1. Recycled Rags is holding its monthly parking lot sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2731 East Coast Highway. Hot dogs, lemonade, coffee plus donuts for early risers will be offered along with discounts and deals. For more information call (949) 675-5553.
2. Head to the Newport Pier on Saturday to watch the California Surf Life Saving Association Southwest Regional Lifeguard Championships, which are taking place in Newport Beach for the first time this year. The two-day championships began today with Junior Lifeguards, and Saturday’s events will begin at 8 a.m. Guards will compete in events including surf swims, beach runs, paddleboard and surf boat races as well as Ironman and Ironwoman events. Read our earlier story here.
3. Crystal Cove State Park will host a one-hour interpretive sunset hike at 8 p.m. Saturday. Participants should meet at the Moro day-use parking area amphitheater for the hike, which will follow a moderate uphill trail that offers glimpses of coastline while the sun is setting. Organizers advise to wear sturdy shoes, bring water and dress in layers. At 7 p.m. Friday, the park and Jacque Nunez will host an evening Storytelling and Native American Crafts, where you can weave a basket, make a clapper stick or play Indian games. Storytelling follows at 8 p.m. Meet at the Moro day-use lot at the amphitheater. Both events are free, but the park charges a $15 day-use parking fee.
4. Sherman Library & Gardens is offering a children’s class at 9 a.m. Saturday. Erin McCoy will host Herb Pots For Kids, which will teach basic gardening ideas and let kids create their own herb-filled pots to take home. Classes cost $35, or $30 for Sherman Library friends. The cost for a second child is $25. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway. To reserve a spot or for more information call (949) 673-2261.
5. Roger’s Gardens has a jam-packed weekend, including the Splendor of the Gardens Art Opening at 9 a.m. Saturday. The group show of plain air paintings represent gardens from throughout the world, some natural and other manicured, according to Roger’s website. Guest artists are Marcia Burtt and Ann Lofquist, and featured artists are Daniel Aldana, Brian Blood, David Damm, Gil Dellinger, Robin Hall, Joe Paquet and W. Jason. From 2 to 4 p.m., some of the artists will participate in a Master’s Paint Out, where they will be painting in various locations throughout Roger’s Gardens. You also will have a chance to win an original Robin Hall painting valued at $1,100. And an artists’ reception will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will run through Sept. 23. From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Roger’s Gardens will host a Succulent Seminar with Debra Lee Baldwin. Baldwin is an award-winning author and photojournalist, and she will introduce different types of succulents, their care and how to use them to create low-water gardens and containers. Audience interaction is welcome. From 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Chef Nena Niessen will present a lecture called “Replacing Meat with Legumes, The Plant Protein.” The lecture will teach about beans’ health benefits, from protecting against colon cancer to helping aid weight loss. The food trucks also will return this weekend. Saturday, Roger’s will feature Lime Truck and Sunday, Dos Chinos truck will be on hand. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.