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Mar 2 2017
Cove Gallery Laguna Beach Art Walk
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Winter in The OC

Winter In The OC

The calendar may say winter, but it's "Forever Summer" here in Orange County, California. We're kicking off 2017 with exciting events and activities all across The OC, from inland cities like Anaheim and Buena Park to coastal communities like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Visit our world-famous theme parks, spend a day at the beach, enjoy arts & crafts, cultural festivals, outdoor recreation, shopping and more!

Don't miss out on all the fun this winter in The OC!

Buena Park

Kids Takeover Buena Park/Orange County
January - February 2017
Kids have taken over the city of Buena Park in Orange County for the second year in a row! And this year they have demanded even more deals for two months - January and February, 2017. For a limited time, parents will enjoy savings on comfortable kid-friendly hotel accommodations and kids can enjoy their favorite Orange County attractions.

Fire and Law Tribute Days
November 30, 2016 - January 31, 2017
As a thank you to all fire and police personnel in our community, Knott's Berry Farm will once again be hosting Fire and Police Recognition Days. From November 30 through January 31, 2017, Knott's will offer free theme park admission for fire and police personnel and one guest. From November 30, 2016 through January 3, 2017 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $30 each. January 4 - 31 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $25 each. Fire or law enforcement ID is required.

Costa Mesa

Stay in Costa Mesa & Get $100
Participating Costa Mesa Hotels - Now through January 7, 2017
Visitors who book and stay two nights in one of ten participating Costa Mesa hotels will receive a $100South Coast Plaza gift certificate. Guests can use their $100 gift certificate at South Coast Plaza and its more than 250 unique boutiques, fashion designer retailers and restaurants. In addition, the certificate is good for use at many restaurants around Costa Mesa, and for theater performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

For more information on the Stay and Get $100 offer and a list of participating hotels, please visit http://www.travelcostamesa.com/scp100.

BLVD Hotel
One of 11 branded properties in Costa Mesa has recently remodeled its lobby, turning it into to the Coast Lounge where they will offer complimentary evening happy hour for guests. This is the perfect addition for the chic, stylish boutique hotel.

Gunwhale Ales 
A new craft brewing, blending and tasting room started by Southern California natives where the goal of their brew is to blend European-farmhouse tradition with West Coast styles made famous by California.

Ms Alice at The Mansion
Like a classic 1930s speakeasy, you'll be wowed right when you walk through the door of this secluded bar located adjacent to popular Costa Mesa nightclub, Mansion. With the Alice in Wonderland twist on décor, unique cocktails and a menu that has your mouth watering, Ms Alice (purposely without a 'period') has no dedicated website, so you must visit in person to see why it is part of Costa Mesa's eclectic dining scene.

Ruin Bar
Yet another creative dining experience, Ruin Bar opened in later November 2016. Located in The LAB anti-mall in Costa Mesa, this is an unassuming treat to the bar scene. You'll find a sophisticated drink menu, and bites to tempt your palate.

Popbar
Founded in New York, Popbar has opened its first Costa Mesa location, serving up customizable PopGelato, PopSorbetta and YogurtPops. The authentic Italian treat is all-natural, gluten-free, low in sugar and fat and comes in a variety of flavors with traditional chocolate and vanilla, as well as banana and passion fruit. The twist is, you can customize your Popbar with a variety of dips and toppings.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
For information on upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.travelcostamesa.com/calendar/upcoming-events/.

Disneyland

Holidays at the Disneyland® Resort
It's the Holidays at the Disneyland® Resort and things are more festive than ever! Come experience holiday magic in both Parks, from November 10 through January 8.

New this year in Disney California Adventure® Park is the Festival of Holidays event, a celebration of seasonal traditions filled with delicious food, live music, fun activities and special entertainment-including the all-new World of Color-Season of Light, a sparkling nighttime winter fantasy. And as always, Disneyland® Park is a wonderland of classic seasonal experiences-like "Believe...in Holiday Magic" fireworks spectacular with its snowy finale.

With so much going on all season long, there's holiday magic for days at the Disneyland® Resort! So, gather your family and friends and visit The Happiest Place on Earth during the most wonderful time of year. Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Dana Point

"Through My Window" Exhibit by Artist Bettie Grace Miner
September 6, 2016 - January 3, 2017
The newest exhibit to grace the walls at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a showing of 26 pieces by Bettie Grace Miner. The exhibit features original works that combine bold abstracts with the human experience. Bettie Grace Miner is a fine artist that brings an improvisational fusion of insight, bold colors and an expressive heart to photography and painting.

Miraval Life In Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort
January - February 2017

"Gal"-entines
February 3
Celebrate the month of love with your besties with go-to celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann as our host.

Teaching Mindful Relationships
February 19
San Clemente native Jacob Manning, a collegiate athlete turned yoga instructor, uses his mindful and attentive approach to build strong foundations for your yoga practice.

