O.C. Bargainista: Get a culture boost at OCPAC

Freebie of the Week: Need a little culture in your life, but don't have two nickels to rub together? Head over to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center before 8 p.m. Friday for a chance to sit in the Orchestra Level to watch a free open rehearsal of the Pacific Symphony's Beethoven's Ninth performances (yep, including the "Ode to Joy") set for Saturday at the Verizon Amphitheater. Led by guest conductor Robert Moody, the Symphony will be joined by more than 100 singers from a dozen Orange County choruses. Those lucky enough to get in also will be able to watch a rehearsal of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." Tickets already have been distributed, but empty seats will be filled from a standby line about 10 to 15 minutes before the performance. For more information, visit ocpac.org.

Run to the hills — of fashion

We're so very excited about Fashion's Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday! Head over to Fashion Island to enjoy Orange County's portion of the worldwide celebration, geared at restoring consumer confidence. Lo Bosworth will kick off the event, and the first 1,000 shoppers to stop by the concierge desk with a receipt from any participating retailer will receive a free Fashion Island tote bag (no minimum dollar amount required!). Freebies and specials at many stores include cocktails, tapas, fashion shows, live deejays and entertainment, and contests and various discounts.

Don't be a chicken about this deal

Stop by elpolloloco.com to print a coupon for a free flame-grilled chicken leg or thigh, warm tortillas and fresh salsa, valid only on Sept. 15 (National Chicken Day). They're also celebrating their 30th anniversary this month with 30 days of savings, including deals like a 30-cent churro on Sept. 17, a 30-cent chicken taquito on Sept. 19, and more. Visit the website for coupons.

Everything must go

Crafty types should hit the store closing liquidation sale at the Red Bee, 502 E. First St. in Tustin. The 11,000-square-foot crafting store, closing Sunday, is liquidating its supply of goods for scrapbooking, stamping, ribbon, knit/crochet, beading, crafts, silk floral, gifts, home decor, candles, Christmas décor and more, in order to go fully online this fall. For more information, call (714) 838-1200 or visit theredbee.com.

Feed Fido and Fluffy for free

Lake Forest-based Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends will be distributing free pet food for dogs, cats and birds to seniors and the unemployed from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pet Rescue Center, 25800 Jeronimo Road, Suite 100, Mission Viejo. For more information, visit ruffrescue.org.

Less money For more clothes

The LF boutique at 278 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, has made further reductions on select merchandise. All shoes except boots, originally $120 to $225, are now $38 — as are all woven tops, originally $88 to $190. For more information, call (949) 497-9194 or visit lfstores.com.

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a great local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact the O.C. Bargainista at candicebaker@gmail.com. And remember — never pay retail!

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