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Orange County Calendar of Events

October 06, 2006

Community Events

Today

Gem fair: More than 120 dealers are expected. Adults, $5; children younger than 12, free. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (503) 252-8300 or www.gemfaire.com

Car show: The Orange County Auto Show continues, with more than 500 cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. Through Sun. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $6, children under 12 free. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave. (714) 765-8950.

Agricultural celebration: Tustin Tiller Days is a three-day event featuring carnival rides, games, live entertainment and more. Free. Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Columbus Tustin Park, 14712 Prospect Ave. (714) 573-3326 or www.tustintillerdays.org

Saturday

Car exhibit: "Shifting Gears Road Rally and Auto Show," a fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, includes a scavenger hunt road rally with competing drivers answering trivia questions. Sign-in at 8 a.m.; rally begins at 9 a.m.; car exhibit at noon. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave. (714) 838-6199 or www.maddroadrally.org

5K walk: The National Alliance on Mental Illness' annual fundraiser begins at 9 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Pier, 315 Pacific Coast Highway. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Registration: (714) 791-9241 or www.namioc.org

Children

Saturday

Kid expo: Kidsfaire: America's Family Expo is a two-day event featuring more than 300 interactive exhibits and family entertainment. Strawberry Shortcake and friends will appear in a musical stage show along with the Cabbage Patch Kids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $8, children $4. Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (866) 283-8600.

Wednesday

Insect exploration: Children ages 2 to 4 learn about spiders as they take a nature walk. 10-11 a.m. $4. (714) 998-8380. Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim. (714) 998-8380.

Exhibits

Saturday

Fresco art: "Connected: Gary Simpson, an Artist's Study" presents frescoes made from the soils of 200 nations. Through December. Reception, 7-10 p.m. SpaceOnSpurgeon, 210 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana. www.spaceonspurgeon.com Urban inspiration: "Gimme Shelter" features artists whose work focuses on fundamental concerns such as food, shelter and security in the urban environment. Free. Opening reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 12-Nov. 4. Santa Ana Arts Gallery, 207 N. Broadway. (714) 564-5605.

Theater

Saturday

Cultural expression: "Tapestry of Cultures" features performances representing the heritage of Irvine through traditional dance, music and more. Adult $25, seniors $14, children $12. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive. (949) 854-4646.

Clubs & Support Groups

Saturday

Garage sale: The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples Club holds its biannual garage sale. Trabuco Hills High School, 27501 Mustang Run, Mission Viejo. www.smomc.org or (949) 713-5273.

Forums, Seminars, Conferences & Lectures

Today

Fluency conference: Cal State Fullerton's Center for Children Who Stutter presents its annual fluency conference and workshop for speech, language and hearing professionals. Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Titan Student Union, 800 N. State College Blvd. (714) 278-4570 or www.fullerton.edu/ccws

Hispanic heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with food and Latino leaders of California. Noon. Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, 800 N. State College Blvd. (562) 951-4025

Health

Monday

Health management: UCI Medical Center presents "Diabetes Management Overview." $20. 4-6 p.m. 200 S. Manchester Ave., Orange. (877) 824-3627.

The Orange County calendar is compiled by Yvonne Villarreal. Submit items two weeks in advance to ocdesk@latimes.com or by fax to (714) 966-7711.

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