Greer's OC: Enjoy free jazz performances

Make it a Saturday night of jazz by attending a live free performance by Hal Willis Jazz Band, with special guest Robin Fellows, at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

The big-band jazz event starts at 7 p.m. with a second showing at 9 p.m. There will be a cash bar in the West Coast Club. If you decide to stay for dinner, a special menu will be available at Shades Restaurant & Bar.

Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling (714) 845-8454. The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort is at 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy. Visit to find out about hotel packages and special offers.

A week of style

A week dedicated to fashion is going strong. Style Week Orange County continues through Saturday at the Irvine Spectrum Center and at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Highlights from the fashion celebrations include three back-to-back fashion shows, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Spectrum with the OC Surf Sport Showcase hosted by Nick Verreos.

Just meet up at the Spectrum's Giant Wheel Court to see the fall's hottest trends from local surf and action apparel brands. At 8 p.m., a fashion show will feature four emerging designers competing in designs based on their interpretation of Cadillac cars. And at 8:15 p.m. Verreos will host a runway show of top fall looks from Nordstrom, Macy's, Max Studio and other stores.

On Saturday afternoon, make it over to Fashion Island. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., join the Michael Stars Style Soiree with celebrity stylist Taylor Jacobson, who will be giving expert fashion consultations, and take advantage of mini-makeovers and more at the Michael Stars boutique.

And at 7 p.m., stop by the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard for the Going Out in Style fashion show fall's best designer looks from Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, American Rag Cie, Elie Tahari, GARYS, Trina Turk and Vince. For more information on daily events, you can visit http://www.StyleWeekOC.com


Sale at Sasha


Fashionistas looking for some deals should hurry to Sasha Boutique in Laguna Beach. Its sale only lasts through the weekend.

You can save 50% to 75% on select apparel from Michelle Jones, Indah, Jen's Pirate Booty, T-Los Angeles and more. And save 30% to 50% on all shoes, including Sam Edelman, Joie, Steven by Steven Madden and Schutz. Sasha is known for its chic and casual styles of clothing, jewelry, shoes, designer sunglasses, handbags and accessories.

The boutique, at 550 S. Coast Hwy., is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (949) 715-1444, or visit

Twenty years already

Hard to believe that it's already the 20th anniversary of Project Playhouse benefiting HomeAid OC, an organization dedicated to rebuilding lives by providing dignified housing to the homeless. Since its debut, Project Playhouse has raised $5.8 million and provided 47 housing developments that serve victims of domestic violence, abused children and homeless families.

Project Playhouse will have an open house on Saturday, between noon and 6 p.m. It's the only day when you can go into the incredible playhouses.

Tickets to related weekend events cost $10 per person through a donation, and there is no charge for children aged 3 and under. Following the grand opening on Friday, village tours will be available from noon till 4 p.m. that day and during the same hours on Saturday, as well as from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, for a $2 donation. You can only view the playhouses through the doors.

Houses will remain on display until the Nov. 11 gala auction on at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $275 per person.

Want to register as a bidder to own your very own dream playhouse? You can do so by contacting Gina Scott at HomeAid Orange County, via email at, or by calling (949) 553-9510. For more information, visit


New boutique


Crystal Cove Promenade just opened Coastal Cool, a designer boutique for contemporary women who are looking for hot trends that are both casual and sophisticated.

Owner Debbie Davimes hand selects stylish apparel, such as Chan Luu ready-to-wear, Johnny Was, Kain Label, Seaton, Bailey 44, premium denim (including AG and Paige) and accessories from Paris.

Coastal Cool takes the honor of being the first Orange County boutique to carry Ipanema designer flip-flops created by supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The flip-flops are ultra comfortable, plus they're made of a patented flexible plastic, available in fashion fave colors.

The store, in the promenade at 7986 E. Coast Hwy., is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call (949) 494-4545.


Live well


Longtime dance and fitness instructor Joyce Goodman just opened Harmony for Life Wellness Center in Costa Mesa. It's a center dedicated to helping people live their lives to the fullest through fitness and free seminars on health education.

Take advantage of free fitness assessments, sign up for lifestyle/health coaching or personal fitness training, or take fitness classes for adults to children at all fitness levels. Choose from group fitness classes, which feature music-driven ball dancing/bouncerobics designed to burn fat and get you in better health, family classes and classes for children of all ages.

Classes cost $15, or save by purchasing a 10-class punch card for $120 (one free class); or 20-class punch cars for $240 (four free classes). Monthly memberships are available. The center Universal gym equipment and weights, and, coming soon, an Aqua Massage table designed to give a full body acupressure water massage as you lay dry and fully clothed.

Harmony for Life is at the Gooing Chiropractic Clinic, 2787 Bristol St., Suite 10. The phone number there is (714) 754-4003.


Toasting 25 years


Many thanks to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for providing Orange County with a world-class performing arts center for a quarter century.

Because of the center, we have been fortunate to be introduced to international ballet and dance, Broadway shows, intimate jazz and cabaret performances, contemporary artists, renowned orchestras performing classical music, family-friendly shows and even free performances. The center has also provided vital arts-in-education programs for students of all ages that not only enhances their studies, but enriches their lives.

On Friday, South Coast Plaza is honoring the center by opening a multifaceted exhibit in the Jewel Court through Oct. 16. The installation will feature a retrospective of photos from past performances at the center, and highlights of its education and community outreach programs. The shopping center is at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. More information is available at


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 email 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

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