Retail Therapy: Buy to benefit veterans

Sale frenzy: The Assistance League of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach VFW Post 5868 will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Assistance League's Chapter House garage behind its Thrift Shop at 526 Glenneyre St. Items on sale will include a glass table, coffee tables, tools, patio furniture, garden decor, beach chairs, shelving units, area rugs, luggage, golf clubs and art work. All proceeds benefit the VFW. Information:

Southern style: Memphis Café, 2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, has begun to offer breakfast seven days per week from 8 to 11:30 a.m.; the restaurant is a weekend favorite for Southern-inspired brunch options. Entrée options include barbecued shrimp and grits; Hatch green chile chilaquiles; a buttermilk pancake stack, or lighter dishes like scrambled egg whites and Greek yogurt served with granola, honey, fresh fruit and a banana-oatmeal muffin. Information:

All around the world: The Celect will open this month at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. No. A101B, Costa Mesa. The retailer will feature hard-to-find international fashion brands for men and women, including Anntian, Damir Doma, Minimale Animale, Rachel Comey, Soulland and We Are Handsome. Information: (949) 500-5073 or

Ciao bella: Al Forno Caffé will open this month at 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., Costa Mesa. The dual-concept space will include a cafe with pastries (made daily in-house) and a light menu during the day, with a trattoria during the evening; a Stumptown coffee and wine bar will be available from 7 a.m. to closing time. Information:

The art of light: The first ART OC pop-up gallery at The OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, which will focus on Orange County's plein air artists, will be held from Saturday through May 31. Each new series will include community events like lectures and demonstrations. A percentage of proceeds will benefit Project Hope Alliance. Information:

Samosas and beer: The Clay Oven Indian restaurant, 15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, has planned its first pub night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, serving up a limited release of local and international beers, including Cismontane, Allagash, Lost Coast Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company, Manzanita Brewing Company and Belgian ales provided by Global Beer. Indian small bites also will be offered, for $4 to $8 each. To reserve a place, call (949) 552-2851; visit to learn more.

Luxury redefined: The Valentino boutique at South Coast Plaza reopens this month following an extensive redesign. The new concept creates the effect of a palazzo filled with various rooms that complement the displayed merchandise. Information:

Brunch bliss: Starting Sunday, Rick Bayless' new Red O Restaurant at Fashion Island will begin offering made-to-order brunch, featuring options like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, ceviche and paella. The meal will be $45 per person or $15 for children; those younger than 6 eat for free. The patio area will be transformed into serving stations, each devoted to a specific dish. A dessert station will feature liquid nitrogen ice cream. Endless Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise and mimosa drinks are also available for an additional $20. Information and reservations: (949) 718-0300 or

Tea and murder: Bestselling mystery author Anne Perry will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman's Club of Laguna Beach. Tickets are $40 per person, and include tea service and a copy of Perry's new book, set in Victorian Britain. The event is hosted by Laguna Beach Books. Information: (949) 494-4779 or

Par for the course: Oak Creek Golf Club, One Golf Club Drive, Irvine, will host a Par 3 event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The nine-hole course design ranges from 60 to 140 yards; players will compete for one of the three lowest scores. A Masters-inspired appetizer bar will follow. The event is $75 per person for the general public and $65 for Players Club members, and includes golf car, range balls for warm-up, the appetizer bar and a complimentary Oak Creek golf towel. Reservations: (949) 653-5300.

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