Retail Therapy: We'll always have Casablanca

Bridal dreams: Orange County-based bridal gown designer Casablanca Bridal will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its new retail location at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Beach. Brides are asked to book appointments to try on gowns. They will receive complimentary gift bags. Information:

Monkey business: The Monkey House Cafe, 18862 Beach Blvd., No. 101, Huntington Beach, is hosting a Blast Off Californian Style wine tasting event at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. Welcome the new year with a soleil mimosa, and sample four California wines. The cost is $30 per person, including tax, the wine tasting and appetizers. RSVP to or (714) 803-8989.

Tea time: Craft tea shop Seventh Tea Bar, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa — sister to Portola Coffee Lab — now offers an extended menu of tea sandwiches, pastries and teas. New sandwiches include the Blue Bird, with smoked turkey and cranberry-orange chutney; the West Coast Shrimp Roll; and the Genoa Torpedo. Information: (714) 656-2690 or

Foodie fun: Newport Beach Restaurant Week runs through Sunday. More than 60 participating restaurants are offering three-course prix-fixe dinners from $20 to $40 per person and two-course prix-fixe lunches for $10 to $20. Information: (619) 233-5008 or

Heart smart: Cycling and Pilates studio Defy Gravity, 3100 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, is hosting a split class at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 7 to benefit Change of Heart as part of the American Heart Assn.'s National Wear Red Day. Change of Heart uses fitness events to promote women's health. The fee is $20, and each participant will receive a Change of Heart water bottle, health tips and SELF magazine subscription. Information:

Sugar shack: Blackmarket Bakery's celebration of its first anniversary at its Costa Mesa location in The Camp will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a cake walk, free samples and more. Information:

French feasts: Pinot Provence at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, is offering seasonal specials and events including cassoulet suppers; Buffalo-Style Frog Leg Fridays, a unique twist on the traditional French fare; and a series of Sommelier Fireside Wine Dinners. For more information and availability, call (714) 444-5900 or visit

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