This week, there is so much to celebrate. Enjoy a Lunar New Year celebration at Disneyland, a poet laureate in an artist colony in South Orange County and the biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl. Beyond that, an array of local food-related classes, movie screenings, sports events and stage shows offer up endless entertainment as we transition out of the first month of the year.
Monday, January 29
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(Credit: Matt Petit/Disneyland Resort)


Lunar New Year Celebration
Disney California Adventure, Anaheim
www.disneyland.com

Over the weekend, Disneyland Resort kicked off their Lunar New Year festivities. Through February 18, guests can celebrate the Year of the Dog with Asian cuisine, traditional crafts, cultural customs and live performances, including Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.

Star Wars Fun
Bella Terra, Huntington Beach
www.bellaterra-hb.com

Part of the shopping center’s kid’s club series, bring your children down to experience some exciting Star Wars-themed excitement. Guests are encouraged to dress as characters from the movies, and there will be chances to participate in Jedi training, listen to stories and play games.

International Salon and Spa Expo
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
www.longbeachcc.com

Monday marks the last day of this three-day expo for beauty professionals. Members that are part of the Professional Beauty Association can choose from nearly 200 workshops, some of which offer hands-on learning, and learn from legends in the beauty industry.

Tuesday, January 30
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(Credit: Kathy Taaka)


Make and Take Immune Boost Tincture Class
Bluebird Canyon Farms, Laguna Beach
www.bluebirdcanyonfarms.com

Boost your immune system to keep from getting the nasty floor that’s going around with this workshop that will allow you to make your own healthy tincture. Participants will also make an elderberry syrup with the farm’s own honey and a healing tea.

Greek Wine Dinner
Citrus City Grille, Orange
www.citruscitygrille.com

Explore Greek culture right here in Orange County as this local restaurant hosts a special wine dinner. A traditional four-course of decadent Greek dishes will be served, including avgolemono soupa, mousaka, psari sti skara and baklava. Wine pairings will be offered for each and there will be music from the Takis Kokotas Band.

Manuel Reyes Flamenco Workshop
Naranjita Flamenco, Anaheim
www.naranjitaflamenco.com

A local flamenco dance studio will present a workshop with well-known teacher Manuel Reyes this week. Having worked hard for a while to get him in to the studio for a session, this is one class not to be missed.

Wednesday, January 31
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(Credit: Will Yang)


“Drawn from a Score”
Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine
beallcenter.uci.edu

Located on the UCI campus, this center presents projects that combine technology with art. In the current exhibition, pieces are inspired by code-based scores, manifested by artists past and present in various forms, including drawings, performances and various computational-based pieces of artwork.

Healthy Shopping and Food Prep
Casa Romantica, San Clemente
www.casaromantica.org

On the last day of the month, continue the New Year wellness theme with the cultural center’s series on health. A nutritionist will detail which ingredients can be beneficial and which are harmful, reveal how to read labels at the grocery store and explain how to prepare food.

Screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
4th Street Market, Santa Ana
www.4thstreetmarket.com

Head down to downtown Santa Ana to enjoy food and drinks from the market while participating in an evening of film-related trivia games. Then, following trivia, enjoy a free screening of the second “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, courtesy of The Frida Cinema.

Thursday, February 1
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(Credit: Lorylaine Espinoza/Filmspeed)


Emo Night Orange County
The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen, Fullerton
www.slidebarfullerton.com

This free show will feature a variety of local rock bands, including Filmspeed, Frequency Within and Differences. The bands will join the headliner, Bleed American, who will be playing Jimmy Eat World hits while an after party will feature Shane Told of Canadian band Silverstein.

Chapman University Singers
Music Center for the Arts, Orange
www.muscocenter.org

Singers from the Chapman University choir have just returned from a tour through Northern California and Nevada. Upon their return, they will play a special concert on campus featuring the songs sung on the tour. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

“The Hendrix Project”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
www.scfta.org

Thursday marks the first of three nights of “The Hendrix Project,” part of the Off Center Festival at Segerstrom’s Samueli Theater. The performances will be reenactments of Jimi Hendrix’s New Year’s Eve concert in New York in 1969, showcasing a bit of rock music history.

Friday, February 2
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(Credit: Tania Thompson/SCR)


“Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook”
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
www.scr.org

The second of three plays that will be performed for young audiences during this season, “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” is inspired by the popular children’s book series by Barbara Park. After someone steals her mittens, she decides to keep a pen she finds, but there might be consequences.

Screening of “Groundhog Day”
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.thefridacinema.org
When you wake up on Friday, you’ll know whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Celebrate the silly holiday with a screening of the movie that was inspired by the tradition, starring Bill Murray as a weatherman who goes to report on the experience but gets stuck in a time loop and keeps repeating the same day.

Professional Bull Riders
Honda Center, Anaheim
www.pbr.com

On Friday and Saturday, the Professional Bull Riders return to Orange County to showcase their skills against some of the toughest bucking bulls on the planet. There is excitement in the air as the show gets underway with riders like Kaique Pacheco, Cooper Davis and more.

Saturday, February 3
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Storytelling in Poetry
Sawdust Festival Grounds, Laguna Beach
www.sawdustartfestival.org

This free workshop from the Sawdust Arts & Craft Festival features advice on storytelling from the city of Laguna Beach’s own poet laureate, Kate Buckley. Learn what narrative poetry is then explore different ways to tell stories in your poems before creating one of your own.

“Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
www.pacificsymphony.org

A special children’s opera written by Johann Strauss, Jr., “Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge” features lively music and singers from Chapman University as the story details various pranks at a costume ball filled with masked superheroes. Before the show, try your hand at music instruments and complete arts & crafts projects.

American Girl Mini Fondue Party
Williams Sonoma, Newport Coast
www.williams-sonoma.com

Stop by your local Williams Sonoma store for a child-friendly cooking class doubling as a fun fondue party. Each participant will get a mini fondue set of their very own then the instructor will show the kids how to make chocolate fondue for dipping fruit and marshmallows.

Sunday, February 4
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(credit: House of Blues)


Big Game Viewing Party
House of Blues, Anaheim
www.houseofblues.com

The day has finally arrived: the Super Bowl champion will be crowned on Sunday. Will it be the Patriots or the Eagles? Find out at the House of Blues, where a special viewing party will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet of delectable dishes like nachos, chicken wings, mac n cheese, ribs, hot dogs, chicken tenders and more. There will be drink specials as well.

Charlie Brown Day
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
www.knotts.com

Sunday marks the first-ever Charlie Brown Day at Knott’s Berry Farm, and it will include a special photo moment at the Calico Mine Stage featuring the most Charlie Browns ever photographed. Dress up and stop by to be part of the record-breaking attempt and enjoy the park’s special Peanuts Celebration events that are currently taking place in the park.

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon
South of the Huntington Pier, Huntington Beach
www.motivrunning.com

Enjoy spectacular ocean views as you run along the sand during this marathon and half-marathon. Surfboard medals will be awarded for each race, including the marathon, half-marathon, 5K and Kids Cowabunga Beach Challenge. There will also be a lifestyle expo and live entertainment.

Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.

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