Here’s what pot smokers think about driving while high

Many cannabis-culture celebrations will take place on 4/20 (April 20), so here’s a look at some pot smokers’ opinions on driving and tips to self-assess if you are too high.

Statistics show that alcohol and opiates are involved in more automobile accidents and fatalities than cannabis. But cannabis can still impair drivers, and it’s against the law to drive while high.

If a California police officer suspects any driver is impaired by any intoxicant, that driver may get locked up and that’s the ultimate downer.

A 2017 AAA report surveyed American drivers age 16 or older and found 65.8% felt it was unacceptable to drive after using marijuana.

Detection of marijuana in drivers involved in crashes has become more common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12.6% of weekend nighttime drivers in 2013-2014 tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, and that’s before recreational use was legalized in California.

NHTSA study on weedWith 4/20 on a weekend the percentage of buzzed drivers might be substantially higher.A survey of cannabis users that came out this month sheds some light on attitudes about driving and weed.

Rolling on the road

Researchers are still exploring how marijuana affects drivers, and users don’t have many methods of knowing how long it takes for them to become safe to drive.

The Zebra, an insurance comparison site, released a survey of 811 drivers who smoke pot from the 10 states where recreational use is legal. Here are some of the questions and responses.

marijuana and drive

How do you decide whether or not you’re OK to drive after consuming marijuana?

pot smokers decide to drive

Length of high?

Inhaling weed: expect about one to two hours.

Edible: about three to four hours, maybe longer.

Impairment from weed

A little more than half the people in the Zebra survey felt they had no driving impairment after using cannabis.

Here are the top responses to the question: Which of the following do you recall experiencing when driving after consuming marijuana?

High wait to drive

Field tests

Some police agencies have roadside tests than can detect marijuana and other drugs in saliva and take about eight minutes for a result. But failing field tests on the side of the road can be enough to get a ride to the clink.Police have many ways to test for impaired driving, but see if you can pass these three tests.

Horizontal gaze nystagmus test

The NHTSA estimates that these tests are 77% reliable.

In the horizontal gaze test, an officer moves an object, from side to side. It’s done to try to detect an involuntary jerking of the eye associated with high levels of intoxication. A person’s eye will reportedly jerk naturally after being strained beyond a 45 degree angle, but if the eye begins to jerk before, it can indicate a driver is under the influence.

Walk and turn test

The NHTSA estimates this test is accurate 68% of the time.

The walk and turn test splits attention between physical and mental tasks. The officer provides instructions such as, “When I say go, walk nine steps, heel to toe on the line, then turn around and walk back.”

The officer will look for:

  • Loss of balance
  • Wrong number of steps
  • Inability to stay on the line
  • Breaks in walking
  • Beginning before instructed

One leg stand test

The NHTSA estimates this test is accurate 65% of the time.

During the “one leg stand,” an officer will instruct the suspect to raise a foot, hold still, count and look down.

An officer may arrest the suspect if any of the following behaviors are observed:

  • Swaying
  • Hopping
  • Putting foot down

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Zebra, AAA, Weedmaps.com

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How Dr. Seuss and Read Across America day intersect

Success of Seuss

Saturday, March 2, 2019 would have been the 115th birthday of Theodor Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss. By 2015, Dr. Seuss’ books had been translated into 17 languages and had sold 650 million copies in 95 countries.

dr. seuss tribute

Above illustration by Kurt Snibbe, Staff

Theodor Geisel was a student at Dartmouth in 1925. He was caught by the dean with gin during Prohibition. In order to continue working at the school’s humor magazine, he adopted a pen name that used his mother’s maiden name, “Seuss.”

Dr. Seuss went on to become an editorial cartoonist during World War II, a film maker, legendary children’s book author and illustrator.

The National Education Association’s Read Across America honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year. Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on a Saturday this year, the NEA is having Read Across America on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The Read Across America site has information on how to inspire kids to pick up a book and become lifelong readers.

Here is a chronology of Seuss books

list of seuss books

Seuss Museum

If you’re in the mood to travel to Springfield Massachusetts and a Dr. Suess fan, there’s a museum and sculpture park worth seeing. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel.

If you’d like to buy some Dr. Seuss artwork The Art of Dr. Seuss gallery in Chicago might be the place to start looking. The gallery is dedicated to selling paintings and prints by the artist.

