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     This page contains information on arts and special music/ performance-related events and activities, beginning with a section of events listed by date during the month. Artwalk information and the listings of free museum days have been carried over from the summer "Extras" page, along with a couple of other categories of other "freebies." Additional materials and the most current updates can be found on the site's Facebook page. PLEASE REMEMBER: Although every attempt is made to bring you the most current event information possible, ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONFIRM ANY EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND. A phone number and web link are included if available. Also, if you'd like information on other free events, products and activities on an ongoing basis during the year, plus the latest site updates, follow the site on Facebook (on the re-established page) at www.facebook.com/gotodorothyswebsite. And . . . if you'd like an event posted, please send an e-mail with event information, along with a contact name and phone number which are accessible to the public, to information@dorothyswebsite.org. Thanks!

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 SPECIAL EVENTS/NOTICES 

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - ADDITIONAL DECEMBER ARTS/PERFORMANCE-RELATED EVENTS:

December 2 - USC Visions and Voices Programs. The Upcycled Self: An Evening with Black Thought from The Roots. Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning co-founder of The Roots. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop and Trotter's brand new book "The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are," Trotter will discuss his life and work in an intimate conversation with Jason King, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus. Reservations are required and can be made via the link on the event page. Information: http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu.

December 3 - Art at the Airport. The holiday Art at the Airport will take place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the 18th Street Arts Center airport campus, 3026 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica. There will be over 20 working artists with open studios. An RSVP via the first website listed is appreciated. Information: www.artattheairport.org or www.18thstreet.org.

December 6 - UCLA Lectures/Symposia. On December 6 at 1 p.m. a Zoom lecture by Dr. Razia Sultanova titled "Woman's Journey in Afghan Music Study: Fieldwork in a Burka." Register via the UCLA website. Also at 6 p.m. in Lani Hall, "Collaborative Composing: Sharing Authorship with People and AI." Composer and inventor Tod Machover, a faculty member at the MIT Media Lab, will discuss his large-scale opera/tech collaborations, MIT's City Symphony projects, and the implications of AI for creativity and ownership. Find additional details on the sessions on the UCLA website. Information: www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/calendar.

December 6 and 7 - UCLA Hammer Museum Programs. On December 6, screening of "Priscilla." Sofia Coppola's film reconsiders Elvis Presley's story from the perspective of the woman he married. The film screening at 7 p.m. will be followed by a Q&A with costume designer Stacey Battat and producer Youree Henley. On December 7 at 7 p.m., screening of "Maestro," the film chronicling the lifelong relationship between American composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with costume designer Mark Bridges and prosthetic makeup designer Kazu Hiro. See website for parking information and any other protocols. The UCLA Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard. Information: (310) 443-7000 or www.hammer.ucla.edu.

LONG BEACH - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TURN)TABLE. Knights of the Round (Turn)Table is a monthly event modeled after a book club. Each month a different historically significant album is chosen, and participants listen to both sides and discuss it. Back in the day, people used to listen to the records while staring at the album artwork and liner notes. The programs seek to recreate this experience in the company of other music lovers. The November event featured "Aja" by Steely Dan. No information on a December event at this time. Information: (562) 595-0081, www.facebook.com/knightsoftheroundturntable or www.bixbyknollsinfo.com.

LONG BEACH - VIRTUAL SHAKESPEARE AND FRIENDS ALOUD. "Shakespeare and Friends Aloud." This season of Shakespeare Aloud hosts readings of Shakespeare's plays and covers works of friends and contemporaries like Christopher Marlow, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd and others. Community members are invited to participate as readers or audience members. Events will take place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Register via the links on the Carpenter Arts/Arts for Life website. Upcoming readings: November 30 - Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead (conclusion), December 7 - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (beginning). Hamlet continues on January 4. No readings December 14, 21 and 28. For an extra touch, participants can add Shakespeare-themed background images to their Zoom experience. Information: (562) 985-7000 or www.carpenterarts.org/artsforlife.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - LACMA FALL PROGRAMS The Los Angeles County Museum of Art makes available a publication called The Guide. The Guide includes information on LACMA's Education and Public Programs for Fall 2023, including music programs. The Guide can be downloaded in pdf format (when available). Information: (323) 857-6000, www.lacma.org/theguide or www.lacma.org.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) - L.A. OPERA "OPERA TALKS." "Opera Talks" are 50-minute interactive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly at a number of Los Angeles County libraries, and upcoming dates are listed here. Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. Upcoming programs: None. This program is currently on hiatus. Information: (213) 972-3157 or www.laopera.org, go to "Community."

