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August 12-15


Monarch butterfly day photo courtesy OC Parks

11th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

Aug. 14. OC Parks invites the community to learn about monarch butterflies in their natural habitat during the annual Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday. There will be butterfly experts on-site to provide educational information and answer questions, and participants will be able to go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. Food will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission and parking. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, 714.973.6600.

Laguna Beach Pride 2019 photo courtesy David England Photography

Laguna Beach Pride 365’s West Street Beach Summer of Pride

Aug. 14. Mark your calendar for Laguna Beach Pride 365’s Summer of Pride event on West Street Beach. The year-round nonprofit LGBTQ+ community service organization kicks things off at noon with volleyball, beach activities and music. Make sure to arrive early to spot the rainbow flags and claim your spot for the day—don’t forget your chairs and umbrellas. Noon-5 p.m. Free admission. West Street Beach, Laguna Beach.

Girl holding and taking photos with a Canon camera photo by Christian Wiediger via Unsplash

Photography Class: Macro Lens Mania

Aug. 15. Learn how to take Instagram-worthy photos during Sherman Library & Gardens’ special class hosted by local photographer Jeanine Hill. Participants will go on a live shoot in the garden with Jeanine and watch her use an iPad to demonstrate what visual effects each lens can offer to get great close-up images. Lens will include the 150mm Dragonfly Macro, the Rokinon 100mm Macro, the new Laowa 25mm (extreme close-up) and the Lensbaby lens. Bring your own camera. 5-7 p.m. $65 non-members, $55 members. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Food + Drink

The Winery Restaurant Hatch Chile Festival 2021 photo courtesy Moxxe PR

The Winery Restaurant’s Roasting & Toasting Event

Aug. 14. As a celebration of Hatch Chile season, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting an afternoon of ‘Roasting & Toasting’ at its Tustin location. Executive chef Yvon Goetz and chef de cuisine James Chavez will be live roasting Melissa’s Hatch chile peppers and serving them up in a variety of unique dishes. Event attendees will be able to enjoy the Hatch chile-focused dishes, along with beer, tequila and live music on The Winery’s recently expanded patio. 2-5 p.m. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600.

BluSky's Pulpo A La Plancha dish made of charred octopus, poached egg yolk, and jamon iberico consommé photo courtesy BluSky Restaurant & Bar

Tasting Menu at BluSky Restaurant & Bar

Now Available. Indulge in a delectable Experiencia Del Pais Vasco (or the Basque Country Experience) tasting menu at Radisson Blu Anaheim’s 12th story rooftop restaurant. Enjoy the flavor of the Basque Country from the seven-course menu with inspired dishes such as Kokotxa al Pil Pil made with a flavorful cod throat prepared with guindilla pepper, and garlic; and Pulpo a la Plancha made with charred octopus, poached egg yolk, jamon iberico consommé (pictured). Tu-Th 5-9 p.m. F-Sa 5-10 p.m. $125 per person, additional $70 per person for wine pairings. 1601 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 657.439.3289.

Mario's Butcher Shop & Delicatessen meats and cheese photo by Max Milla

Mario’s Butcher Shop & Delicatessen

Now Open. Calling all meat lovers! There’s a new neighborhood concept at Plaza Newport specializing in high-end cuts, wood-grilled and smoked meats, house-made charcuterie, and chef-driven menu offerings. The concept welcomes locals to enjoy its breakfast, lunch and sandwich menus with items on a private patio or ordered for takeaway. M-F 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sa-Su 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.316.4318.

Arts + Culture

Michael Situ's "Springtime in Laguna Canyon," oil on canvas, 24" x 36" image courtesy Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

Paint/Sculpt-Out in Old Towne Orange

Aug. 14. To mark the closing day of the California Art Club’s 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, which is now on view at the Hilbert Museum, painters and sculptors with the historic arts organization will set-up the tools of their trade in Old Towne Orange around the museum to create new artwork featuring live models dressed 1940s attire. This event will also feature a children’s art-making station. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 626.583.9009.

Pacific Symphony's "Symphony in the Cities" photo courtesy Pacific Symphony

“Symphony in the Cities”

Aug. 14-15, 22. Pacific Symphony returns this summer to make appearances in the three different cities in Orange County to deliver a little fun and inspirational music to friends old and new. Upcoming concerts will take place in Mission Viejo (Aug. 14), Irvine (Aug. 15) and Orange (Aug. 22). With a potpourri of popular classics, movie music and patriotic tunes, this year’s programs are hosted by KUSC radio announcer Rich Capparela with music director Carl St.Clair leading Pacific Symphony as well as guest artists. See website for more info and locations. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Free.

Entrance at the Art-A-Fair photo courtesy Art-A-Fair

Laguna Art-A-Fair

Through Sept. 5. Bring out your inner artist at Laguna Beach’s annual juried art festival featuring works by more than 100 artists. Look forward to view a large range of works in various mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. See website to read Laguna Art-A-Fair’s COVID-19/mask policy. Su-Th 10 a.m.-7 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (closes 6 p.m. on Sept. 5). $7-$9. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514.

Photo credits: Girl taking photos with a Canon camera by Christian Wiediger via Unsplash. The Winery Restaurant courtesy Moxxe PR. Mario’s Butcher Shop & Delicatessen by Max Milla. “Springtime in Laguna Canyon” oil painting by Michael Situ/courtesy Hilbert Museum. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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