10 happenings this May

1. Memorial Day ceremony

Honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country at a candle-lighting ceremony this Memorial Day weekend. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, 5 p.m. May 26, cityofirvine.org/specialevents.

2. Fun science activities for kids

Marvel at the wonders of science with a leak-proof bag experiment at Pretend City Children’s Museum’s monthly STEM Up to the Challenge event. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 18, pretendcity.org.

3. Irvine Code and Coffee meetup

Carve out some creative code time with fellow tech enthusiasts at this OC Tech Link-Up event. It is open to engineers, designers, managers and all of those involved in tech. Hangar 24 Orange County, 6-8 p.m. May 8 and 22, meetup.com/oc-tech-link-up/events.

4. ‘IF’ movie premier

Catch the excitement of the movie “IF,” premiering at Regal movie theaters. Directed by John Krasinski and starring Ryan Reynolds, the movie follows a young girl who finds herself able to see imaginary friends. May 16, regmovies.com.

5. UCI’s annual comedy festival

Experience the joy of laughter at UCI Improv Revolution’s Coup de Comedy Festival 2024, consisting of free workshops and shows open to the community. UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, May 18-19, drama.arts.uci.edu/events.

6. Jazz at the Barclay

Experience a night of jazz with the debut concert of The Barclay Jazz & Beyond Orchestra. The performance will span jazz’s history from Louis Armstrong to contemporary classics. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 8 p.m. May 22, thebarclay.org.

7. Fine Arts Center photo exhibit

Discover the profound connections of home and family through the lens of contemporary photography at the “Reencuentros: Seeing You Again” exhibition. Irvine Fine Arts Center, through May 18, cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center.

8. Irvine Improv: Craig Ferguson

Catch Craig Ferguson live at the Irvine Improv. Known for his sharp humor and unique storytelling, the former host of “The Late Late Show” will grace the stage with his stand-up routine. May 16-18, improv.com/irvine.

9. Water recycling plant tour

Learn about the journey of water and witness the water recycling process at Irvine Ranch Water District’s community tour. Michelson Water Recycling Plant, 10 a.m. May 17, irwd.com/events.

10. Girl Scouts info session

Make slime, new friends and get information about how to get started with Girl Scouts. This free event is for non-registered members from kindergarten through third grade. 9500 Toledo Way, 6-7:30 p.m. May 22, girlscoutsoc.org.

Cailey Fleming in ‘IF’