Strawberry Farms Forever
The Toll Roads launches its 12th annual program of guided native habitat tours with a guided hike to the Strawberry Farms Restoration Site, a Toll Roads conservation area never before opened to the public. The restoration and bird watching hike will go from 8 a.m. to noon. The site is on 15 acres within the city of Irvine Open Space Preserve, by the Strawberry Farms Golf Course. For more information, go to http://www.thetollroads.com.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss
The Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, holds its annual "Dr. Seuss Celebration," an event that lasts the entire day. For more information, call (949) 428-3900 or go to pretendcity.org.
'Hansel and Gretel'
As part of its Family Musical Mornings program, the Pacific Symphony presents a 45-minute performance of an operatic version of "Hansel and Gretel," composed with kids in mind. The shows will be performed at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, go to http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
The ZeroTrash Corona del Mar chapter meets at 10 a.m. at Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, on the first Saturday of each month. The group will disperse for two hours of clean-up work and then meet back up at El Ranchito's at noon. For more information, go to http://www.zerotrash.org.
Students at UC Irvine will present the campus' first event, modeled on the TED conference, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Claire Trevor Theatre. Tickets cost $30 for alumni, faculty, staff and members of the public. Up to 150 UCI students will be admitted for free. People can register for tickets by going to the event's website, http://www.tedxucirvine.com.
Pacific Coast Wine Festival
The Pacific Coast Wine Festival, a food and wine extravaganza fundraiser to support the Pacific Symphony, is at 5 p.m. at the Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, go to http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
Scape Gallery, 2859 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, will host an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Scape is showing work by a featured gallery, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles and "Primordial Algorithms," a body of work by featured artist Brad Miller.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Winter Bulb Festival
The UCI Arboretum will host its annual Winter Bulb Festival. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The arboretum is south of the corner of where Campus Drive intersects Jamboree road. For more information, call (949) 824-5833.
"The Internationalists," a play by Poor Dog Group, will be performed in the Nicholas Studio at South Coast Repertory at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $30. SCR is at 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 708-5555 or go to http://www.scr.org.
Vanguard University's Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) holds a two-day conference on issues related to human trafficking. To register for the GCWJ's seventh annual Spring Conference, taking place on Friday and Saturday, go to http://www.gcwj.vanguard.edu/
annual-conference/registration. Vanguard University is at 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
'Vive La France'
The Hutchins Consort celebrates all things French with a special concert at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hill Road, Newport Beach. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, visit http://www.hutchinsconsort.org.
Jewish American Dramatists
UC Irvine professor of drama Robert Cohen will give a presentation on Jewish American playwrights, including Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Clifford Odets, which will feature scenes played by graduate students in the UCI drama program. The presentation is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, 1 Federation Way, Suite 200, Irvine. For more information, go to http://www.jccoc.org.
Samantha Smith and her band will be playing folk rock and classic cover songs at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The free show is from 7 to 10 p.m.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun