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Balboa Island Artwalk 
2004: "The 10th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will be the largest artwalk to date with over 125 artists exhibiting oil paintings, watercolors, glass and ceramic sculptures, jewelry, photography, hand-crafted items and demostrating throughout the day. Eight bands will fill the air and entertain you as you walk along South Bayfront. New this year, the Artwalk will feature art, music and classic Woodie automobiles at the Balboa Fun Zone... so remember to bring your Island Ferry change. Parking will be available at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and on Balboa Peninsula. The 10th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk is being presented by Mary Hardesty Realty and supported by local community sponsors. We appreciate their support. Please stop by and say THANKS!" Featured artists include: Doreen Abegg Alexa Alexander Terry Anderson Julie Arnoff Greg Autry Leslie Avalos Trina Baker Barbara Baumgartner Wayne Bender Maria Elena Bicer Ray Bohon William Bonhall Douglas Buchman Lory Butterfass Katy Byerts Shannon Caplan Patricia Cliffton Malle Cole Patricia Colwell-Trujillo Dana Cooper Carlos Covarnbias Jeanee Davis Margie Dorney Victor Dworak John Eagle Jamie Ennen Kathy Esnard Barbara Fudurich Tag Garber Tim Genet Susan Gilbert Edward Gill Stephanie Godbey Timree Gold Pat Graham Iris Gunning-Wyatt Silvia Herrera Chris Hooker Erin Houghton William Hudson Mary Huntsman Suzanne Inloes Margaret Jamison Brent Jensen Wendy Johnson Bruce Juenger Kathy Kehoe Richard Kent Marge Kinney Dee Kirkham Nancy Klann Jolly Kornicks Jim Krogle Allison Kuehn Cathy LeBlanc Judi LeFever Jan Lowe Mollie Markel Enrica Marshall Andra Martin Paul Maurice Fred McClory George McGhee John Mel Tracey Moloney Constance Monroe Julie Neglia Erich Neubert Hughette Nordin Howard O'Donnell Marty Oertel Raymond Otis Marina Pavlovich Peter J'Art Marilyn Poliquin Jeff Price Karen Raidy Lesley Rankin James Robertes Suzanne Salisbury Janine Salzman Donna Sappia Sheryl Sauer Robbie Sayers Joshua Serafin Karen Shaw Steve Simon Leo Simone Marcia Smallwood Janice Steele Marilee Stockman Lyndelle Stonick Scott Sutton Joanne Szabo Marie Taggart Jean Toombs Jack Wang Steve Wang Elizabeth Ward-Bell George Watts Rhys Williams Darlela Wilson Erin Woodruff Max Yamada Lorin Zechiel Greg Zook  Newport Beach
Balboa Ski & Sports Club 
Club for Skiing, Tennis, Volleyball, River Rafting, etc. "The Balboa Ski & Sports Club is dedicated to the sport of skiing. We are a Member of the Far West Ski Association and the Orange Council. We race in the Schusski League against other Orange County Ski Clubs. Most races are in Mammoth and coincide with our three day Mammoth trips.... The BSSC Tennis program is an active group of approximately 100-120 tennis players of all levels. We have open doubles group play from 8am to Noon {no cost} every Sunday morning.... Volleyball every Tuesday.... Summer Beach Volleyball - what a great way to spend a Tuesday evening and meet some great people!... River Rafting - at least one trip a year for those adventurous types.... Parties - just about any excuse will do."  Newport Beach
Doheny Blues Festival 
Held in May. 2006 description: "There is no finer location than Doheny State Beach to celebrate true American Music... plus enjoy tasty food, shop in the expanded Vendor Village and have a picnic with your friends! The stellar list of artists performing this year includes: * B.B. King - the 80th Birthday Celebration * Etta James and the Roots Band * John Hiatt with special guests the North Mississippi Allstars * Los Lobos * G Love and Special Sauce * Tower Of Power * Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials * Tommy Castro Band * Charlie Musselwhite * Henry Butler * James Hunter from England * The Electric Kings from Belgium * James Harman Band * The Mannish Boys Revue * Zac Harman & MidSouth Blues Revue * Nathan James & Ben Hernandez * Martin Gerschwitz, Blue Mama & more!"  Dana Point
Downtown Anaheim Children's Festival 
Held in May by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Eclectic Orange Festival 
Runs January thru June. "An annual festival of music and ideas, Eclectic Orange is a project of The Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Eclectic Orange Festival celebrates the eclectic nature of our cultural landscape. Ideas meet and mingle, classical arts are refreshed and renewed, contemporary art flourishes, while all of the world's cultures are treated with honor.... The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is grateful to the following organizations and sponsors for their support of the 2005 Ecletic Orange Festival: Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Chorale, UCI Beall Center for Art & Technology"  Irvine
Fun with Chalk Children's Creative Festival 
"Fun With Chalk is a unique festive celebration of the heart, mind, and creative spirit. Thousands of visitors are captivated annually by one of America's most fun Festivals! Incredible images are created directly on asphalt, by artists, using their enormous talent, and chalk. Yes, chalk! The entire parking lot of the Norman Murray Community Center is transformed into a canvas of hundreds of images, some recreations of famous masterpieces, and others original creations of incredible design and color. The Childrens Creative Festivals, producers of Fun With Chalk, is an all - volunteer organization of people who care deeply about children and art, and who work and plan all-year round to bring a first class event to the community."  Mission Viejo
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival 
"The Strawberry Festival over the years has evolved into a variety of Commercial booths, Arts and Crafts, Game Booths, Food Booths and major Carnival Rides which dot the landscape of the Village Green, located between Euclid Avenue and Main Street, two blocks north of Garden Grove Boulevard. The Strawberry Festival Amphitheater, located at the South End of the Village Green, which was built for the city by funds raised by the Association, provides a charming venue for the many stage shows featuring celebrity and local performers. The largest Strawberry Shortcake is devoured by hungry fairgoers on opening night. The Strawberry Festival is always held Memorial Day weekend. A parade highlights Saturday’s festivities as it winds its way to the Festival grounds. The Strawberry Festival has raised over $4.2 million for local organizations, including the Police and Fire Departments, Boys and Girls Club, Acacia Day Care Center for the frail elderly, The Assistance League and many others. In addition, local service, fraternal, school, and church groups raise thousands more each year."  Garden Grove
Greek Festival at St. John the Baptist 
Held in May. "Greek Food, Greek Dancing, Greek Music, Christian Fun..." As of 2006, free parking available at Buena Park Downtown & Mall.  Anaheim
Imagination Celebration of Orange County 
2004 Festival runs from April 17th thru May 16th at various locations. See website for schedule and exhibitions. "Welcome to event, exhibition and general information for the 2004 Imagination Celebration of Orange County's annual spring festival titled 'Renaissance 2004'. This is our 19th year of providing some of the best performing and visual art featuring the youth of Orange County! Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at variety of art workshops, while families will enjoy the musical and performing groups featuring students from Orange County." Includes a Saturday... "afternoon is a fun filled interactive event for all ages. Families are treated to mini performances, storytelling, and crafts. Aspiring dancers are given the opportunity to try on tutus and pointe shoes while meeting professional ballerinas. Remember to bring your camera!" 2004 schedule includes exhibits, venues & participation by: The Anaheim Ballet, Bowers Kidseum, OC Museum of Art, Ballet Montemarte, Little Shop of Horrors, The Children's Museum at La Habra, Rancho Canada School, Journey School, Cypress Festival of the Arts, The Curtis Theater, Forum Theater, McGaugh Elementary, Newport Beach Public Library, California Choreographer's Dance Festival, Art-A-Fair, OC Department of Education, Pacific Symphony, Huntington Beach Library, Knott Avenue Christian Church, Assistance League of Irvine, Laguna Art Museum, OC Performing Arts Center, Fullerton Museum Center, Southland Ballet Academy, South Coast Repertory, Waldorf School of Orange County, Santa Ana High School, Anaheim High School, ICOC Poster Contest, 1000 Pieces of Arts, All District Art Exhibit, Crayola Dream-Makers, Public Exhibitions of Student Artwork, 'Art off the Wall' - A 3D Exhibition, Photography & Multimedia Exhibit, Rising Starts Elementary Art Awards and Scholarship Performance Reception, OC Public Library, OCDE Family Art Show, 28th Annual Very Special Arts Exhibit, Young Masters Art Show.  Irvine
OC Poetry Festival 
Held in May. 2003: "For years, Orange County has been an unintentional maelstrom of poetic activity. You can spend a week in OC poetry and find samplings of Modernism, Beat, Slam, and Hip Hop. After a successful first year, with unprecedented media coverage and packed houses across the county, the Orange County Poetry Festival returns for a second year. We invite everyone to join us for 35 days of eclectic styles and poetry environments, including featured and open readers."  Huntington Beach - the authoritative source 
An absolutely great list of OC theatres.  
Renaissance Pleasure Faire 
Not in Orange County, but worth the drive. Weekends in April and May. Check their website for exact information. They will also host your wedding, Renaissance style! "Back to a land Where Fantasy Rules…! Swashbuckling Heroes, merry Minstrels, dazzling Daredevils, Belly Dancers, Jugglers, and Colorful Characters of every sort compete for your attention on our busy streets and upon seven stages offering continuous entertainment throughout the day. Where else can you cheer on heroic knights, learn to juggle, chat with William Shakespeare, haggle with a fishwife, and join Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, on a grand visit to a bustling 16th century Faire? From our morning antics at the Call O' Faire show, where we open the town gates, to our farewell to the Queen at the end of the day, our 1,000 costumed performers will surround you with entertainment. So, whether you choose to simply sit back and enjoy our stage shows, quietly stroll the merry lanes of the Faire, or boldly join in the play, your visit is sure to be a memorable one."  Irwindale
Sunday Symphony Series 
"The Mission San Juan Capistrano presents a Symphonic Celebration Series with Sunday Evening Pops Concerts by the Capistrano Valley Symphony, May through September featuring classic symphony sounds and show tunes and popular music from the 40's to the present day in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
Volunteer Center of Orange County 
"The Volunteer Center Orange County is the essential partner in improving quality of life in Orange County by connecting community resources, increasing volunteerism, and building professional capacity in nonprofit organizations."  Santa Ana
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