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January

UCI Illuminations presents: Social Media & Social Movements from Hong Kong to Silicon Valley and Beyond
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6-7:30 p.m.

A Double Launch of Jeffrey Wasserstrom's Vigil (2020) and David Kaye's Speech Police (2019)

Moderated by Liz Carter and featuring both authors, with book sale and signing to follow. This event will celebrate the release of two new books by UCI faculty that are both appearing in the Columbia Global Reports series. Both deal with and seek to place into context issues that were in the news throughout 2019 and continue to make headlines in 2020. Vigil, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom of the School of Humanities (Chancellor's Professor of History), focused on the continuing crisis in Hong Kong.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Humanities Gateway 1030
UC Irvine, CA

Chance Theater presents: Fun Home
January 31 —March 3, 2020

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and up. Contains adult language and subject material.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "Ponygirl20"

LOCATION:
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at ChanceTheater.com/fun_home

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach
January 31 - February 2, 2020

This exclusive oceanfront course is a California Dream! Run on Pacific Coast Highway past the famous Huntington Beach pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain along the way and the Finish Line Party includes a beach side beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive bodacious surfboard medals!

Location:
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, Ca

INFORMATION:
info@runsurfcity.com
888-422-0786

Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through April.

Summer and fall bring the giant blue whales. They can be seen from May through October

Humpback whales, finback whales, & minke whales are viewed year round. Giant marine protected park provides pristine habitat for whales and dolphin and means a simple 2-2.5 hour cruise is all that needed to see whales and dolphin from Dana Point and Newport Beach

LOCATIONS:
You can book cruises at the following locations:

DANA POINT:
NEWPORT BEACH:
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661
$16 Cruise Special!
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February

SJC500 Engine Fest Benefit Rotary charities - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, February 1, 2020
7:30am-2:00pm

SJC500 Engine Fest is considered one of the best in Southern California. It draws nearly 500 exotic and classic show cars, and more than one thousand automotive enthusiasts. This car show is a major fundraising event that enables our SJC Rotary Club to help local charities thrive.

Come and see the impressive rows of cars and trucks, shop the vendor’s booths and enjoy delicious food with your family and see the Incredible Disc Dogs Exhibition.

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park
25925 Camino del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Trivia Night @ Old World German Restaurant - Huntington Beach
February 2, 2020

Join us for Trivia Night on the First Sunday of every month at 5pm

(NOTE: Trivia Night normally starts at 5pm, BUT on February 2, 2020, it will take place at 1:30pm pre-game)

If you love trivia, beer, pretzels and laughter come out to Old World German Bar for a relaxing fun filled night on our spectacular Jaegar Room and Patio! Come solo, or bring a group of friends. No matter what, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled evening in a relaxing environment. Dog friendly patio! Drink and food specials galore!

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

UCI Illuminations presents: Macbeth: A Lecture Demonstration by Tang Shu-wing Theatre, Hong Kong
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6 p.m.

In 2012, Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio was invited to present their landmark production of Macbeth at London’s Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival, at the Globe Theatre. In this unique lecture-demonstration, artistic director Tang Shu-wing will discuss this fascinating physical theatre production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, and members of the Studio will present several scenes from the production. Inspired by the eastern and western traditions of physical theatre, this version of Macbeth transmits the spirit of the play through a succession of stylised images, where body expression, physical movements and live accompaniment expose the characters' relationship as well as the director's vision of time and space.

This event is the 2020 Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture. Additional support from UCI Shakespeare Center donors and UCI’s Center for Asian Studies. Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
4242 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 5-8, 2020

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, February 6, 2020
6-9 pm

Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at A Stone’s Throw Winery. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Includes live music. Tickets are only $40 for general admission

LOCATION:
Stones Throw Winery
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk - Irvine
February 8, 2020

The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic food, event t-shirts and the company of hundreds of friendly fitness enthusiasts. Proceeds from registration and sponsorships benefit Northwood High School and Families Forward, a local non-profit providing supported housing programs, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services for families in crisis.

LOCATION:
Northwood High School
4515 Portola Pkwy
Irvine, CA

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone – Mandalas - Anaheim
Saturday, February 8, 2020
12-3 pm

Kids Fun Zone presents “Mandalas”. Participate in the fun activities on the second Saturday of every month. The event is located near Goodwill and Target and hosted from 12-3PM. This month, join us for Clay Coasters inspired by Aztec and Incan art.

Join the Kids Fun Zone – the club that meets on the last Saturday of every month from 12pm-3pm. Sign up once, and enjoy this fun morning while shopping at Anaheim Town Square. It makes shopping fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
February 9, 2020

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

Valentines Day & Valentines Weekend Events

Special dinners, romance hotel packages, cruises, concerts and gift ideas!


Chance Theater Family Series presents: A Wrinkle in Time
February 14 - March 1, 2020

One dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a young teen who doesn’t fit in at her New England high school. Meg’s scientist Father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their Father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings Madeleine L’Engle’s acclaimed story magically to life.

Recommendation: Ages 4 and up. Great for the entire family.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "Tesser20"

LOCATION:
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at ChanceTheater.com/wrinkle

The Kid's Pet Parade
February 15, 2020
Rain Date is February 22, 2020

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
February 21-22, 2020

The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers, but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community.

The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family!

INOFORMATION:
562-430-1073

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival - Costa Mesa
February 22, 2020
11 am - 5 pm

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rat! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.

LOCATION:
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

German Style Carnival FASCHING - Huntington Beach
February 23, 2020
3-6pm

Free Admission - Hosted by German Campus School

Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com. A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

GEMfest - Newport Coast
Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

GEMfest is more than a conference -- it is a festive celebration where middle school girls can get information and inspiration to take on middle school, high school and the world! GEMfest attendees will hear inspiring keynote speeches, learn about local businesses and non-profit organizations at our marketplace and attend their choice of hands-on workshops teaching skills for success such as public speaking, finding your drive, coding or self defense

GEMfest is for Middle school girls in grades 6 through 8 who want to meet like-minded peers, connect with high school students who just get it, and learn from inspiring and approachable female mentors to develop healthy habits for life.

LOCATION:
Sage Hill School
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 29 – March 1, 2020

To celebrate their 24th year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2-$4 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

Ensenada & Catalina 'Komedy Dance Magic' Cruise
Signing up Now!
April 5 - 9, 2020

Hosted by Comedian Monty B. Sharpton (TBN Comedy Specials) and special guest comedians. Featuring: Michael Jackson Tribute by Rem J, Frank Lucero (Latin King of Comedy), Comedian Cizzle C (Winner 2017 Comic of the Year) and much more!

The luxurious 2,976-passenger ship, "Carnival Imagination," offers live shows, dancing, karaoke, space, piano bar, serenity retreat area, live music and various shows, and food-food-food...not to mention 24/7 room service with more food. A long list of excursions when we dock in Catalina & Ensenada (additional fee).

Rates start at $345 (Rates increase as it approaches sail date)

Organized by Spectacular Eventz, a leading organization in Southern California that organize dances, cruises and other fun events. It's necessary to book through us to attend the private shows.

INFORMATION
CALL 714-622-4977 TODAY TO BOOK YOUR CABIN WITH $25 DEPOSIT. If you need a roommate, we will try to help you find one (not guaranteed). Ask us about cruise insurance and rates on single, triples, quads & suites.

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