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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

Balboa Island, CA

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
October 2, 2021
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 11:00pm.

During COVID-19, Artwalk is held on Facebook LIVE

Downtown Santa Ana comes alive with arts the first Saturday of each month when galleries, theatres, artists and performers in the Artists Village host a monthly Open House for the public. This free event attracts as many as 1500 individuals who come from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County to walk more than 150 participating studios and galleries located in historic buildings in the heart of downtown Santa Ana.


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UCI Claire Tevor School of the Art - Online
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Online Undergraduate choreographers press the boundaries of dance through original new works presented in the medium of screendance. Join the Department of Dance for this annual concert brimming with young talent.

Presented by Claire Trevor School of the Arts in Irvine

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Pacific Symphony Tchaikovsky Spectacular - Costa Mesa
September 11, 2021
8 pm

No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling 1812 Overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Plus, critically acclaimed pianist and International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist, George Li joins the orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The concert opens with patriotic music by John Williams, Stephen Paulus and Irving Berlin to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 followed by Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. Enjoy pre-concert entertainment on the Plaza Pacifica with the Huntington Beach Concert Band from 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Masks are highly recommended by the CDC.

Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California 92626

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
Tuesdays - postponed
9pm to 12am

Envy Lounge, Orange County’s newest best nightlife scene, hosts Jazz Nights every Tuesday from 9pm to 12am. Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge feature different artists each week. No cover charge.

Please visit our calendar and sign up for our newsletter get informed about featured artists.

Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

Reserve a cabana for a Jazz Night party with up to 15 friends at: or by calling (949) 287-8270.

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Young Frankenstein - San Clemente
October 5, 2021
8 pm

Enjoy a cozy movie night featuring Mel Brook’s iconic 1974 horror comedy starring Gene Wilder in Casa Romantica’s Main Salon.

Cost: $5-10

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Bowers Museum: Online Film and Conversation
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Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 12:30 PM on the day of the program. Please note that the film will only be accessible for 24 hours.



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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, November 6, 2021
2:00 PM 4:30 PM

Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), the county seat since 1889, is probably more reminiscent of a classic downtown than any historic downtown in Orange County.

Join Preserve Orange County with one of their experienced tour guides for a 2 1/2 hour cultural experience. See the banks, courthouses, stores, churches, fraternal halls, and office buildings on a walking tour of this district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about active historic preservation issues in Santa Ana concerning buildings such as First American and the YMCA.

Preserve Orange County member: $12 Non-member: $15. Click link abover to purchase tickets

Old Orange County Courthouse
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Sundays (postponed)
1 pm

The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Hear tales of Buchard the pirate, Juan Flores the bandito, Chola Martina the bruja and much more.

The tours are given every Sunday at 1p.m. The tour covers approximately four city blocks. Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 for children are accepted and go to several projects, including Save the Adobe Fund. Group tours can be booked on request by calling the Historical Society at 949 493- 8444.

Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

(949) 493-8444

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Home and Garden Tours & Workshops

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
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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.

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Current Museum Exhibits

Discovery CubePresents: “Planetary Research Station” - Santa Ana

The “Planetary Research Station” is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet.

Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Bowers Museum Exhibit - Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan
Museum temporarily closed during COVID 19 restrictions

Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan features works of incredible beauty and complexity by two of Taiwan’s premier living artists. Twenty-seven luminescent carvings by Huang Fu-Shou show jade’s full range of color: from emerald green to an almost pearlescent white. Fish springing from water, insects weightlessly clinging to blades of grass, and stone bending with litheness of fabric each push the boundaries of what is possible with the rigid medium.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Free Online Webinar: Emotional Intelligence: Communicate and Relate to Different Personality Styles - Online
September 15, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Behavioral psychologists have researched the theory that people’s behavior can be roughly classified into four groups. By recognizing your dominant style and developing the ability to identify traits in others, you can use Emotional Intelligence to change your behavior to interact with a wide variety of personalities and tendencies.

What You’ll Learn
Identify their own personality style and how they react under pressure Modify their behaviors to better connect with people of different styles Influence the attitudes and behaviors of others

How it will help you
This Emotional Intelligence workshop helps you to see things from multiple points of view, how actions impact others, and what you can do to affect collaboration.

Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

Register here

Free Online Workship: Managing Stress - Online
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Working in today’s competitive environment can easily elevate your stress levels, so it’s important to learn how to cope effectively. People who can manage their stress levels well and bring an optimistic outlook to the workplace are far more likely to accomplish their objectives. Managing stress is similar to managing other aspects of your life — it’s about identifying different kinds of stress and how you respond to that stress that allows you to tap into your best parts and put ideas into action.

What You’ll Learn
1) Examine different types of stress and their impact.
2) Explore strategies for handling stress.
3) Work collaboratively with peers to manage stress.
4) Transform negative energy into a positive opportunity.

Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County


Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, October 29, 2021
8 pm

Join Chance Theater for our next CHANCE CYBER CHAT. The perfect chance to take a virtual theater trip together by watching performances online and then coming together on a video conference call to share experiences. Free Event

Friday, October 29 Cyber Chat - Yellowman
The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman makes its Orange County premiere this Fall at Chance Theater. A celebration of language and the human spirit, Yellowman is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Alma, a dark-skinned African-American woman, and her childhood friend Eugene, a light-skinned African-American man, have been life-long friends — yet when their friendship turns to love, the different colors of their skin raise obstacles that could be insurmountable.

Please note: This show contains adult language and subject material.

Watch the show on your own and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat.

Online - Presented by Chance Theater in Anaheim

* Please note: We are not watching the shows together as part of our Chance Cyber Chat. You will need to watch the performance online beforehand. For more information and to sign up, visit

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm - Online
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Today, with so many things causing an increased amount of stress on employees, many organizations are dealing with eroding employee morale and energy levels. This interactive 90-minute webinar will be focused on driving five interrelated areas for your team: self-confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and worry and stress. In today’s work environment where risk, challenge, competition, and change go together, we call these fundamentals the Five Drivers of Success.

What You’ll Learn
In this webinar, you will examine tools to help develop skills for yourself and your team to be more flexible, enthusiastic, open, and approachable. Leveraging these tools will help reengage your team and gain their enthusiastic cooperation enabling you and your organization to be more productive.

Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County


Orange County Museum of Art - Virtual Programs
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We ZOOM Your Room!

Call in via Zoom to participate in an interactive performance that lampoons infomercials and results in a new Zoom background created for you live during your call. RSVP required, space is limited.

Virtual program presented by South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Chance Theater presents: Yellowman - Anaheim
September 24, 2021 — October 24, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman makes its Orange County premiere this Fall at Chance Theater. A celebration of language and the human spirit, Yellowman is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Alma, a dark-skinned African-American woman, and her childhood friend Eugene, a light-skinned African-American man, have been life-long friends — yet when their friendship turns to love, the different colors of their skin raise obstacles that could be insurmountable.

Please note: This show contains adult language and subject material.

Yellowman will be performed within the existing state, county, and city health mandates. As such, we are currently planning to be operating at full capacity with no social distancing. All patrons (ages 2 and over) will be required to wear a face covering at all times when indoors. To read full details about our current health and safety guidelines, click here. For those who are more cautious, we are also offering a select number of Vaccinated+ Shows that will require proof of vaccination with photo ID, minimal social distancing, and face-covering at all times when indoors. Select the tab for “Vaccinated+ Shows” for more details..

Presented by: Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

South Coast Repertory presents: A Shot Rang Out - San Juan Capistrano
October 2 - November 6, 2021

South Coast Repertory’s past and future join forces in a compelling new play about the present. After a long period of isolation, an actor returns to the stage, alone and shaken. This is his story—his moment of reckoning—about what led to his seclusion. Along the winding journey, he draws inspiration from movies and theatre, reflects on missteps and unravels mysteries of love. Artistic Director David Ivers takes the stage in a play written specially for him by one of SCR’s most celebrated legacy playwrights, Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain). Recommendation: High school and ​up.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 708-5555

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

The Cabrillo Playhouse Presents: The Light in the Piazza
September 17 - October 10, 2021
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Masks are required while inside the theater.

Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, a Tonay Award winning musical is set in the summer of 1953 and tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, the daughter’s romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine, and the mother’s determined efforts to keep the two apart.

202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

(949) 492-0465

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