Retail Therapy: Doggie dress-up

Going to the dogs: New dog boutique Charlie & Me, 410 W. Coast Hwy., Suite C, Newport Beach, is offering a range of canine Halloween costumes. It will also host a free dog parade and costume party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Balboa Island at Classic Kids Photography, 219 Marine Ave. Complimentary mini photo shoots with dogs and owners will be offered at the photography studio. The parade begins from there at 4:30 p.m. Costumes and other goodies will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine Animal Care Center. Parade information: (949) 642-0200. Costume information: (949) 572-5258 or

Beauty bash: DKNY and BITE Beauty are joining forces for a Girls' Night Out party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the DKNY boutique at South Coast Plaza. Enjoy complimentary lip makeovers and Skinnygirl cocktails while checking out the latest collections. Receive $50 off DKNY purchases of $300 and up, or $100 off purchases of $500 and up. Information:

The whole hog: Marché Moderne at South Coast Plaza brings back its fall Pig Head to Toe tradition through Oct. 29 with a $30-per-person seasonal menu featuring modernized sauerkraut and many preparations of pork, in a tribute to Alsace cuisine. A beer and wine list will complement the menu, which includes braised cheek, confit and crispy pig's ears, saucisse de Strasbourg fraiche, and pressure-cooked sauerkraut, among other items. Information: (714) 434-7900 or

Sweet deal: Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Suite D-100A, Costa Mesa, is offering its Black Widow Tart (dark chocolate ganache over caramel in a chocolate tart shell) for half price through October in celebration of founder Rachel Marie Klemek's winning the Golden Pastry Chef honor at this year's Golden Foodie Awards. Information:

Drink for the cure: Avila's El Ranchito and Mother's Market & Kitchen are paying it forward this month with special pink beverages benefiting the Hoag Breast Center. El Ranchito is offering a $10 Pink for the Cure "skinny" margarita, which features Cuervo tequila and a touch of Chambord. Area locations include 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar; 2101 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa; and 2800 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. Information: For a non-alcoholic option, Mother's has created a Pretty in Pink juice, which contains a mix of beets, apples, grapes and lime. Area locations include 1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa; 2963 Michelson Drive, Irvine; and 19770 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. Information:

Heroes in a half-shell: The new Ways & Means oyster house and seafood kitchen opens Wednesday at 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. Lunch and dinner will be available immediately at the restaurant, inspired by the world's oyster bars and fish houses, with weekend brunch soon to follow. Information: (714) 516-1800 or

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