'Way to Play Day: A Package of Learning!'
Pretend City Children's Museum offers a host of activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for small children to prepare them for play groups, preschool and kindergarten. Developmental checkups will be available on site from 10 a.m. to assess speech, motor, cognitive and other functions for small children. Pretend City is at 29 Hubble, Irvine. For more information, go to pretendcity.org.
The Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach, presents "Physics Phun," a class in its Science Nerd Series for children ages 7 to 12. The after-school class is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parents will remain with their children during class. Cost to sign up is $10 per student. For more information, call (949) 645-8489 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newport Beach artist Michaell Magrutsche will host an open studio-salon with guest artist Melinda Lester Brown from 6 to 9 p.m. at his studio, 245 Marsala, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 630-3625 or go to michaellart.com.
The Newport Beat band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
FRIDAY TILL FEB. 26
South Coast Repertory Co.'s Theatre for Young Audiences presents "The Borrowers," an adaptation by Charles Way of Mary Norton's book series by the same name. The production features a blend of puppets and actors. Tickets go from $20 to $32. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.scr.org or call (714) 708-5555.
FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY
The Orange Coast College Repertory Theatre will stage feminist monologues in observance of V-Day, a movement to fight violence against women and girls. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.occtickets.com or call (714) 432-5880.
Grammy Award-winner Roberta Flack performs with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 and the show is at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
African American Art Song Alliance Conference
Internationally renowned performers, artists, musicians and historians are gathering at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts for the 15th African American Art Song Alliance Conference. Admission is free. For more information, visit music.arts.uci.edu.
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents a West Coast exclusive engagement by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Tickets start at $13.60. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.scfta.org.
A Taste of Monaco
Seven South Coast Plaza restaurants, including Marché Moderne, Pinot Provence and Antonello Ristorante, give a culinary tribute to Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's"Cinderella,"which is at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurants will feature prix fixe menus and specials "showcasing the cuisine of the Principality," according to a release. For more information, call (714) 435-2000.
The Pelican Courtyard Flea Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month .The event is at 124 Tustin Ave, Mariners Mile section of Newport Beach. For more information, visit http://www.thepelicancourtyard.com.
UCI Arboretum Plant Sale
The UC Irvine Arboretum hosts a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The arboretum is south of the corner of Campus Drive and Jamboree Road. Call (949) 824-5833 for more information.
Art Center Open House
The city of Irvine Fine Arts Center, at 14321 Yale Ave., hosts a public open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to irvinefinearts.org or call (949) 724-6880.
CureDuchenne, a nonprofit headquartered in Newport Beach, will put on its 2012 "Champions to CureDuchenne" benefit gala. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and is at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. For more information, visit http://www.cureduchenne.org or call (949) 872-2552.
The Sea & Sky Guild, a county women's group, will host "Classic Vegas," a casino night fundraiser to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Crevier Classic Cars, 365 Clinton St., Costa Mesa. Tickets cost $100. For more information, go to http://www.seaandsky.org or http://www.ucp-oc.org.
Flashback Heart Attack
Flashback Heart Attack, an 1980s KROQ cover band, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The show is 21 and older only and cover is $5. For more information, visit http://www.flashbackheartattack.com.