The Jesus and Me Performing Arts Camp is a full week of music, acting, choreography, set design, and loads of fun putting together a children's musical production.

JAMPAC is June 26 – 30, 2017
8AM – 12noon

with a performance of the musical on Friday, June 30 at 7PM

All kids 4 years old to grade 8 (2017/2018 school year) are invited to participate.

[4 and 5 year old children participate in JAMPAC Understudies]

[Techies / Stagehands division available - for 6 – 8 grade only]
*limited to first 10 kids to sign up*


The Jesus and Me Performing Arts Camp exists to provide an opportunity for children to learn to express praise and worship to God through the arts. Our goal in offering this week long summer camp experience is to encourage each child to learn how to bring God glory in their art and their lives.

+ Music class consists of singers learning the songs from the musical.
+ Acting class is for those who auditioned and received an acting role.
+ Choreography class teaches the movements to the songs.
+ Bible class teaches the biblical principles behind the songs and themes of the musical.


JAMPAC offers a program specifically designed for younger performers called Understudies. This program is for 4 & 5 year old children. These children participate in music class, story and craft time, and snacks designed specifically for their age group. Their music class will prepare them to join the older kids for 2 songs at the Friday night performance. The Understudies attend JAMPAC for the same amount of time and receive all of the same items as the older kids, thus the cost of registration is the same for all kids regardless of age.


Is your child interested in the technical arts or being involved in stage production (in other words, they are more comfortable helping out behind the scenes)? JAMPAC offers an opportunity for a handful of children grades 6–8 to learn tech (sound, video, and lighting) and assist the Stage Manager. These kids will be behind the scenes during the performance. This is limited to the first 10 children to sign up. Note: these children will be back stage during the performance.


Auditions for acting roles and singing solos will be held on Sunday, June 4 at 3PM at Calvary Baptist Church (8281 Garfield Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92646) upstairs in Room 208. You do not have to audition to be part of camp - only if you want an acting role or singing solo.
Audition materials can be found in the book you receive once you register.

More info can be found on our website:

JAMPAC is grateful to be hosted once again this year on the campus of:
Calvary Baptist Church
8281 Garfield Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92646


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, June 28, 2017; 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, June 28, 2017; Starts 10:00 a.m.

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



THE WEDDING SINGER, opens on June 29 at Garden Grove’s historic GEM THEATRE presented by the award-winning One More Productions – one of Southern California’s leading musical theater companies.

It’s 1985 and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer.  He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

This musical takes you back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER is full of heart and 80’s fun!

THE WEDDING SINGER is directed by Damien Lorton and based on a book by Tim Herlihy. The cast includes: Edgar Andrew Torrens as Robbie Hart, Hannah Clair as Julia Sullivan, Lawrence Havelka as Glen Guglia, Shannon Cutler as Rosie, Peter Crisafulli as George, Nicole Cassesso as Holly, Brianna Garmon as Linda, and Tim Miller as Sammy.  The performance is backed by a live 7-piece band.

Performances: June 29 thru July 23. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, and July 15 (Saturday) at 2 pm.  To purchase tickets: 714-741-9550 X 221.

General admission tickets are $30 each, $26 for seniors (60 and over), and $26 for Children (12 years old and under).  In addition, $20 Student Rush Tickets are available for Thursday and Friday performances only, available for purchase 30 minutes prior to performance in person at the Box Office with a valid Student ID (one ticket per ID) – cash only. .Opening Gala Night Event Tickets, for Saturday, July 1, are $40 each and ticket holders receive an exclusive invitation to attend the post-show catered champagne Gala with the cast. As a special treat on Gala night, come dressed in your best 80’s inspired costume for a chance to win the Gala Night Costume Contest!

Before or after the show, enjoy one of two Wedding Singer special drinks, “Julia Julep” or “Reception Rum Punch” right down the street on Main Street at Azteca Restaurant & Lounge.  The punch is available as a virgin drink, too.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call One More Productions at (714) 741-9550, ext. 221, or visit the website at




Musical Theatre West brings a "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," production of Mary Poppins to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center July 7-23.  Practically perfect in every way, it's a high flying fun filled adventure for the young and young at heart.  Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's production features the delectable Sherman Brothers score, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Step in Time," and "Chim Chim Cher-ee," as well as new musical additions, by the Olivier winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.   Tickets are now on sale at www., at the MTW Ticket Office, or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets start at $20.

