June is officially here, and we’re counting down the days until it’s summer. Until then, end spring right with some fantastic events. From a combination coffee and comedy night to a celebration of cancer survivors, this week offers some unique and meaningful events. Also this week, savor the flavors of the Mediterranean at Seaside Gallery and Goods, catch Circus Vargas’ latest show, listen to some live music or learn to grow your own hops to create the perfect beer.

Monday, June 5
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(Credit: Melissa Davies)

Let’s Laugh-a-Latte
DRNK Coffee + Tea
4245 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 981-0028

Improv groups are known for bringing laughter to those around them, and The Shady Bunch is no different. This local comedy troupe shows what the children of “The Brady Bunch” might be like if they had grown up in Long Beach. Catch the group in their free pop-up show at DRNK Coffee + Tea in Long Beach this Monday at 7:30 p.m. While you get your laugh on, sip an iced Americano, a vanilla latte or an orange ginger latte. The shop also has a variety of snacks to munch on, including breakfast wraps, paninis and salads.

Tuesday, June 6
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(Credit: Paul Mitchell the School at SOCO)

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day
Paul Mitchell The School
3309 Hyland Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546-8786

A wonderful event celebrating those who have struggled with cancer, Paul Mitchell The School’s Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day offers plenty of freebies. Those that have survived cancer—or even those currently suffering from the disease—may stop by for complimentary facials, deep conditioning, haircuts, scalp treatments and even shaves for men. Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day launched back in 2003, serving as a way to pamper those who need a little support in the midst of, or in the time following, such a stressful time. Although the event is free, make sure to contact ahead of time to schedule an appointment so you can be sure you’re seen.

Wednesday, June 7
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(Credit: Seaside Gallery and Goods)

Mediterranean Summer Dinner
Seaside Gallery and Goods
124 Tustin Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 290-7249

Chef Justin of JM Events and Catering will present an eclectic Mediterranean dinner this Wednesday, offering some of his best dishes. Though not focused in one specific part of the region, the meal will include options from French to Turkish. Start out with amuse bouche, or stuffed grape leaves filled with things like artichoke hearts, garlic cucumber and tomato salad with lemon-cumin dressing. Whether your main dish is the beet-onion salad, the rosemary lamb, couscous or blood orange salmon, there will be plenty of tasty choices. For dessert, expect to sample rice pudding or a flourless walnut date cake (or maybe both!).

Thursday, June 8
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(Credit: Mike Rollerson)

Circus Vargas StreamCirque
Orange County Great Park
6990 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
(877) 468-3861

Thursday marks the first day of an 11 day run of Circus Vargas’ latest show at the Orange County Great Park. Known as StreamCirque, the performance is a spectacular display of daring stunts and innovation characters. The blend of steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and circus acts takes place under a big top, where gears and gadgets fit together perfectly. While there is bleacher and arena sitting that is first-come, first-serve, there is also a VIP experience that can be purchased to ensure good views. A half-hour before the show, an innovative pre-show will also give kids and their parents a chance to meet the actors behind the performance starts.

Friday, June 9
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Laguna Niguel Summer Concert Series
Crown Valley Community Park
29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 362-4351

This special summer concert series is now in its 25th year, kicking off the event with performances by Tommy Tassi & Authentics. Their 1950s-inspired music is sure to thrill audiences of all ages. The weekly Parks and Recreation event is part of a series called “Dancing Through the Decades,” where music helps locals relax and unwind after a long day at work. After 50s night, upcoming weeks will include 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s as well as a Classic Rock week a different style of tunes. Also at the concert, diners can try out some exciting food trucks like those for tacos or burgers.

Saturday, June 10
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(Credit: Curious Entertainment)

O.C. Funk Fest
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 582-6101

For some exceptionally funky music, head over to O.C. Funk Fest. For one day only, this event offers an eclectic selection of live music—but that’s not all. Heeding warnings from last year’s attendees, Curious Entertainment has found ways to decrease the beer lines, making the overall experience more enjoyable. Full bars will be available as well. The pre-party starts at noon with the main concert doors opening at 2 p.m. and music going live at 3 p.m. The line-up for this fun-filled set of performances includes Zapp, Stone City Band, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The S.O.S. Band, Chocolate Milk, The Dazz Band and more.

Sunday, June 11
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(Credit: Rogers Gardens)

Growing Hops for Beer Brewing
Rogers Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92625
(949) 640-5800

Beer is always evolving, and it’s a favorite sip for many in Southern California. But making it yourself is easier said than done. This Rogers Gardens workshop, Growing Hops for Beer Brewing, features information from nursery manager Rex Yarwood and homebrewer Michael Sullivan. It will take guests on a trip through the hops-growing process, covering things like how to produce hops, how to dry it and store it and tips for growing it at home. While many wouldn’t guess it, hops can also double as a cooking herb, making it even more useful.

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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