Arts & Leisure

TGIF: Thrillers, baseball and pirates

CHRIS TASHIMA in “Day of Independence,” showing Saturday.

It’s another thin week at the movie theaters, but a full agenda of interesting activities for those of us in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area.

Events: Wintersburg, Dia de Familia, Blessing of Waters

  • Gain insight into the history of Huntington Beach as well as the influence of sports on the national character when Historic Wintersburg – a Japanese-American settlement near what is now Warner Avenue and Nichols in Surf City – hosts an outdoor movie night on Saturday at 6 p.m. near the historic Maag farmhouse in Santa Ana. Featured will be a double-header of movies including “Day of Independence,” a film about how Japanese-Americans coped with the deprivations of relocation during World War II by playing baseball. Also showing, “Sandlot.”  For more information go to, and Heritage Museum of Orange County (where the Maag farmhouse is located),
  • The annual “Blessing of the Waves” will take place on Sunday on the upper Pier Plaza at the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier at 8:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council and will include appearances and remarks by local civic and faith leaders. For more info, go to /
  • “Dia de la Familia” (Family Day) is this Sunday at Sigler Park in Westminster, 7200 Plaza St. from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will be family fun, live entertainment, information booths and food. For more information, call (714) 895-2860 or go to

Movies: “It” tries to scare up a big box office

  • “It,” a film version of the Stephen King thriller. A strange clown haunts little kids. Rated R. Starring Bill Skarsgard.
  • “Home Again.” Reese Witherspoon stars in this film about a recently separated woman involved in tangled romantic situation. Also starring Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen. Rated PG-13.

On stage: “Pirates” tries to steal your heart

  • “Pirates of Penzance” is back at the Festival Amphitheater on Main Street in Garden Grove. Preview performance are on Thursday (Sept. 7) with the opening on Friday. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 23. Produced by Shakespeare Orange County. For more, go to: .
  • Fall Dance Festival is on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) at the Mainstage Theater at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. For more information, go to: .





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