Retail Therapy: 'Mulan' onscreen at Movie Mondays

Animated fun: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa continues its free outdoor Movie Mondays events with the Disney animated feature "Mulan" this Monday. Contests begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the the movie at about 8 p.m. Patina Catering will offer an affordable movie-inspired menu, including egg rolls, potstickers and banh mi. Other films include "The Phantom of the Opera" on July 29 and "Evita" on Aug. 5.

Cool deal: The Dippin' Dots store, 18011 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, is celebrating National Ice Cream Day by offering small cups of its seasonal, flash-frozen, nondairy Liberty Ice (blue raspberry, strawberry and lemon) for 25 cents on Sunday. Information and hours: (714) 430-1480.

Pay tribute: The city of Irvine will host a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday through Sunday in Woodbridge Community Park, 20 Lake Road. The Wall That Heals, the traveling replica, will be joined by a replica of the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance. The memorials will be available for public viewing 24 hours a day. An opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, and the closing ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Sunday. Other special events are planned. Information:

Holding patterns: As Issued, a visual art bookstore and gallery at 2930 Bristol St., Suite A102, Costa Mesa, will host an opening reception for Southern California artist Brandon Spiegel, a designer at Quiksilver, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition, "Sets," explores repetitious shapes and colors. It will run through Aug. 11 and is Spiegel's first solo exhibition. Information: (949) 300-7118 or

Get cooking: Stop by the Savory Spice Shop, 928 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar, for a $45-per-person Eat for Energy and Vitality class from 6 to 8 p.m. July 25. Chef and integrative health coach Lisa Soto will demonstrate how to select and prepare foods that provide energy, including a kale Caesar salad, lemon salmon kebabs, a vegetable ragout and fruit bruschetta. Attendees will be able to sample each dish and will be given recipes. Bring a beverage. Reservations are required; call (949) 717-7776. Information:

Beachy keen: SwimSpot has once again opened a summer pop-up shop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Join Real Housewife Gretchen Rossi for a meet-and-greet party from 6 to 8 p.m. July 25 to view her capsule collection with designer Lisa Vogel. The store is expected to stay open through September. It is located directly across from the Tesla showroom. Its staff offers fit sessions to help customers find their best look. Information: (949) 720-0500 or

Sweet surprise: Hapa Cupcakes is celebrating its grand opening by offering a free six-pack of cupcakes in assorted flavors with any purchase from July 23 to 31. The company offers alcohol-infused cupcakes in more than a dozen flavors. Its store at 1210 Jefferson St., Suite Q, Anaheim, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Place an order before 5 p.m. the previous day, then pick it up. Hot cupcake sundaes are available at the shop with no pre-order required. Residents of certain cities are eligible for free next-day delivery. Contact the store for details. Information: (714) 576-4272 or

Strike a pose: Hybrid yoga/spinning fitness center YAS, 291 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, is offering a set of summer specials through Sept. 15 to commemorate its fifth anniversary. Specials include seven days of unlimited classes for $50 when purchased with a friend; a free Monday class when you bring a friend; a free subsequent yoga class when you take a spin class; and the chance to win the spin instructor's CD on Fridays. Information:

Home fresh: The Winder Farms "farmer's market on wheels" home delivery grocery service is now serving Orange County. The company brings more than 300 organic and natural products to local doorsteps, including dairy items, produce, meats and prepared foods. New customers will receive a free $30 credit if they sign up by July 30 using the promo code OCLaunch. Visit to learn more.

All the world's a stage: Enjoy free outdoor performances by Shakespeare by the Sea at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bonita Canyon Sports Park, 1990 Ford Road, Newport Beach. The Bard's historical play "King John" (of "Robin Hood" fame) will be performed Saturday, while the classic comedy "All's Well That Ends Well" will be onstage Sunday. Bring a picnic and a low-backed chair or blanket. Information:

Beach reads: Two paranormal mystery ebooks by Newport Beach author Mary Castillo are on sale through July 31. Purchase "Lost in the Light" and "Girl in the Mist" together for $2.98 at the Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords stores. Locals also can purchase signed copies of "Lost in the Light" at New & Recycled Reads, 145 Broadway, Costa Mesa. The short romantic mystery was nominated for a Daphne du Maurier Award last month. Information:

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