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, November 22, 2017; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 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, November 22, 2017; Starts 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017; Starts 6:00 p.m.

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


Neigh & Sleigh Holiday Boutique at Central Park Equestrian Center to Benefit nonprofit Horse Nation Foundation .

Get in the holiday spirit with the first annual Neigh & Sleigh Holiday Boutique on Thursday, November 30th from 2 to 7 p.m. The event will feature holiday greeting card photos taken with Santa and his miniature horse elves, great gifts from a wide variety of awesome vendors, dinner served by the HB Fire Department, entertainment, wine bar and more!

 Hosted by Horse Nation Foundation, the event will help raise funds to rescue and care for horses that have been abused, neglected or abandoned and rehabilitate them for use in free Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to help people with emotional and physical challenges.  The event is free of charge to enter and will held at the Red Horse Barn at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center located at 18381 Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach.  For more information or to be a vendor, please contact (209)500-9969 or email  For more information on Horse Nation Foundation, please visit:


Just in time for holiday shopping!  Gem Faire, the Largest Jewelry & Bead Show in Southern CA, returns to Costa Mesa December 1-3, 2017 at OC Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa).  Hours are Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun. 10am-5pm.  The event is open to the public.  Admission of $7 is valid for the entire weekend.

Explore unique and unforgettable holiday gifts that fit every budget.  Nearly 200 jewelry and gem dealers from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, pearls and much more.  Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers.  From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof.  Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing service is available while you shop.  Free door prizes, drawing every hour.

Mark your calendar!  Gem Faire will be in Costa Mesa for three days only!  Buy quality gems, jewelry and beading supplies directly from the source right in your town only at Gem Faire.  For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at (503) 252-8300 or


This holiday season's weather report forecasts SNOW!  Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, and top it off with glorious dancing and you have Irving Berlin's White Christmas, coming to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center December 1-10!  Tickets are now on sale at the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office, at, or by calling (562) 856-1999 ext. 4.  Tickets start at $20.

Based on the beloved film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the stage production of White Christmas features 17 of Irving Berlin's classics, from "Blue Skies" to "I Love a Piano" and the timeless holiday favorite "White Christmas."  Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have partnered as a successful song and dance team 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?  Will the unseasonably warm weather allow for a white Christmas?

MTW's production boasts a cast of Broadway and award-winning talent.  David Engel, (Bob Wallace) a six-time LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award winner, has appeared on Broadway opposite Carol Burnett in Putting it Together and in Seussical: The Musical.  He also created the role of Hanna from Hamburg in the original Broadway production of La Cage Aux Folles, and played an Aggie in both the stage and the film versions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Engel is also recognized for creating the role of Smudge in the original off-Broadway production of Forever Plaid and the holiday sequel Plaid Tidings, as well as Forever Plaid: The Movie. He returns to MTW, where he starred in productions of Singin' in the Rain, Crazy for You, Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me Kate, and La Cage Aux Folles.   

Jeffrey Scott Parsons (Phil Davis) earned critical acclaim for his turn as Phil Davis for five seasons at San Diego Musical Theatre.  MTW audiences will also recognize Parsons for his roles in the company's productions of Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Rent, and All Shook Up.   Additional credits include Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and the Emcee in Cabaret at the Welk Resort (San Diego Critics Nomination- Outstanding Lead Performance) as well as the opening act for Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie's one woman show in Hollywood.

Rebecca Johnson (Betty Haynes) earned an Ovation Award nomination for her turn as Elizabeth in MTW's production of Young Frankenstein, and has since returned to star in Singin' in the Rain and the West Coast premiere of Big Fish.  She has also appeared in Who Could Ask for Anything More (Rubicon Theatre), Children of a Lesser God (Deaf West Theatre) and Pippin (Mark Taper Forum).

Tro Shaw (Judy Haynes), another Broadway veteran, co-starred as Anybodys in the Broadway revival of West Side Story.  This is Shaw's fifth time playing Judy Haynes, having performed it twice at the Norris Theatre and twice at San Diego Musical Theatre.   

White Christmas is under the direction of Todd Nielsen. The recipient of several Drama-Logue and L.A. Weekly awards for his work, he earned Ovation Awards for "Best Musical Theatre Direction" for the Colony productions of On The Twentieth Century, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and City of Angels, as well as nominations for The Colony's productions of Working and King of Hearts, and an L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for his work on the musical Rags.

Additional credits include Is He Dead and Bye, Bye Birdie for Glendale Centre Theatre; HONK!  and Silent Sky for International City Theatre; The Music Man for Palos Verdes Performing Arts; White Christmas for San Diego Musical Theatre; and Where's Charley? for the Musical Theatre Guild at Pasadena Playhouse.

Choreographer Keenon Hooks, has earned NYA Awards for his work in Bring it On, The Musical and Disney's Camp Rock, the Musical, as well as a BroadwayWorld nomination for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  He has previously choreographed White Christmas for San Diego Musical Theatre, and numerous productions for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Palos Verdes Performing Arts, and many other regional theatre companies.

Musical Director Dennis Castellano is an accomplished conductor, accompanist, and vocal coach specializing in music theatre.  In additional to serving as s the musical director for UCI's musical theatre department, he has waved the baton for such personalities as Carol Burnett, Donna McKechnie, John Cullum, Kaye Ballard, and a host of other Broadway talent. He has also worked with South Coast Repertory, Sacramento Music Circus, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Civic Light           Opera of South Bay Cities, Musical Theatre West, and The Laguna Playhouse.


Friday, December 1, 8pm
Saturday, December 2, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 3, 1pm & 6pm
Friday, December 8, 8pm
Saturday, December 9, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 1pm



Bring the entire family to celebrate the beauty and pageantry of the holidays when Ballet Etudes presents its annual production of the beloved ballet, "The Nutcracker", for five performances on Dec. 2 & 3, and Dec. 9 & 10, at Huntington Beach High School Auditorium.

This year special guest artist and Huntington Beach native, Evan Strand, will dance the role of the Cavalier.

Ballet Etudes has also added a new scene to Act I: Drosselmeyer's Toy Shop, where Herr Drosselmeyer is preparing his magic dolls to bring to The Christmas Party.

Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, "The Nutcracker" tells the story of Clara, a shy young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. During the night, magical events unfold: the Christmas tree grows taller, toy soldiers and little mice become larger, and Clara's nutcracker comes to life. He battles the ferocious Rat King, and just when it seems all is lost, Clara distracts the Rat King and saves her beloved nutcracker.

Her act of bravery transforms the nutcracker into a handsome Prince who takes Clara on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy rewards them with a celebration of dances and the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful pas de deux. Clara is invited to join in the dancing and by the end, Clara's shyness has vanished. She awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved nutcracker. 

This enchanting, child-friendly, 90-minute traditional production is choreographed and directed by Ballet Etudes' Artistic Co-Directors Megan Pulfer and Sasha Robertson, who were both cast members of Ballet Etudes' first Nutcracker performance. The current cast includes 137 children from Huntington Beach and surrounding cities.

Educational pre-show presentations are held before the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. performances, 30 minutes prior to curtain. After each performance, the cast comes out to the lobby and poses for photos with audience members. 

Advanced tickets before November 24 are $15-$30. After November 24, tickets online and at the door are Orchestra $35, Balcony $25. Group discounts are available for girl scouts, boy scouts, church organizations, seniors, and home-school groups.

In addition to the HBHS performances, Ballet Etudes will showcase "The Nutcracker" at the Huntington Beach Public Library on December 12 and 13, 2017 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for an abbreviated performance geared towards younger children. For more information on these engagements visit the public library website

For more information and to purchase tickets for the full-length production, please call (855) 222-2849 or visit Huntington Beach High School Auditorium is located at 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.


Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Ballet Etudes is Huntington Academy of Dance's resident non-profit youth ballet company. Their mission is to expose a new generation of children, both performers and audience members to the beauty, grace, and athleticism of ballet; and to offer this experience at affordable prices. 

Ballet Etudes performs a full length Nutcracker as well as two original children's ballets per year. Past productions include: Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Cinderella, and many others.  


Autism Speaks Walk, the world’s largest fundraising event to support the diverse needs of the autism community, will hold its 2017 Orange County Walk event on December 3rd at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The day will include:

  • A 5K walk

  • A special mission moment

  • Children friendly activities

    Register and begin fundraising the Orange County Autism Speaks Walk at

    Thousands of people with autism, their families, friends and supporters.
    Autism Speaks Walks are open to everyone committed to raising money for the important work Autism Speaks does throughout the community. All participants who raise $150 or more qualify for a commemorative 2017 t-shirt designed by Tommy Hilfiger.

    Alpha Xi Delta proudly serves as the North American sponsor of Autism Speaks Walk. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has raised more than $5 million dollars for Autism Speaks, and they currently participate at Autism Speaks Walk events nationwide. Alpha Xi Delta’s work not only generates vital funds for autism research, but also raises awareness for autism. On World Autism Awareness Day in 2016, they lit more than a thousand buildings blue as part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign in honor of the millions people affected by autism worldwide.

    Local sponsors of the walk include: Service Champions and Butterfly Effects.

    Sunday, December 3rd
    9 am – registration begins 10 am – Walk starts

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim 2000 E Gene Autry Way Anaheim, CA 92806


HB Artist & Historian OLD WEST HOLIDAY Book Signing Dec. 8TH

Former Huntington Beach Artist of the Year, Bill Anderson, will draw you an original horse and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald will autograph their best-selling book, "Old West Christmas-Tales With a Twist" from 4-6pm, Friday, Dec. 8th at Anderson Art Gallery, 16812 PCH (next to Captain Jacks) in Sunset Beach."

These amazing, true stories of miners, cowboys, kids, women and recipes will fill you with the Holiday Spirit," said Mary Cory, Director of the El Dorado County Historical Museum, who published it. Proceeds go to The El Dorado Museums Foundation. More info-email


Come make memories with the Golden West Pops at our annual holiday concert,

Holiday Memories with the Golden West Pops. This lively and engaging concert is the perfect way to start your holiday season.  

We will perform our holiday concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Segerstrom High School Performing Arts Auditorium, located at 2301 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704.  Pricing is $10 for General Admission and $8 for Seniors and Students.  Tickets are available at the door or online. 

The Golden West performs year-round at charitable events as well as for-hire.    We perform mostly “Pops” (popular music), written for a concert band.  Our songs include medleys from musicals, motion pictures, popular Rock and Roll groups, famous artists and marches.  Although the Golden West Pops puts on very entertaining and enjoyable concerts all year round, our Holiday Concert is one of our most exciting and festive events, and should not be missed. 

The Golden West Pops have been playing as a group since September 2003.  The founding members of the Golden West Pops created the group from musicians whose local community college music program was eliminated.  This gave their fellow musicians a place to practice and perform for the community.  

The Pops have grown from its original 25 members to approximately 50 – 60 musicians in its 14 year existence.   Members pay dues in order to be part of the group, and we are a 501(c)3 organization which performs at charitable events as well as for-hire.     

During the summer months, The Pops opens its membership to local Middle and High School students offering them the opportunity to rehearse and perform with its members.  This gives the students real world experience by keeping them engaged in playing music while building bonds with mentor musicians, and promoting their musical endeavors. 

The Golden West Pops is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information about the Golden West Pops or to purchase tickets online, please visit our website –   


The Ballet Repertory Theatre's cherished 41-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County's longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

Dates and times: December 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm December 9, 16, 22, and 23 at 2 pm December 10, 17, and 24 at 1 pm December 10 and 17 at 5 pm

Ballet Repertory Theatre location is in the Golden West College Theater, 15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, students, children under 12 Ticketing website: Ticketing phone no: 714-895-8150


The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is excited to present the 55th annual Cruise of Lights®, a 45-minute narrated boat tour through the sparkling waterways of Huntington Harbour. Visitors from as far away as Australia see thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation. The Cruise of Lights® has been called "the most spectacular holiday light show on water." The 2017 Cruise of Lights® runs from December 15 - 18 and 21 - 23. Shuttles to the cruise leave from the Huntington Harbour Mall parking lot, and cruises depart hourly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm.

Sponsored by members of the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee, the Cruise of Lights® is a holiday tradition that not only provides a taste of holiday cheer but also supports a good cause. Proceeds from the Cruise of Lights® benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s nationally recognized Youth Programs, which are offered at no charge to all schools—public and private—in Orange County and annually serve more than 160,000 students from kindergarten through high school.

Tickets for the Traditional Cruise of Lights® are priced $19 for adults and $12 for children (ages 2-12). Children under two are free. Santa’s Special Night (value night) on December 18 ($17.00 Adults - $10 Children-ages 2-12). Extended Cruise of Lights® visit for dates, times and ticket price. Land & Sea VIP Evenings visit for dates, times and ticket price.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee office at (714) 840-7542, or online at Purchase tickets from Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee office 16889 Algonquin Street Huntington Beach, CA 92649. For Charter groups please call the office for more information.

The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is one of 16 committees supporting the Philharmonic Society. Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is Orange County’s oldest and most recognized music organization, presenting the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, performing organizations and artists. A catalyst for cultural and educational development throughout its region, the Philharmonic Society is a key resident company in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


Coast City Ballet,  501 (c)(3) non-profit  dance organization,  proudly presents its 14th production of  "The Nutcracker" at Huntington Beach Historic Theater. 

Based on the original choreography by Marious Petipa and Leon Ivanov, under the direction of Clara D'Autilia, Coast City Ballet's The Nutcracker captures the enchantment and magic of this timeless holiday favorite.  First presented in 2004, Coast City Ballet's The Nutcracker has since become one of the most beloved and entertaining productions in Southern California.

Company member, guest artists, and dancers from throughout California, come together to present the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker in this family friendly full length production.  Join Clara as she journeys through an enchanted forest where snowflakes dance in ever-changing patterns, see toys come to life, marvel in the enchantment of this fairy tale ballet, experience the magic of dance!

Discounted group tickets available for Children and Youth Groups – Presale only – for information please contact

For tickets purchase visit

Performance schedule:  The Nutcracker Ballet, Friday, December 22,  2017, 7:00 p.m.
                                 The Nutcracker Ballet, Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Adult -     $25/$27
Children - $23/$25
Senior -    $23/$25
Venue: Huntington Beach Historic Theater
          1905Main Street, Huntington Beach, California


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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