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January 26-29


Blood Drive

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Jan. 26. Dana Point Harbor Partners and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Schedule an appointment at today. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by completing your pre-donation reading and health history questions here. Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 34571 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Jan. 28. Bring the whole family to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with lion dance performances, a martial arts show, Chinese fan dancers, stilt walkers, a contortionist, kids’ crafts, and more. The first 500 guests will receive a Lucky Red Envelope with a crisp $2 bill and special promotions from select tenants, while supplies last. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin.

Buenas Artist Pop-up

Jan. 28. Come enjoy music, art, food, and more from local vendors. Support creatives such as Chilean Peasant Empanadas, Brass Bumble, Sunshop Vintage, Nat Reyes, Huge Chavarria, and more. Celebrate local artists in a charming space surrounded by peers at this wonderful event. Saturday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 150 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

Shrimp Po’Boy Week

Through Jan. 29. Bring your tastebuds down to The Big Easy as Native Son in Santa Ana unveils their great food specials (their Shrimp Po’Boy is one not to be missed). One bite will have you humming “When Those Saints Go Marching In.” However, this is the final week it is available so run to Santa Ana today and don’t miss out. Open daily, times vary. 305 East 4th Street, Santa Ana.

Two Hands Corn Dogs Opens

Now Open. Korean-style street corn dogs have been trending for the last two years, and now, Two Hands Corn Dogs brings its twist on a classic treat with a fun menu that includes a variety of corn dogs, from a Crispy Rice Dog with crispy rice puffs to drizzled in a sweet ranch sauce, or the Spicy Dog, blanketed in Hot Cheetos Powder and spicy sauce. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin.

Calico Fish House Welcomes You

Now Open. Calico is an oceanfront diner / a seafood chophouse celebrating all things land and sea – A study of local produce, meat, seafood, and shellfish. From the mind of Chef Andrew Gruel – someone incredibly well-versed in seafood – this new dining destination aims to celebrate the sea’s bounty like no other. Wednesday – Sunday, times vary. 16600 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 562.357.4012.

Say Hello to Kare Japanese Curry

Now Open. The fast-casual eatery specializes in one of Japan’s most popular dishes: kare, also known as curry. Served over rice, the savory curry stew is a classic comfort food. At Kare, guests can find a variety of protein offerings to go with their curry, from Shrimp Tempura and Chicken Katsu to Beef Belly and Pork Belly. Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m – 10 p.m. 12975 Beach Blvd, Stanton.

Arts + Culture

The Big One Kids Workshop

Jan. 29. Celebrate the beautiful creatures of the ocean as Robert Young did in his various art pieces. Led by the museum’s education staff, participants will create their own under-the-sea masterpieces inspired by Young’s vibrant painting, The Big One, currently exhibited as part of Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature. Sunday, at 11 a.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lesson

Jan. 28. Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching is happy to announce that Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons are BACK. Wyland will judge all submitted artwork and will pick the lucky grand prize winner. Saturday, at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 34571 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point.

Photo credits: Kare Japanese Curry courtesy of David Tonelson. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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