesa. Info: (714) 444-0226.
Gregg Hurwitz, author of "Trouble Shooter," will discuss and sign
the book at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 South
Coast Drive, Costa Mesa. Info: (714) 444-0226.
The Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn. will conduct
their third annual "Paint the Back Bay" exhibit and sale of original
art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive
Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Today and Sunday. Info:
o7www.socalpapa.comf7 or o7www.newportbay.orgf7.
Weiser Family Farms and Sage on the Coast have teamed up to help
Hurricane Katrina victims by hosting an evening event featuring a
five-course dinner with wine pairings. The event is scheduled to
begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sage on the Coast, 7862 East Coast Highway,
Newport Beach. Cost is $65 per person; reservations are required. All
proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Info: (949) 715-7243.
The Junior League of Orange County will hold its 30th Annual
Christmas Company, which features more than 80 vendors from around
the country offering a wide variety of merchandise. The event is
scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday and from 10
a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and will be held at the Orange
County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. General admission is
$7. Info: (949) 261-0823
The Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter will hold its
monthly meeting and will celebrate its 15-year anniversary with
producer/director/writer Dana Brown, who made "Step Into Liquid" and
"Dust to Glory" at 6:30 p.m. at Newport Rib Co., 2196 Harbor Blvd.,
Costa Mesa. Cost is $15, includes dinner -- limited tickets
available. Info: (949) 631-2110 or o7www.surfrider.
A breast self-exam workshop, presented by Sandy Finestone, patient
services coordinator at Hoag Cancer Center, is scheduled to begin at
6 p.m. at the Hoag Conference Center in Newport Beach. Info: (800)
Artist and designer Maya Lin will be present at the dedication
ceremony for UC Irvine's $3.6 million, 30,000-square-foot high-tech
outdoor Arts Plaza. The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the
Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine. For more information,
please call (949) 824-4339.