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, May 23, 2018; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 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, May 23, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.

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


Ballet Etudes, a Huntington Beach non-profit youth ballet company, is putting on a WONDERFUL performance of Don Quixote at the HB Central Library Theater. Tuesday was opening night and there are 2 more shows at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd.


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.


 The 60th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the community.  This year’s theme is Celebrating 60 Years of Fun and Funding Charities. 

In 2017 festival profits donated to the community totaled $394.000. Of that, $150,000 was donated for capital expenses to thirteen non-profit groups.   In addition, eight $1,000 scholarships were given to students in Garden Grove School District high schools.  The festival also provided $6,000 to transport student bands enabling them to participate in the festival’s Saturday parade.  In addition, a dozen non-profit groups who set up festival food booths collectively raised over $150,000 more for their charities.   And annually, the festival treats over 2,000 special needs kids to a day of free rides and food.  This annual event has brought in over $6.5 million for local charities since its inception in 1958.  

The festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 25th through Monday, May 28th, 2018. Friday hours are 1:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Admission is free. Special one-price ride-all-day wristbands will be offered for all festival days at $30 per wristband on Friday and $35 each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Tickets for individual rides can also be purchased separately at $1 per ticket.  

The four-day event, which is the second largest city festival in the Western United States, will be held at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Garden Grove. Last year’s attendance was over 300,000.   

Highlights include the Friday evening official giant strawberry cake cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the Showmobile (Acacia & Main streets) when free cake is served to over 2,000 people.  Saturday morning begins with a 5K Run followed by an 8 a.m. VIP celebrity breakfast at the Garden Grove Community Center, with proceeds going to We Give Thanks. Next is a parade at 10 a.m. with floats, bands, equestrians and characters.  Many film and TV celebrities will be honored in the parade.   

All four festival days will include 35 carnival rides, 5 contests, over 200 food and sales booths, games, music and live entertainment in the amphitheater and Showmobile.  Contests, held in the festival’s 550-seat amphitheater, include the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Contest, Redhead Roundup, Strawberry Idol Karaoke, and Tiny Tots King and Queen.  

For additional information, call (714) 638-0981 or visit





The Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre will present their 30th Anniversary Concert, PASSION & GRACE, on Saturday, June 2nd at 8 pm at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater on the campus of Cal-State University Long Beach.   

Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT), known for producing concerts of wit, spirit and compelling athleticism, performs each season in theaters throughout Los Angeles and OrangeCounty.  During the last twenty years the company has toured nationally and internationally to Europe and Mexico.  This concert will be their season concert in Long Beach in celebration of 30 years performing in Southern California and being the premier modern dance company of Long Beach.  Ms. Brodie will present the following works in this performance:  Let Them Eat Cake, Excerpt from Night Blooms, Strength in Sorrow, Seen and Unseen, Seeing Through, Holiday, Seizing the Light, Vientos de Andalucia and the premier of Every Soldier Has A Story.  The new work was funded in part by the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative grant.  It is based on many interviews with veterans and translated into dance theatre.   Opening the new work will be a group of ten dancers from WilsonHigh School’s Dance Program.  Performers of the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre are Priya Chisti, Dennzyl Green, Amy Kuo, Rebecca Martin, Stephanie Maxim, Megan McLean, Ismael Murillo, Nathan Ortiz, Matthew Reiner, Teresa Rios, Jennie Sustaita, Jana Taylor, Allison Truax and Erica Villalpando.  Apprentices of NBDT performing are Bradford Chin and Julisa Figeroa.  The company members have trained and performed in numerous dance and theatre disciplines.  Four company members have worked continuously with Nannette for the last 15 to 20 years.  The company has grown in popularity since 1986 reaching over 365,000 viewers of all ages.  

Tickets for the concert can be purchased through our website at . The Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre is located on Atherton Street between Palo Verde Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard, next to the Blue Pyramid of CSULB.  General admission tickets are $25; full-time students and veterans or active military, and children under 18 are $ 15.  There are VIP tickets for $ 40 which include a pre-performance reception from 6:30—7:30 and an admission ticket.  For further information, the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre business office telephone is (562) 598-7182.  Box Office prefers cash, but can take check or credit cards.




The California Knifemakers Association cordially invites the general public to join them on June 23, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Brea Community Center, 595 East Madison Way in Brea.

This one day show will be a unique opportunity to observe and purchase some of the finest custom knives made in the good old USA. Old custom knives will be presented, and the public will have an opportunity to meet the makers

Admission and parking is free.

For more information, or call Joe Girtner at 714-746-6196.


The Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year!  Adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline, the Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music.  

Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 23-24, 2018
Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA

Sat:  11 am -­ 9:00 pm, Sun:  11 am - 7:00 pm  
Ticket purchase and Info:, (562) 912-4451 
Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate;  
Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children 12 & under: free

Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID 

    Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.

    Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
    Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids show and games and activities for older kids are also featured.

This year's lineup on the CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE: includes

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday) 
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)



   South Side Slim (Saturday)
  Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)


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 25 – 29, 2018
8AM – 12noon

Performance of the musical production "Danny & the Shacks" on Friday evening, June 29 at 7pm.

All kids 4 years old to grade 8 (2018/2019 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*

To register or find more info, visit:


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 scheduled and held weeks in advance of camp. An electronic sign-up sheet will be provided to sign up for an audition time slot. 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


Celebrate America and the beginnings of our country's musical theatre history with a new look at the life of George M. Cohan in the Southern California premiere Musical Theatre West's (MTW) production of Yankee Doodle Dandy! coming to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 E. Atherton, Long Beach on July 6-22, 2018.  For tickets go to, call (562) 856-1999 ext. 4 or visit the MTW Ticket Office.  Tickets start at $20.

