1. Color us fuchsia! Sherman Library & Gardens will host its First Annual Fuchsia Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a 9 a.m. Fuchsia Basket Class with John Bishop. The class costs $35 and requires advance registration by calling (949) 673-2261. General admission is $3 with children under 12 free. At 11 a.m., there will be a children’s story hour in the library courtyard, followed by a Hummingbird Talk with Margaret Class at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be a piñata with prizes, followed by a 1 p.m. children’s story hour and a Fuchsia Talk with Jane Deeming at 1 p.m. There also will be a plant sale featuring hard-to-find plants and of course, fuchsias, as well as a free raffle, kids’ games, face painting, live music and a coloring contest for children. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway. For more information, visit the Sherman Library & Gardens website.
2. Head to Roger’s Gardens this weekend, where there will be two different food trucks as well as other activities. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nicholas Staddon will discuss some of the best new plants from the past few years and how they are used in gardens. “He will also cover how these plants benefit you and your entire garden environment, including birds and pollinators,” according to Roger’s Gardens’ website. From 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Roger’s will present a Succulent Container Workshop With Rex Yarwood, featuring Yarwood, the nursery manager, teaching how to construct “striking succulent combinations” as well as new, exotic offerings. Participants will design and create their mixed container or hanging basket, and fees will vary based on the selected plants. This event requires advance signup because spaces are limited; call (949) 640-5800 for information or to register. Organizers suggest participants bring gloves. And if you’re shopping and want a snack, the Seabirds food truck will be on hand on Saturday, and the Flavor Rush truck will be on hand on Sunday.
3. Rothschild’s restaurant will host an art exhibition and sale, part of which will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the restaurant at 2407 East Coast Highway. Award-winning artist Jeff Horn will attend, and several of his most recent works will be displayed. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and Horn has agreed to contribute 20 percent of exhibit proceeds to CHOC. Organizers ask you to R.S.V.P. by calling (949) 673-3750.
4. A “Talking Baseball” event will take place Sunday at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, featuring author Paul Dickson who will speak about his recently published book, “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.” The free event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the church at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road. For more information, call (949) 760-6076.
5. What does “democracy” mean to kids? Head to the Mariners library branch from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to participate in an Imagination Celebration event called “Imagination Rocks Our World,” where kids will create collage art that explores their ideas of democracy. Some of the artwork will be displayed in the Central Library’s main lobby as part of an exhibition in the fall, organizers said. The free event will be held at the branch at 1300 Irvine Ave.