Sources: Seussinspringfield.org, UCSD Library, Random House, Box Office Mojo, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NEA

Charles Apple helped compile this report

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A look at our local raptors for backyard bird count weekend

BACKYARD RAPTORS

The 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count is underway and continues through Monday. To celebrate, we take a look at a few of the more prestigious raptors of California that have come dangerously close to extinction that you might find in your own backyard.

BALD EAGLE

Bald eagle

The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for Native Americans. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the bald eagle was close to extinction in the lower 48 states with fewer than 30 nesting pairs in California, largely due to the use of pesticides. It has made a remarkable comeback with surveys showing that the state’s winter population exceeds 1,000.

eagle map

GOLDEN EAGLE

golden eagle face

Golden eagles are found throughout North America, but are more common in western North America. Little is known about the eagle abundance, but it is thought that numbers may be declining in some, if not all, parts of their range. Golden eagle abundance in California is unknown.

golden eagle map

PEREGRINE FALCON

falcon face

The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world, capable of reaching 150 to 200 mph in their dives when chasing prey. They were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century but have made an incredible recovery and are regularly seen in large cities and coastal areas.

WHITE-TAILED KITE

white tailed kite

The white-tailed kite earns its name for the way it resembles a kite in flight. With its body turned toward the wind and wings gently flapping, it hovers above the ground like a kite. The white-tailed kite was rendered almost extinct in California in the 1930s and 1940s due to shooting and egg-collecting, but they are now common again. Although their distribution is patchy, they can be found in the Central Valley and southern coastal areas.

kite map

BARN OWL

Barn owl face

While great stretches of the United States, from New York to Iowa, have seen a decline in barn owls since the 1950s, California maintains surprisingly robust populations due to the abundance of open space of natural grasslands and agricultural fields, where rodent populations increase significantly.

barn owl face

FLOCK TO THE WEB

Great Backyard Bird Count participants are asked to count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes on one or more days this weekend and report sightings online at birdcount.org.

You can see what birds are regularly in your area with eBird species maps.

 

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A few fathers (and mothers) of invention, sports and other stuff for Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day, so let’s look at a few folks known as the fathers (or mothers) of some of the goods that Dad might enjoy today.

A lot of dads love to barbecue, so next time he’s flipping burgers, give a tip of the hat to William G. Wepfer and Melton Lancaster, the fathers of the gas grill. The two redesigned a charcoal grill to run on bottled propane in the 1960s.

1960s? That’s when the father of light beer, Joseph Owades, introduced a product called Gablinger’s Diet Beer in 1967. Owades, a biochemist, created the low-calorie beverage to help people stay slim. Since 2001, the best-selling beer in the U.S. has been Bud Light.

Light? Ben Franklin experimented with electricity and invented the lightning rod. Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the nation, is also the father of bifocals, the Franklin stove and rocking chairs.

Chairs? James Hamilton received a patent for the combination backpack/beach chair in 1985. Doesn’t the beach sound like a good call?

Call? When you call Dad today, you might want to thank Martin Cooper, the father of the handheld cellular mobile phone. Cooper’s first phones in the 1970s were made for Motorola and worked for 35 minutes before losing battery power.

Power? Power tools are one of the most popular gifts for dads. But you can thank the mother of the circular saw, Sarah “Tabitha” Babbit, for her invention to help cut boards.

Boards? The father of the foam surfboard is Dave Sweet. Sweet perfected and sold polyurethane foam boards in 1956, about a year before Hobie Alter joined the game.

Game? The father of baseball is largely considered to be Henry Chadwick, who lived from 1824-1908. Chadwick is credited with increasing interest in the sport in the United States, as well as with creating box scores.

Scores? The father of the video game console is considered to be Ralph Baer. In 1972, Baer helped create the Magnavox Odyssey, which hooked up to your TV.

TV? The father of television is Philo Farnsworth. In 1928, Farnsworth designed the world’s first working electronic television system in his Los Angeles laboratory.

Laboratory? There are many in science fiction stories, the mother of whom often is considered to be Mary Shelley (1797-1851), who published “Frankenstein” in 1818, when she was 20. It’s been 200 years, and the monster is here to stay.

