Retail Therapy: On its day, Bruxie thinks of others

Dining with a difference: Gourmet waffle restaurant Bruxie will celebrate its third anniversary with a charity fundraiser Friday; 10% of proceeds will benefit the Independence Fund, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs to injured veterans. Area locations include Heritage Plaza in Irvine, the Strand in Huntington Beach and a new location on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, which is set to open this month. Information:

Kicking off the season: Fashion Island will host its popular holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the courtyard in front of Bloomingdale's. This year's events will include a Disney-orchestrated music and light show, with "snow," carols and Disney characters. Santa will be available afterward for visits with children and will remain throughout the holiday season. Information:

Two bits: Great Clips haircut locations will offer a free haircut or a haircut card on Monday to all active, inactive and retired military members, including members of the National Guard. The card will be valid through Dec. 31. Customers who pay for a service Monday also will receive a haircut card to give to a veteran. Area locations include 4513 Campus Drive, Irvine, and 9842 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, among others. Information:

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Apparel retailer H&M; is offering customers a 15% discount voucher when they bring in a grocery bag of used clothes in any condition to donate or to be recycled. Clothes are sent to a processing plant, where they are hand-sorted. Items that are too worn to be reworn can be converted into other products. Each customer will be able to donate two shopping bags of clothing per day. Area locations include South Coast Plaza and The Outlets at Orange. Information:

Celebrity cuisine: Chef Rick Bayless has opened his new flagship Red O restaurant at Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. It will feature Bayless' signature Oaxacan-influenced, upscale cuisine, in a resort-inspired location. Red O is open for lunch and dinner daily. Information:

Cultural studies: The Orange Coast College Friends of the Library will present "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys" at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the library community room at the college, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Admission is free for OCC students and Friends members; donation for others is $5 or a gently used book. Proceeds benefit the OCC Library. Guest speakers include professors, students and Shaykh Jamaal Diwan, the resident scholar at the Islamic Center of Irvine. Information:

Haute lunch: The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, launches its new fashion show series from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at its Andrea Ristorante. The first La Bella Moda event will feature handbags, shoes and jewelry along with a three-course prix-fixe Prosecco lunch, a live auction and a personal shopping experience. Admission is $49 per person. Information:

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