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Orange County Performing Arts Center
This beautiful architectural and cultural icon offers year-round entertainment. Just a few miles away from the Merage School, the Orange County Performing Arts Center is the place to go if you want to catch the latest Broadway play or musical, be serenaded by the sounds of the symphony or enjoy the Cabaret Series in the Jazz Club. And nearby Los Angeles is home to the Shubert, Pantages and Ahmanson theaters, as well as many ground-breaking smaller theaters.


Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
For hot concerts and summer symphonies, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is the place to be. Located in Irvine, California, it is also just minutes away from the Merage School. The House of Blues-Anaheim is located in the Downtown Disney District, next to Disneyland, while the famous Coach House in San Juan Capistrano offers concerts and an optional dinner menu. To the north in Hollywood, you can check out famous venues such as the Roxy and Whiskey A Go-Go as you walk down the Sunset Strip.


The Bowers Museum
Located just a few miles from the Merage School in historic downtown Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum is one of Orange County's largest and most beautiful museums. In addition to hosting world class art and cultural exhibitions, it is also a popular choice for weddings. To the north, in Los Angeles, the recently renovated Getty Museum offers spectacular grounds and views as well as extraordinary artwork. Other area museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which contains more than 100,000 works, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) which features a stunning exterior building design that is a work of art in itself.


Mission San Juan Capistrano
Located in the coastal community of San Juan Capistrano about a half an hour south of the Merage School, you can find the oldest church in California and enjoy the rich history of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Founded in 1776 on the Feast of All Saints by Spanish missionaries, the Mission and its beautiful grounds is also a destination for migrating swallows. Every spring, around the 19th of March, the world pauses momentarily and focuses on that compelling phenomenon of nature — the return of the Swallows to Capistrano.

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
Richard Nixon was proud to call the city of Yorba Linda in Orange County his home. In fact, he was even born here. Located just 15 minutes from Disneyland, the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace is a showcase of half a century of California, U.S. and world history. This nine-acre, three-dimensional walk-through features a 52,000 square foot museum, 22 high-tech galleries, movie and interactive video theaters, the spectacular First Lady's Garden, the President's faithfully restored 1910 birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon.