Considering I have yet to purchase even one gift—four days out until Christmas—gift-wrapping seems entirely premature. But for those who are ahead of yourselves this year, by all means check out Cotton Idea Studio in Newport Beach. Not only do they carry great gift wrap, grosgrain ribbon, letterpress tags and accoutrements; they’ll even custom gift wrap for you. Drop-off your gifts for same-day turnaround. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Eve.
409 31st Street in Newport Beach. 949.673.8000
Here’s another much needed cause during the holiday season (and for that matter all year long.) The Roosters Foundation is holding its 14th Annual Holiday Food Drive Event at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 400 volunteers, as well as community and military volunteers will package 4,000 boxes of food for needy families throughout Orange County, including 250 boxes each to families of deployed Marines and the California Army National Guard. Each box contains a 16 lb. turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and other items to feed a family of eight and will be distributed by 49 local non-profit organizations. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is at 8014 Marine Way, in Irvine.
To celebrate the hit musical Xanadu, the Orange County Performing Arts Center is transforming its community plaza as a FREE roller skating rink Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Just bring your own skates, roller blades or rent some for $5. Songs from Xanadu will be playing (“Strange Magic,” “All Over the World” and “Have You Never Been Mellow”) as well as songs from the ‘80’s. Xanadu runs through Dec. 27. 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket info at OCPAC.org
Here’s a great tip for you about the upcoming Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Rubber Duck Tours, an OC-based amphibious touring company, will be offering parking, transportation, and a prime viewing spot aboard the Rubber Duck this Wednesday through Sunday. The boat will leave promptly at 6 p.m., will cruise the harbor - holiday tunes, blankets, and some beverages will be provided (BYOB is also encouraged) and will return by 8:30 p.m. $45 per person. Please visit Rubber Duck Tours for more information about specific dates and pricing. Pre-booking is highly recommended. Please contact Gerald at 714.625.8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any more information.