Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County




This Sunday, December 19, at 3 p.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church, South Coast Singers, the region’s preeminent nonprofit choral group, under the direction of
Raymond P. Woods, will stage four musical concerts during the weeks leading to Christmas. The concerts feature the talents of over 50 local amateurs and semi-professionals whose passion for song and sheer musical ability have catapulted the group into great demand. The December concert, “Songs for the Happiest Season” will features both popular and classical holiday musical selections accompanied by an orchestra made up of the areas finest musicians.Advance tickets are $15, Senior and Students $12. Purchase at the door is$20. Groups of 10 or more (when ordered over the phone in advance) are entitled to a discounted rate of $12 per ticket, children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling South Coast Singers hotline (949) 613-7840. For more information call (949) 613-7840.


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TODAY through the 23rd is the Cruise of Lights! Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbor to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event. The event will be at the Park in the Huntington Harbor Mall lot (corner of Algonquin and Saybrook) and get on the designated buses that travel a short distance to the boat launch area. Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542


Now through the 24th is The Nutcracker” At the Barclay Theater. This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers along with more than 100 Southern California children. Featuring guest artists from American Ballet Theatre held at 4242 Campus Drive. For more information you can call (949) 854-4646.


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Now through the 29th is the 102nd Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 15-December 19, 2010. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over 1 million people view the parade each year. For those of you that would like to be in parade Newport Landing offers 2 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone. For more information you can call 949-675-0551.


Now through the 23rd is the 15th Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus!  Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park (1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869) to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. In addition to riding the Irvine Park Railroad, activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, a Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas coloring corner, carnival games, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase. The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit us online at or call (714) 997-3968.


Now through Jan 2, 2011 is the Discovery Science Center Presents: Science of Gingerbread. Discovery Science Center’s The Science of Gingerbread exhibition features hands-on kitchen science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. Who knew science could be so tasty? In addition, don’t miss The Great Trains, an exhibit for everyone who enjoys building, operating, or simply watching scale model railroads. The event is held at the Discovery Science Center (2500 N. Main St). For more information you can call 714-542-2823.


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And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.                

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI           

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900


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