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February

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

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

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

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.

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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March

Trivia Night @ Old World German Restaurant - Huntington Beach
March 1, 2020

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

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

Med Connect Expo - Orange
March 4, 2020

4-6 pm

South Coast College, along with Horizon Support Services is hosting a 2-hour mixer type event to bring education about local resources and programs in the medical field to our students and the community. This would especially be great for members of the community who may want to become Certified Medical Assistants.

There will be vendors (in the medical field or with an emphasis on helping seniors), 4 speakers on medical topics (15 minutes each) in a separate room, food, prizes, and resources. This is a way for high school students and their parents to visit our campus casually. Medical Assistant students will be here to meet the vendors and enjoy the speakers as well. The doctors that instruct our Medical Assistant program will be here to answer any questions attendees may have about our program. This is literally our medical community connecting.

This is a free event. We only hope to educate others about the medical community and opportunities. Whether people are in need of resources or careers, this is a great way to introduce yourself.

LOCATION:
South Coast College
2011 W. Chapman Avenue
Orange, California

Littlest Angel Guild’s Pursenally Yours- Anaheim
March 7, 2020
10 am - 3 pm

Please join the Littlest Angel Guild as we “Fly Away to Neverland Island where “buying designer purses never gets old. Enjoy a delightful day bidding on stunning one-of-a-kind designer purses and wondrous auction items to raise funds for the kids and families of CHOC Children’s.

New and vintage handbags for sale. Activities will also include live and silent auctions and a gourmet luncheon.

LOCATION:
Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa
1600 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802 United States

INFORMATION:
Tickets available online here

Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, 2020

The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor

Festival Info:
949-472-7888 or 1-888-440-4309

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruises!

Dana Wharf Whale Watching is offering special cruises during this event! Buy tickets online at www.danawharf.com or call (949) 496-5794 for more information!

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, March 13, 2020
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Enjoy live music, DJ and family fun! Available for purchase includes drinks and food. Bratwurst, German food, and drinks will be available for purchase from the BBQ Kitchen in the event area. Or plan ahead and have lunch at Old World Restaurant or Old World Deli with delicious authentic German food, and then head over to our outdoor Patio Biergarten to watch the Wiener Dog Races from 3pm-4pm.

Dog Race Spectator Admission Fee: $5 adult, $3 kids 4yrs-12yrs, Free for kids 3yrs & under

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday March 13-15, 2020
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30 year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister city of Anjo, Japan.

LOCATION:
Central Park Bandstand
7111 Talbert
Huntington Beach

St. Patrick’s Day @ Old World German Restaurant - Huntington Beach
March 13-17, 2020

Come on down and celebrate a meal with us. Old World also has full line of imported German beers on tap! Our food, ambiance and fresh authenticity make Old World’s German Restaurant an Orange County favorite among locals and tourists alike.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Annual Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11 am - 4 pm

This colorful, fun-filled event showcases and celebrates Sage Hill school's--and the community's--amazing cultural diversity. Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

LOCATION:
Wilkins Town Square
Sage Hill School
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA

Parenting OC's Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree - Santa Ana
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10am - 3pm

Parenting OC returns to Discovery Cube for its annual Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event.

This year, Jamboree will have special guests, games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92705

El Presidente Ball - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday March 14, 2020
6 pm - 10 pm

Journey back to the late 1800s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you how "the West was fun" at this western style dinner dance.

Enjoy some great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western style music.

LOCATION:
El Adobe de Capistrano
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Annual Irish Festival on the Green - Mission Viejo
Saturday March 14, 2020
11 am - 5 pm

There will be plenty to do for all ages: OC favorite Cillian’s Bridge will be on the stage, OC Herding, BFOC Irish Dance, inflatables for the kids, Euro Bungee, dart and axe throws, free crafts and games, face painting and so much more. Food, beer and drinks are available for purchase. There will be a judged Irish costume contest at 2pm sharp. Admission is free!!

LOCATION:
Village Green
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande - San Juan Capistrano
March 18, 2020
6 pm - 9 pm

This night of Old West entertainment consists of four contests are rolled into one! Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). So don your finest Old West outfit, belt buckle or facial hair! and enter one or more of the contests. There is a $5 entry fee (pay when you arrive) per category for each contestant entered.

For the more timid, spectators are always welcome at the hilarious Fiesta Grandé.

LOCATION:
Swallow's Inn
31786 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION
949-493-1976

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Spring Family Arts Night 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.

No charge for admission or activities.

Join us for our annual Spring Family Arts Night, as we open our art studios for your budding artist to get to see our space and meet some of our on-staff artists. Kids of all ages can come and enjoy as they get their hands dirty trying ceramics, drawing, and painting along with a multitude of other artistic crafts.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

Saint Joseph's Day at the Mission
March 19, 2020

Live mariachi music, community presentations, Special Guest "Swallows Speakers", Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph's Day and Swallows Legend

Included with entry into the Mission. Free fro Mission members

Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Ortega Hwy

INFORMATION:
949-234-1300

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday March 21, 2020

The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am.

The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.

LOCATION:
Dowtown San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION
949-493-1976

Glitterfest - Fullerton
Sunday, March 29, 2020

This event features a collection of creative folks who express their talent through mixed media art. It includes handmade jewelry, sculpture, primitive dolls, paper whimsy and much, much more!

LOCATION:
Spring Field Banquet & Conference Center
501 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832

Family Music and Arts Festival - Irvine
March 31 - April 8, 2020

This nine day event will be amped up with music, dancing, art and more at Kidstock Music & Arts Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum. This family friendly festival will have your creative talents flowing and frolicking through our Traveling Exhibit and Museum. Dance to the beat of your own drum alongside the live performances featured 11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. daily. Also this year is the Avanti Aerial Artists who will show families that athleticism and creativity go hand in hand. In addition, the popular “Paint Yard” installation makes a comeback for this year’s festival giving families a chance to paint a car!

$13.95 general admission price. Cost is included with museum admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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