The eight children's books by P.L. Travers, published from 1934 to 1988, first introduced us to the magical nanny who floated into the lives of the Bank's family at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.  The books were re-envisioned in the classic Walt Disney film in 1964 starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The stage version, reconceived for the stage by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) premiered in London's West End in 2004 where it earned nine Olivier Award nominations.  The show made it Broadway in 2006 where it ran for seven years, earning seven Tony Award nominations.  

Musical Theatre West's production, under the direction and choreography by Daniel Pelzig, promises to be a spectacle, with lavish staging and fun-filled show-stopping dance numbers. Musical Director Ryan O'Connell leads a full orchestra.  

Musical Theatre West's production of Mary Poppins is made possible by 2016-2017 Season Honorary Producers Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation, Ken & Dottie Reiner, Don & Marlene Temple, Kathy Baker Campbell and KC Wilson; Honoray Producer Joe P. Moore, Jr. & Edna Moore; Associate Producers Ackerman Family/Evalyn M Bauer Foundation, Schulzman-Neri Foundation, Jasmine P. Calzada, Dr. David Federick, Jon & Amanda Hall, and Howard & Elaine Davis; and Corporate Sponsor the Port of Long Beach.  MTW wishes to thank Education and Youth Outreach Sponsors, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Don Knabe Fund for Artistic Excellence and Youth Performance Underwriters Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation,  Edward Parker, Ethel Severson, and Claude Klug.  Mary Poppins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center - 6200 E. Atherton, Long Beach, 90815


Dates:           Friday, July 7, 8:00pm                          Preview

                        Saturday, July 8, 8:00pm                     Opening Night 

                        Sunday, July 9, 1:00pm                       

                        Friday, July 14, 8:00pm

                        Saturday, July 15, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                        Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm & 6:00pm

                        Thursday, July 20, 8:00pm

                        Friday, July 21, 8:00pm

                        Saturday, July 22, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                        Sunday, July 23, 1:00pm 


Tickets:            Start at $20 

                        Tickets are available at the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office, by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4, or online at



"Sharks, the Myth of the Monster," how much do you really know about sharks? The movies say one this and the ocean says another, so what is the truth.

On Thursday, July 17th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center 3842 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach will explore the mystery of sharks.

The shark, the myth, the legend.  Sharks have existed for millions of years and are generally misunderstood and demonized. For many years they have been dwindling in numbers; some have been pushed to near extinction, in part due to human hostility, illegal fishing and hunting for fins and teeth.  People think sharks are vicious creatures, overlooking the fact that we have invaded their waters. 

Researchers are utilizing tagging and satellite technology to better understand these amazing, yet misconceived ocean animals to piece together their unknown behavior and migratory patterns.  Many have been spotted off California's coast, shutting down beaches and raising public concerns. To learn more about these animals join the Conservancy and Mr. Jim Serpa as he sheds the light on these widely misunderstood creatures. Mr. Jim Serpa is an Educator, State Park Ranger, Research Associate. and Scuba Instructor.

Jim Serpa obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University where he majored in Environmental Geography and minored in Zoology. He worked for State Parks for 25 years, kicking off his career as a Ranger at Torrey Pines Reserve and later Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Beach. He was a member of the State Parks Scuba Dive team for 20 years and instructed a Marine Biology class for State Divers, as well as summer school for 6th graders for Irvine Uni ed School District.

Throughout his career, he created many events focused on raising awareness for the local marine environment. Since 1970, his diving and passion for marine life drove him to many countries and all over the California coast where he swam and became fascinated with sharks. After he retired in 2013, he continued to study marine life, concentrating on sharks. He now shares his passion for these misunderstood creatures and lectures all over California.

DONATION: $5 per person


The Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation 501(c)(3)Tax ID: 27-0326994, 7th Annual HHYC Golf Tournament July 21, 2016 at Meadowlark Golf Course. Dinner, Awards, Raffle & Silent Auction at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club. Proceeds from the evening support HB Sailing Foundation. The Foundation provides a summer program of sailing skills and water safety to our youth. Scholarships are offered to children of military and underprivileged families. Help us raise money to support this unique community service.

9:00 am - Shotgun Start - Meadowlark Golf Club
6:00 pm – Dinner - Huntington Harbour Yacht Club

Meadow Golf Club
16782 Graham Street
Huntington Beach, CA

$100 Player Entry Fee
Call (714) 887-4453 or Email


On August 8th Tutor Orientation hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of the Huntington Beach Public Library fron 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 7111 Talbert Avenue.


Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City's "Party In The Park" will be held August 25-27, 2017 at Veterans Park located at 4117 Overland Avenue.  The popular Culver City event features carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations as well as featuring artisan wares and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, and other special events.  Fiesta La Ballona is bicycle-friendly and strives to be a zero waste event. Admission is free to this spectacular end-of-summer festival.  Fiesta La Ballona is part of the City of Culver City's centennial celebration this year.

Last year, Fiesta attracted more than 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.  Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the region's early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival that kicks off the afternoon of Friday, August 25th and closes down Sunday night, August 27th.   

The event is named after the La Ballona Creek, an 8.8-mile waterway that flows through Culver City.  Fiesta hours are 4:30pm to 10:00pm (carnival rides start at 6:00pm) on Friday, August 25; 11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 26; and 11:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, August 27. The City of Culver City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee organize and produce Fiesta with the support from scores of volunteers. 

 A variety of local sponsors also help fund and support Fiesta.  Information on unique and tailored sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting or 310-253-6667.  To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at  You can also find Fiesta La Ballona on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram #FLB2017.

Culver City is a five-square-mile, urban community of 39,000 residents surrounded by the City of Los Angeles is and centrally located on the Westside near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles International Airport. Culver City is particularly known for its well-run public school system, "small town" charm, growing high-tech and creative economies, and a dynamic downtown that is regionally known as a destination for restaurants, live theatre, and art galleries.


Musical Theatre West celebrates its 65th Anniversary season with an outstanding line-up of classic and contemporary Broadway masterpieces.   The season opens with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning production In the Heights (October 20 – November 5, 2017); the holiday classic White Christmas  (December 1-10, 2017); followed by Frank Loesser's "Best Musical" Guys & Dolls (February 16 – March 4, 2018); George and Ira Gershwin's hilarious screwball musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It (April 6 – April 22, 2018); and the patriot new musical about the life and times of George M. Cohan, Yankee Doodle Dandy (July 6 – July 22, 2018).   Season subscription tickets are now on sale to the public, offering theatre-lovers the best seats.  Season ticket prices range from $80 - $260 for all five shows.  To order, call (562) 856-1999, ext. 4, or go to the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office.


The 2017-2018 season marks the 65th anniversary of Southern California's premiere musical theatre company.  Since its inception as the Whittier Civic Light Opera in 1952, the company originally produced two shows a year for just two days each.   Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the group remained an all-volunteer effort, producing one show a year, moving to La Mirada in 1977 where it produced its full season of shows. During the 1980s and 1990s, the company added professional talent and produced regional premieres and even a world premiere.  

In 1993 the organization officially changed to Musical Theatre West, which was followed by the move to the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach in 1997.  This season marks the  20th anniversary of MTW's partnership with the Long Beach landmark theater.  The company quickly became the largest arts producer in the Long Beach area, and has continued to present world and west-coast premieres, with some of Broadway's and televisions greatest performers, from Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera),  Andrea McArdle (Annie), and Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast), to Sally Struthers, Adrian Zmed, and Carol Lawrence, to name a few. 


October 20 – November 5, 2017

Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda                      

Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda


Before there was Hamilton, there was Lin-Manuel Miranda's cutting edge musical masterpiece In the Heights.  The winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for "Best Musical," "Best Score," "Best Choreography" and "Best Orchestrations," In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights.  A young storeowner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit neighborhood as they pass through his bodega, and experience the hopes, dreams and pressures of life, discovering where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.




December 1 – 10, 2017  

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Film written for the screen by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Book by David Ives and Paul Blake


This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, and top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have Irving Berlin's White Christmas   Based on the beloved film, the stage production features 17 of Irving Berlin's classics, from "Blue Skies" to "I Love a Piano" and the perennial classic "White Christmas."  Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song and dance following WWII.  After meeting a stunning sister act, they follow the girls and their hearts to a magical Vermont Inn, owned by their old Army commander.   Will spirit of the holidays bring together families old and new?



February 16 – March 4, 2018

Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Based on short stories by Damon Runyon


New York's most infamous crap game organizer, Nathan Detroit, is desperate for funds to secure a venue for his illicit gambling enterprise, so he wagers the perfect bet against high roller Sky Masterson:  he must convince missionary Sarah Brown to have dinner with him in Havana, Cuba.  While gambling with Sky's moves, Nathan must deal with his own situation - his 14-year fiancée, Adelaide, who's tired of waiting for a wedding. With money and hearts at stake in this game, there's no telling how the dice will land.   Featuring  Frank Loesser's spirited score, including "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," Guys & Dolls is a sure bet for MTW audiences.