Stay? If Dad pops open a “stay-tab,” he can thank the father of pop tops, Dan Cudzik. Cudzik invented the stay-tab in 1975 since throwaway tabs were a litter problem.

Litter problem? Then bag it up. The fathers of the plastic garbage bag are two Canadian inventors, Harry Wasylyk and Larry Hansen. Wasylyk created extrusion, which converted resin pellets into plastic bags, 1950. The invention eventually was bought by Union Carbide, which created trash bags named Glad.

Glad? We hope you are glad to be a dad!

WHAT AND WHERE WE SPEND ON FATHER’S DAY

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Emmys 2017: Seen and heard on the red carpet

Perspiration filled the air from both the heat – yes, even in the tented and air-conditioned red carpet of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, it was pretty steamy – and the tangible excitement of the nominated celebrities, anxious to enter the 69th annual Emmy Awards show.

Walking through the red carpet felt a little like a real-life show bingeing, featuring all sorts of characters from the various nominated series, including “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Of course, there were also a massive variety of casts from popular nominated television shows present, decked out in glitz and glamour, including HBO’s “Veep” and “Westworld,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and nominated made-for-TV films, such as the Dolly Parton-inspired “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

Conversations among the stars were happening everywhere. Here are some fun and insightful quotes heard on the red carpet:

Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” – On Netflix binges and online spoilers: “I like the idea of not knowing where you’re going in a television show and not having spoilers; we all just need to enjoy the journey more today.”

Dominic Burgess – “Feud” – On Team Bette versus Team Joan:  “Team Bette because she cares about Victor. I’m sorry (laughs). I do love both, though.”

Anna Chlumsky – “Veep” – On “introducing” her multi-Emmy Award-winning costar: “Yeah there’s this one person on our show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I think you will really respond to her.”

Issa Rae – “Insecure” – On her Emmy Awards’ experience: “This is my first time at the Emmys and I’m loving it.”

Zoë Kravitz – “Big Little Lies” – On her Emmy Awards’ excitement: “This is quite the circus, but this is a room full of talented people; where else would I rather be?”

Alexander Skarsgard – “Big Little Lies” – On his outfit choice: “Excited but I’m mainly just hot. This three-piece suit was a bad call.”

Jimmy O. Yang – “Silicon Valley” – On his upcoming film project called “Life of the Party” with Melissa McCarthy: “I get to play a white girl’s boyfriend, which is a big step for Asians everywhere (laughs).”

Suzanne Cryer – “Silicon Valley” – On her expensive clip-on earrings and ring: “I hope no one mugs me with this expensive jewelry on. I mean, those ‘Veep’ people might get desperate and mean being almost out of a job soon and all. It’s about time Emmy-hogging ‘Veepers.’ It’s hard to begrudge them because they’re so damn good, but really, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, stop being so selfish, gosh.”

Jeffrey Nordling – “Big Little Lies” – On his character Gordon Klein versus him in real life: “It’s fun to play Gordon, he gets his way. I have a wife and three daughters, I never get my way in real life.”

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Things to do in Orange County, Sept. 15-21

Friday, Sept. 15

Laguna Dance Festival: This three-day event brings world class dance to the Laguna stage as well as other dance related activities including master classes and stage talks, and a Dance on Screen presentation of “Paul Taylor: Dancemaker” an academy award-nominated documentary, at the Laguna Art Museum. The festival concludes with performances from the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and the groundbreaking Ballet BC of Vancouver, Canada. $41-$71. Sept. 14-17. 7:30 p.m. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com

Saturday, Sept. 16

‘Once’: Enjoy the theatrical performance “Once” by Enda Walsh at the South Coast Repertory. The story revolves around a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. $79. Various times and dates through Sept. 30. 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. 714-708-5555 or scr.org

‘Stark Beauty – The Photography of Edward Weston’: Visit Bowers Museum to view an exhibit dedicated to photographer Edward Weston. Three sections represent the most iconic aspects of Weston’s work: portraits of his beautiful muses and famous contemporaries, vast American landscapes depicting the United States in unaltered focus and reality, and close-ups which find beauty in the forms of man-made objects, vegetables, and the bare human body. $10-$15. Various times and dates through Sept. 17. 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. 714-567-3600 or bowers.org

