The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge #1959 located at 7711 Talbert Ave. in Huntington Beach 714-848-9440 holds regular bingo Matinee every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018; Starts 10:00 a.m.

Early Birds at 11:00 a.m. Free – Coffee, Tea and Popcorn, Food and Soft Drinks Available for Purchase ATM On Site, Lunch Served.


For the benefit of youth, vets, special kids, police, firefighters and other groups in South Orange County Saddleback Valley communities, Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 is holding its regular Wednesday night Charity Big Bucks Bingo on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444
25092 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692



Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road, will perform Sunday, January 21 at the Gaslamp Restaurant in Long Beach. Tickets are $15 and the show is all ages. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 562. 596.4718. The show starts at 7:30 pm and doors are at 5:00 pm. The Gaslamp is located at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Hwy in Long Beach. There is plenty of free parking adjoining the restaurant.

L-R: Chris Paul Overall ("Paul"), Nate Bott ("John"), Axel Clarke ("Ringo") and Jesse Wilder ("George")

With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four's cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs.

L-R: Bott, Clarke, Overall and Wilder



International touring musician, Mean Mary, will be in CA for three Orange County shows and a featured performance at NAMM (annual event in the US described as "the world's largest trade-only event for the music products industry). Her show at NAMM is Friday, January 26, NAMM Sheraton Stage, 800 W Katella Ave at 8pm. Her other shows are listed below under "music event." 

Mary celebrates the release her award-winning novel, Hell Is Naked, and her new album, Blazing, here in Orange County in three public shows: January 20, Saturday, January 21, Sunday, and February 1, Thursday. 

Short Mean Mary story:

Mean Mary could read music before she could read words and wrote original songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on vocals, guitar, banjo, and violin, and her life became one long road show of events, venues, TV, radio, and film.

Today Mary she plays eleven instruments and tours internationally. She is also an award winning song writer and book author, and recently her original banjo song, Iron Horse (the story of Native American maiden and her horse racing against a train) received the IMA's Vox Populi award for best Americana song.   


The Annual Fit Body Boot Camp 5k in Fountain Valley is right around the corner on  Saturday, February 3, 2018. Each year the community shows their commitment to Fountain Valley by participating in this event while raising $1,000's for local nonprofits and school groups. The Super Hero themed event is fun for all ages and skill levels.

Come dressed in your favorite Super Hero costume and you can participate in the Costume contest too!  Please go to the FV Community Foundation website for more information and to register for this fun morning in our park! Registration the day of begins at 7 a.m.,  with the race starting at 8 a.m.


It's a blast from the past when Musical Theatre's West's acclaimed Broadway in Concert series returns with Oh What A Night!*, starring cast members from Broadway and film productions of Jersey Boys Joseph Leo Bwaire, Quinn VanAntwerp, Michael Lomenda, and John Edwards on Saturday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. at the intimate Beverly O'Neill Theatre at Long Beach Convention Center.  Ticket prices range from $45-$120.   Tickets are available at, the Musical Theatre West Box Office, or by calling 562-856-1999 x4.  (*Not a performance of nor affiliated with the show Jersey Boys). 

Joseph Leo Bwarie has performed the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway and national tours more than any other actor, holding the record with more than 2,000 performances. While performing in the 2006 world premiere of Garry Marshall and Paul Williams' musical Happy Days as Chachi, singer/songwriter Carole King approached Bwarie and recommended him for the LaJolla run of a new show destined to go to Broadway called Jersey Boys and the rest is history.  In 2013, he worked again with Marshall to develop Billy & Ray at the Falcon Theatre, which later went to the Vineyard Theatre in New York.  Bwarie has recorded two albums; Nothin' But Love and The Good Stuff.  He's appeared in numerous television series and films, including The Princess Diaries 2 and Valentine's Day.

Quinn VanAntwerp has played the role of Bob Gaudio, the man behind The Four Seasons' music, on Broadway, national tours, and in Canada since he's 22 years old, giving him the honor of being the actor to play the role the most times.  His credits also include regional production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl as well as television appearances in The Affair, Better Call Saul, and The Following as well as the film Four Christmases.

Before landing a starring role in the Clint Eastwood film Jersey Boys, Michael Lomenda performed in numerous productions on Broadway, the first U.S. national tour, and in Canada.  He began his career in the Canadian theatre scene, performing coast to coast on the nation's top stages in productions including Hairspray, Grease, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Forever Plaid.  He's performed at a White House dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and the White House National Christmas Tree Lighting, as well as internationally onboard the Queen Mary 2.   

Rounding out the cast is John Edwards.  Another  Jersey Boys alum, Edwards sets the record for the longest running actor to portray Barry Belson both on Broadway and on the U.S. national tour.  He also performed an additional character, taking on the role of Hal Miller on Broadway as well.   Edwards national and international tour credits include Hairspray as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Dreamgirls as Jimmy Early, and Brooklyn as the Streetsinger.


"Friendship, Fun and Empowerment," will be the theme of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) New Members luncheon, Saturday, February 10, 11 to 1:30 at Claim Jumper Restaurant,18050 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley. The cost for the luncheon, which includes a variety of salads, beverages and desserts, is $15 for guests, $23 for members. Deadline for contacting Leanne Metzler for reservations is February 2 , Reservation checks should be sent to Ms. Metzler at 11426 Culebra Street, Cypress 90630, made out to AAUW WM-FV-HB.

The Westminster/Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach AAUW branch annually extends an invitation to Orange County residents to learn about this national organization that dates back to the 19th century. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The only requirement for membership in what formerly was known as American Association of University Women, is a college degree. This includes AA degrees. Men, as well as women, are welcome. More information can be found on the branch website:


Multiple Grammy winner and California State University, Fullerton Professor Bill Cunliffe and Carson Foundation Chair Jeff Sotzing will be teaming up together to produce the 13th Annual Muckenthaler Jazz Festival over 6 consecutive Thursdays between May 17 and June 21 in 2018.
Cunliffe and Sotzing will be replacing original Festival Producer Eric Futterer and Artistic Director Glenn Cashman.  About the transition Muck CEO Farrell Hirsch said, "Every Jazz Fest producer who comes in here owes a huge debt of gratitude to Eric and Glenn the way every astronaut who subsequently walked on the moon, owed it to Neil Armstrong. They started the tradition of excellence, and of personal service to the audience that we hope to continue"
Some of the innovative changes planned by the new team include adding an opening act of local talent developed here in North Orange County, theme nights that honor different musical styles such as Big Band, and other surprises to come!
Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. Cunliffe was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "West Side Story Medley," on the album "Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson" (Resonance Records, 2009). In addition to receiving five Grammy nominations, he is a two-time Emmy nominee.
Jeff Sotzing is a producer, known for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Carson on TCM and Johnny Carson Presents the Tonight Show Comedians. Sotzing has supported the Muckenthaler over the years as a volunteer of the Muckenthaler Motor Car Show and also the City of Fullerton's Trains, Planes, and Automobilescollaboration in the month of May.


Ongoing events

Many of our local non-profit organizations, services organizations and self-help groups hold regularly sponsored meetings throughout the year. To view our list, just click the button on the left.


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