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, February 21, 2018; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 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, February 21, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018; Starts 6:00 p.m.

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


Gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls, and showgirls turn the gamble of love into a high-energy musical when Musical Theatre West presents five-time Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls, February 16 - March 4 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 E. Atherton, Long Beach. Based on the stories and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show tops Entertainment Weekly's list of "The Greatest Musical of all Time." Tickets are now on sale at, by calling (562) 856- 1999 ext. 4 or at the Musical Theatre West ticket office. Tickets start at $20. 

Rolling the dice is the vice of choice for Nathan Detroit (Matthew Henerson). He has big spenders ready to join his latest illegal crap game, but he needs some serious dough to keep the game afloat. He taps Sky Masterson (Jeremiah James), a man who's known for his willingness to gamble on anything and everything. Their $1000 bet: Sky has to get prim and pious do-gooder Sarah Brown (Madison Claire Parks) to go with him on a jaunt to Havana. Nathan certainly likes the odds; after all, he's kept his own fiancée, Miss Adelaide (Bree Murphy), waiting for their trip to the altar for 14 years!

As Sarah searches for sinners to reform, Nathan keeps looking to make his big score and Sky comes to find that love just may be the biggest gamble of all. Set against the picturesque backdrop of New York's Broadway, Guys and Dolls features one of the greatest musical scores, with hits that include: "I've Never Been in Love Before," "Adelaide's Lament," "Bushel and a Peck," If I Were a Bell," and "Luck, Be a Lady." This musical masterpiece is not to be missed!

Jeremiah James (Sky Masterson) credits range from the West End, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, to the Great White Way, as El Gallo in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. He has appeared in more than 120 Actor's Equity productions, including starring roles in Show Boat, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables, earning six "Best Actor" nominations from such prestigious organizations as, LA Drama Critics Association (Ovation Awards), and Spotlight Awards. His recording credits include Teatro (Sony/BMG), which sold one million copies and scored two No. 1 hits and a Gold Record, and Jeremiah James Tupelo (Yellow Sound). His new musical It Happened in Key West with Broadway composer/writing partner's Jill Santoriello and Jason Huza will premier in London later this year.

Madison Claire Parks (Sarah Brown) recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, where she received rave reviews for her performance as Luisa. For Musical Theatre West, she starred in Oklahoma! (Laurey) and Les Misérables (Cossette), as well as numerous Reiner Readers Series performances, including Once Upon a Mattress, Kismet, and Steel Pier. Parks' performance as Daisy Mae in Bruce Kimmel's acclaimed Los Angeles revival of Li'l Abner earned her a Robby Award nomination for "Best Actress." An accomplished opera singer, Parks performed with the Full Circle Opera Project, where she played roles such as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera and Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene.

Matthew Henerson (Nathan Detroit) returns to Musical Theatre West after his acclaimed performance as Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady. His credits include performances in the first national tour of Footloose, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with the Mark Taper Forum, Hamlet and Shakespeare in Love with South Coast Repertory, The Adventures of Pinocchio with Deaf West, and When Garbo Smiles, A Christmas Carol, and The Heir Apparent with International Theatre Company. Henerson's television and film credits includes roles on "The Fosters," "The Bernie Mac Show," Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol, and Disney's The Jungle Book.

Bree Murphy (Miss Adelaide) marks her Musical Theatre West debut, but is not a newcomer to the theatre scene. With 3D Theatricals, she appeared as Molly in The Full Monty, the Wardrobe in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; and with the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, she performed in such productions as Hairspray (as Tracy Turnblad), The Hot Mikado, Ragtime, and Lend Me a Tenor. Murphy also performed for several seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the musicals Into the Woods and Mary Poppins, as well as the plays Henry IV (Parts I and II), and Sherlock Holmes.

The original 1950 Broadway production of Guys and Dolls won five Tony Awards, including "Best Musical." The 1992 revival received four more Tonys, including "Best Revival." In 1951, the year after it opened, it received a record-breaking $1 million for the motion picture rights and was made into a beloved film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.  

Musical Theatre West's production of Guys and Dolls is under the direction of Mark Martino, musical direction of Benet Braun, and choreography by Daniel Smith. This production is made possible thanks to the support of Season Sponsors 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; Honorary Producers Don and Marlene Temple; Associate Producer Cindy Costello; and Youth Performance Underwriters youth performance underwriters: Don Black and Judy McNulty Black, Dr. Myron Bloom, Ron and Patti Brunner, and Dr. Ron and Sylvia Hartman.. Paul Garman serves as Executive Producer/Director of Musical Theatre West. Guys & Dolls is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


                        Friday, February 23, 8:00pm

                        Saturday, February 24, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                        Sunday, February 25, 1:00pm & 6:00pm

                        Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm

                        Friday, March 2, 8:00pm

                        Saturday, March 3, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

                        Sunday, March 4, 1:00pm



One More Productions proudly announces the 2018 Season which opens on February 22 with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Garden Grove’s historic GEM THEATRE presented by the award-winning One More Productions – one of Southern California’s leading musical theater companies. In addition to BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, the season includes audience favorite ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE; Broadway hit, HELLO, DOLLY!; Tony Award winning THE PRODUCERS; and the family fun musical, THE HOLIDAY GEM!