Youths perform a traditional dance from the Marshall Islands during the 6th Annual Pacific Islander Festival in Huntington Beach. The event will feature island food, art exhibits and live cultural demonstrations.>>>>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: slug: pifest.0923 9/22/13 Photo by Eugene Garcia, Orange County Register
Young women perform a traditional dance from the Marshall Islands during the 6th Annual Pacific Islander Festival in Huntington Beach. The event will feature island food, art exhibits and live cultural demonstrations.<br /> (Photo by Eugene Garcia, Orange County Register)

Pacific Islander Festival: The 10th Annual Pacific Islander Festival is a two-day event that celebrates the cultures of the Pacific Islands. Watch traditional performances, sample homemade food, and learn more about the cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Polynesia, Guam, Northern Marianas, Belau, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Fiji (Melanesia). Free. Sept.16-17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Huntington Beach Central Park. 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. 714-369-3979 or surfcityusa.com

Surf City Days: Celebrate the end of summer with Huntington Beach locals at Surf City Days. This community event features a fun-filled weekend of activities geared toward celebrating the Huntington Beach lifestyle including the 47th Annual City Surf Contest, Amateur Skateboard League City Jam Contest, Duke’s CBVA Volleyball Tournament and Surfin Sundays Music. Free to attend; entry fee applies for select events.Sept. 16-17. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main St., Huntington Beach. 714-536-8300 or surfcityusa.com

Music on the Deck: Enjoy a live performance by Emilio Modern Gypsy. Emilio brings fiery passion, rhythm, energy and love to his music. He blends elements of Spanish flamenco guitar with South American, African and Middle Eastern rhythms. Free. 1-4 p.m. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-930-2345 or gopacificcity.com

Sunday, Sept. 17

Live Music at Pacific City: Come out and listen to a live performance by former “American Idol” contestant Kai Kalama. His musical styles include: soul, rock, folk, doo-wop, hip-hop, Hawaiian, and more! 1-4 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-930-2345 or gopacificcity.com

‘VENIce, VErDi, VIVAIdi’: Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Grant Sevdayan, is presents the opening of its ninth season with ‘VENIce, VErDI, VIVAldi’ featuring ballet music created and inspired by the Italian city of Venice. Guests will enjoy selections from G. Verdi’s operas: Aida, Otello, and La Traviata enhanced by the Clifton Dance Project and Westminster Chorale. $20-$28. 3:30-5:30 p.m. 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach. 714-274-5524 or surfcityusa.com

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Pacific City Movie Night: Enjoy a free screening of the film, “Vans Get-In Classic Vol.3” in Huntington Beach. The movie will show at the level 2 movie screen. 7-10 p.m. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-930-2345 or gopacificcity.com

Enjoy a clarinet recital performance by Josh Ranz of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Saddleback College. (Photo Courtesy of Saddleback College)
Enjoy a clarinet recital performance by Josh Ranz of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Saddleback College. (Photo Courtesy of Saddleback College)

Thursday, Sept. 21

Concert Hour: Enjoy a clarinet recital performance by Josh Ranz of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Saddleback College. Ranz also serves as principal clarinet of the New West Symphony since September 2013 and acting principal clarinet of the Pacific Symphony since June 2014. Free. 2 p.m. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo. 949-582-4500 or saddleback.edu

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Things to do in Orange County May 26-June 1

FRIDAY, MAY 26

“Celtic Woman”: Showcases the voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming “Voices of Angels” album. 7:30 p.m. tonight at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $49. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787 or scfta.org

Felipe Esparza: The comedian and actor, best known for his raw real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to, walked away with the title prize on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. Various times through Sunday at Irvine Improv. $22. 527 Spectrum Center Drive. 949-854-5455 or irvine.improv.com

“Momentum 2017”: Orange County Ballet Theatre presents an evening of diverse works that push the boundaries of ballet. 7:30 p.m. at Irvine Barclay Theatre. $28-$35. 4242 Campus Drive. 949-854-4646 or thebarclay.org

“Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage”: The story of Nikola Tesla’s life as an inventor and futurist during the late-19th and first half of the 20th century is recounted in a series of rapid-fire scenes intended to be performed as a radio play with multiple voices and Foley sound effects before a live audience. 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Laguna Playhouse. $35-$45. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com

