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From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Share Our Selves | Continuing through December 20 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | This holiday season marks the 49th of the annual Adopt A Family Program. In what has become a cherished tradition, SOS connects struggling Orange County families with generous community members who provide gifts and food for the holidays. This year, SOS will connect donors with more than 1,400 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools. Help make a difference in the lives of children and families in need. Give hope to thousands in Orange County this season.

Dec. 17 - 19 are drop-off dates for donated items; December 20 is the pick-up date for recipient families. Free admission and parking for all donors, volunteers and staff 

Contact: To get more information and to see how you can participate, call 949.270.2187; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.shareourselves.org/aaf

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach buildings, the Courtyard and Santa Ana Pavilion, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Human Kindness Club | January 25, 2019 beginning at 9 a.m. | This local nonprofit charity organization dedicated to making a difference in the world by giving perpetually to those in need worldwide, is hosting the “Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament” at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, with proceeds supporting Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project. After enjoying a day of golf (9 a.m. shotgun start), with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every tee, participants will be treated to an evening of inspiring speeches by celebrity guests, a sumptuous dinner, an awards ceremony with prizes for tournament winners, and a silent auction and opportunity drawing, among other highlights. Participants will be vying to win top prizes that include a million-dollar golf shot giveaway, an all-expense paid trip for two to the Masters via a putting contest, a $10,000 cash giveaway and a 2018 Ducati Motorcycle, generously donated by Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach. Plush swag bags, Mastro’s martinis and girls dressed as angels will add some sizzle to the tournament. Celebrity golfers include actors Michael Dudikoff, Rick Ravanello and Kevin Sorbo, and former pro athletes Doug DeCinces, Byron Russell, Bryon Chamberlain, Mike Salmon, Ron Brown, Garry Templeton, Chris Hale and Ricky Ellis, to name a few. The cost is $380 per person and $1,500 for a team of four. Sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.humankindness.org.

Contact: To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorships for the Human Kindness Club Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament, contact Karla VandenBerg at 208.272.1578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

For A Good Cause Pelican Hill

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Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

LEGO Block Party, December 19 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, December 29 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Superhero Drop-In Crafts, January 5, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. Start the New Year off with a super fun afternoon of Superhero crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Takes place in the Children’s Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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“In Residence” landscape oils by Gianne de Genevraye opens, January 7, 2019 through March 1, 2019 during library hours. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of landscape oil paintings by international artist Gianne de Genevraye who paints public gardens in Europe and the United States. She is a contemporary nature painter, exhibiting widely with work seen in collections in France, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. Born in California, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of California Irvine, studying under contemporary masters Judy Chicago, Tony Delap, Craig Kaufman and John Paul Jones. She was studio assistant to Jennifer Bartlett in France for three years. In 1990-91, she was an Invited Artist at the American Academy of Rome. In 2017, de Genevraye was in residence at the Villa Fontaine in Antibes, France, beginning her residency for her upcoming Sister Cities exhibition at the Newport Beach Public Library. She then returned to Baja, Mexico, painting in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. In 2018, she traveled during the spring with Newport Beach Sister City to Okazaki, Japan to paint in residence during the cherry blossom festival. Paintings on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. On January 12, Newport Beach Sister City will host a reception and conversation with de Genevraye at the Newport Beach Central Library, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Giannes Elephant Cactus

