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TODAY

A two-hour walking tour of the Back Bay will be given by a trained

naturalist beginning at 9 a.m. There is no cost. No reservations are

needed. Information: (949) 923-2269.

The Costa Mesa Bark Park's eighth annual Bath'Stille Day Dog Wash

and Vendor Fair is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TeWinkle Park,

Arlington Street and Newport Avenue, Costa Mesa. Washes are $12 for

shorthaired dogs and $18 for longhaired dogs. Portrait opportunities

and dog merchandise will also be available. Information: (949)

733-4101.

An adults-only hike, the Trail of Beauty, will be held from 10 to

11:30 a.m. at the Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th St., Newport

Beach. Inspirational quotes are placed along the trail. The cost is

$2. Information: (949) 645-8489.

A free seminar by Amanda Womble and Oshadhi Products, "Essential

Oils and Aromatherapy," runs from 11 a.m. to noon at the patio cafe

at Mother's, 225 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. Reservations are required.

Information: (949) 631-4741.

A GUCCI eyewear trunk show

will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at l.a. Eyeworks at South Coast

Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Ste. 2520, Costa Mesa. Open cases will

showcase the Gucci eyewear collection, concepts, color palettes and

designs for the season. Information: (714) 957-8255.

Plein air painting for kids will teach the joy of painting under

the instruction of artists and educators from the Southern California

Plein Air Painters Assn. Work produced will be displayed at the

SoCalPapa Art Show in October. The cost is $5 per child (materials

included), and registration is required. Call for ages and times.

Information: (949) 923-2275.

An Orange Coast College women's class, "Cruising for Women," will

be held today, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 at OCC's Sailing Center in Newport

Beach, 1801 W. Coast Highway. Coast Guard-licensed women sailors will

teach the class sailing terminology, safety, docking, steering and

more. The cost is $225. Information: (949) 645-9412.

Author John DePuy will discuss and sign his new book, "Building

Business in the 21st century," at 2 p.m. at Borders, 1890 Newport

Blvd., Costa Mesa. Information: (949) 631-8661.

The Lab is presenting a "Pet-a-Porter" pet runway fashion show.

Participants can enter their pets into various categories including:

best costume, most fashionable, and the owner-pet look-alike contest.

The show runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Information: (714) 966-6661.

Merrily Kutner will read story time and sign her book, "Down on

the Farm," at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Metro Pointe, 901 South Coast

Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 444-0226.

Corona del Mar High School's Class of 1984 will celebrate its 20th

high school reunion from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 451

Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Information: (949) 640-8844.

SUNDAY

Former "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson will sign her new novel,

"Star," at 2 p.m. at Book Soup South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St.,

Ste. 2400, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 689-2665.

Costa Mesa High School's Class of 1974 will celebrate its 30th

high school reunion from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel,

17941 Von Karman Ave., Irvine. Information: (949) 863-1999.

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