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Retail Therapy: Back to school at the Spectrum

August 07, 2013|By Candice Baker

Back to style: The Irvine Spectrum Center is kicking off the back-to-school shopping season with a Teen Vogue Back-to-School event Saturday. Shoppers will be able to peruse pop-up "style closets" from Nordstrom's TOPSHOP collaboration at 1 p.m. outside the Edwards Cinema and Carousel Court areas. A fashion show featuring looks from many of the center's stores begins at 3 p.m. in the Giant Wheel Court. Enjoy in-store parties from 3:30 to 6 p.m., like a Nordstrom party with deejay, photo booth and 20%-off discount. Bring receipts totaling $250 or more from qualifying stores to the guest services booth and receive a $50 gift card. Information: http://www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com.

Fair freebie: Bring your OC Fair ticket stub to the Chick-fil-A locations at 3181 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, or 3601 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, through Aug. 11 and receive a free original or spicy chicken sandwich. Information: http://www.facebook.com/CostaMesaCFA.

Recycling angels: The first three cars to bring three bags of gently used clothing, working or nonworking electronics or documents to be securely shredded to Angel Stadium from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday will receive two tickets to a 2013 Angels baseball game. All vehicles also will receive a receipt from Goodwill and a free children's admission ticket to the Discovery Science Center. Information: j.mp/13IxSAL.

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Waffling in Irvine: Orange County cult favorite restaurant Bruxie has opened its first Irvine location, at 14376 Culver Drive, near the Ralphs grocery store. The restaurant is known for its sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, as well as old-fashioned cane-sugar sodas and desserts featuring real Wisconsin frozen custard. The first Bruxie opened in 2010 in Old Towne in Orange. Other locations include the Strand in Huntington Beach, downtown Brea, Rancho Santa Margarita and Chino Hills. Information: bruxie.com.

Family fun: Pop by the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, for the Free Second Sundays celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy free admission, food truck and hands-on art projects, performances and family tours. This month's event is inspired by the museum's current exhibition, the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial. Information: http://www.ocma.net.

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