“Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace”
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
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The past weekend kicked off the opening of a new exhibit focusing on the Empress Dowager Cixi, a politician and artist from the early 20th century. The showcase will present more than 100 objects and pieces of art that reveal what her daily life was like in China’s Summer Palace.
Birds & Beer: Nature Trivia Night
Ashley’s on Fourth
1731 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Newport Bay Conservancy has partnered with this local bar to present a nature-themed trivia night. With a $2 buy-in per person, and prizes included free pitchers of beer for the top three teams, proceeds will benefit the endangered Western Snowy Plover conservation via the Audubon Society.
An Evening with David Sedaris
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Best-selling comedy writer and former National Public Radio host David Sedaris will be on-site with his wit and quirky tales as he presents social commentary, observations and other humorous stories on the stage this Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Start your season out with a night that is merry and bright as the giant Christmas tree at the mall is lit up for the first time. Expect to experience snowfall, a visit from Santa Claus and a special holiday performance from Montage!, Orange County School of the Arts’ performance group.
Jack and Jill Home Tour
Temple Beth Sholom
2625 North Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
This year’s holiday home tour will take place in North Tustin between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The three homes featured include a serene contemporary home, a tranquil Cowan Heights estate and a contemporary farmhouse. A boutique with holiday vendors will also take place at the temple on Thursday and Friday.
Santa’s Official Arrival
21010 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Santa Claus, along with two of his elves, will appear in the sky over Huntington Beach for his official arrival at Pacific City. After he is escorted from the beach to the outdoor mall, he will be available for photos and gift requests. There will also be Santa hats and candy canes available.
Surfing Santa Competition
Salt Creek Beach
33333 Pacific Coast High
Dana Point, CA 92629
This annual competition is always a fun way to spend a Sunday, with plenty of Santas and other Christmas-themed costumed surfers taking to the waves. Proceeds from the event will again benefit Surfers Healing, a surfing camp for children with autism. There are stand-up paddleboard divisions as well, and prizes are available for the best costumes.MORE NEWS: Simone Biles Plans To Compete In Balance Beam Final In Tokyo