 ART WALKS 

The following is a partial listing of art walks. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events prior to attending since days and times may change periodically.

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. The date of the next event is TBA. Information: (714) 956-3586 or www.downtownanaheim.com, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations or other programs, and the event is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or www.collegescalendar.org

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. Information: www.covinaca.gov

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or http://www.fullertonartwalk.com

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or http://www.hbdowntown.com

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month at a new time, from noon - 5 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or http://www.artwalklb.com

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or www.downtownartwalk.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information: www.leimertparkbeat.com/events.

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. When there are Artwalks, they take place in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles. Check website for current events and other information. Information: www.nelaart.org

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or www.metropomona.com

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, www.riversideculturalconsortium.org or www.riversideca.gov/museum

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or www.villagesanclemente.com.

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625, www.aplaceforart.org www.santaanaartsdistrict.com, www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. There also are periodic Third Saturday artwalks from 2 - 6 p.m., with more than 30 galleries and studios plus guided tours. Information: www.1stthursday.net

  • TEMECULA - Art Off the Walls. First Friday programs in 2022 will take place on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. The events showcase art from a variety of area artists, including a reception for the featured artists inside The Merc, 42051 Main Street, with live music and refreshments. Other portions of the event take place at The Lot on Main, 42051 Main Street. Information: (951) 694-6480 or www.temeculaca.gov

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No times or current dates listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 or www.ci.upland.ca.us

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information: www.veniceartcrawl.com.

  • WHITTIER - Whittier Art Stroll Uptown. No current dates listed. The Whittier Art Stroll Uptown takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The event includes art from more than 40 artists, plus live music, treats, a variety of vendors and more. A variety of events are hosted primarily at local businesses. The event takes place in Historic Uptown Whittier, Greenleaf Avenue and vicinity (a map is available on the Facebook page). Information: www.artstrolluptown.com or www.facebook.com/artstrolluptown.

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 FREE MUSEUM DAYS 

The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - First Sunday of the month - family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Please note: museum admission is no longer free during the first Sunday programs. Information: (714) 567-3100 or www.bowers.org

  • BROAD MUSEUM - The Broad is LA's new contemporary art museum. It is located in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The museum is closed on Monday; hours vary on other days of the week. Advanced tickets may be reserved online, or there is an onsite standby line each day for admission on a first-come basis. See website for additional details. Information: (213) 232-6250 or www.thebroad.org

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every second Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or www.californiasciencecenter.org

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or www.lafdmuseum.org.

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but $10 after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or www.getty.edu

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Check for upcoming star party dates. Information: (213) 473-0800 or www.griffithobservatory.org

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or www.homesteadmuseum.org.

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 or www.huntington.org

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. Information: (714) 476-2565 or http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for upcoming dates. Information: (562) 905-9793 or www.lahabracity.com/section.cfm?id=41.

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or www.lbma.org

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and to LA County residents with ID after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information: www.bankofamerica.com/museums.

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information: www.moca.org.

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org/

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or www.nhm.org

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 or www.nortonsimon.org

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or www.ci.ontario.ca.us

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers free admission and is closed on Mondays. The Museum is now located in Costa Mesa at 3333 Avenue of the Arts. Information: (714) 780-2130 or www.ocma.art

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 or www.tarpits.org

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or www.skirball.org

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or www.theautry.org

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

MANY OF THESE HAVE CHANGED AFTER THE PANDEMIC; OTHERS HAVE GONE TO APP-BASED REWARDS. CURRENT MEMBERS MAY HAVE RECEIVED UPDATES ON THE PROGRAMS. UPDATES TO THIS LIST HAVE NOT BEEN MADE SINCE THE PANDEMIC. Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information: www.acapulcorestaurants.com.

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information: www.baskinrobbins.com.

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. Information: www.benihana.com.

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information: www.bjsrestaurants.com.

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information: www.boomersparks.com.

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus an iced coffee on your birthday. Information: www.cinnabon.com.

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday shake for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information: www.deltaco.com/connect.html.

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information: www.eltorito.com.

  • FAMOUS DAVES - Get a free burger or sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) e-mail club. Information: www.famousdaves.com or www.facebook.com/famousdaves.

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information: www.farrellsusa.com.

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information: www.goldenspoon.com.

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information: www.hooters.com.

  • JERSEY MIKE'S - Join Jersey Mike's e-mail club, get special e-mail offers and a free sub and a 22 oz. drink on your birthday. Information: www.jerseymikes.com.

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information: www.panerabread.com.

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. Information: www.rasushi.com.

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information: www.redrobin.com/redroyalty.

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. Information: www.rubios.com.

