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Sweet stuff: SusieCakes is having a grand opening celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at SOCO, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite J, Costa Mesa. Enjoy dessert samples, a classic car, balloon artists, a kids' coloring contest, temporary tattoos, face painting and more. Information:

We are family: South Coast Plaza launches its Festival of Children this weekend with a monthlong celebration that includes more than 100 events, from live entertainment to arts and crafts. Join in the fun at

Ring in the bling: Traditional Jewelers is celebrating its grand reopening at Fashion Island, 817 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a trunk show and contest to win one of three luxury jewelry pieces ranging in value from $1,950 to $7,900. Information:

Family fun: Newport Beach has a slew of free special events planned for this weekend. Disney story artist Brian Kesinger will discuss his work and his new book, "Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to a Domesticated Cephalopod," at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. At 3 p.m. Sunday in the Friends Room, enjoy an afternoon concert featuring Jonathan Marzluf on oboe, Lisa Yamamoto playing flute and Katie Lee on piano. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, bring a picnic dinner and seats, and enjoy Eagles tribute band Desperado on the Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Project runway: Fashion Island, the Irvine Spectrum Center and the Market Place bring back their popular Style Week fashion showcase from Sept. 10 to 20. The seventh annual edition includes fashion shows, parties and trend presentations, including a kickoff event at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island. For more information and to view the extensive event calendar, visit

The wait is over: Japanese fashion darling UNIQLO, which offers well-constructed casual basics, is finally set to open its full store Friday at South Coast Plaza. Opening weekend will include special promotions, taiko drummers and other celebrations. Information:

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