1. Author Liu Ping, who wrote “My Chinese Dream – From Red Guard to CEO,” will speak at the Central Library at an event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Ping, who is chief executive officer of Chinastar Ltd., will discuss her “experiences growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution and her remarkable personal journey from working in a phosphate mine at age 15 to becoming CEO of one of China’s most successful companies,” according to a news release. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held in the Friends Meeting Room at the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.
2. Learn about the Upper Newport Bay estuary at a free family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Back Bay Science Center on Shellmaker Island, off of Bay Bay Drive next to the Newport Dunes. The event will feature activities including the chance to see and touch sharks, sea stars and other native marine creatures, visits to the California Coastal Commission’s native plant nursery and rides on the Newport Sea Base’s boat pontoon along with opportunities to learn more about the importance of the estuary and how we can protect it. For more information, click here.
3. Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting the annual Fuchsia Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring tours of the library and gardens, live music, a plant sale, free games and activities for kids, children’s story time, and a free raffle. There also will be handmade crepes available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events are free, but admission is $3 per person. For more information, call (949) 673-2261 or click here. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.
4. The OC Triathlete Training Meetup blog is announcing an ocean swim that will meet at 7:45 a.m. Saturday by the showers at the main lifeguard station at Big Corona Beach. Swimmers are asked to identify themselves and their swimming ability before hitting the water to swim one to four laps around the buoys; read more here.
5. Crystal Cove State Park will host a Beachside Chat with Ranger Jennifer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; meet at the Education Commons in the Historic District. There also will be a guided Coastal Geology Walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; meet at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer.