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There will be several Memorial Day observance ceremonies in the area, including one at 11 a.m. Monday at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1625 Gisler Ave., Costa Mesa. Organizers will offer complimentary hot dogs and drinks to attendees. For more information, call (714) 540-5554 or visit

The Newport Beach American Legion will hold two Memorial Day ceremonies with performances by the Mountain Fifes and Drums at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, and at 1 p.m. at Newport Harbor Post 291, 215 E. 15th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit


Make a Splash

As per tradition, Newport Dunes & Marina, 11331 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, is opening its Aquatic Water Park this weekend — and is planning the biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration in its history. On Saturday, enjoy a Hawaiian barbecue starting at 12:30 p.m. ($25 adults and $12 kids ages 12 and younger), followed by a tug-o-war game at 1 p.m., limbo at 2 p.m., Polynesian dancers at 3 p.m., crafts at 5 p.m. ($1 each), a live performance by Jumpin' Jack Flash at 6 p.m. and a Movies on the Beach screening of "Despicable Me" at 8:30 p.m. Those who wear a Hawaiian shirt to the barbecue will receive a free soft drink or ice cream coupon. For more information, call (949) 729-3863 or visit


Highland Hijinx

The annual Scots Fest, a Scottish festival of entertainment, food and culture, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Enjoy the United Scottish Society's Highland Games and Gathering, including massed bands at noon Saturday and 5 p.m. both days; a memorial service at 10 a.m. Sunday; highland dancing; traditional Highland games like the caber toss; and live music. Tickets are $18 for adults (one day); $16 for seniors 65 and older and students with ID; and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger get in free, as do active armed forces in uniform with ID.


I Want My Baby Back

Get your grub on at the Alley Restaurant's Memorial Day BBQ at 4501 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. Pay $15 per plate or $25 for all-you-can-eat baby back ribs, burgers, potato salad and corn on the cob. Also enjoy drink specials like $4 Memorial Shooters and $3 drafts. We're not sure what shooters have to do with Memorial Day, but to each their own. For more information, call (949) 646-9126 or visit


Swirl and Sip

The eighth annual Newport Beach Wine Festival at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will be Friday through Sunday. Enjoy a gustatory tour around the world with educational seminars, wine events, tastings, sommelier and winemaker chats, fine dining and more. For more information, visit


A Rockabilly State of Mind

The second annual West Coast Rockabilly Showdown continues Saturday at the Orange County Market Place in the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, with the Fulltones performing at noon; Karling Abbeygate at 1 p.m.; and the Country Cats at 2 p.m. In addition, Los Fabulocos will perform with Kid Ramos at noon Sunday. Admission to the concerts and swap meet are free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Visit


Retail Therapy

If you're born to shop but seek an antidote to all of the advertising blitz that comes with the weekend, stop by Buffalo Exchange's old-school luau Saturday through Monday at their Lab store, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Take part in their limbo contest and you'll receive a $5-off coupon. Buy $75 or more in new or gently loved merchandise and receive a Buffalo Exchange beach bag filled with surprises. The shop has received a large variety of designer handbags recently, from brands like Kooba, Marc Jacobs, Linea Pelle, Coach and Isabella Fiore. For more information, visit

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