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February

Chance Theater Family Series presents: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
February 15 — March 3, 2019

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags — his odious aunts — and he’s a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow … and grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects, all waiting to take James on a magical adventure of enormous proportions. We invite you to crawl inside the giant peach and take a peek. Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and featuring music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and La La Land, this family musical takes you on an amazing voyage across the ocean.

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

Main Place Mall's Lunar New Year Event - Santa Ana
Saturday, February 16, 2019
12 - 3pm

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with fun for the whole family in Macy's Court and Center Court.

Festivities include traditional Lion Dances, a face painter, a balloon twister, crafts, stilt walkers, calligraphy artist, fan dancers, Wishing Tree, giveaway and more! Are you feeling lucky? There will also be distributedred envelopes filled with surprises and coupons from mall retailers.

Location:
MainPlace Mall
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 16, 2019
(Rain Date is February 23, 2019)

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

Celebrate Presidents Day at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
February 18, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Meet the Presidents of Mount Rushmore and get free cherry pie! A special meet the Presidents program will begin at 1PM in the historic White House East Room.

• Half-priced admission to the Nixon Library and Museum all day
• First 1,000 visitors receive a free slice of cherry pie compliments of Polly’s Pies
• Meet and take photos with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt all day!

Admission tickets must be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Seating is first-come, first served for all programs.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
February 22 & 23, 2019

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

Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light - Costa Mesa
February 23, 2019

As the sun goes down, watch the Argyros Plaza transform into a world of light and color! Wear your favorite glow-in-the-dark accessories and join the crowd on the dance floor for a silent disco. Grab a pair of light-up headphones and tune in to your favorite one of our three Silent DJs. While you take a break from dancing, step into our light painting photo booth. Then, in partnership with UC Irvine's new Emergent Media + Design program, discover and explore interactive art and technology projects created by students and faculty.

Free Event.

LOCATION:
Julianne and George Argyros Plaza
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 23-24, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To celebrate their 21st 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 $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

UCI Chancellor's Distinguished Speaker: Poet and essayist Kevin Young - Irvine
February 26, 2019
5:00 PM-6:30 PM

This event is part of the Illuminations Authors Series.

Kevin Young has published ten books of poetry and two books of essays. His passionate, rhythmic lyrics are rich with scenes from American history. Among many other honors, he was the 2014 winner of the Leonore Marshall Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Two volumes, "Blue Laws" (2016) and "Jelly Roll" (2003) were nominated for the National Book Award; his collection "Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels" (2011) won an American Book Award. "Jelly Roll" won the Paterson Poetry Prize. "Most Way Home" won the Zacharis First Book Award. His latest book, "Brown: A Book of Poems" (2018) is a New York Times Editors Choice selection and has been featured on NPR and many other national venues.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
UC Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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 early April.

Since the Gray Whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Dana Point and Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

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

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661

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March

GEMfest - Newport Coast
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9 am - 2 pm

For Middle school girls in grades 6 through 8! Become part of the Girls Empowerment Movement to make changes in your life, your school, your community and the world. Come to learn the skills you need to be confident, speak up, feel great and make your dreams into realities. Free snacks, a delicious lunch and a gift bag full of awesome swag...

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 two inspiring keynote speeches, learn from an informative panel and select from one of eight hands-on workshops teaching skills for success such as public speaking, finding your drive, coding and telling your story. Girls will also have an opportunity to take a celebratory photo with our GEMfest X The Confetti Project pop-up.

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

Parenting OC's Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree - Santa Ana
March 2, 2019
10 am - 3 pm

Parenting OC returns to Discovery Cube for its annual Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. This year, Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand is the Bubble-Dash Games. Come on down for this fun-filled, free family event.

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

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival - Costa Mesa
March 2, 2019
11 am - 5 pm

Bring the entire family for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig! 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.

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. At the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more!

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

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2019

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!

German Style Carnival FASCHING - Huntington Beach
March 3, 2019
3-6 pm

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

Trivia Night @ Old World German Restaurant - Huntington Beach
March 4, 2019
7-9 pm

FREE Trivia Contest (win prizes along the way) Trivia Beer Pretzels and Laughter with the Village Idiot Held the 1st Monday of the month!!

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

South County Pet Expo - Lake Forest
March 9, 2019
10 am - 2 pm

This exciting and informative event, presented by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, OC The Pet Adoption Center OC, and Saddleback Church. This family and pet friendly event will also feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, food trucks and giveaways.

Free admission, parking and shuttle service.

LOCATION:
The Commons green belt area at the Lake Forest Sports Park
28000 Rancho Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA

St. Patrick’s Day @ Old World German Restaurant - Huntington Beach
March 12 to 17, 2019
7-9 pm

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

El Presidente Ball - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday March 16, 2019
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 Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School
Saturday, March 16, 2019
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

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, March 17, 2019
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

$5 admission fee for adults, $3 for kids. Admission Tickets sold at #38. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday March 17, 2019
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

Saint Joseph's Day at the Mission
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Free for Mission Members. General Admission $12

Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Ortega Hwy

INFORMATION:
949-234-1300

Aliso Viejo Christian School Prospective Parent Informational Tour/Luncheon
Thursday, March 20, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Aliso Viejo Christian School, a highly rated Orange County private school, that serves children in grades junior kindergarten to eighth grade, invites prospective families its 2018-19 annual Open House Admission events. Come and see our facility, meet our staff, check out our curriculum and amazing programs offered. We would love to share our school with you and answer any questions. We believe in Christian education with a focus on strong academics and enrichment programs to teach the whole child.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Learn Admissions Presentation (light lunch & refreshments to be served)

12:00 p.m.
Campus Tour

LOCATIONS & TIMES:
AVCS Campus - the Cove
1 Orion
Aliso Viejo, Ca 92656

INFORMATION/OPTIONAL RSVP:
Please confirm your space by calling 949-3890300, or e-mail Kim Winters at kwinters@avchristianschool.org with the number of people in attendance.

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande - San Juan Capistrano
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, March 23, 2019

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 31, 2019

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

Spectacular Eventz presents: Ensenada 'Komedy Slamm' Cruise
Signing up Now - Cruise is Thursday, April 18-21, 2019

Cruise ship departs from Long Beach, CA on Thursday, April 18, 2019 and returns on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. Limited cabins available. Don't miss the boat! Featuring Comedian & host - Lamont Bonman (TBN Comedy Specials), Illusionist Justin Rivera (America's Got Talent), Comedian Nick Arnette (Laugh USA) and much more!

The luxurious 2,976-passenger ship, "Carnival Imagination," offers live shows, "waterworks" park, dancing, karaoke, miniature golf, serenity retreat area, live music and various shows, and food-food-food...not to mention 24/7 FREE room service with more food. A long list of excursions in Ensenada: La Bufadora blow hole, jeep adventure or scenic bus tour, shopping & much more (additional fee).

Rates starting at $249!

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. Ask us about cruise insurance and rates on single, triples & quad cabins.

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