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The Bea Hive 
 
 
 
New dance studio and event ballroom in Garden Grove Ca. - 9627 Chapman Ave Garden Grove. On Gilbert and Chapman. The name is The Bea Hive. There is over 5000 square feet of dance space, a smoothie bar and a retail location for dance shoes and clothing. Friday night is Salsa. Saturdays are Ballroom and swing nights. $12.00 for one lesson. 100.00 for 10 lessons (as of December 2007). Performance and competition classes starting the first week of Feb. Master classes for beginners the last Saturday of every month. See also: Latin Dance Store.  Garden Grove
Athletic Singles Association 
 
 
Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Bicycling, Hiking, Snow Ski, Rollerblading, Water Sports. Black Canyon Kayak Trip, Cabo San Lucas, Water Ski Weekend, Rosarito Trip, Hearst Castle Weekend, 2-day River Rafting, Maui Vacation, Ensenada Weekend, Annual Jenks Lake Camping, Moorea-Tahiti Vacation, Palm Desert Tennis & Golf, Mammoth Ski Weekends, Utah Ski Trip, Whistler Ski Vacation, Thailand Vacation, Alaska Cruise. OC meetings every Saturday at 5:30 pm.  Newport Beach
Boardwalk Cafe & Catering Co. 
  
Steak & Seafood, $15 to $25. The Boardwalk Jazz & Blues Supper Club: "This lovely local restaurant is just a 2 minute walk from The Artists Village. Located in the historic area of downtown Santa Ana and built in 1909, with patio dining and its original ceilings and old brick walls it gives a timeless setting for live entertainment. Come dine with us and enjoy live jazz and blues every Friday and Saturday night."  Santa Ana
Brea Bistro 
  
Food, Music & Catering. On Brea Boulevard, South of Imperial Highway. Features music by Knightlyghter every Saturday night from 6 to 9.  Brea
The Butterfly Lounge 
 
 
"The Butterfly Lounge - The First Size Acceptance Night Club in Orange County! Open Wednesday and Saturday nights only! We are proud to announce that we are reopening of our doors! Our nightclub had been remodeled! This 5000 square foot night club is all on one level, with a large dance floor, central air conditioning, 2 full bars, 2 pool tables, huge secured parking lot, and easily located right off the 55 freeway in Costa Mesa! Free Karaoke - Every Wednesday Night! 9pm - 2am - Wednesday Nights come in your casual clothes and enjoy yourself as you hang out with friends. Can't sing? No worries! It's a very relaxed atmosphere in a non judgmental environment. Don't miss out on all the fun! $2.00 Kamikaze's all night long! Saturday's - 9pm - 2am - Dance & Party the night away Butterfly Lounge Style! Come celebrate your special occasions with us for no extra charge! Birthdays announced at midnight. Just email me to reserve a table for a large group at no charge!" Also runs the Butterfly Lounge Dating Service and has a Yahoo meetup Group for those who don't want to come alone.  Costa Mesa
Corona del Mar Certified Farmers' Market 
  
Saturdays 9 to 1.  Corona del Mar
Costa Mesa Civic 
 
 
"Performance times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM."  Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Speedway 
 
 
They are celebrating 40 years of speedway this season! "Professional Speedway motorcycle racing has a long and rich history at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Since 1969 the weekly Speedway motorcycle races at Costa Mesa Speedway have been the only reason for Saturday nights! Anyone who has not attended this Friday night tradition has missed a spectacle unmatched in all motorsports. Every Saturday from April through September the smell of Castor Oil fills the air as the top Speedway racers in the United States compete handle bar to handle bar on their methanol burning, brakeless motorcycles. International Speedway’s goal has always been to offer our customers the most exciting accessible and inexpensive event in motorsports and we will continue with that commitment! It's not just that the racing is spectacular and exciting and features America's top racers, it's also the place to be because it's the best show in Southern California and a convenient place for the whole family to spend a stimulating, inexpensive evening!" (Thanks to Dennis Preston for sending us updated links for this site.)  Costa Mesa
Holiday Skate Center 
 
 
Rollerskating & rollerblading rink. "We Offer: Public Skating, Birthday Parties, Private Parties, Fundraisers, Skating Classes, Skate Shop, Arcade." Family Night Specials: Saturday & Sunday Nights.  Orange
Irvine University Center Certified Farmers' Market 
 
 
Saturdays from 9 to 1 (rain or shine), Year-round. Irvine Center on the corner of Bridge and Campus (across from UC Irvine). Run by the Orange County Farm Bureau.  Irvine
Kidseum (Bowers) 
 
 
"The Kidseum, an 11,000 square foot children's museum, provides arts and cultural activities for thousands of children and their families. Creativity, stimulated by exposure to art, can be the basis for the development of ideas, problem solving and social understanding. Kidseum is a place where children can experience and celebrate the beauty, ceremony and history of many different cultures. Kidseum is designed to be a safe haven for exploration, an environment that provides opportunities for increasing self-knowledge. The Bowers Museum realizes that solutions to social problems and hopes for continued prosperity depend on our children developing formal skills and a deeper understanding of both themselves and others."  Santa Ana
Laguna Beach Certified Farmers' Market 
 
 
Saturdays from 8 to Noon (only until 11 a.m. in July & August). Lumberyard Parking Lot next to the City Hall. Rain or Shine. Run by the Orange County Farm Bureau.  Laguna Beach
Maverick Theater 
 
 
 
The Maverick Theater originally opened at The Block at Orange but subsequently moved to downtown Fullerton. Lots of spunk and potential. If you want to be in on the beginning of an up-and-coming theater, you should check them out. Owned by Brian & Heidi Newell. The 2006 Season included: True West, Hamlet, The Graduate, American Way, Cabaret, The King, Giant Green Lizard, Little Shop of Horrors, Night of the Living Dead, and An Animated Christmas Story. 2005 included The Rocky Horror Show, Three Musketeers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, and Stalag 17. Also Features Comedy: see Maverick Stand Up, and also catch their Improv Shmimprov show every Friday night at 11 pm: "As an audience member, your suggestions make every night wildly different. If you've seen other improv shows, then you haven't seen us. We're faster, louder, bolder, and cheaper."  Fullerton
Ocean Institute 
 
 
"The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 78,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn oceanography and science, students voyage onto the ocean to feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales and collect scientific data. To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the brig Pilgrim - each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, standing night watch and swabbing decks. The Ocean Institute utilizes the following teaching facilities: * Science Facility - two laboratories with touchtanks and scientific teaching aids * R/V Sea Explorer - research vessel with oceanographic teaching equipment * Spirit of Dana Point - topsail schooner for at-sea programs * Pilgrim - brig for "immersion" living history programming * Historic Maritime Center - hands-on teaching facility * Dana Point Marine Life Refuge - on-site natural intertidal ecosystem of eight acres * Ocean in Motion - mobile lab for visiting classrooms and special-needs programming * Lazy W Ranch - residential camp in the Cleveland National Forest for overnight science and California history programs * Videoconferencing Studio - studio for distance learning programming On the weekends we open our doors to give you and your family a unique experience that will make a lasting impression. Like our programs for students, our public programs are designed to captivate, educate, and inspire. Ocean Institute members enjoy discounts on public programs, on gift and book store purchases, and free admittance to regularly scheduled weekend public programs in the Ocean Education Center.... Journey aboard a 70-foot floating laboratory with five distinct teaching areas fully equipped with video microscopes, touch tanks, viewing aquariums, and state-of-the-art electronics. Come see the gray whales as they migrate past Dana Point or come "after-hours" for our bioluminescence night cruise!... Come sail the Institute's 118-foot historic tallship. Spirit of Dana Point is a full size replica of a Baltimore clipper schooner. Year 'round sails - don't miss our famous cannon battle cruises!... Symbol of Dana Point, the Pilgrim is a full size replica of the hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel Two Years Before the Mast. Most Sundays the historic tallship Pilgrim hosts an 'Open House' for the public. The Pilgrim also hosts a variety of dramatic and musical maritime theatrical performances during the summer months. Families and individuals of all ages are invited to come aboard and learn more about our unique nautical heritage."  Dana Point
Orange County Linux Users Group 
 
 
They meet on Saturday, once per month. Which Saturday depends on when they can schedule the room. See their online schedule. "OCLUG is a non-profit, vendor-independent organization of Linux/UNIX users and enthusiasts based in Fullerton, California. We meet each month to share information, troubleshoot and plan activities. To become a member join the OCLUG mailing list, and attend meetings when you can. Meetings are open to anyone."  Fullerton
Orange County Model Engineers 
 
 
The OC Model Engineers offer Free Train Rides each Third FULL weekend of the month at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. "The Orange County Model Engineers is a non-profit organization. Membership is open to everybody with an interest in trains; large or small. Guests are invited to any of our scheduled events.... Private birthday parties may be booked for any Saturday, other than the third Saturday, of the month.... A train and crew is provided for your private use. Decorations, food, and other party supplies are not provided. Parties are held in the station overhang."  Costa Mesa
Riff Raff Vintage Swing Band 
 