SATURDAY, MAY 27

“Scottish Fest USA”: This family-friendly festival celebrates Celtic culture and honors the military and first responders. Events include Celtic music, 3rd Marine A/C Wing Band, sheep herding, kids jumpers, archery, shopping, heritage, athletics, bagpipes, dance, Celtic food and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at OC Fair & Event Center. Free-$18. Admission includes Celtic Concert, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 310-951-4302 or scottishfest.com

SUNDAY, MAY 28

“The Heartbeat of Mexico” A Celebration of Music and Culture: Enjoy performances by many of Southern California’s top Mexican and Mexican-American performing groups, plus culture and art booths, food on sale and more. 1-5:30 p.m. at Chapman University, Aitken Arts Plaza. Free. The fiesta concludes with Mariachi Flor de Toloache and Las Cafeteras. 6 p.m. at Chapman University, Musco Center. Events in the plaza are free, concert tickets are $10-$20. One University Drive, Orange. muscocenter.org

“Boots on the Beach”: Newport meets Nashville presenting country favorites Pickleback Shine, the Kelly Rae Band, and the Kelly Boys. The festivities kick off with the Spurs & Suds Craft Beer Tasting at 5 p.m. followed by the live country music and dancing starting at 7 p.m. Country BBQ and a full bar will be available for concessions purchase. 5-10 p.m. at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Parking is $10. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. 949-729-3863 or newportdunes.com

TUESDAY, MAY 30

“The Bodyguard”: Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Various times through June 11 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787 or scfta.org

THURSDAY, JUNE 1

Circus Vargas’ “SteamCirque!”: Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for this steampunk, science- fiction fantasy-inspired circus odyssey. Various times through June 6 at MainPlace Mall. Tickets $12-$72. 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 877-468-3861 or circusvargas.com

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Things to do in Orange County this week (May 12-18)

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," starring, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, will screen accompanied by the Pacific Symphony on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (File photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” starring, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, will screen accompanied by the Pacific Symphony on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (File photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

FRIDAY, MAY 12

High School Art Exhibition: The annual event is a multimedia show featuring art produced by students from Irvine high schools. Through May 27 at Irvine Fine Arts Center. Free. 14321 Yale Ave. 949-724-6880 or cityofirvine.org

“Frida Kahlo – Her Photos”: Offers a glance into the life of the beloved artist. Kahlo’s collection of photographs depicts loved ones as well as scenes from Mexico. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through June 25 at Bowers Museum. $20-$25. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 714-567-3600 or bowers.org

Gem Faire: Featuring fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Classes and demos. Free hourly door prizes. Noon-6 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at OC Fair & Event Center. $7 weekend pass. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 503-252-8300 or gemfaire.com

“Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets in Concert”: This concert features the film “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $39. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787 or scfta.org

Rocky LaPorte: He has been performing on the road as a top-notch in-demand and enormously popular comedy club headliner accumulating a trunk full of TV appearances from “Cheers,” “Carolines Comedy Hour” and his very own “The Rocky LaPorte Show,” a pilot for CBS. Various times through Sunday at Irvine Improv. $20. 527 Spectrum Center Drive. 949-854-5455 or irvine.improv.com

Opera UC Irvine: “Our Town”: A Three-Act Opera: Southern California premiere of a classic American story. Based on the Thornton Wilder play, it is about life, love, and death in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., early in the 20th century. Features the music of one of America’s foremost composers, Ned Rorem, and a libretto by American poet J.D. McClatchy. The production will be joined by the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Tucker. 8 p.m. tonight & Saturday at Irvine Barclay Theatre. $7-$17. 4242 Campus Drive. 949-854-4646 or thebarclay.org

SATURDAY, MAY 13

Rocket Launch: Blast off at DiscoveryCube’s annual event. Featuring activities for all ages and a competition in which guests can design, build and launch their own rockets using 2-liter bottles. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Boeing Co. Free. 5301 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach. discoverycube.org

Bunnies and Books for Kids Festival: Featuring a bunny-themed story time, face painting, arts and crafts, games and outdoor activities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Newport Beach Library. Free. 1000 Avocado Ave. newportbeachlibrary.org

THURSDAY, MAY 18

“Mozart & Don Quixote”: The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny “Concerto No. 17,” with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as Don Quixote de la Mancha. 8 p.m. Thursday-May 20 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787 or scfta.org

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Things to do in Orange County this week (May 5-11)

The Association of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour runs through Sunday at Huntington Beach Pier.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour runs through Sunday at Huntington Beach Pier.