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SCORE Workshop, January 8, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, January 9, 2019 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer. Synopsis: Ambitious, haunting and stunningly written, this is a universal tale of a family dramatically reshaped by the quest for personal freedom in the face of inherited beliefs, public prejudices and the unfathomable turns of history. It is at once a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage, the recovery of a passion that history never recorded, and a fierce reminder of the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning and permanence. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Saturdays, January 12, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Evening Book Discussion Group, January 16, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Join the Evening Book Discussion Group meeting in the beautiful new Sword meeting room, upstairs. The book to be discussed is Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows. This group meets on the third Wednesday every other month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration required. For more information, email Terry Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Saturdays, January 19, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Penguin Crafts, January 22, 2019 from 4 - 5 p.m. Join the fun by celebrating Penguin Awareness Day by learning about penguins and making penguin-inspired crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Geared for ages 3 and up. Takes place at the Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, January 23, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Caravaggio, January 23, 2019 from 7 - 8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Caravaggio was an Italian painter from the early 1590s to 1610. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, and they had a formative influence on Baroque painting. Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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The Witte Lectures: Hanna Rosin, January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation presents a Witte Lecture with Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women. The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate where she has authored notable articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” “The Silicon Valley Suicides,” and “Murder by Craigslist.” Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show, INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. Rosin is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? Be sure to join us this event for Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: How men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times. Friday Evening Lecture: Lecture and community conversation with dinner & wine. Tickets are NBPLF member, $58; Non-member, $63. Lecture and Q&A takes place from 7 - 8:30 p.m.; Light supper & wine at 8:30 p.m. Book sales & signing. Saturday Afternoon Lecture: Lecture with coffee, cookies and conversation. Tickets are NBPLF member, $38; Non-member, $43. Lecture and Q&A takes place from 2 - 3:30 p.m.; Coffee and dessert at 3:30 p.m. Book sales & signing.

For tickets and more information, visit www.nbplfoundation.org. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Hanna Rosin

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LEGO Saturdays, January 26, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Teen Study Hall, January 27, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. Busy preparing for finals?

They’re opening the Friend’s Room as a study space exclusively for teens. You bring your schoolwork and study pals, they’ll provide WiFi and snacks. Funded by donations from the Friends of the Library. Age Level: Teens. Takes place in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

STARS Volunteer Orientation, January 27, 2019 from 12 - 1 p.m. Do you love to read to kids? For this special volunteer work, they choose only the best and most reliable., so come find out more about this program. Minimum commitment is one year and a minimum of one hour per month. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. View the website to obtain an online registration form. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard, January 28, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Howard Federoff, M.D. Topic: Biomakers and drug repositioning for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Federoff made international news in 2014 after he led a team of researchers in designing a blood test that predicted the development of Alzheimer’s disease with 90 percent accuracy. He will discuss this groundbreaking discovery and new advances in Alzheimer’s disease research. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mini Science Fair, January 29, 2019 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Have fun exploring hands-on physics experiments for all ages. Investigate magnetism, static electricity, gravity and more.

All ages welcome. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Funding for this program is donated by the Friends of the Library.

Author Kathi Koll, January 29, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll will talk about her new book, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving at this special program. Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, introduces her beautifully written memoir, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Kolli unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Her  journey, steeped in the joy of living in the moment, at the best of times and under the worst of circumstances, will offer great emotional and practical support to others facing the challenges of caring for a loved one. Admission to this event is free, however space is limited so registration is recommended. Register at the website.

LEGO Block Party, January 30, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Course Work Selection, January 30, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Planning which high school courses you will take in each year is important. Newport Beach Public Library in partnership with C2 Education will help you select courses that make the most sense for you. First, know your graduation requirements. Then figure out which courses you have to take each semester in order to meet graduation requirements. You’ll typically have two or three free class periods each semester -- how will you fill them? Will you take four years of a language? Are there elective AP classes you can take? Does your school offer electives that suit your intended major? Do the colleges or major you want to apply have requirements? By planning ahead, you’ll ensure that you hit all of your graduation requirements while making the most of your elective periods. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Age Level: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. To obtain an online registration form, visit the website. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m..

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m.

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Continuing through December 24, starring Hal Landon Jr., as everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, and directed by John-David Keller after 39 impressive years. Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. For ages 6 and up, no children under the age of 6 will be admitted. The performance occurs on Segerstrom Stage.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ghost and Scrooge

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Art Exhibit by Diana Ghoukassian, Continuing through January 4, 2019. Enjoy the display of art by award-winning photographer and artist Diana Ghoukassian. Presented by the Arts Commission.

Takes place in the Central Library Lower Level Gallery.