Other events and workshops include:
Full Moon Yoga - January 12 and February 10
Standing Postures Workshop - January 14
Chakra Sound & Color Meditative Painting - January 14 and February 18
Arm Balance Workshop - February 18
Couples Acro Yoga Workshop - February 19

Check here for monthly updates about new spa events and workshops.

Huntington Beach

Marriott Springhill Suites Opening March 2017
Marriott Hotels will be opening a new SpringHill Suites location in Huntington Beach in March 2017. The central location is perfect for travelers looking to be stay close to all of the attractions Orange County has to offer. The hotel will offer free Wifi, a daily breakfast buffet and easy access to the I-405 freeway. The spacious studio suites are perfect for any occasion, while the professional meeting room caters to all businesses travel needs.

Pacific City Opens New Restaurants and More
The most recent openings at Pacific City include dining options such as Bluegold and Frosted Cupcakery. In addition, major clothing stores like Urban Outfitters have joined the floor at Pacific City.

{Newest Pacific City Dining Options}

  • Bluegold - The integration of new and old world cooking techniques breathes life into this brand new farm-to-table American restaurant added to the roster at Pacific City. All ingredients are locally-sourced and dishes are crafted with creativity and style. Open every day from 9am-10pm. 
  • Frosted Cupcakery - Cupcakes come fresh out of the oven daily at the brand new bakery in LOT 579. They offer over a dozen flavors of cupcakes made with the highest quality ingredients and the utmost care. Seasonal favorites, Gluten-free options, frosted cookies, ice cream cupcakes and special orders are also available.
  • Backhouse Yakitori - A beautiful dining room that offers the freshest sushi of the absolutely highest quality, and robata style yakitori that delivers one of the most authentic tastes outside of Japan. Grilled to perfection, the yakitori is sure to satisfy the most discerning devotees of this international culinary favorite.
  • Gelateria Zomolo - This artisanal gelato café is serving up fresh, handmade gelato daily. Choose from classic favorites or more unique flavors such as hazelnut, pistachio, pomegranate sorbet and more. Their gelato pairs perfectly with their authentic espresso and handmade truffles.

 

{Newest Pacific City Lifestyle and Retail Options}

  • Urban Outfitters - The one stop shop for hipster, stylish, kitschy, irreverent, bohemian and retro apparel, accessories, home and apartment goods, books, gifts and other accouterments. Their ever-changing inventory brings loyal customers coming back again and again to see the latest and newest. 
  • Surfing Supply - A high-concept exhibition space, curating and staging art shows, capsule collections and private events for like-minded brands at the apex of surf and outdoor lifestyle. This temporary installment shows off the surf culture art of Huntington Beach and includes a photography studio and rotating surf/lifestyle brand pop-up shops.
  • Dry Bar - Dry bar offers blowouts for any event, day or recovery from a long day at the beach. The hair stylists are very flexible and will work with clients to achieve their perfect look!
  • Rudy's Barbershop - Rudy's Barbershop provides top-notch haircuts for men and women at an affordable price, with services ranging from straight razor shave to color change. Their one-of-a-kind, welcoming experience reflects a curated blend of art, music, and signature sense-of-place in an inviting and eclectic atmosphere.
  • Linksoul Lab - Linksoul is a men's lifestyle brand with their first retail location at Pacific City, featuring their own line of knit polos, board shorts, t-shirts, loungewear, active wear, men's accessories and an opportunity for customers to personalize their golf gear and leather goods in-store. Local artwork curated by the Linksoul team is for sale, along with a putting green, surfboard shaper, limited edition skateboards and more!

 

Pasea Hotel and Spa's Shop, Play, & Stay Package
Paséa Hotel and Spa is offering a great package in partnership with Pacific City for holiday Huntington Beach visitors. When booking a stay at the Paséa Hotel by December 24th through January 8th, travelers will be eligible for exclusive discounts and shopping promotions at participating Pacific City retailers. Package also includes complimentary valet parking at Paséa Hotel & Spa. For more information, please visit http://meritagecollection.com/paseahotel/specials/.

Upcoming Surf City USA Events

Shoe City Pro 
January 13-15 - The exciting surf competition is back in Huntington Beach!

Run Surf City 
An exciting marathon weekend for runners from all over!

  • February 3rd-5th - California Lifestyle Expo
  • February 5th - Marathon starts at 6:30am, Half Marathon starts at 7:45am

 

Irvine

OC Chill Ice Rink
Now through January 8, 2017
Irvine Spectrum Center is transformed into a winter wonderland when the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court during the holiday season.