FRIDAY, MAY 5

Association of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: The nation’s premier beach volleyball tour will officially kick off the 2017 season featuring top names in the sport including AVP stars and Olympians. Fans can enjoy an interactive beach festival experience that includes free falling into the AVP Jump Zone, partaking in top local food options and AVP’s wine & beer garden. Through Sunday next to the Huntington Beach Pier. Free. Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Limited number of VIP premium seating tickets are available: avp.com/tickets/

“Be Still, My Soul” with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras: Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of MCO, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO songs from the last decade. MCO is a performing force of over 3,000 participants, and growing. 5 & 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $18. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787 or scfta.org

“The Monster Builder”: In this play, written by Amy Freed and directed by Art Manke, Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Previews May 5-11; regular performances May 12-June 4 at South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage. $79. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-708-5555 or scr.org

SATURDAY, MAY 6

Hanaeleh Family Run/Walk for Horses: Walk or run to help support Hanaeleh, a non-profit Horse Rescue in Trabuco Canyon. Hanaeleh is a 100 percent volunteer run organization that has helped to rescue and rehabilitate horses in Orange County since 2004. 9 a.m. at Central Park. $25-$35 proceeds from the event will go directly to help the rescued horse. 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita. Registration: hanaeleh.org/5K

8th Annual “Skate For A Cause”: The Sheckler Foundation, its sponsors and pro skateboarders, will come together for this skate jam and carnival event that will help raise funds for the “Be The Change” initiative to support injured action sports athletes and children in need. Attendees can watch their favorite pro skateboarders compete in contests, as well as enjoy food and participate in games like Bull pong, dunk tank, ring toss and more for a chance to win prizes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. Free. 20321 Lake Forest Drive. $50 VIP tickets: shecklerfoundation.org

UC Irvine Music Showcase Concert: Come out for an exciting, fast-paced evening of musical performances by the UCI Music Department students and faculty, including instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes, diverse forms of traditional classical music and jazz, and new works by UCI composers. 8 p.m. at Irvine Barclay Theatre. $7-$17. 4242 Campus Drive. 949-854-4646 or thebarclay.org

SUNDAY, MAY 7

OC Marathon & Half Marathon: The courses will start in front of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive. Full marathoners will run through Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, finishing off at the OC Fair and Event Center. Full marathon, 5:30 a.m.; half marathon, 6:15 a.m. ocmarathon.com

MONDAY, MAY 8

“Black Diamond” screening: Join Nalle Hukkataival for a special screening of his short film which chronicles his journey to become the first man to climb the elusive “Lappnor Project” in his home country of Finland. 5 p.m. at Gear Coop at SOCO and the OC Mix. Free. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. facebook.com/events/1018948148207452/

THURSDAY, MAY 11

“Big Daddy’s Barbeque!”: Starring comedian Jeff Wayne playing the role of Big Daddy in a one-man show, a postal worker on his day off having his weekly barbeque for friends (you, the audience). Big Daddy is flipping burgers, pouring drinks, and having a running commentary about the world today: President Trump, pot, teenagers, sex, food, drinking, reality TV and marriage: straight and gay. 8 p.m. at the Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949-496-8930 or thecoachhouse.com

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15 things to do in Orange County this weekend (May 5-7)

  • If you get tickets in advance, your kids ages 12 and under can ride Amtrak for free with a paying adult to the downtown Fullerton Railroad Days event coming up May 6-7. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG) //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fullerton Railroad Days held at the train station in Fullerton, includes model railroads, a Disneyland Railroad engine, a steam locomotive and more. – Date of photo: 04/30/16 – fullertonrrdays — Photo by: MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

    If you get tickets in advance, your kids ages 12 and under can ride Amtrak for free with a paying adult to the downtown Fullerton Railroad Days event coming up May 6-7. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG) //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fullerton Railroad Days held at the train station in Fullerton, includes model railroads, a Disneyland Railroad engine, a steam locomotive and more. – Date of photo: 04/30/16 – fullertonrrdays — Photo by: MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

  • The La Habra Citrus Fair featured 30 rides and an array of food and merchandise vendors. (File photo by Orange County Register)