Christmas with Jackie Evancho on December 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Presented by Pacific Symphony, come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as teenage superstar Jackie Evancho performs some of the most memorable classics of the season, including hits from her holiday album “Someday at Christmas,” and more.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jackie Evancho for Best Bets

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Christmas Light Walk, December 14 through December 22 from 5 - 8 p.m. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. There will be a no-host wine and beer bar, hot chocolate bar and a make your own ‘smores packet available for purchase. Enjoy recorded Christmas music. Cost: Friends: free; Non-Members, $10. Children under 3 are free. Tickets available at the door; no reservations are required. 

Contact: www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker on December 14 - 23. Performance times: Wednesday - Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree...all with an impressive cast of more than 100 performers. Children in the ballet are Orange County’s most accomplished young dancers, most from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Nutcracker

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Holidays Around The World on December 14 - 23 at varying times. This free event captures the sights and sounds of many cherished holiday traditions. While a magical Nutcracker comes to life inside Segerstrom Hall, outside, the Argyros Plaza will be alive with the beauty and spirit of the season. Enjoy festive holiday photo opportunities for friends and family, share your family’s holiday traditions and help decorate the Path of Traditions through the Community Grove as you celebrate our community, professional, and school performing groups from throughout Orange County. In addition, on Sunday, Dec. 16 and 23, come board the Center Express Train on a magical ride around the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Watercolor Class: Holiday Cards with Carol, December 15 at 9 a.m. Join local artist Carol Krieder for a fun and relaxed morning spent painting in the Gardens. This class will focus on how to paint simple holiday designs using watercolors. Everyone will take home a set of unique holiday cards. Cost: Friends: $35; Non-Members, $45. Pre-registration is required.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The Beautiful Day – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas on December 15 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $69. Declared by The New York Times as the “standout male jazz vocalist of our time,” Grammy winner Kurt Elling headlines the Center for two performances singing a repertoire of songs from his new holiday album, The Beautiful Day. Inventive and fresh, this special program reimagines the sounds of Christmas, mixing traditional carols decked out in new arrangements with songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kurt Elling for Best Bets

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Night of Wonder Christmas Carol Concert with The Salvation Army on December 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Sing your favorite carols, hear the reading of scripture and listen to special musical performances, combined together to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Already a tradition for many, this carol concert features a world-class 30 piece brass band, a 120 member choir, a 100 member children’s choir and special guest, the world-renowned American stage and movie actor, Obba Babatundé.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Holiday Organ Spectacular on December 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Features Todd Wilson on organ along with members of the Pacific Symphony performing a mix of sacred and holiday music. Program to be announced.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Holidays with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on December 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Presented by the Philharmonic Society, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra fills the concert hall with the sounds of wailing trumpets and toe-tapping rhythms in a swingin’ evening of holiday favorites and beloved standards.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for Best Bets

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Holidays with The 5 Browns on December 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Presented by the Philharmonic Society, these five siblings are known for the combined power of their 50 fingers on interlocking Steinway pianos. They will perform beloved holiday music from Bach, The Nutcracker, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Leroy Anderson (Sleigh Ride).

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The 5 Browns

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Holiday Bazaar at OC Market Place, December 20 and 21from 2 - 8 p.m. This special evening holiday bazaar features shopping from local stores and businesses, photos with Santa, kids’ activities, specialty food and drinks and more. The event is being held in conjunction with Winter Fest OC. Holiday Bazaar patrons will receive a discounted ticket to Winter Fest (when purchasing at the gate). Admission: $5 (pre-purchase online for a free hot chocolate).

Contact: www.ocmarketplace.com; Call 714.557.0420.

