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March

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
Wednesday, 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

Pretend City's School Readiness Fair - Irvine
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9 am - 2 pm

Hosted by Pretend city, the School Readiness Fair will provide free health, speech, dental, vision and developmental screening services and fun activities. Early learning specialists from several Orange County school districts will be on site to assist with school registration and answer district specific questions. Vendors will also be on site to introduce families to new learning materials, programs and learning opportunities to further assist each student’s individual needs.

This is a free community event focusing on providing parents with the core information needed to ensure children are ready to start kindergarten. Children that complete 3 health screenings will also receive a free ticket to Pretend City.

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

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.

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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April

Easter Events

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

Events detailed by city

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

Mission Fine Art Gallery Artist Studio Sale - San Juan Capistrano
April 5-7, 2019

THIS WEEKEND ONLY APRIL 5, 6, 7th!

Mission Fine Art Gallery artists are bringing in their sketches and small hidden treasures for sale at greatly reduced prices. Be among the early birds to pick out your favorites! Don't miss this great opportunity to find a little gem for your home or office at a great price!

LOCATION:
Mission Fine Art Gallery
31760 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Walk MS - Irvine
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Fun, festival-like event including food, drink, entertainment and a 2 mile walk at UCI. The National MS Society's mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. They are currently accepting registrations via, email, mail or over the telephone for this walk.

LOCATION:
Orange County Great Park
6990 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
(800) 486-6762

April Affair to Remember - Huntington Beach
April 6, 2019
2 - 5 pm

FREE Event Expo

Old World Village in Huntington Beach can host your event from start to finish with everything in one place between their venue options and relationships with numerous resources in the industry.

Venue / Catering / Decorations / And More…

Meet vendors for all your party needs
Sample cake and food
View three beautiful venues that accommodates 25-1,000 guests

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
For additional information and to RSVP, visit www.acescarclub.com or call 949.547.7269

Cinderella by Ballet Repertory Theatre - Huntington Beach
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm

Rediscover the magic and beauty of the classic fairy tale in its full-length version, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magnificent musical score, with stunning costumes and enchanting props. A true gem, Cinderella is a perfect introduction to classical ballet and a welcome delight for seasoned enthusiasts. Featuring all the elements of the storybook favorite, Ballet Repertory Theatre’s lively rendition of this timeless tale of love blends humor and fantasy with elegance and romance in a way that is sure to charm audiences of all ages.

Please note that this is not a Golden West College Production. Ballet Repertory Theatre is an independent company that trains and rehearses at the Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach. Its Artistic Directors are Anthony and Terri Sellars.

$20 for general admission or $16 for seniors, veterans, students, and children

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival - Dana Point
April 6-7, 2019
1-9 pm

A weekend filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling and live music!

This Sabroso festival will feature up to four hours of unlimited craft beer tastings (for those 21+) featuring over 150 craft beers, including some of the best local favorites.

Craft tacos from local restaurants and trucks will be available for purchase all day. Cast your vote for best taco! Top Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion! This event is all ages, children 7 and under free with adult admission

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
25300 Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Wild West Steamfest - Santa Ana
April 6-7, 2019
11 am - 7 pm

Wild West Steam Fest serves to celebrate two worlds merged - The Old West & Steampunk. This concert event which will include a beer garden and vendors, panels, Faro, Tea Dueling Blacksmith, costume contest, gold mining and living history tours

LOCATION:
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W Harvard St
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Green Scene Plant and Garden Show - Fullerton
April 6-7, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00pm

Green Scene is the perfect place for any gardener looking for new ideas to improve their gardens or outdoor habitats. This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclusively on the home gardener, garden accessories, environmental education programs and products.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton

INFORMATION:
(714) 278.3407

Bolsa Chica's Earth Day Festival - Huntington Beach
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join the Bolsa Chica Conservancy for some free family fun, as we celebrate our annual Earth Day Festival! The festival will include educational activity booths, tours, food, a bounce house and more! Don' t miss out on the eco-friendly fun!

Sponsored by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach
Public Parking Across the Street from the Interpretive Center

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest - San Clemente
April 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by Left Coast Brewing Co., is an exciting event which features Mico-Brews from all over Southern California - Enjoy Micro-Brew sampling, home-made food provided by various non-profit organizations and live entertainment. VIP guests enjoyed tours of the Left Coast Brewery and premier samplings. This Tasting is one you won't want to miss!

LOCATION:
Held at Left Coast Brewing Co.
1245 Puerta Del Sol in San Clemente

Annual 'Gardenfest' - San Clemente
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hosted by the San Clemente Garden Club. Admission is FREE! Families are welcome.

This years highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public 'funky container' and 'floral design' contests, San Clemente Art Association's Garden and Flower Show painting competition, Butterfly Habitat Education and Water Smart Program.

LOCATION:
San Clemente Community Center
Avenida Del Mar at Calle Seville.

Chance Theater presents: Skylight
April 19 - May 19, 2019

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

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

Celebrate UCI - Annual Open House - Irvine
Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 a.m

This spring event features an outdoor Festival, Open House and Car Show. Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, is a student run festival in Aldrich Park - filled with live entertainment, food, games and rides for UCI and the community. Many offices and services will be open or available with information for everyone especially prospective students. This includes academic program information and sessions; campus, housing and recreation facilities tours; Financial Aid and Admissions; and much more.

Events and Parking are FREE.

LOCATION:
UCI Campus
Irvine

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 25 – May 2, 2019

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience. This year's festival will be screening over 300 features and short films and welcoming over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans to Orange County.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

SCC &Helicopter Golf Ball Drop - Tustin
Friday, April 26, 2019

Join faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Santiago Canyon College for a day of golf and camaraderie on a world-class course. Sponsored by the SCC Foundation, the 19th Annual SCC "Changing Students' Lives" Golf Tournament will raise money for the former foster youth (Guardian Scholars​) program at Santiago Canyon College. ​

LOCATION:
Tustin Ranch Golf Club

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
(714) 628-4790

Pet Expo - Costa Mesa
April 26-28, 2019

A giant animal entertainment and education festival. It’s the largest pet and pet product expo in the world. Over 1,000 animals will entertain you in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, miniature horses and more. There will also be pet adoptions, pet products for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal experts. It is presented by a nonprofit organization to promote responsible pet care. Please do not bring your pets.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
800-999-7295

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
April 27-28, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

Once again the Floral Park Neighborhood, recipient of Neighborhoods USA's "Neighborhood of the Year", will be hosting its annual Home and Garden Tour. Whether experiencing a stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, searching for treasures at the Antique & Collectables Sale, viewing the Classic Automobile Display, or enjoying a snack at the food and drink concessions, you will surely leave the Floral Park Home & Garden Tour with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.

Doheny Wood - Dana Point
April 27, 2019

Show is free to woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display.

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach [south end of park]

INFORMATION:
714 968-9798

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 28, 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

Taste of Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach
April 28, 2019
Noon to 4pm

A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity! Proceeds benefit the children's wing of the Huntington Beach Library

LOCATION:
Sports Complex at Talbert and Goldenwest
18100 Goldenwest
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-375-5023

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