Retail Therapy: Treat your favorite teacher

Teaching appreciation: Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Drive, will honor teachers throughout May by offering a $10 discount per person to those who show their teacher or school employment identification at the restaurant. Teachers and school employees will be able to enjoy the $10 off with no minimum purchase and are welcome to return multiple times. In addition, nominate stellar teachers who deserve a night out by sending a note of 200 words or less to Two teachers will win dinner for four, with a wine pairing.

Butterfly paradise: The Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach, will host its ninth annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. All are invited to the free event; no reservations are required. Enjoy the county's only butterfly house, a "Taste of Orange County" with local restaurants participating, a children's art contest and exhibit, live birds of prey, mini massages, face painting, story time, games, henna application and live music. Information: (949) 645-8489.

All around the world: Soka University's 13th Annual International Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday will feature more than 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, a children's Adventure Land, street painters, a children's clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations. Admission is free; on-campus parking is $10 cash per car.

Cinco de yummy: Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, will launch a new full espresso bar on Cinco de Mayo. Special offerings that day also will include pan dulce in the morning, dulce de leche cakes in 4- and 6-inch sizes, and "salt on the rim" drop cookies made with lime, reduced tequila and sugar on the edges. Information:

Got pups? The Dog is Good Warehouse Sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10572 Calle Lee, Suite 120, Los Alamitos. Enjoy savings of up to 75% on dog collars, leashes, pet bowls, dog and human clothing, totes, mugs and more. Information:

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a new local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact CANDICE BAKER at

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