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (but also can be $5). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. Information: www.sanmanuel.com.

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information: www.schlotzskys.com.

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information: www.sonicdrivein.com.

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. Information: www.ilovesprinkles.com.

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information: www.tgifridays.com.

LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES

  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Fall listings are now available. Information: (213) 228-7025, www.lfla.org or www.aloudla.org.

  • CALARTS "AESTHETICS AND POLITICS" LECTURE SERIES - The series lineup ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture and philosophy. Info on Fall 2023 events TBA. Information: http://criticalstudies.calarts.edu/programs/aesthetics-and-politics/lecture-series or www.youtube.com/c/AestheticsandPolitics.

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events usually run September through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. Information: (949) 721-2266 or www.voicesatbeckman.org.

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Reservations are required for most events. Information: www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND WEB OFFERS

AS WITH THE BIRTHDAY OFFERS, SOME OF THESE HAVE CHANGED OR BEEN ELIMINATED SINCE THE PANDEMIC AND ARE STILL CHANGING. Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. Information: www.benjerry.com.

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information: www.brueggers.com.

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information: www.bucadibeppo.com/eclub.

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. Information: www.cpk.com/pizzadough.

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information: www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information: www.wienerschnitzel.com.

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information: www.freecycle.org.

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information: www.godiva.com.

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. Information: www.ihop.com/pancake-revolution.

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information: www.ocw.mit.edu.

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information: www.carolinasauce.com.

  • POLLY'S PIES - Get a free slice of pie plus cup of coffee for joining Polly's e-mail club. Information: www.pollyspies.com.

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: www.herosalute.com or www.seaworld.com.

 HOLIDAY EVENTS/ACTIVITIES 

      As has been a tradition on the site, a few other free holiday events and offers are always included here even though they are not necessarily music-related events per se. Information for 2023 will continue to be added through the end of December. Information will be posted as it becomes available, beginning with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving events in November. Since information on these events can be changed up to the last minute, it is recommended that you confirm all events prior to attending or redeeming an offer.

BUENA PARK - KNOTT'S BERRY FARM HOLIDAY TRIBUTES/RECOGNITION DAYS. Knott's Holiday Tribute admissions programs begin in November. Unfortunately, free admission programs will not be available again this year. Tickets, however, will still be available at discounted prices during Military Tribute Days and Fire/Law Enforcement Tribute Days. See website for details. Go to www.knotts.com, Tickets, Promotions, for further information.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - HOLIDAY BOAT PARADES.

The LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade in San Pedro/Los Angeles Harbor will take place starting at 6 p.m. on December 2 in the Port of LA East Basin. This year's theme is "Light Up the Holidays." Viewing areas will be in Wilmington, the San Pedro waterfront, Port 'O Call and other locations (see map on website). Information: www.portoflosangeles.org or www.lawaterfront.org.
The Dana Point Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 8, 9 and 10 along the Dana Point waterfront. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Candyland." Info: www.danapointharbor.com or www.danapoint.org.
The Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. on December 9 with fireworks at 5:55 p.m. This year's Grand Marshal is Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. Information: (310) 670-7130 or www.mdrboatparade.org.
The Holiday Boat Parade by the Shoreline Yacht Club at Shoreline Village area in Long Beach will take place on December 9 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. with additional activities before and after the parade. Information: www.shorelineyachtclub.com or www.visitlongbeach.com.
Also on December 9, the King Harbor Redondo Beach Boat Parade in the main channel of King Harbor will take place at 5:30 p.m. (with paddle craft at 4:30 p.m.). This year's theme is "It's A Wonderful Life," honoring Storm 2022/23 First Responders and City/KHYC Members. Information: www.kingharborboatparade.org or www.khbf.org,
On December 10 the Villa Park Dryland Boat Parade will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m. starting and ending at Villa Park High School. This year's theme is "Jingle Around the Park." See route on website. Info: www.vpcsfoundation.org or http://villapark.co.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will take place Dec. 13 - 17 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. throughout Newport Harbor. See map on website. Information: (949) 729-4400, www.christmasboatparade.com or www.facebook.com/christmasboatparade.
Another dry land "Boat Parade" - the 31st Annual Chino Hills Boat Parade - will take place on December 15 at 7 p.m. on Peyton Drive between Eucalyptus and Boys Republic Drive. Road closures in area begin at 5 p.m. Info: www.chinohills.org/boatparade.
And on December 16, the Naples Island 77th Annual Boat Parade (in the Long Beach/Naples area) around the canals of Naples Island will take place on at 6 p.m. The theme is "Christmas Around the World." Information: www.naplesca.com.

