Don't miss the REI members-only Used Gear Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. REI will allow members to purchase used and returned gear at substantial discounts.
REI is known for the best deals on top-quality equipment at its Used Gear Sale. You can purchase a $20 lifetime REI membership with benefits that include an annual refund, which is typically 10% back on eligible purchases, as well as exclusive sales and more.
REI is at Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 379-1938 or visit http://www.rei.com/stores/huntingtonbeach.
Get blown away at Drybar
Drybar finally arrived in Orange County! The popular LA-based concept, reported to be the first and original blow-dry-only bar, opened last week at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Their motto says it all: "No cuts, no color. Just blowouts, only $35."
Co-founded by hair authority Alli Webb and her brother Michael, Drybar is a chic shop with a fun bar theme (each blowout style is named after a cocktail). While you're at Drybar, enjoy healthy snacks and drinks, recharge your iPhone and watch a movie all while having your hair expertly blown out.
Drybar is a celebrity favorite stop, attracting stars including Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Zooey Deschanel and Jessica Lowndes. Rose McGowan was such a fan of Drybar that she became an investor.
Drybar is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Appointments for all locations can be booked online at http://www.thedrybar.com or by calling (310) 442-6084. It's located at Level 2, Atrium Court in Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
Surf camp over spring break
Local surf camp owner Erik Nelsen and his staff of CPR-trained surfers in Newport Beach are gearing up to teach kids how to surf and become ocean safe. In anticipation of summer, the Quiksilver Surf Camp is offering a special Spring Recess camp from April 11 to 15 for boys and girls of all abilities.
The staff will teach your child not only the basics of wave-riding, but also a balance of ocean safety, environmental activities and beach games. Your child will graduate from the program as a legitimate surf grom. The program is designed to instill a sense of passion for the sport of surfing as well as a sense of responsibility for the ocean.
The camp boasts state-of-the-art INT soft-top surfboards and Quiksilver wetsuits of all sizes to keep your kids warm. With a four-to-one child-to-instructor ratio in the water, most campers will be successfully riding waves their first day at camp.
The spring recess camp is ideal for children ages 5 to 14. Cost is $400. You can sign up and learn more by visiting http://www.eriknelsensurf.com/spring.html or by calling (949) 464-0077
Eat up an Active Culture
Delicious organic foods and frozen yogurt meet at the new Active Culture in Laguna Beach. The family-owned yogurt shop and café specializes in organic self-serve frozen yogurt, healthy shakes and detox smoothies as well as healthy breakfast and lunch bowls. Try the popular LB rice bowl with organic brown rice, Italian prosciutto, goat's milk cheese, apples and dates; or the acai bowl with Greek yogurt, acai, organic granola, flaxseed, bananas and berries; or enjoy veggie bowls, wraps and local Kéan Coffee.
In the golden age of modern brightly colored fro-yo shops, Active Culture is homey and charming in a Spanish-style cottage that shares wall space with foaSOUTH, a new satellite gallery of Festival of Arts.
The current display features dramatic black-and-white photography by Stillman F. Sawyer from the Festival of Arts permanent art collection.
A perfect Laguna spot, combining good nutrition and art under one roof, Active Culture is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1006 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-5188.
Win the 'Wicked' lottery
Here's your chance to see the celebrated musical "Wicked" and sit in prime orchestra seats for just $25. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is holding a lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats the day of performance through April 3. Just show up at the Segerstrom Center box office two and a half hours prior to the show and you can enter your name. Thirty minutes later, they'll draw names for orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. The lottery is limited to two tickets per person.
"Wicked" tells the back story of the misunderstood Wicked Witch from the Land of Oz. Regular tickets start at $38.75 and are available now.
For show times and dates, check http://www.scfta.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1000.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 556-2787.
Make a positive change
Join Ecofficiency.org as they present a new monthly speaker series, "Living with a Positive Footprint," debuting from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the new Cisco Home store at the Camp in Costa Mesa. At the event, you can learn ways to make a positive change in our community while enjoying complimentary appetizers and cocktails. A deejay will be spinning tunes, and you can see the chic new sustainable furniture and accessories from Cisco Pinedo. This is truly one of our favorite new stores in Costa Mesa; Cisco specializes in great designs that won't harm the environment.
A $5 donation is suggested at the door. Cisco Home at the Camp is at 2937 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more online at http://www.ecofficiency.org.
GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at email@example.com.