Yankee Doodle Dandy!, sparkles and shines in David Armstrong's new take on the life of American showman and songwriter George M. Cohan.  The patriotic and biographical journey explorers the life of the musical pioneer, from his humble beginnings to his meteoritic rise to the top.  This high-flying musical is filled with a score of 22  beloved songs of the past 100 years, including "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Over There," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and additional new music and lyrics by Albert Evans.   Musical Theatre West's production is under the direction of Jamie Rocco, who also serves as Choreographer, with musical director by Jeff Rizzo.

Different than the musical George M! and the film Yankee Doodle Dandy!, the musical explores the highs and lows of Cohan's life.  Set against the colorful backdrop of 'Old Broadway,' the show explorers the life of the man; from the hard-knock days of his family's adventures in vaudeville through his reign as the star-spangled 'King of Broadway' and what happened when faced with the consequences of fame, failed relationships, and the changes on Broadway Cohan is recognized as the father of the American musical.  Throughout his lifetime he wrote more than 40 Broadway plays and musicals; wrote and composed more than 500 songs and musical numbers; produced 128 theatrical works; and personally appeared in five films and more than 3,400 live performances.  Additionally, Cohan collaborated with other authors on 14 plays, many of which his name was uncredited.  In 1941, Cohan won a Congressional Medal of Honor for the song, "Over There."

Yankee Doodle Dandy! is made possible thanks to the support of show Honorary Producers Joe & Edna Moore and Associate Producers: George & Gloria Deukmejian   Season Sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, The Ackerman Family/Evalyn M Bauer Foundation, Ken & Dottie Reiner, The Schulzman-Neri Foundation, Don & Marlene Temple, and Kathy Baker Cambell and KC Wilson.  Youth Performance Underwriters are Don Black & Judy McNulty Black ,The Ackerman

Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation, Stanley Cohen, Ethel Severson and Mari Hooper   Paul Garman serves as Executive Director. 

Dates:           Friday, July 6, 8:00pm                        Preview

                       Saturday, July 7, 8:00pm                    Opening Night

                       Sunday, July 8, 1:00pm                                  

                       Friday, July 13, 8:00pm

                       Saturday, July 14, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                       Sunday, July 15, 1:00pm & 6:00pm

                       Thursday, July 19, 8:00pm

                       Friday, July 20, 8:00pm

                       Saturday, July 21, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                       Sunday, July 22, 1:00pm  


Tickets: Start at $20 - Tickets available at, by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4, and at the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office.


Hello Dolly! runs from July 12 thru August 5

HELLO, DOLLY! - Coming this summer, Jerry Herman’s energetic HELLO, DOLLY! It is classic, American musical theater at its finest. Since its debut in 1964, the show has entertained audiences worldwide and garnered 15 Tony Awards and 3 Academy Awards, including the recent award-winning revival starring Bette Midler. HELLO, DOLLY! is boisterous and charming from start to finish and features such memorable songs as Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, and the infamous title number, HELLO, DOLLY! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker and a professional meddler. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Show runs from July 12 through August 5.


THE PRODUCERS – Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’ musical THE PRODUCERS is a laughout- loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 Tony Award Winning debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again and he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock and Bloom that against all odds, the show is a total hit! With no shortage of show stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, THE PRODUCERS is definitely far from a flop! Show runs from September 27 through October 21.


Audience favorite, Holiday Gem runs from November 23 thru December 16

THE HOLIDAY GEM - Ring in the holidays at The GEM Theatre with a ‘fun for the whole family’ holiday review! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves and a cast of talented performers close out the season in true holiday fashion! The celebration begin with a journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you’ll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe. Enjoy well-known standards and contemporary holiday classics during the first act. The second act reveals breathtaking scene reminiscent of Victorian England from Dicken’ A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional song of the season including Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear and Silent Night. Lighthearted, fun and entertaining, THE HOLIDAY GEM dazzles from start to finish. Both brilliantly spectacular and genuinely moving THE HOLIDAY GEM is sure to create joyful memories that last a lifetime! Show runs from November 23 through December 16. All shows are subject to change.

General admission tickets are $30 each, $26 for seniors (60 and over), and $26 for Children (12 years old and under). $20 Student Rush (Thursdays & Fridays only) may be purchased 30 minutes before the show with valid student identification card.

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


ScareLA, the first convention to bring Halloween to the summer, announced today it will return for its 6th consecutive year on August 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall K. The SoCal fan favorite is set to bring new frights and promises an all new fully-immersive show unlike anything audiences have ever seen.

Under the theme "Descend Into Darkness," ScareLA 2018 invites horror fans of all ages to experience and celebrate the spirit of Halloween more than once a year. "As the first-ever fan convention dedicated to Halloween, ScareLA has built a vibrant tradition bringing one of the world's most beloved fall holidays to the middle of the summer," said Lora Ivanova, Founder and Executive Producer of ScareLA, "This year we inch a tad closer to Halloween to ramp up excitement for the scare season with an all new and fully immersive show unlike anything audiences have ever seen. ScareLA is the true scare season premiere in SoCal and we can't wait to open the doors to darkness at the heart of Los Angeles this August."

As a testament to the great success, ScareLA has quickly become one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the US drawing thousands of attendees from all over the world. It has inspired numerous events and experiences in SoCal and beyond transforming the fall tradition of Halloween into a year-round way of life.

Situated in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, ScareLA spotlights the rich Southern California scare industry and community, from its iconic seasonal theme park events, to haunted attractions, home haunts, theater, film, escape rooms, interactive experiences and much more.

For more information visit or follow ScareLA on social media at Facebook @ScareLAcon, Twitter and Instagram @scarelosangeles. Join the conversation using #ScareLA.



Tickets and sponsorships available now! Please contact Colette O'Connell at 714-596-1380 or 
if you have any questions.


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