LIGHT SHOWS/DISPLAYS & MISCELLANEOUS FESTIVITIES. This category includes miscellaneous celebrations and other events not included on the concert pages.

- In Carson, Santa Fest at the Southbay Pavilion will take place from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 2. There will be holiday activities, a magic show, balloon art, character appearances and more. No walk-ins will be allowed; RSVP required via the link on the South Bay Pavilion website. The Southbay Pavilion is located at 20700 South Avalon Boulevard, and the event will take place in the food court parking lot. Information: (310) 366-6629 or www.southbaypavilion.com, go to events.
- In Dana Point, Holiday Harbor Lights will be illuminated through December 31. Themed light exhibits throughout the harbor will include Candy Cane Lane, a "Merry Kiss Me" arch, lighted trees and more. Information: www.danapointharbor.com or www.danapoint.org
- In Downtown Los Angeles, Sparkle DTLA will be a nightly light show at The Bloc LA (shopping center). 16 million hues of lights will illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. The lights of the large multi-colored interactive holiday display sparkle to music every hour on the hour from 5 - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 454-4926 or www.theblocla.com.
- In Irvine, Holidayz at the Park will be celebrated at the OC Great Park from December 2, 2023, through January 7, 2024. The park will be transformed into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed events, displays and lights. The outdoor light display in the Palm Court, open daily from dusk to 9:30 p.m., also will include "Air Santa," a larger-than-life airplane paying homage to St. Nick's travels and the park's military roots. Other activites may require registration, and some may be open only to Irvine residents. Information: www.cityofirvine.org/great-park/holidayz-park.
- The Marina Del Rey Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, is aglow this holiday season again with Marina Lights. The display of sparkling lights and decor can be seen nightly from 4 - 10 p.m. through the month of December. Information: www.mdrholidays.com.
- The Ontario visit the holiday Nativity Scenes along Euclid Avenue. Since 1958, twelve life-size scenes have been placed on the grass median of Euclid Avenue in the downtown area between "C" and "F" streets. The scenes depict the life of Jesus, and a self-guided tour script is available on the official website. The scenes will remain on Euclid Street from November 23 to January 1. Information: (888) 262-7114, www.christmasoneuclid.com or www.gocvb.org.
- The Riverside Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside includes more than three million lights illuminating the historic Mission Inn and Main Street. Festival lights will remain through December 31. During the period of the Festival, there will be fee-based and free activities including entertainment, food and artisan vendors, ice skating and more. Schedule of events should be available on the Festival website. Information: www.riversideca.gov/fol.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARKS AFTER DARK WINTER WONDERLAND 2022 Parks After Dark returns to LA County Parks for the winter season with free recreational activities in 31 LA County Parks from December 1 - 16. Activities will take place Fridays from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon - 4 p.m. or 4 - 8 p.m. There will be snow days, classes, movies, concerts, resource fairs and more. To find the complete list of parks and activities, visit the website listed. Information: http://parks.lacounty.gov/winterpad.

NORAD SANTA. Have you been incredibly naughty or just plain nice this year? Wondering if Santa is on his way to your house? If you want to track his trip from the North Pole, let NORAD help you. The NORAD Santa website is available to all to track Santa on his way to your neighborhood. Visit the website listed; will be online beginning December 1 and tracking is on December 24. Information: www.noradsanta.org.

SHOPPING CENTERS/MALLS. The number of events at shopping centers/malls including acoustic holiday performances, carolers and other seasonal entertainment grows each year, but schedules vary. If you're out shopping a need a break, check the website of your local mall or shopping center before going for any listed/advertised entertainment or holiday activities.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - HOLIDAY MOVIES. Some of the holiday movies being offered this season include:

- In Marina Del Rey, outdoor movie nights at the Jamaica Bay Inn finale on December 17 with a screening of Elf and gingerbread house building. Low chairs, blankets and pillows are welcome. RSVP using the Eventbrite link on the Inn website. Information: www.jamaicabayinn.com.
- The San Bernardino movies will screen in parks on three nights following the Ho Ho Parade car caravan through the city. Movies and locations will be: December 4 - Minions: The Rise of Gru will screen at 6:15 at Nunez Park, 1717 W. 5th Street, December 5 - Elf will screen at 6:15 p.m. at Wildwood Park, 536 E. 40th Street, on December 6 there will be an evening celebration with train rides, ice skating and more at Court Street, 349 N. E Street, and on December 7 - The Super Mario Bros. Movie will screen at 6:15 p.m. at the Perris Hill Senior Center/YMCA, 780 E. 21st Street. Information: www.hohoparade.com.

More holiday information coming soon!

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