Odysseo
Now through January 8, 2017 | Tickets $29.50-$144.50
An immersive theatrical experience that marries the equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A show unlike any other on the planet, Odysseo brings the audiences to a live Hollywood-style movie set, where the moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. On an enormous stage, layers of mesmerizing decor are combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics, mesmerizing aerial stunts and inspiring HD projections, all of which make Odysseo the first 6D show in the world.

Masterpieces of California Art (exhibit)
Irvine Museum
Now through January 19, 2017 | Admission:FREE
A remarkable display of some of the most celebrated works painted in California between 1890 and 1940.

Along El Camino Real (exhibit)
Irvine Museum
January 28 through May 18, 2017 | Admission:FREE
Exhibit focuses on the early history of California. The Irvine Museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism. http://www.irvinemuseum.org

Masculine ←→Feminine (exhibit)
Beall Center for Art + Technology (University of California, Irvine)
January 28- May 13, 2017 | Admission:FREE
The exhibit grapples with contemporary perceptions and receptions of the human body performed through different gendered identities and propagated by diverse technologies. The exhibition includes artists whose sculptural installations, videos, and other media explore issues ranging from gender difference and feminist essentialism, to the mechanized, hybridized body and fantasies of the physical transformation and sensory adaption to our corporeality in the future.

Little Shop of Horrors 
Musical Theatre Village
February 24-28, 2017 | Tickets $16; $14 for kids 12 and under and seniors 55 and older.
A horror comedy rock musical performed by a community-based theatre serving Southern Orange County.

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 25 & 26, 2017 | Admission:FREE - Activity tickets: $2 each
Train rides, panning for gold, carnival games, bounce house, face painting and more! Rolling back prices to 1996!

University of California, Irvine

Coriolanus
Claire Trevor Theatre
February 4 - 12, 2017
(Feb. 4, 9, 10, 11 @ 8 p.m. | Feb. 8 @ 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 5*, 11, 12 @ 2 p.m.)
Coriolanus is based on the life of legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. After military success against various uprisings which challenged the government of Rome, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will; as it turns out, the alliances he forges to accomplish his own will result in his ultimate downfall and death. This is an examination of the personal alienation required by politics and war, and the ways in which our own actions can sometimes ultimately define us as "the other."

Nicole Mitchell Ensemble
Winifred Smith Hall
February 4, 2017 | 8 p.m.
Nicole Mitchell, flutist and composer, unveils a new project featuring her compositions entitled "Resilience."

The Man Who Killed the Cure
Robert Cohen Theatre
February 25 -March 5, 2017
(Feb. 25, Mar. 2, 3, 4 @ 8 p.m. | Mar. 1 @ 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 26*, Mar. 4, 5 @ 2 p.m.)
The Man Who Killed the Cure is a world premiere of the controversial new play inspired by the work of Dr. Max Gerson, one of the fathers of natural healing. When Dr. Gerson discovers an all-natural cure for cancer in the 1950s, a rival doctor, a big pharmaceutical company, and the American Medical Association will do anything in their power to stop him. (Written by Luke Yankee; Don Hill, Director; featuring guest artists Robin Buck and Noah Wagner)

Clown Aliens
Claire Trevor Theatre
March 11 - 19, 2017
(March 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m. | March 15 @ 7:30 p.m. | March 12*, 18, 19 @ 2 p.m.)
Clown Aliens is a collaborative production created in 2013, when it was commissioned by the National Theater of Romania as the second installment of the Simon/Olivieri War of the Clowns saga. The story follows a family of clowns who leave their home on Clown Planet and become inhabitants of Earth, encountering the same hatred and bigotry that many outsiders face when trying to fit into contemporary American life. Clown Aliens explores the trials and tribulations of assimilation, and how strangers in a strange land desperately hold onto their heritage and family ties. This piece might best be described as "an epic clown funk musical," with an original score composed by Vincent Olivieri.

The Irvine Barclay Theater has a wide range of live performances this season. You can find a complete list of their shows and more information their upcoming performances here.

Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach

Rooms Packages
THIRD NIGHT COMPLIMENTARY: This getaway grants you an extra day and night to savor the best of Montage Laguna Beach including two sparking pools, rejuvenating spa and the fresh inspired cuisine in one of our three restaurants or in-room dining.

Valid on stays between October 1, 2016 and February 10, 2017. Subject to availability; cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Taxes and gratuities not included. Thanksgiving and Holiday Season blackout dates. Last day to book is February 9, 2017. New bookings only and a 3 night minimum required.

Spa Offerings
To reserve, please call (949) 715-6010 or email us at mlbspareception@montagehotels.com.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Saint Joseph's Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration
March 19, 2017 | 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
St. Joseph's Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is a world-renowned tradition celebrating the annual return of the famous swallows to Capistrano. This tradition was started by Father O'Sullivan in the 1920's at Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark and home of the swallows, and is carried each year on March 19th.

