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Orange County singles activities in Southern California.

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Orange County Singles Activities
in southern California

The true authority on Orange County singles activities is the Friday edition of the Show Section in The Orange County Register. Show is updated weekly and puts events in categories to make it easy to find your area of interest. For Orange County singles activities, the Orange County Register Show section is the most valuable guide to use.

Categories include: "Singles scene, Recreational dancing, Comedy & magic calendar, Night-life calendar (by city), Dining guide (by type of food), Venues such as the Performing Arts Center, the Coach House, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre and on and on.

Then there is a category called "Ten days out," which lists events happening by day for the next ten days. Of course, "Movie times" are listed by city and theatre and a movie guide rating the movies.

Other categories: Family and festivals calendar, Film screenings calendar, Exhibits calendar, Lectures calendar, Theater calendar, Casting calls, Classical music and dance calendar, Art calendar.

Singles should use the Show section as their guide.

Other Activities - subject to change

American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach is one of the few places in Orange County where a person can dance to live music and enjoy good food at a nominal price.

It is a private club restricted to members who served in the military during times of armed conflict by The United States or one of their parents having served during one of those periods.

The latter qualification allows membership in either The Sons of The American Legion or The Ladies Auxillary.

The website is Many women will qualify for membership in The Auxillary.

Prospective members will have to supply a Form DD-214 showing service with a honorable discharge during the aforementioned time periods. This form is readily available from The Military Records Organization in St. Louis, Mo.

OC Single Gals is a group of 62 women, ages 40 to 60, who have fun together. They go dancing, skiing, to Taco Tuesdays and have a cruise planned for September.

To sign up,

Unique date idea: surprise your sweetie with a two-hour kayaking trip in Dana Point or Newport Beach with Coastline Kayaking Adventures. Call (949) 291-6679. Ask for "Paddle John." Safety vests required and provided.

South OC Singles Activities Group - for men and women in their 40s and 50s, meets every week for Taco Tuesday, typically at Tortilla Flats in Mission Viejo, starting at 5:30 p.m. Emphasizes camaraderie, all are welcome for scheduled activities (dinners, parties, dancing, shows, tennis, golf, etc). No fee to join. or write Ed Schrenzel at

Private Detective Investigations for background checks.

I personally know both of the men listed below and recommend each of them:

(1) Vern McGarry, (949) 498-1465.

(2) Mark Simon (24 years Orange County law enforcement experience),, (949) 295-8511


See the OC Register Show Section for a complete list

Depot Dancers-Monday night Country Western Dance Club at the Timeout Tavern, 27822 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (949) 362-5919. for info.

On Wednesdays, McClure's Bar and Grill in Tustin, Newport Avenue at McFadden. For directions:. Line dancing and couples dances on some Wednesdays.

Shirts n' Skirts Square Dance Club

Dance at Ebell Club
625 N. French/corner Civic Center Drive & French
Santa Ana, Ca.
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30 pm. For adult couples & singles." No partner is needed." For more information, call Jean 714-633-0733 or check website:

Mimi Fane Dances. Four or five dances per month around Orange County. Contact Mimi for a list of dances. (714) 731-3399. Info on Mimi Fane dances

Tijuana's, Irvine, I-5 freeway at Sand Canyon exit. Mon, Tues & Wed nights. East and West Coast Swing. Lessons at 8:30 p.m.

Atomic Ballroom, Irvine, swing lessons Friday nights." Atomic Ballroom website. A little hard to find so check website for directions.


Lord of the Strings Concerts, Dana Point:

All shows on Fridays." Doors open at 7:00,"Concert starts at 7:30.

Tickets are $20." Check or cash. Make checks to Tim Johnson and send to Tim at Lantern Bay Realty, Inc. 34179 Golden Lantern #103, Dana Point, CA 92629

Concert Location: Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St., Dana Point. For directions and future concert schedule, click on “Concerts” on our website,

A portion of proceeds goes to the Dana Point Woman’s Club, which provides community education projects in Dana Point.

Call or email Tim at (949) 842-2227, or to Claire at (949)244-6656,
Claire Woodruff
Lantern Bay
Realty Inc.
Direct: (949) 244-6656

City of Fullerton

City of Fullerton offers 20 single-day trips this year. For singles or couples. Visit and click on excursions Or, telephone, Joan Helms (714) 738-2880. Non residents of Fullerton pay a small fee.

Cruises for singles: Single cruises and travel.

San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association is a non-profit group of 250 volunteers that sponsor the world-famous Swallows Day Parade each April. They love horses, but you don't have to own a horse. Get involved with this group and put some spunk in your life. Website: Info on Fiesta Association "You're Wanted!"

The Inside Edge, Irvine -Great place for people with similar intellectual interests and system of values to connect." Breakfast meetings weekly featuring interesting speakers. Many marriages and long-term relationships have evolved from attending this group. Website: for info and to see if it's for you. Check out current month's speakers. I have spoken to this group and often attend to hear speakers that interest me. If you want intelligent and classy people, I recommend Inside Edge.

"A New Life" club for widows and widowers. Contact President Arnold Pellman at New Life Info. Must show death certificate of spouse to join. Nearly 300 members. (949) 858-3906.

Long Beach Single Sailing Association (not in Orange County, but near) -Meets on scheduled Tuesdays at Golden Sails Hotel Crystal Ballroom, 6285 PCH. Membership is 35% boat owners and 65% non-boat owners (crew). Hotline (562 430-1715) or website: Age approximately 40-60+.

Golf 4 singles. Should shoot at least 115-120 on your worst day. Contact Jim by e-mail at

Dating website for golfers. Avg age 50: Date A Golfer.Or email Gary Kelly
902-209-3052. And just published, for people seeking new golf partners when they travel.

Sierra Club - "The Sierra Club isn't a singles organization, but just by the nature of the beast, most people who do the activities are 50+ and single. Most couples who partake of the activities are what I call Sierra Clubbels (they met through Sierra Club activities)." Website: or e-mail Sierra Club OC activities detail Sierra Club Orange Co Calif

Cabaret Chapter of the Guilds of the OC Performing Arts Center-" A singles group." Comprised of single business and professional men and women throughout Orange County. Meets fourth Wednesday each month at the Hilton Hotel on Bristol in Costa Mesa 5:45 p.m. Social events, bridge, travel, golf, tennis, fund raising.

Senior Centers throughout Orange County sponsor trips, activities, classes. Here are a few in south Orange County: All 949 area code. Dana Point 496-4252; San Clemente 498-3322; San Juan 493-5921; Laguna Niguel 380-0155; Laguna Hills 380-0155; Mission Viejo 470-3062 (E-mail:

Singles at Sea, Dana Point. Week-end sailing activities, free sailing lessons, dock parties and land activities. First and third Thursday each month, 7 p.m., Aventura Club House, Dana Point Drive. (949) 249-4546. Web: "Nice, friendly group."

San Clemente Rotary-meets Thursdays at San Clemente Inn at 11:45. For info e-mail:

Don Hull, Santa Ana, President, Packards Int’l Motor Car Club, “OC singles should consider joining a Car Club. Great place to have fun and meet people. Single women take heed: Lots of men. "Packards International Motor Car Club to see calendar of events.

Chris Williams, Laguna Beach, “Taking a surf lesson together as a date is fun and gives insight to trust, teamwork, exhilaration, joy and it’s aheck of a workout. I teach adults 50-plus the joys of surfing. For info: e-mail: and telephone 949 497-5918.

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