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center Lot A, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Winter Fest OC 2018, December 20 through January 6, 2019. Southern California’s largest winter experience features 40,000 square feet of new attractions, plus back-by-popular demand activities, new seasonal food and beverages, and more. Don’t miss SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy & Snowflake Wonderland, Festival of Lights, Orange Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration and Club Winter Fest. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Contact: www.ocfair.com

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tis the Season! on December 22 at 5 p.m. and December 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Presented by Pacific Chorale joining forces with Pacific Symphony and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas Tour on December 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $85. Newly anointed EGOT winner and multi-platinum recording artist John Legend celebrates the release of his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas with a 25-date holiday tour across North America. The acclaimed singer-songwriter headlines the Center in this festive return engagement with songs from the album, which features a blend of beloved Christmas classics and original tracks.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

John Legend

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Salute To Vienna New Year’s Concert on December 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Ring in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses. This concert recreating the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. This year’s features a new program of Strauss waltzes and melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, the National Ballet of Hungary and the Strauss Symphony of America. 

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Culture Clash (Still) in AmericCCa, December 30, 2018 through January 20, 2019. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Culture Clash is back, bringing their special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire with them. SCR audiences first experienced their smart, outrageous comedy in a playful adaptation of The Birds and later with the wildly popular Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. With the world back under their microscope, expect laundry to be aired, public figures skewered and sacred cows poked. The performance occurs on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newports Best Bets Culture Clash 11.9

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Bride World Expo, January 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Features up to 150 florists, photographers, DJs, wedding venues, photo booths, invitations, decor ideas, honeymoon packages, fashion shows, a gown sale and DIY seminars. Meet local experts and find amazing wedding planning values. General admission, $12; $6 active military with ID; free for children 12 and younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.brideworld.com; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach buildings, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Bride

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Magic Flute for Kids on January 12 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $15. Mozart’s musical fairy tale, with its imaginative setting and spectacular music, is brought to life in a special version designed just for you and your family. Fantastical life-size puppets, talented professional singers and special guests from Chapman University join Pacific Symphony to bring this classic opera to life. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic Flute

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American Ballet Theatre Harlequinade on January 17 - 20 with varying performance times. Tickets start at $29. Audiences are in for a delightful treat with the West Coast Premiere of a rare gem created over a remarkable 18 months. ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky brings this comic treasure to life, inspired by Marius Petipa’s archival notes. In this full-length celebration of the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte, the love-struck Harlequin ardently pursues the captivating Columbine, whose father would prefer she marry a wealthy suitor. After madcap misadventures, love triumphs. For opening night on Thursday, Jan. 17, they’re hosting Kids Night at the Ballet and kids can go for free when you purchase one adult ticket at full price. Use code KIDS when purchasing. Make sure to come early, as there will be fun activities for kids in the lobbies starting at 6 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Discovery Day at Centennial Farm, January 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Discovery Days at Centennial Farm give guests an opportunity to take a self-guided tour through the farm with volunteers nearby to provide information and answer farm-related questions. Reservations are required for groups of six or more children. Free admission, however, donations for the farm are gratefully appreciated.

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, January 19 through February 16, 2019. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, Sweeney Todd plots revenge on the lecherous judge who wronged him and his family. In the seedy underbelly of 19th century London, desperate times lead to diabolical schemes – and strange alliances. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs like “Pretty Women” and “Not While I’m Around,” this Tony Award-winning masterpiece was proclaimed, “more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeleton’s ball” by the New York Daily News. Performances occur on the Segerstrom Stage.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Holly Dolly! on January 22 - 27 with varying performance times. Tickets start at $29. Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, February 1 through 17, 2019. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems. Wilbur is different from all the other Naked Mole Rats. He wears clothes and he likes it. His friends think it’s ridiculous and needs to stop – that’s just a Naked Mole fact. After all, what will happen when Grand-Pah, the oldest and wisest elder in the colony finds out? Filled with tail-shaking good tunes, this outrageously fun musical proves it’s okay to be yourself. Rock on! Performances occur on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Part of the Theatre for Young Audiences, it is geared to grades K - 6.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed for Best Bets

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19th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, February 14 - 17, 2019. Featuring five big bands and more than 130 artists, headliners include Jack Jones, Shelly Berg and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra among others. 

Contact: Call 949.205.1252 for tickets and more information.

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Jack Jones