 
Riff Raff - Vintage Swing Quintet - - Orange County California since 1999 - features jazz guitars, violin, drums, contrabass, and vocals. Enjoy entertaining, "toe tappin" tunes from the 30s and 40s, Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, and Jazz Standards. The Riff Raff CD "Swingin' Strings: is available at www.cdbaby.com. Our band plays at local special events, parties, weddings, concerts, and fundraisers. Our retro music is lively and romantic - the perfect band to make your event a fun and memorable one.  
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 
 
 
"One visit to our store and you'll discover why Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the number one destination of chocolate lovers everywhere. Throughout our store you will discover a fantastic variety of yummy chocolates and confections to satisfy cravings of even the most ardent chocoholic! Watch as we dip crisp apples in thick, bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Smile as we roll them in a rainbow of tasty toppings to complete your old fashioned treat. Linger awhile longer and learn how fudge is made as we fashion a creamy loaf on a traditional marble slab, the old fashioned way, right before your eyes. And of course, everyone gets a free sample! But don't leave without sharing your experience with a gift of fine chocolate, elegantly crafted and beautifully packaged in boxes, tins and baskets. We invite you to explore our site for product information, special offers or news and events. And when you're ready, give us a call or stop in. We'll keep the kettle cooking for you! "  Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Ontario, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita
Seal Beach Bay Theatre 
 
 

For fun, take the "tour" on their website! Take their advice and spend a day in Seal Beach, enjoying the small town ambiance and beach town attractions. "SEAL BEACH - Since 1947, the Bay Theatre has stood near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Seal Beach. Over the years it has been home to Mainstream Films, Surfing Films, and Concert Performances. Today we offer Independent and Foreign Films, plus special weekly screenings of Classic Films. Occasionally we screen Silent Films with LIVE Pipe Organ accompaniment played on the original Paramount Theatre Organ--the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in any operating theatre in the world today! Spend a day in Seal Beach enjoying the fine shops and restaurants, then come on down and visit us at the historic Bay Theatre! It's like a trip back in time! For recorded information, please call (562) 431-9988."  
SolArt Gallery Café 
 
 
"SolArt Gallery is a community space dedicated to hosting music, visual art, independent film, poetry as well as the vibes from some of the best DJ’s in Orange and L.A.County.... SolArt has welcomed more than 150 musicians including Enjambre, Pastilla, The Intelligista, Chase Frank, Vladimir Castillo and about 100 other beautiful musicians since opening in April 2004. We feature acoustic guitar, jazz, son jarocho, trova, and indie rock musicians as well as local DJ's spinning the best dance and chill music ever! 4th Saturday of the month: La Pena del Sapo Cancionero is happening! Acoustic guitar Latin American Folk music. Join us every month for special guests!!!"  Santa Ana
Sugar N Spice Ice Cream Parlour 
  
Home of the famous Balboa Bar. Since 1945, also home to the Original Frozen Banana (imitated in the Arrested Development TV Series as "Bluth's Original Frozen Banana"). The Balboa Bar, made famous by The OC TV Series, is a block of vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with peanuts or various candy. Owned by Helen Connolly. Apparently no website (please e-mail webmaster@killerorange.com if you find an official Sugar N Spice website!)  Newport Beach
Totally Coffee 
 
 
"We are a locally-owned company proudly serving Orange County's best coffee in a unique and comfortable atmosphere. Totally Coffee brings you everything from fresh aromatic coffee to delicious sandwiches and snack goods. Our goal is provide you with place to relax, reflect, and enjoy... Open Mic Night: Every Thursday night at 7:00PM bring your talent or lack thereof for Open Mic Night at Totally Coffee.... Drum Circle: Every Saturday night at 7:00PM come by and participate in or simply just come to experience an African Drum Circle in a very intimate environment."  Costa Mesa
Women Riders of California 
 
 
"WROC, Women Riders of California , consists of a diverse group of women from all walks of life united by their common love of riding all makes and models of motorcycles. Whether rider or passenger, single or married, mother or grandmother, women of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. We are a neutral riding group. It is WROC's desire to provide an environment in which women, with a love of being on two wheels can be a part of a real organization made up of great women with a desire for helping others in need."  Orange
Yorba Linda Old Towne Certified Farmers Market 
  
Saturdays from 9 to 1.  Yorba Linda
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