TeWinkle Middle School holds its "Holiday Plant Sale" from 8 a.m. to noon at the TeWinkle campus, 3224 California St., Costa Mesa.
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.
Paws of the Planet hosts a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cannery Village, 2813 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach. Among other activities, a collection drive will take place to collect blankets, towels and toys for shelter animals. For more information, visit http://www.pawoftheplanet.org.
The 36th annual Staser Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament for K-12 students is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Admission is free and chess boards and pieces will be provided. For more information, go to http://www.visit.ocgp.org. Register for the tourney by contacting Dewain Barber at (714) 998-5508.
'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.
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.
'A Global Strings Journey'
The Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings will play a free concert of musical pieces from Norway, Spain, Japan and Africa at 3 p.m. at the CU Center, Concordia University, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine.
Jewish Movie Night
Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach will host an ice cream sundae bar at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:15 p.m. screening of "Inglourious Basterds." Admission, including refreshments, costs $1. Call (949) 644-1999 or go to http://www.tby.org for more information.
OCC Fall Choral-Vocal
The Orange Coast College Chamber Singers and Chorale perform at 8 p.m. in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre. Guest artists, pianist Janelle Tag and trumpeter Alfred Lang, will join the singers and the chorale in performing "Song of the Open Road," by Dello Joio. Music by Aaron Copeland, Charles Ives and Randall Thompson also will be performed. OCC is at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Tickets, which cost $10, can be purchased at http://www.occtickets.com.
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.
Theater for Children
South Coast Repertory's Theatre for Young Audiences presents "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." For tickets and showtimes, go to http://www.scr.org or call (714) 708-5555.
Alternative Christmas Market
St. Mark's 28th annual Alternative Christmas Market is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. Admission and parking are free. Worship service will continue as usual at 9:30 a.m. The project is underwritten by St. Mark's Peace and Justice Commission, which means that all funds raised go to the participating charities.
Kara Masek and Tom Vendafreddo will perform classics from the Broadway musical songbook at 3 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Admission is free, but space is limited.
The Fenians play a free show from 2 to 4 p.m. on the patio at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform "The Planets" by Holst and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky at 4 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For tickets and information, call (714) 755-5799 or go to http://www.PacificSymphony.org.
Mike McCaffrey Trio
The Mike McCaffrey Trio performs songs by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole at the Balboa Bay Club, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. For more information, call (949) 630-4120.
The 17th annual Interfaith Celebration of Thanksgiving is at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, 420 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. People from all faiths are invited. A reception will follow an interfaith service and performance by choirs. Two cans of food will be the admission charge and they will be donated to local charities. For more information, go to http://www.nmiinterfaith.org.