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New Year’s Eve Festivities & New Year’s Day Brunches

Terranea Resort’s Marineland Ballroom Ring in 2018 and gather in the Marineland Ballroom to say farewell to 2017, set your resolutions for the New Year, and enjoy three delicious courses and a dessert bar. Toast to a fabulous year ahead with Champagne, wine and live entertainment. $125, $90/children ages 12-20, $40/children ages 2-11; Sunday, 7:30 pm, 8 pm & 8:30 pm; 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275; 310.494.7891 Terranea Resort‘s Mar’sel Ring in the New Year at the “A Night In New Orleans” New Year’s...

Father’s Day

Le Petit Paris’ Father’s Day Buffet Brunch A feast fit for a king, the buffet will feature traditional brunch fare, in addition to a premium meat carving station (top sirloin roast with béarnaise, peppercorn and blue cheese signature sauces); an oyster bar and shrimp on ice, truffled scrambled eggs, make-your-own eggs Benedict, charcuterie, homemade paté, imported cheeses, and more. For dessert, enjoy macarons, tarts and crepes. Bottomless cocktails make for a nice add-on: Mimosa ($15), Bellini ($16), Bloody Mary ($18).  $59,...

Mother’s Day

Viviane Restaurant at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills Take mom to Viviane, where she can enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch poolside and indulge in menu specially crafted for the special occasion. Choose a starter, entree and dessert; selections include Tomato Carpaccio with croutons, shaved parmesan, chives, and olive oil; Lobster Roll on a brioche bun with pickles vegetables and coleslaw; and a Matcha Green Tea Panna Cotta with sesame tile. $45; Sunday; 9400 West Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills 90212; 310.407.7791 The...

Weekend

First Fridays at Natural History Museum This year’s First Fridays are foodie-themed. Expect discussions from top scientists, prestigious food writers and farm and garden experts, along with live music and DJ tunes. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances by Buyepongo and Chico Mann & Captain Planet, and DJ performances from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and Subsuelo. Friday, 5-10 pm; 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 213.763.DINO 2nd Annual Masters of Taste This outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival will bring...

Weekend

Los Angeles Times‘ 22nd Annual Festival of Books The nation’s largest literary festival is headed to the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year. Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival...