Dachshund races will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old World Village in Huntington Beach.
The German-themed center is known for the races, a prominent part its annual Oktoberfest, but the dachshund races also take place Sundays year-round.
Admission is $2, and parking is free for those who pre-register their dogs. Those interested in signing up their dachshund to race can call (714) 898-5111 or go to wienerdogstore.com.
For more information, visit http://www.oldworld.ws.
Eric Carle stories come to town
Parents know the tales by Eric Carle, and those stories will come to life at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's "A Brown Bear, a Caterpillar and a Moon: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle" on March 9 and 10.
The performance in Samueli Theater will feature "evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry that brings together old favorites and new friends," according to a news release.
It's about an hour-long show, a perfect length for children, with three stories performed: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me."
Puppets and props appear animated with black light used during some parts of the show, according to the news release. Each performance will include free pre-show creative play time so children can make their own puppets and try their hand at shadow puppetry, and a children's reading area.
The show is recommended for ages 4 to 8. Tickets are $20 per person at scfta.org and (714) 556-2787.
Andy Statman at Irvine Barclay
The Irvine Barclay Theatre will host the "Andy Statman Trio: Old Brooklyn" at 4 p.m. Feb. 17.
Statman, according to a news release, is "one of the world's premier mandolinists and clarinetists," who has played with the likes of Izhak Perlman and Jerry Garcia.
The Andy Statman trio features Jim Whitney on bass and Larry Eagle on drums, with the band performing pieces from its new two-volume record, "Old Brooklyn." The album features fiddler Byron Berline, guitarist Jon Sholle and guest artists.
The national tour is in honor of Statman receiving a 2012 National Heritage Fellowship, the release said. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for those younger than 30 and $15 for children ages 6 to 16. More information is at thebarclay.org.
Blackmarket Happy Hour
Blackmarket Bakery has kicked off an early morning happy hour from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday through Saturday throughout the end of the month.