Greer's OC: Surf City's symphony orchestra having fundraiser concert

Don't miss the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra's fundraiser concert at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.

The performance features Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" waltz and is geared for the entire family with a video presentation on the secrets of conductors' magic, as well as a "Shall We Dance?" sing-along.

Presale tickets cost $18, or $20 at the door. Senior and students cost just $15. For more information and tickets, call (714) 274-5524 or visit The Huntington Beach Central Library is at 7111 Talbert Ave.

New at the Lazy Dog

Just in for fall, the Lazy Dog Café in Huntington Beach/Westminster updated its bar menu and happy-hour offerings ranging form $3 to $6, which are available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 p.m. to closing time Sunday through Thursday.

The new bar menu offers signature cocktails like the Mason Jar, featuring seasonal ingredients, house-made sangrias in white peach, black-currant rose and pomegranate red; and a selection of classic favorites like hand-muddled mojitos, tropical drinks, margaritas and martinis.

Or, choose from Lazy Dog's Blonde, Pale Ale, Red, Hefeweizens and Seasonal hand-crafted draft brews — available in 16-ounce or 24-ounce pours and in a tasting flight of six. The "nibbles" menu includes Cajun fries, fresh beets and goat cheese, cheese pizza, or Hawaiian ahi poke. Lazy Dog is at 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster. For more information, call (714)500-1140, or visit

Anniversary celebration

From 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, celebrate the 25th anniversary and visionary plans for ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The Silver Anniversary Waterfront Celebration promises to be an exciting evening of unveiling ExplorOcean, a state-of-the-art interactive amusement and educational facility with a "4D" sensory theater and more. There will also be a fashion show on the docks featuring designs by Faconnable South Coast Plaza, as well as dancing, food and drinks by the bonfire, an auction and an afterparty from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is at 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 675-8915 ext. 107, or visit, Individual tickets cost $125.

Rated No. 1

Major congrats to The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. It was just named the No. 1 resort in the country by Condé Nast Traveler (and it's only been open for three years).

The coastal resort is a destination for travelers and locals who seek out its award-winning spa, golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and restaurants such as Andrea.

Overnight guests can choose from luxurious two- to four-bedroom villas, or bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces. The resort's panoramic ocean views make it one of the most beautiful settings along the Pacific coast.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South. For more information, call (949 )467-5946, or visit

Fab Faux concert for good cause

Looking for something fantastic to do on Saturday night? This could be one of the best nights of your life, if you attend the Fab Faux concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Hailed as "The World's Greatest Beatles Tribute Band," the Fab Faux will perform "The White Album" in its entirety. And don't worry about driving to Los Angeles. You can take a round-trip bus ride from Laguna Beach for a much-needed cause.

The bus, called Brita's Bus Trip, is raising funds for Brita Corradini, 31, a mother who was diagnosed with stage two-breast cancer while six months pregnant with her second child. She's now eight months pregnant and fighting cancer.

Brita's Bus Trip works like this: just pay $60 for a ticket to see the Fab Faux perform, enjoy a comfortable ride to the theater on a bus with a bathroom, and you'll have a safe trip home after the show. And all proceeds go to Brita's fight against cancer.

The bus will leave at 6 p.m. from Hennessey's, 213 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach and return at approximately midnight after the show. You can purchase your ticket by clicking the add to cart button at

Serious Jeans

Orange County just landed the first Earnest Sewn boutique at Fashion Island. This is the place to find premium denim and sportswear for men, women and select children's denim styles like skinny, straight and bell-bottoms. L.A.-based Earnest Sewn is known for its iconic denim, expert tailoring and hand-crafted details.

Choose from favorites such as the Hefner, a women's boot cut, and the Harlan, a low-rise skinny leg fit. The most recent debut, since the return of Earnest Sewn's original designer, Benjamin Talley Smith, is the limited edition "Golden Ticket" jean called Newport. It's an over-dyed black micro-flare jean that uses 24-karat gold buttons, rivets and a gold foil screen print; they're priced at $198 each.

There are only 50 made, so hurry in, if limited-edition denim is your thing. For women, the boutique also carries yoga wear from Clary Sage Organics, chic Repetto flats and rain boots. Men can find cool Generic Man anklet boots and oxfords.

It's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (949) 759-1329, or visit

Treasures await

We just discovered a new treasure of a shop in Newport Beach. After 20 years of wanting to open a home furnishings consignment shop, local girl Hillary Niblo finally took a leap of faith and opened her first store, Magnolia Mews Consignments.

Stop in to find a wide range of items from fine to funky, including furniture, original art, costume jewelry, even handbags. New merchandise arrives daily, so check back often. Recent additions include a mid-century glass and iron coffee table; 1930's French iron work of foliage, custom Berman Rosetti leather cocktail bench/ottoman; a collectible vintage Charles S. Kahn lucite evening bag; and an Andre Conte table (with built-in leaves to seat 10) and six chairs.

Magnolia Mews Consignments is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and it's at 314 Old Newport Blvd. For more information, call (949) 646-1090.

At Sawdust

The Sawdust Studio Art Classes program just celebrated its one-year anniversary — as a place to learn how to make jewelry, ceramic, glass art and more. Attendees have a chance to express themselves artistically at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

In celebration of the anniversary, you can register through Oct. 31 for a class in November, December or January and receive a $20 discount (that's $75 for a $95 class). Each student makes a unique piece of art to take home. Just use the referral code SSAC20D when you register online. The schedule of classes can be found by visiting

The classes are offered at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-3030.

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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