THURSDAY

Holiday Soiree and Benefit

School board member Katrina Foley hosts her third annual Holiday Soiree and Benefit from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mesa Restaurant in the Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa. This year's event benefits Second Harvest Food Bank and One Coat Drive. Tickets to the cocktail-attire event are $25. For more information, visit http://www.katrinafoley.com.

DEC. 13

'Spaceman' Visits Newport Beach

The Cannery, 3010 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach starts its Hot Stove League Series with special guest Bill "Spaceman" Lee. Enjoy a cocktail hour and a three-course meal and wine pairing with a baseball great for $750, which the Angels Baseball Foundation will match. Proceeds go to Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Seating is limited to 50. For more information, call (562) 690-2011 or visit http://www.cannerynewport.com.

DEC. 14

E-Book Training

Newport Beach Public Library offers a hands-on eBook training session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Library staff will demonstrate Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iPad and Sony readers and provide personal instruction for downloading free eBooks from the Overdrive site. Customers should bring their own eReading devices to enable downloading directly to their reader. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org or call (949) 717-3800.

DEC. 20

E-Book Training

Newport Beach Public Library offers a hands-on eBook training session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Library staff will demonstrate Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iPad and Sony readers and provide personal instruction for downloading free eBooks from the Overdrive site. Customers should bring their own eReading devices to enable downloading directly to their reader. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org or call (949) 717-3800.

TILL SUNDAY

Welsh Christmas

Vanguard University's theater arts department presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales," adapted from a story by Dylan Thomas, in the Lyceum Theatre. For showtimes and ticket information, call (714) 668-6145 or go to theatre.vanguard.edu. Vanguard University is at 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

TILL DEC. 14

Toys for Tots

Christ Lutheran School, 760 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, is collecting Toys for Tots at its our front office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TILL DEC. 16

'Things That Keep Me Up At Night'