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Greer’s OC: Girls can play ball

Girls just wanting to have fun, while staying fit and learning the sport of volleyball, can join TCA Volleyball. Programs are offered for girls ages 10 to 18, and for all levels, from beginners who have never played to those training for a national elite college position.

The club offers training in Orange County, including Huntington Beach, Irvine, Aliso Viejo and San Juan Capistrano. And it’s not just about sports; girls can build friendships and important teamwork skills. The elite players will learn advanced technical aspects of the game, and some can even earn college scholarships.


Tryouts for teams will start in October. Plans start at $150 per month with flexible payment options. For more information, visit or call (949) 721-6661.



Celebration of style

Let South Coast Plaza take you from runway to retail in a weeklong celebration of style, from high-wattage shows to stellar shopping and special events.

The South Coast Plaza Style signature event culminates at the shopping center Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Jewel Court. Celebrate with a fashion show, cocktails, personal appearances and DJs. Uncover the best finds of the season at shopping events taking place at more than 100 participating stores.

Get a South Coast Plaza signature tote bag created just for Tuesday evening when you make a purchase of $500 or more (excluding department stores). South Coast Plaza will make a donation to CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and the Hoag Hospital Foundation.


Other South Coast Plaza Style celebrations during the week include:

Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show on Friday at 9 a.m. Enjoy a runway presentation of the latest fall looks. Seating is limited. RSVP to

MAC Venomous Villains Exhibit from Friday through Sunday at Jewel Court. Celebrate MAC’s new Venomous Villains collection inspired by four iconic Disney villains: Cruella de Vil, Evil Queen, Maleficent and Dr. Facilier. Experience complimentary makeup applications, costume styling, live DJs and photo souvenirs.

Gucci Artisan Corner (Oct. 7 and 8). You can visit the Gucci Artisan Corner exclusively in Orange County, where Gucci’s skilled artisans from Italy will demonstrate the craftsmanship behind the house’s iconic handbags.


Macy’s OneRepublic concert on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. OneRepublic will perform their new hit single “Secrets” off their album “Waking Up” at a concert in South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace.

For a complete list of participating stores and activities, please visit


Build a sandcastle

The 49th annual Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach is taking place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Anyone can participate. Just form a team, or go down and see some of the best in sand sculptors from children to professional architects. There’s fun, entertainment and cash prizes. Here’s what it costs to compete: masters (architecture firms) $60; businesses (all other businesses) $40; others (youth groups, civic groups, clubs, etc.) $30. Each team will receive eight Sandcastle T-shirts, and additional shirts will be sold at the event for $10 each. The beach is at Marguerite Avenue and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar. You can sign up and register at


Gala fundraiser for the kids

Costa Mesa-based Kids of Kilimanjaro, founded by George Namkung, is a nonprofit providing a warm school lunch to 13,000 children in Tanzania. Its fifth annual gala fundraiser Oct. 8 will be at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. The incredible silent auction includes items such as Jimmy Choo sunglasses, a John Varvatos tailored suit, a one-week stay in Mammoth and jewelry from the Passionate Collector. The live auction includes a Lakers package, a two-night stay in a four-bedroom villa at Pelican Hill and a private dinner for 16 at AnQi. Tickets cost $250.

If you can’t make it to the gala, you can still purchase opportunity drawing tickets (the winner need not be present for the drawing) for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to South Coast Plaza and a valet parking pass for one year. Tickets cost just $20 for one or six for $100 and are on sale through Oct. 7. Tickets are available at the Kids of Kilimanjaro website or by e-mail at


Artists’ Q-and-A

Say goodbye to the Art Shack at the Laguna Art Museum, and say hello to the artists who participated in the exhibition. From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, select artists will be available to answer questions and give tours of their shacks at the Art Shack Open House. You can chat with curator Greg Escalante, artists Wolfgang Bloch, Matthew Causey, The Clayton Brothers, Gregg Gibbs, Jeff Gillette, Laurie Hassold, Elizabeth McGrath and Travis Somerville, among others. General admission costs $15; students, seniors, active military $12; children younger than 12 and museum members free. The museum is at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-8971, ext. 208 or visit


Clearance sale

Award-winning landscape designer Molly Wood is having a clearance sale at her Costa Mesa showroom starting Thursday (it’s a preview sale) from 2 to 7 p.m. The general public sale is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Save 20% to 70% on everything: plants, pottery, furniture, lighting and more! The store is at 1660 Orange Ave. in Costa Mesa and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call (949) 548-1611 or visit

GREER WYLDER writes Greer’s OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She’s the founder and president of, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed and she can be contacted at