Friday: Fashion Island kicks off the holidays with the lighting of its 90-foot Christmas tree at 6 p.m. In addition to the usual holiday festivities, the event also features an appearance by Mickey Mouse and some of his Disney pals. For more information, visit www.shopfashionisland.com. (KENT TREPTOW, Daily Pilot / November 18, 2011)

FRIDAY

League of Women Voters Luncheon

Cal State University L.A. Professor Nathan Gonzalez will give a keynote speech about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a League of Women Voters of Orange Coast luncheon. The event is at noon, at Coco's Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. RSVP by calling Barb Wood at (949) 400-2183.

'Fun with Molecules'

Children 7 to 12 and their parents can spend an afternoon learning about molecules with naturalist Meghan Lockwood at the Environmental Nature Center. The event is from 3 5o 5 p.m. at the ENC, 1601 16th St. At least one parent must accompany their child to the event. Tickets cost $10 per student. Call (949) 645-8489 for details.

At Muldoon's

Kelly Fitzgerald performs a free show from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Dublin Pub at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

'The Spirit of Django'

Guitarist Dorado Schmitt will be among the performers who will honor the music of Django Reinhardt in a performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $62 and showtimes are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.

TILL SATURDAY

Music by Mahler

The Pacific Symphony performs Mahler's Ninth Symphony at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For tickets, call (714) 755-5799, or go to http://www.PacificSymphony.org.

SATURDAY

Divorcees In This Economy

The Women's Institute for Financial Education will offer a free program featuring a panel of experts, "What Women Need to Know About Divorce in the Current Economy." The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Merrill Lynch offices, 4695 MacArthur Court, Suite 1500, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 859-2963.

'I Found It in a Book'

Paul Tracey will play the song flute, orchestral flute, piccolo, African mbira, kalimba and guitar in a concert for families where books will play a part. The concert is at 11 a.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Admission is free, but space is limited.

Culinary Competition

Gourmet food truck chefs will compete against one another by using seasonal ingredients, which they will shop for at the SoCo Certified Farmers Market. The competition will start at noon at the South Coast Collection, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. A food drive to collect non-perishable foods, canned items and dry goods will also take place to benefit Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.