Retail Therapy: Dinner for a good cause

Scholarship smorgasbord: Local chefs and restaurants have joined with Golden West College for this year's Chefs for Scholarships event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the college's student center. All attendees receive unlimited tastes from nearly 30 vendors offering everything from barbecue to sushi to lobster mac and cheese, as well as desserts, wine and beer. Kids' activities like video games, balloon art, face-painting and magic also are planned. Proceeds benefit student scholarship programs. All-inclusive admission is $45 for adults in advance or $50 at the door; for students with identification, it's $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are free. Information: (714) 895-8316 or

Sweet beginning: Creamistry, Orange County's first liquid nitrogen-powered ice cream shop, opens this week at the Crossroads shopping center, Barranca Parkway and Culver Drive, Irvine. The shop uses a flash-freezing method and premium ingredients to instantly prepare fresh, custom ice cream orders. The technique is popular in Asia. Information: Information: (949) 777-6627 or

Gifts with purchase: Fill up with eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron locations in Orange County, and the company will donate $1 toward classroom supplies and technology at participating schools. Visit for a map showing participating gas stations and classrooms.

For the children: Ten percent of sales of Ritual JuiceBox's Sweet Greens juice this month purchased at the two retail locations will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which works with children in need. Ritual's ambassadors of the month, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, selected the flavor. Ritual JuiceBox is in The Camp, at 2937 Bristol St., C100-B, Costa Mesa, and at 2841 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar. Information:

Cheap and cheerful: Daiso, Japan's equivalent of an American dollar store, has begun opening locations in Orange County. The vast majority of items in the store are $1.50, roughly corresponding with the Japanese 100-yen store concept. Daiso operates more than 2,500 stores in Japan. Wares in the U.S. range from office supplies to home decor, personal care and kitchen supplies, all with Japanese flair. Area stores are at 14280 Culver Drive, Suite A, Irvine, and 23626 El Toro Road, Lake Forest. Anaheim and Buena Park are also home to store locations. Information:

Not (sea) lion: Orange Coast College will host a presentation by the director of Laguna Beach's Pacific Marine Mammal Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the OCC library's community room, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Admission is free for OCC students and Friends of the Library members. Others are asked to bring a $5 donation or a gently used book. Proceeds will benefit the OCC library. For more information, visit

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