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, December 13, 2017; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017; 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, December 13, 2017; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017; Starts 6:00 p.m.

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


The holiday season is fast approaching and with that comes a Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) favorite, "Sounds of the Season," on December 14-15 in the Historic HBUHSD Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The theme this year celebrates HB APA's 25th anniversary with 25 Years of Holiday Traditions.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $16 for students/seniors 65+/children 3+ and are available for purchase online at

This production typically includes only a few of HB APA's departments, however, to properly celebrate the longevity and growth of the Academy, this year it includes all five. Presented by the Orchestra department, this show incorporates traditional and popular music, ballet, acting, a media component and even a Musical Theatre alumnus' original song.  

Orchestra director, Gregg Gilboe, began teaching "Having been here for all 25 years, it's incredible to see how APA's evolved. I can't believe this is my 25th Sounds of the Season!"

In light of the holiday spirit, HB APA collects toys for the less fortunate through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Starting in December (date TBA), there will be a Toys for Tots donation drop off box in the APA, HBHS and HBUHSD offices. Toys must be new and unwrapped.

"The Toys for Tots drive is my favorite part about this production. It really gets me in the spirit of giving and reinforces the reason for the season," said HB APA Supervisor, Susan West. "Although this is only our fourth year participating in the Toys for Tots campaign, we're committed to making it another holiday tradition."

The HB APA guilds will also be vending APA wear and accessories in the upstairs lobby.  

About "Sounds of the Season"

HO! HO! HO! Plan to spend a little time away from the modern-day holiday grind as the APA Instrumental Music Department presents its annual celebration of winter cheer! The Musical Theatre Department, Surf City Singers, Acting, Dance and MMET Pop/Media will be there too, playing and singing all your perennial favorites and other special surprises. If you've never been to one of these, you don't know what you're missing... so swing by Grandmother's house and come start a new family tradition with your pals at APA.

About Toys for Tots

"The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."

About the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) is igniting the creative artists of the future. APA is known for its award-winning theatre and musical theatre shows, accomplished dance program, strong orchestra, and the innovative, Music Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) program. APA provides master-level instruction in classical and popular music, dance, acting, playwriting, costume design and stagecraft to over 700 students per year. APA is the arts magnet program for the Huntington Beach Union High School District.  

We can all use a few laughs during these bizarre times, and what better way to forget about all your problems than an evening of comedy and cocktails with television star Joel McHale.

Known for his satirical take on pop culture and current events, Joel McHale is one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the industry. He is best known for his starring role on NBC’s “Community, he recently hosted Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year” television broadcast, and he will next be seen playing former Community co-star Chevy Chase, in Netflix’s “A Futile & Stupid Gesture” opposite Will Forte. He continues to perform his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences. 

You can catch him headlining three shows over two nights at the Laugh Factory Long Beach, 151 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802 on December 14th at 7:45pm, and on December 15th at 7:45 and 9:45pm.

Tickets range from $25 to $35, and can be purchased at Get ‘your tickets before they’re all sold out.


The Ballet Repertory Theatre's cherished 41-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County's longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

Dates and times:
December 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm
December 16, 22, and 23 at 2 pm
December 17, and 24 at 1 pm
December 17 at 5 pm

Ballet Repertory Theatre location is in the Golden West College Theater, 15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, students, children under 12 Ticketing website: Ticketing phone no: 714-895-8150


The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is excited to present the 55th annual Cruise of Lights®, a 45-minute narrated boat tour through the sparkling waterways of Huntington Harbour. Visitors from as far away as Australia see thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation. The Cruise of Lights® has been called "the most spectacular holiday light show on water." The 2017 Cruise of Lights® runs from December 15 - 18 and 21 - 23. Shuttles to the cruise leave from the Huntington Harbour Mall parking lot, and cruises depart hourly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm.

Sponsored by members of the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee, the Cruise of Lights® is a holiday tradition that not only provides a taste of holiday cheer but also supports a good cause. Proceeds from the Cruise of Lights® benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s nationally recognized Youth Programs, which are offered at no charge to all schools—public and private—in Orange County and annually serve more than 160,000 students from kindergarten through high school.

Tickets for the Traditional Cruise of Lights® are priced $19 for adults and $12 for children (ages 2-12). Children under two are free. Santa’s Special Night (value night) on December 18 ($17.00 Adults - $10 Children-ages 2-12). Extended Cruise of Lights® visit for dates, times and ticket price. Land & Sea VIP Evenings visit for dates, times and ticket price.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee office at (714) 840-7542, or online at Purchase tickets from Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee office 16889 Algonquin Street Huntington Beach, CA 92649. For Charter groups please call the office for more information.

The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is one of 16 committees supporting the Philharmonic Society. Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is Orange County’s oldest and most recognized music organization, presenting the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, performing organizations and artists. A catalyst for cultural and educational development throughout its region, the Philharmonic Society is a key resident company in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


On Saturday evening, December 16th., from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Rebel Angels Band will perform at Shooters Sports Bar 18582 Beach Blvd #20 in Huntington Beach.

The group plays 70s and 80s music in the style of the Eagles, Stones, Zepplin, U2, The Cult, The Police, etc.

They are known to "Storm through the Classics."


Crestavilla, a luxury senior living community expected to open in early 2018, will host a toy drive to benefit the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee in conjunction with the spectacular Newport Harbor Holiday lights display.  

Crestavilla has reserved a 72-foot yacht and is inviting the public to come aboard and join their party Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. Admission is the donation of an unwrapped toy or gift card. Attendees will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while taking in the elaborate Christmas light displays of Newport Harbor. Items collected at the toy drive will be given to children of military families. 

“The Crestavilla staff looks forward to getting to know the people in the community, and we couldn’t think of a better way than by hosting an event that shows support for the brave men and women of the military and their families,” said Chris Andersen, executive director for Crestavilla. “We invite everyone to make a donation and come enjoy the impressive lights display.” 

Those who are interested in attending must RSVP by Dec. 12 by calling Brittany Sanfilippo or Zehra Syed with Crestavilla at 949-272-9772. 

About Crestavilla   

Located at 30111 Niguel Road, Crestavilla is a new senior living community nestled in the heart of Laguna Niguel, Calif., that offers the best in inspired coastal living for seniors. It will offer more than 80,000 square feet of indoor amenities to appeal to an active senior lifestyle, including four restaurants, fitness center with spa, two theaters, an art studio, woodshop, concierge, physician services and more. It will also have rooftop gardens to provide organic, fresh “farm to table” produce to its dining options. For more information, visit or call 949-272-9772.


Coast City Ballet,  501 (c)(3) non-profit  dance organization,  proudly presents its 14th production of  "The Nutcracker" at Huntington Beach Historic Theater. 

Based on the original choreography by Marious Petipa and Leon Ivanov, under the direction of Clara D'Autilia, Coast City Ballet's The Nutcracker captures the enchantment and magic of this timeless holiday favorite.  First presented in 2004, Coast City Ballet's The Nutcracker has since become one of the most beloved and entertaining productions in Southern California.

Company member, guest artists, and dancers from throughout California, come together to present the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker in this family friendly full length production.  Join Clara as she journeys through an enchanted forest where snowflakes dance in ever-changing patterns, see toys come to life, marvel in the enchantment of this fairy tale ballet, experience the magic of dance!

Discounted group tickets available for Children and Youth Groups – Presale only – for information please contact

For tickets purchase visit

Performance schedule:  The Nutcracker Ballet, Friday, December 22,  2017, 7:00 p.m.
                                 The Nutcracker Ballet, Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Adult -     $25/$27
Children - $23/$25
Senior -    $23/$25
Venue: Huntington Beach Historic Theater
          1905Main Street, Huntington Beach, California


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.


Ongoing events

Many of our local non-profit organizations, services organizations and self-help groups hold regularly sponsored meetings throughout the year. To view our list, just click the button on the left.


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