Lynda Zussman signs copies of her book, "Throw Me the Rope: A Memoir of Loving Lauren," from 10 a.m. to noon at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, 1 Federation Way, Irvine.
Vox Pop Films presents a screening of and discussion about "Patient 13," a documentary film about the search for a cure to Type 1 diabetes. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hoag Hospital's Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, Building 150, 520 Superior Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, email RSVP@voxpopfilms.tv.
Martha Stewart will prepare a recipe from her new book, "Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations," at 6 p.m. at Macy's Home Store at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Seats can be reserved by purchasing copies of the book. To reserve a seat, call (887) 884-3751.
Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Laker formerly known as Ron Artest, and CNN's Jane Velez-Mitchell, will receive awards for their roles in advocating for children at the Joyful Child Gala. The event is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. For tickets, go to http://www.thejoyfulchild.org.
OCMA Studio Workshop
The Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, presents a painting workshop for beginners to advanced painters, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Artist Deborah Sevett will be the instructor. Bring your own painting supplies (watercolor and acrylic media only). OCMA members pay $20 and non-members pay $25.
THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY
'To Kill a Mockingbird'
The Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts stages Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Marianne Savell. Shows will be performed at the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard campus, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For showtimes and more information, call (714) 668-6145, or go to http://www.vanguardtickets.com.
Susan Hoffman will sign copies of her book, "A Precious Bond," from noon to 1:30 p.m. in front of the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.
The Harbor Singers, a senior women's singing group, perform at 10 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. To make a reservation, call (949) 718-1800.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
'The Magic School Bus'
The adaptation of Joanna Cole's "The Magic School Bus" comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater. Tickets for the family show start at $20. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.
FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY
The Corona del Mar High School Theatre Arts Department presents its production of "Amadeus" at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, 2101 Eastbluff, Newport Beach. Tickets cost $10.
A weekly Torah Study is at Temple Bat Yahm's Benjamin Marcus Library from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A special guest, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu of the Jewish Abayudaya Tribe in Uganda, will appear at the Saturday Shabbat Service, starting at 10:40 a.m. in the temple's Morgan Chapel. A dairy potluck lunch will follow. RSVP at (949) 644-1999. Temple Bat Yahm is at 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach.
Day of Action
A "Make Banks Pay' rally, organized by MoveOn.Org, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Plaza, 14222 Culver Drive, Irvine.
An opening reception for "The Great Picture" exhibit is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Great Park Gallery in the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
Hollywood Blonde will play a free show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
TILL JAN. 29