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December 9-12


Santa & Sirens Holiday Party & Toy Drive!

Dec. 12. Come see the sights, sounds, and sirens at Rodeo 39 Public Market, one of SoCal’s most popular food halls! A seemingly endless venue of flavor and fun, Rodeo 39 is hosting a holiday toy drive to collect unwrapped toys for families in need. In partnership with the city’s Youth Assistance Foundation, visitors to the event can pose for holiday photo ops with Mickey & Minnie, meet Elf on the Shelf, meet their local firefighters, and more! All the while surrounded by some of the best food vendors the area has to offer. 3-5 p.m. Rodeo 39 Public Market, 12885 Beach Boulevard, Stanton.

John Proulx Quartet

Upcoming | Dec. 14. Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to the dinner show of a lifetime with the sublime entertainment of the John Proulx Quartet! Featuring special guest Carl Saunders (trumpet), Alex Frank (bass), and Dean Koba (drums), you can expect an evening of tributes to Nat King Cole, Chet Baker, and an array of classic holiday jazz tunes from this Grammy-winning composer. For tickets, please call 949.759.5003. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.

Food + Drink

“Shake & Stir” Fundraising Event

Dec. 12. Panoramic ocean views and revelry await you this Sunday at the inaugural “Shake & Stir” fundraising event benefitting the Highgate Charitable Foundation. Hosted by The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with a variety of champagnes, sparkling wines, craft cocktails, and more! Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will be preparing delicious tastes all afternoon, while guests enjoy their drinks, entertainment, and more! Tickets for the 21+ event are $99-$125. VIP 12-5 p.m. General Admission 1-5 p.m. The Deck on Laguna Beach, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700.

The Wine and Food of Tuscany

Upcoming | Dec. 16. Master Sommelier Peter Neptune returns to Bello by Sandro Nardone for the restaurant’s 11th special food & wine event. Focussing on Tuscany, guests will experience a 5-course menu, with wine pairings presented by Peter. Walking guests through the region, varietals, and styles of each glass is only the start of the ethereal evening planned. $100 + sales tax and 18% gratuity. Tickets can be found here, and space is expected to fill quickly. Bello by Sandro Nardone, 1200 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, 949.520.7191.

Heritage Barbecue Launches Family Meals

Now Available. Time is precious during the holiday season, but the supremely talented team at Heritage Barbecue has you covered as they bring their new, convenient, and utterly delicious Family Meals to their curbside pickup menu! Each meal comes with your choice of either pit-smoked chicken or meatloaf, plus three sides and bread, giving everyone the chance to save some time this busy time of year and still enjoy award-winning food at home! Available online until they sell out. Heritage Barbecue, 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capstrano. Please note, no phone number is available at the time of publication for this business.

Butcher’s House Debuts

Opening Dec. 10. Centered around the art of craft butchery, this new modern brasserie is set to open its doors to the public. Chef-Owner Jeoffrey Offer helms this house of aged meats and rustic dishes inspired by his hometown of Toulouse in the south of France. After arriving in America with nothing more than a backpack and a dream in 2013, for Offer, this is more than a new restaurant, but the realization of a lifelong American Dream. The full menu, other information, and hours of operation can be found on the restaurant’s website. Butcher’s House, South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave. Ste. D, Costa Mesa. Please note, no phone number is available at the time of publication for this business.

Arts + Culture

Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutckracker

Dec. 11-24. A timeless classic perfect for all ages, this breathtaking rendition of The Nutcracker is a production you don’t want to miss! A full-length production by the Festival Ballet Theatre and helmed by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, it is an immaculate celebration of the season. The theater provides an intimate viewing experience for audience members to be transported through. See website for showtimes and details. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives

Opening Dec. 12. See the ever-iconic, prized jewelry and accessories from your favorite Disney films like never before. This entirely new exhibit offers jaw-dropping looks at treasures from Disney’s past through three main sections that bring together the best of the old and the new, including the stunning “Heart of the Ocean” necklace from James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). First visit is free for special-ticketed exhibitions for members at the individual level and above. Tickets may be purchased here. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Photo credits: Rodeo 39 Public Market courtesy of FWD Public Relations. The Deck on Laguna Beach courtesy of Moxxe Public Relations. Heritage Barbecue courtesy of Mint Value Media & FWD Public Relations. Butcher’s House courtesy of Outshine PR. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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