Greer's OC: Macy Gray returns to Mozambique

The upstairs Shebeen Lounge at Mozambique offers the ocean breeze, dramatic sunsets of the Laguna coast, and the sensational sounds of acoustic and reggae artists paired with savory cocktails and top-rated dining.

And a night to remember is happening Friday when Grammy-award winning Macy Gray returns there with her band.

For just $30, you can see the hit R&B; and soul singer-songwriter, best known for her international hit single "I Try," from the multi-platinum debut album "On How Life Is."

Doors open at 7 p.m., with showtime at 10:30 p.m. Mozambique is at 1740 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-7777, or visit


Jane Goodall coming to UCI

We are thrilled for the rare opportunity to see international icon Jane Goodall at the Living Peace Series presented by The Center for Living Peace and UC Irvine on Oct. 2 at UCI.

Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is the sixth speaker in the Living Peace Series promoting the work of organizations and international leaders who are making "Good Happen."

Each speaker is creating dialogue and action that leads to a more peaceful, connected and sustainable world. Reserve your ticket at

Goodall will share her observations and experiences with the Gombe chimpanzees, as well as give the latest update from the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, East Africa. She will also provide insights into the works of the Jane Goodall Institute, and discuss threats facing the planet.

There will be a raffle to win a VIP ticket for an intimate evening with Goodall starting Sept. 1 to 28. Raffle entries will be accepted via mail, in person or by fax. Download the entry form at

Jane Goodall's event at UCI will be at the UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can attend for free. General seating costs $8.


Former journalist starts affordable cleanse

Wanting to slim down, get healthy or look great while bikini season is still here? We just discovered Kaeng Raeng, an all natural detox cleanse designed for weight loss, removing toxins, boosting the immune system and improving digestive health.

Kaeng Raeng was founded by Lindsay Reinsmith, a Stanford graduate and former journalist, who couldn't find a convenient, filling, customized and affordable vegan cleanse, so she created her own. Kaeng Raeng is made from California grown ingredients. It's also animal-, gluten- and caffeine-free. Celebrity fans include Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad and Alicia Silverstone.

You can choose from beginner, mid-level or master level detox programs that last from three to six days. You won't starve, since you can supplement it with raw fruits and vegetables.

It costs from $69.99 for a three-day beginning program to $149.99 for a six-day master cleanse. Kaeng Raeng comes in three flavors and it's available online,, or at Whole Foods stores in Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach or in Tustin at the District at Tustin Legacy.


Pilates center celebrates 25 years with open house

Twenty-five years ago, before Pilates was a mainstream fitness program, Diane Diefenderfer introduced Orange County to the Pilates method. Today, she's celebrating 25 years at Studio du Corps/Pilates Center at the Stone Mill Design Center in Costa Mesa with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with free 45-minute reformer and mat sessions.

Pilates can improve posture and flexibility, create leaner toned muscles as well as increase abdominal and back strength.

Specials for new clients include a 50% discount on three private sessions and a 25% discount on a package of group classes (private sessions are necessary before group classes). The offer is valid through Sept. 30.

Current clients can bring a friend or family member to the open house and receive 20% off their next purchase.

Studio du Corps is at 2915 Red Hill Ave. Suite A107, in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 546-6313, or visit


Help a pet, get a cupcake deal

SusieCakes is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer through August to support National Dog Shelter Day. Stop by SusieCakes in Newport Beach and donate a new pet accessory and you'll receive a 2-for-1 special on cupcakes.

On Sunday, National Dog Shelter Day, SusieCakes will donate all items collected to local shelters. SusieCakes is asking for dog toys, dog treats, dry dog food, blankets and towels, dog beds, and leashes and collars. The cupcake offer is good for in store purchases only, limited to two dozen cupcakes.

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. SusieCakes is at 2043 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 646-6881, or visit


Doll Women's Boutique offering items on sale

Shop at Doll Women's Boutique and Gifts in Costa Mesa for first pick of markdowns on Parker, Wildfox, Akiko, Alice & Trixie, Rory Beca, Freeloader, Karina Grimaldi, Habitual, Chaser, Ella Moss, Rich and Skinny, Lani and more.

Many items will be priced under $50.

New fall items will be reduced 10% off and new shipments are arriving daily. Back to school shoppers can find Flying Monkey jeans in more than seven colors. Doll also recently added a gift room with baby gifts.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Doll Women's Boutique and Gifts is at 17th St. Promenade at 270 E. 17th St. No. 5 in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 646-5652.

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, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed at and she can be contacted at

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