    The La Habra Citrus Fair featured 30 rides and an array of food and merchandise vendors. (File photo by Orange County Register)

  • Folklorico dancers perform at the Soka International Festival in 2014. About 900 musicians and dancers are expected at this year’s event, scheduled for May 6. (Courtesy of Wendy Harder, Soka University)

    Folklorico dancers perform at the Soka International Festival in 2014. About 900 musicians and dancers are expected at this year’s event, scheduled for May 6. (Courtesy of Wendy Harder, Soka University)

  • Danny Sheie as Gregor, on floor, feigns a heart attack in a scene with Susannah Schulman Rogers as Rita, Gareth Williams as Andy, Colette Kilroy as Pamela and Aubrey Deeker as Deiter, from left, from The Monster Builder at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Danny Sheie as Gregor, on floor, feigns a heart attack in a scene with Susannah Schulman Rogers as Rita, Gareth Williams as Andy, Colette Kilroy as Pamela and Aubrey Deeker as Deiter, from left, from The Monster Builder at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Festive tequila-based Tamarind, cucumber jalapeño and Cadillac margaritas party with chips and salsa in the private cellar of Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, historic Old Towne Orange. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Festive tequila-based Tamarind, cucumber jalapeño and Cadillac margaritas party with chips and salsa in the private cellar of Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, historic Old Towne Orange. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Audiences can expect that the soldiers they see in “The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg” will wear authentic Civil War uniforms and, says playwright and director Brian Newell, “look like they just came off the battlefield.” (Photo by Brian Newell)

    Audiences can expect that the soldiers they see in “The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg” will wear authentic Civil War uniforms and, says playwright and director Brian Newell, “look like they just came off the battlefield.” (Photo by Brian Newell)

  • The five “must have” comic books for this year’s Free Comic Book Day; Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, Buffy the High School Years, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Photos courtesy Free Comic Book Day)

    The five “must have” comic books for this year’s Free Comic Book Day; Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, Buffy the High School Years, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Photos courtesy Free Comic Book Day)

  • Ulysses rested his chin on the head of Elizabeth Zarkos, president and founder of Hanaeleh, a horse rescue organization in Trabuco Canyon, in the corral Tuesday morning. Both Ulysses and Maggie, right, were recently rescued after they were left to die in a riverbed and picked up by Riverside Animal Control. /// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 8/14/12 – Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register – so.horserescue

    Ulysses rested his chin on the head of Elizabeth Zarkos, president and founder of Hanaeleh, a horse rescue organization in Trabuco Canyon, in the corral Tuesday morning. Both Ulysses and Maggie, right, were recently rescued after they were left to die in a riverbed and picked up by Riverside Animal Control. /// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 8/14/12 – Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register – so.horserescue

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Cinco de Mayo, the Citrus Fair, cabooses and comics for free. Those events and more are on tap for the weekend. Here are our favorites:

ALL WEEKEND

CITRUS FAIR: This weekend’s La Habra Citrus Fair is going both low- and high-tech. Farm animal displays, rides, robotics, live music and food are all planned for the three-day festival that begins Friday and runs through Sunday. It’s in downtown La Habra, El Centro Lions Park and City Hall from 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Free parking at Sonora and La Habra high schools. Shuttle service is available to and from the event. Information: citrusfair.com.

RAILROAD DAYS: Fullerton is hosting its annual Railroad Days all weekend. There will be model train layouts, large-scale cars, vintage cabooses, vendors, community groups and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and 7 at the train station, 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. Free. It’s also part of a series of planes, trains and automobile events in town. Airport Day is May 13 and the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is May 20-21. Information: fullertontrainmuseum.org/railroad-days/. (Read more about the events.)

‘KILLER ANGELS’: The Maverick Theater’s staging of “The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg” brings the Civil War right to Orange County, many of whose residents have only read about the war or seen it depicted in TV and cinematic movies or documentaries but not visited its battlefields firsthand. In fact, creating a new live stage version of one of the war’s crucial battles was first and foremost in the mind of Brian Newell, the Fullerton theater’s founder, when he visited Gettysburg National Military Park last summer during a vacation with his family.  The show runs Friday, May 5 through June 24. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays starting May 14. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. Tickets: $25 ($10 students with current I.D.). Information: 714-526-7070, mavericktheater.com. (Read more about the play.)

CINCO DE MAYO: In Santa Ana, the 18th annual event is Satruday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. downtown. There will be local music and dance performances at this free event. There will also be carnival rides, food, games, giveaways and more. Each year, tens of thousands attend the celebration. Information: santa-ana.org. (More about Cinco de Mayo.)

‘THE MUSIC MAN’: One More Productions’ revival of “The Music Man” at The Gem Theatre is infused with idiosyncratic characters that reflect composer-playwright Meredith Willson’s offbeat outlook and sense of humor. The show, set in the small-town Midwest circa 1912, brims with distinctive dialogue, an enjoyably catchy score and playfully off-the-wall characters. Through May 14. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Gem Theatre, 12852 Main St., Garden Grove. Tickets: $30 ($26 for seniors and kids 12 and under). Information: 714-741-9550, ext. 221; onemoreproductions.com.

PRO VOLLEYBALL: Dig it. The AVP Tour returns to the sands of Huntington Beach 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, through 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at City Beach, 400 Pacific Coast Highway. Huntington Beach is the first stop in the eight-event season, concluding Sept. 3 in Chicago. General admission is free, VIP seating $60 and up. Information: avp.com.

‘THE MONSTER BUILDER’: In this comedy being presented by South Coast Repertory, Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse? Nothing prepares the pair for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Various times through June 4 at South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage. $79. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: 714-708-5555 or scr.org.

SATURDAY

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: It’s that time of year again, fanboys and fangirls. Free comic books! The annual retail tradition Free Comic Book Day is set for Saturday, May 6 and will share the weekend with the new film “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Here’s a few must-have comics.

CINCO DE MAYO: San Clemente celebrates its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Max Berg Plaza Park, with entertainment, game booths and Mexican food. 2-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Information: san-clemente.org

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: The International Festival at Soka University in Aliso Viejo offers more than 900 musicians and dancers performing on four stages, 250 exhibitors, international food, a children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, art exhibits and ceramic demonstrations. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Information: soka.edu

HELP HORSES: Walk or run to help support Hanaeleh, a non-profit Horse Rescue in Trabuco Canyon. Hanaeleh is a 100 percent volunteer run organization that has helped to rescue and rehabilitate horses in Orange County since 2004. 9 a.m. at Central Park. The $25-$35 fee for the event will go directly to help a rescued horse. 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita. Registration: hanaeleh.org/5K.

DERBY DAY: Enjoy an afternoon of barbecue, pony rides, kids’ crafts, face painting and horseback riding demos at the Derby Day Fundraiser at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for kids 5 and younger. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Information: surfcityusa.com.

MUSICAL SHOWCASE: Enjoy an exciting, fast-paced evening of musical performances by the UC Irvine Music Department students and faculty, including instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes, diverse forms of traditional classical music and jazz, and new works by UCI composers. 8 p.m. at Irvine Barclay Theatre. $7-$17. 4242 Campus Drive. Information: 949-854-4646 or thebarclay.org.

SKATING FOR A CAUSE: The Sheckler Foundation, its sponsors and pro skateboarders, are coming together for this 8th Annual “Skate For A Cause” skate jam and carnival event on Saturday, May 6. The event will help raise funds for the “Be The Change” initiative to support injured action sports athletes and children in need. Attendees can watch their favorite pro skateboarders compete in contests, as well as enjoy food and participate in games like Bull pong, dunk tank, ring toss and more for chances to win prizes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. Free. 20321 Lake Forest Drive. $50 VIP tickets. Information: shecklerfoundation.org.

SUNDAY

OC MARATHON: Run for a cause in a full marathon, a half-marathon, a 5K or kids run. Families can participate or cheer from the sidelines. Registration is required for all races. The kids’ run is Saturday, May 6. All other runs take place Sunday, May 7. The starting point for the full marathon at the the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and the finish line is at the OC Fair. Information: ocmarathon.com.

MAY DAY FESTIVAL: Celebrate May Day at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana by making spring art projects. The festival is in conjunction with the Multi-Ethnic Arts & Family Festival, showcasing the diverse range of talent from multiethnic communities in Orange County. Also on tap: live international music, dance performances, art and food. 11 a.m-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Information: bowers.org.

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