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Retail Therapy: It's the week for eating out

Foodie fest: Orange County Restaurant Week launches Sunday and runs through March 7. Now in its seventh year, the event is a foodie dream, offering the opportunity to try prix-fixe menus at restaurants ranging from beloved Mexican comfort food to the area's newest and finest. Lunches will cost $10 to $20 and dinners $20 to $50. Get your fill of old favorites and new dares, like burrata, calamari, tikka masala, salmon, caramelized scallops, mussels frites and much more. And if that isn't enough of a draw, many local restaurants have paired with the Girl Scouts to create special cookie-infused desserts for Restaurant Week. Thin Mints Mousse Cake, anybody? Stop by Pascal. Information and menus: ocrestaurantweek.com.

On your mark: ULTA Beauty will open a new store at Mesa Center, 257 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, at 10 a.m. Friday. The first 100 shoppers each day Friday, Saturday and Sunday will win special giveaways and free services, and free makeovers will be given all weekend. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: ulta.com.

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Fashion fix: Ruche and ThreadSence will hold their spring warehouse sale at the Casa Bonita Event Center, 140 W. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Everything will be priced at $7, which means you'll save up to 90% on women's apparel and accessories, as well as shoes and home décor. Bring cash. Information: threadsence.com.

Vanguards of the avante-garde: The Pacific Symphony is partnering with experimental music ensemble wild Up on a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the arts space Logan Creative, 800 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana. A dozen musicians from each ensemble will perform instrumental music by members of Radiohead and the National, as well as works by Dmitri Shostakovich, John Dowland and others. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow patrons to visit on-site artist galleries. Tickets are $10. Information: (714) 755-5799, santaanasites.com or pacificsymphony.org.

Feather your nest: Need home furnishings? Get half off at Urbanism, 660 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, through Sunday. Information: urbanismfurniture.com.

More music: The Pacific Symphony continues its series of free and low-cost concerts throughout the county Sunday with a performance by its Youth Wind Ensemble at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is free, but tickets will be required. Information and tickets: pacificsymphony.org.

Take a look: Westminster Mall, the Shops at Mission Viejo and Brea Mall will host the Simon Kidgits Club's annual Book Blast event Saturday, featuring story time, giveaways and other activities for parents and kids. At the Shops at Mission Viejo, the "Olivia" book series will be featured; the event will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the upper level near the Play Area. At Westminster Mall, the event will be from 10 a.m. to noon on the lower level in Target Court. At Brea Mall, Book Blast will be from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court. Club members who attend will receive a used book and a Kidgits seat cushion. The Shops at Mission Viejo also will be accepting donations of gently used books. Club information: simon.com/kidgits.

Taquero Tuesday: Tempo Urban Kitchen, 1060 Imperial Hwy., Brea, has launched Taquero Tuesday, with $2 street tacos made to order from 4 p.m. to close each week. Options will include shrimp, steak, chicken tinga, short rib, pork, fish, Korean and veggie. Fresh toppings will be available, along with $3 select beers. Information: tempourbankitchen.com.

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Jean scene: UNIQLO, now open at South Coast Plaza, will accept donations of gently used UNIQLO clothes through March 15 at the store. In exchange, customers will receive a unique coffee sleeve fashioned from UNIQLO jeans. Information: uniqlo.com.

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