Season Opener is Bullets Over Broadway which begins on February 22

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, is a hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work, until his producer finds a backer to mount the show on Broadway. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is a love letter to the Golden Age of Broadway complete with showgirls, gangsters and a coast of zany characters. Based on the acclaimed 1994 Woody Allen film, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features hits from the 1920’s, including Let’s Misbehave, ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I do and There’s a New Day Comin’! Show runs from February 22 through March 18.


The ever popular Always...Patsy Cline runs from April 12 thru May 13

ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE – Returning for a third and final run, the musical that earned the twowomen show their Broadway World Regional Awards nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, “ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE,” is back by popular demand. Based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louis Seger, Seger becomes an immediate and avid fan of Cline after hearing her on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957. Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women spend the night chatting about their common concerns about life and family, which ultimately grows into a lasting friendship until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Seger supplies the narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing her famous tunes, all backed by a live country band. Show runs from April 12 through May 13.


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.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY performances run from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, March 18 at The GEM THEATRE. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove, CA. On Saturday, March 10, there will be a matinee show at 2 pm. In addition, a special College Night has been added on Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 pm. Students can purchase $15 discounted tickets with a valid Student ID. A Talk Back Session will take place following the performance. For ticket information, visit or call 714-741-9550 X 221.

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. Opening Gala Night Event Tickets, for Saturday, February 24, are $45 each and ticket holders receive an exclusive invitation to attend the post-show catered champagne Gala with the cast.

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


Friends of the Mary Wilson Library are looking forward to presenting a magical afternoon for the whole family on Sunday, February 25th, 3pm at the Senior Center of the Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Avenue, Old Town, Seal Beach.


 USC Alumni Day of SCervice with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Ever walked by the Bolsa Chica tide gates and noticed all of that trash build up? Most of that trash comes from further up the East Garden Grove/Wintersburg Channel, which cuts through 7 municipalities. YOU can help do something about it! Help us prevent that trash and debris from reaching Bolsa Chica's Outer Bay! As part of the county's Adopt-A-Channel program and in partnership with the University of Southern California Alumni Association, join us as we catch the trash further upstream at the mouth of the East Garden Grove/Wintersburg Channel on Saturday, March 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Wintersburg Channel off Gothard Street and Warner Avenue) Across the street from 16882 Gothard St., Huntington Beach.

Calling all Trojans, your friends and families for a USCervice Day as thousands perform community work across the world.

If interested, please register at



Journey to Ancient India as Ballet Repertory Theatre depicts the very modern story of Nikiya, a temple dancer (bayadère), caught in a riveting saga of jealousy and revenge.  In this visually stunning classic, dancers assemble in precise formations, perform elegant solos, and join the prince in touching duos to recount Nikiya's fate.  Bewitching temple celebrations, grand wedding festivities, and a mesmerizing parade of ballerinas in the "Kingdom of the Shades" lend majesty to this timeless tale.  Exotic and lavish yet charmingly human, La Bayadère has something for everyone.

La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) will be given in the Golden West College Theater, 15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach with two performances: Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, ASB-GWC students, children under 12.

Ticketing website:

Ticketing phone no:   714-895-8150


The Bolsa Chica's 2018 Earth Day Festival offers free family fun for everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology, test the water quality, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include crafts, face painters, a jump tent, food for sale, and guided tours of the reserve!

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival is hosted by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

 The festival will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy 3842 Warner Avenue (across from the Warner Ave. Fire Station) in Huntington Beach.

There will be two parking lots available for festival attendees across the street from the festival. Parking will also be available at designated parts of the Bolsa Chica State Beach.  


Discover the food, history, arts, and faiths of the cultures along the ancient trade route that stretched from Asia to Europe. Come travel the legendary Silk Road with the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, the Orange County Interfaith Network (OCIN), and the Universal Heritage and Research Center (UHRC) and other partners. In the spirit of adventure embodied by those who traveled along its path, The Muck will be taking the inaugural Silk Road Unity Festival to the Brookhurst Community Center and Park in Anaheim.

From calligraphy stations to language corners, hands-on art areas to skilled henna artists, there will be plenty of activities to inspire guests! Not to mention the authentic food court with spices and ingredients from along the Silk Road. After indulging in decadent cuisine, stroll the bazaar for unique, handcrafted wares. Throughout the day enjoy live performances by regional dance troupes, international musicians, and thought provoking films.

Sponsored in part by Walter Clark and the Orange County Community Foundation

Event partners 

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Orange County Interfaith Network (OCIN)
Universal Heritage and Research Center (UHRC)
City of Anaheim
Pacific-Asian Museum

Event Date:

Sunday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Free Admission | Fun for all ages

Event Location:

Brookhurst Community Center and Park, 2271 Crescent Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801


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.


Gem Faire, the Largest Jewelry & Bead Show in Southern CA, is set for February 23-25, 2018 at OC Fair & Event Center, located at 88 Fair Dr. in Costa Mesa.  Hours are Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun. 10am-5pm.  The event is open to the public.  Admission of $7 is valid for the entire weekend.

Nearly 200 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, pearls and much more.  Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers.  From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof.  Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing service is available while you shop.  Attendees can also enter for a chance to win free door prizes, drawing every hour throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendar!  Gem Faire will be in Costa Mesa for three days only!  Buy quality gems, jewelry and beading supplies directly from the source right in your town only at Gem Faire.  For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at (503) 252-8300 or


Ongoing events

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