April 6-April 27, 2018

Playwright: Joe DiPietro

Composer: George Gershwin

Lyricist: Ira Gershwin

Adapted from: Oh, Kay! and  based on material by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse


The hilarious song-and-dance Broadway spectacular pokes fun at the Prohibition era in a clash of elegant socialites and boorish bootleggers, all to the music of the Gershwins' glorious score.  Charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter meets rough female bootlegger BillieBendix on the weekend of his wedding to Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer.  Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be, and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, screwball shenanigans ensue, with hijinks galore!  Featuring such Gershwin masterpieces as   "Someone to Watch Over Me." "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and "I've Got a Crush on You," Nice Work if You Can Get It delivers the goods!




July 6 – July 22, 2018 Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohen

Additional Music and Lyrics by Albert Evans

Book by David Armstrong


"Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Over There," and "Give My Regards to Broadway" are only a few of the timeless classics by George M. Cohan.  The quintessential songwriter, singer, showman and producer who paved the way for Broadway musical, Cohan's signature patriotic music and musical spectacle, brought audiences to their feet.  Filled with show-stopping production numbers, lighting tap moves, and spirited music, Yankee Doodle Dandy brings to the forefront the story of the man who became the heart and soul of American music.  Set against the colorful backdrop of Old Broadway, this story highlights the brash, colorful, cocky, charismatic and uncompromising man , from his humble beginnings with his hard-knock days with his family on the vaudeville circuit to his reign as the star-spangled 'King of Broadway.'   Cohan's life was a roller coaster ride of professional highs and lows and personal triumphs and heartbreak.   Featuring 25 songs, including some new music and adaptations of the classics, Yankee Doodle Dandy will have you humming your way home!


You're Invited!
Friday, November 3, 2017
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Doors open at 6:00pm

You have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a homeless child.
Be the one to make that change!

Tickets $150.00 per person

Sponsorships starting at $500.00

Dinner | Silent Auction | Live Auction | Raffle


Please contact Colette O'Connell at 714-596-1380 or email with any questions.


The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host its second annual Golf Classic in southern California on Friday, November 17th at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, California. This year's field will once again bring out some of the biggest names in basketball including this year's host, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1980 enshrinee, Jerry West.

The Golf Classic will feature Basketball Hall of Famers and basketball celebrities with one represented with each golf foursome. Hall of Famers scheduled to participate include Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Van Chancellor, Teresa Edwards, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Billie Moore, Gary Payton, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Gary Williams and more. Many other sports legends will also be on hand. Guests will be treated to a special welcome breakfast, as well as a cocktail reception and dinner to close out the day's events.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as well as the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with the Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic, legendary players will visit the Ronald McDonald House to engage with the families residing there and bring a dose of fun and excitement.

"We are very pleased to be returning to beautiful southern California for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This exceptional charity event allows us to raise funds for our annual initiatives surrounding the game we love, but more importantly, it will allow us to partner with the Orange County Ronald McDonald House and contribute to the tremendous work they are doing in the local community."

"The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is ecstatic to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame! The Basketball Hall of Fame is known for honoring and celebrating basketball's greatest moments and people and the Ronald McDonald House mirrors a similar practice," said Noel Burcelis, Executive Director Orange County Ronald McDonald House. "Our charity recognizes just how valuable moments are between a parent and a seriously ill child and our work focuses on keeping families close during trying times. The members inducted to the Hall of Fame exemplify character traits such as: commitment, dedication and heart, which our charity so often witnesses in the families we serve. This truly is a coming together of two great organizations."

The Basketball Hall of Fame will use funds generated by the charity golf event to support youth initiatives, educational platforms, artifact and exhibit preservation, and the overall growth and awareness of the sport of basketball. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms will use the resources generated to provide a comforting "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Orange County hospitals. 

The site of the Golf Classic, Monarch Beach Resort, is an iconic Orange County property that exemplifies the best of resort life with luxurious accommodations, exquisite cuisine and premium spa and recreational facilities. The Monarch Beach Golf Links was designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and offers unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean.

A limited number of golf foursomes are available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Each foursome will include a fifth golfer – a Basketball Hall of Famer or basketball personality. For more information on golf foursomes and partnership opportunities, call 413.231.5540.


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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