Retail Therapy: Time for an outdoor open house

Patio style: This heat wave has us starting to think about outdoor (and indoor) décor; luckily, SoCo and the OC Mix will host a Design Open House Event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy discounts, gifts with purchase, trend presentations, sips and bites at the center's showrooms. Information: In addition, the Brown Jordan flagship store at SoCo, 3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, will host a free outdoor design consultation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; outdoor living authority and HGTV personality Steve Elton will be on hand to help design custom outdoor spaces. Information:

Men's night out: Quattro Caffé at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza will host a Cigar and Johnny Walker Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. The evening on the patio includes a four-course menu, fresh hand-rolled cigars, wine and whiskey for $75 per person. RSVP at (714) 754-0300 or email


Foodie fun: Provenance and Cafe Lucca Chef Cathy Pavlos will discuss and create wine country cuisine at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Newport Beach Central Library. Admission is $20 per person to cover the cost of food; RSVP at Under the Recreation Classes category, select "Library Programs."

At your service: Chick-fil-A locations throughout Southern California will host Military Appreciation Night from 4 to 7 p.m. May 21 by offering all active, retired and veteran service members and their families a free chicken sandwich or spicy chicken sandwich meal (or nugget kid's meal) and a festive atmosphere as a thank-you for their service. Military ID or proof of service is required; customers must dine in. Information:


For the girls: Girl Friends by Anita G. will host its spring warehouse sale featuring dresses, bathing suits, leggings and more for girls ages infant through 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at 3505 Cadillac Ave. G1, Costa Mesa. No children allowed due to the warehouse environment; cash or check only. Information: (800) 717-0789.

Surf in: Grab deals on surf and lifestyle brands O'Neill, Metal Mulisha and FMF at the La Jolla Group Sample Sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 14370 Myford Road, Irvine. Enjoy the substantial savings on men's and women's tees, hoodies, backpacks, board shorts and more. Information:

Cute comfort: Fans of trendy loungewear line Brokedown will flock to its sample sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1604 Babcock St., Costa Mesa. Information:

Get the knots out: Dantian Fitness Studio and Wellness Center, 801 Baker St. Suite E, Costa Mesa, is offering a one-per-person special through May; get a 60-minute deep-tissue or sports massage for $39 or a 90-minute deep-tissue massage and 45-minute infrared sauna session for $69. Information:


Shape up: Ivivva Athletica at South Coast Plaza's home wing will host a free kids' Thera-Band class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, taught by Defy Gravity studio co-founder Laura Fox. Perfect for kids ages 5 to 11, the class will introduce low-level resistance training and healthy lifestyle tricks.

Lucky seats: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts will hold a $25 ticket lottery for unsold orchestra seats for "The Book of Mormon," onstage through May 25. A pre-show lottery raffle will be held before each performance; stop by the Segerstrom Hall box office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, two and a half hours prior to the show to drop your name in a drum. Winners will be selected 30 minutes later and will be able to purchase up to two $25 tickets (cash only). Photo ID required. Information:

Vintage on tour: Buffalo Exchange will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a touring pop-up shop set up in a 1969 Airstream trailer. The trailer, which also boasts freebies, will be at the Costa Mesa store in the LAB Antimall, 2930 Bristol St., on Thursday. Information:

Splash zone: Kids' and juniors' swimwear company Tidepools, founded by a Laguna Beach native, will host a warehouse sale featuring swimsuits for boys and girls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 33041 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano. Information:

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