This annual celebration includes:

  • "Swingin' with the Swallows" swing concert! 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tribute to Our Nations Veterans - Flyover by WWII Planes.
  • Ringing of the historic bells
  • Live mariachi music
  • Community presentations
  • Special Guest Presentation On Cliff Swallows
  • Mission Basilica School performances
  • Flamenco dance performances
  • History of St. Joseph's Day and Swallows Legend

 

Admission

  • $15 for Adults and Seniors
  • $6 for Children (Ages 4-11)
  • Admission includes afternoon "Swingin' with the Swallows" Concert! 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Discounted admission rates on event day for Veterans and Military with ID:
  • $9 for Adults and $8 for Seniors

 

Regular Events @ the Mission Include:

Mission Art Walks
Every Friday | 11 a.m. | Free with paid admission
The Mission Art Walk is a docent guided tour highlighting the art collection of rare paintings related to Mission's history within the Serra Chapel, the Spanish Colonial Room and the Mission Treasures Exhibit. Experience Spanish Colonial and Plein Air paintings as well as learn about Mission San Juan Capistrano's goal and efforts in the conservation of its collection.

For groups of 15 people or more, please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306 to schedule in advance. Pricing is $8 per adult. Visit www.missionsjc.com/tours/art-walks/ for more information.

Adobe Brick Making
Every Saturday & Sunday (except 12/24 & 12/25) | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the fun! During this hands-on activity, kids are encouraged to make and build their own adobe brick. Examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun. Visit http://www.missionsjc.com/event/adobe-brick-making-3/all/ for more information.

Panning for Gold
Every Saturday & Sunday (except 12/24 & 12/25) | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Try your luck at finding the gold in our custom-designed Mission trough. We'll supply the pan and the "gold" - you roll up your sleeves and pan your way to riches! Visit http://www.missionsjc.com/event/panning-for-gold-2/all/ for more information.

Garden Tours
Every Wednesday | 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
These half hour tours are conducted by the Mission Gardening Angels every Wednesday at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. Guests wishing to tour should meet at the Front Gate.

Curiosity Carts
Every Tuesday & Thursday | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians.

Teacher Appreciation Day
January 14, February 11, March 11 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Homeschool Family Day
Every 3rd Wed. of the Month | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Homeschool Family Day. Discount package includes child admission, guided tour, audio tour, panning for gold, adobe brick making, koi fish food, Mission Clubhouse ID card and passport explorer. Must book and purchase 1 week in advance. Groups must also have a minimum of 8 attendees. Please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306.

Native American Basket Weaving
December 21, January 4, January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Experience the art of basket weaving at Mission San Juan Capistrano on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Learn the traditions and capture the culture of basket weaving.

Serra Chapel Tour
Every Sunday (except 12/25) | 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In honor of Father Serra's 300th birthday celebration, the Mission is offering guests the chance to enjoy a private tour of the Serra Chapel, the most historically significant chapel in California, every Sunday.

Arrowhead Necklace
Every Saturday & Sunday (except 12/24 & 12/25) | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the fun! Craft your own arrowhead necklace while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun. For http://www.missionsjc.com/event/arrowhead-necklace/all/ for more information.

Tours @ the Mission Include:

  • Art Walk - Every Friday at 11:00AM; Free with admission.
  • Audio Tours - Daily; Free with admission.
  • Guided Tours - Daily at 11:15AM
  • Swallows Walk & Talk Tour - Daily @ 1:00PM
  • Serra Chapel Tour - Sundays @ 11:15AM; $3 per adult in addition to admission, $2 per child in addition to admission
  • Garden Tours - Wednesdays @ 10:00 & 10:30AM; Free with admission
  • Saint Serra's Legacy: History Tour of Mission Church Sites; Every 2nd Saturday at 2:00PM; $6 per adult in addition to admission, $5 per child in addition to admission (reservations required)

Newport Beach

Newport Beach Restaurant 2017
January 16 - January 29, 2017
Newport Beach Restaurant Week will return for its 11th consecutive year from Monday, January 16 through Sunday, January 29, 2017. Orange County's longest running restaurant week event showcases Newport Beach as Orange County's premier dining destination offering diners a wide variety of culinary experiences. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20, or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50.

South Coast Plaza

Weekend Max Mara at South Coast Plaza
The only North American store and located in Costa Mesa, Weekend Max Mara is the classic contemporary lifestyle collection within the Max Mara Group, created as an easy and wearable collection for weekends. From accessible ready-to-wear to accessories, the collection embodies an original sportswear foundation with focus on uncompromising quality, comfort and effortless style.

White Lilac at South Coast Plaza
Previously a private event service, White Lilac has opened its first boutique in Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza. Celebrated design company White Lilac's signature home décor boutique showcases a unique, whimsical collection of gifts, housewares, accessories, furniture, and décor inspired by White Lilac innovative event designs for celebrity clients, dignitaries and ico