10 happenings to enjoy this July

Grammy-winner Jason Mraz performs in Irvine this month.

1. Jason Mraz

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Mraz, known for hit songs such as “I’m Yours,” “Make It Mine” and “Lucky,” will make a stop in Irvine. FivePoint Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. July 22, livenation.com.

2. Juried art exhibit

Join the opening reception of the annual juried “All Media” exhibition, 2-4 p.m. July 8 at Irvine Fine Arts Center. This year’s guest juror is Argentinian art historian and curator Gabriela Urtiaga. 14321 Yale Ave., exhibit runs July 8-Sept. 30, 949-724-6880.

3. Pro soccer match

The Orange County Soccer Club, the highest-tier professional soccer team in the county, will host New Mexico United at the Great Park. The OC club won its first USL Championship Cup in 2021. Championship Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. July 29, orangecountysoccer.com.

4. Dancing under the stars

Learn some new moves or brush up on some old skills at Irvine Spectrum Center’s free salsa dance class. All levels welcome. Giant Wheel Lawn, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11, irvinespectrumcenter.com.

5. Better birding basics

Join a group of birders at Round Canyon, a gentle trail through mixed habitat of coastal sage scrub and oak woodlands. You’ll consider the special needs of birds that are adapted to each habitat. Registration required. 8-11 a.m. July 13, letsgooutside.org.

6. Jon Lovitz

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Jon Lovitz, who developed his skills at UC Irvine, will return to Irvine. Lovitz studied drama at UCI from 1975 to 1979 before starring in TV, movies and stand-up comedy performances. Irvine Improv, July 21 and 22, improv.com/irvine.

7. Native Seed Farm

Explore the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm while learning about plants, pollination and pollinators. The tour will focus on the native plants grown at the farm and their pollinators. Registration required. 9-11 a.m. July 20, letsgooutside.org.

8. Summertime cookout

Visit Tanaka Farms for a good old-fashioned cookout. Chef Jim and his culinary team will be grilling and making backyard barbecue favorites with a rotating summertime menu that will include farm-fresh salads, veggies, fruit and protein. 5380 3/4 University Drive, 6-9 p.m. July 14, 15, 28 and 29, tanakafarms.com.

9. Spectrum Night Fever

Don some headphones and get ready to dance your way through summer at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Silent Disco Series. The event is free. Giant Wheel Lawn, 6-9 p.m. July 15, irvinespectrumcenter.com.

10. Teddy Bear Picnic

Get ready for a beary day at Pretend City Children’s Museum’s Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite cuddly friend for activities that combine art, play and the joy of picnicking with your furry companions. 29 Hubble, July 12, pretendcity.org.

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