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Retail Therapy: Yogurt Day freebies; free SAT practice session

February 05, 2014|By Candice Baker

Brain free(ze): Local frozen yogurt chains are honoring National Frozen Yogurt Day on Thursday with a variety of freebie promotions. Enjoy for free 6 ounces of Menchie's frozen yogurt and toppings when you "Like" Menchie's on Facebook and print the coupon that appears. Area Menchie's locations include 21109 Newport Coast Drive, Suite 21111, Newport Beach; 15333 Culver Drive, Suite 360, Irvine; and 19694 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. Information: menchies.com. If you want to double-dip, "Like" your local Pinkberry location on Facebook and show your "Like" in the store from 3 to 7 p.m. to enjoy a free small yogurt with toppings. Local stores include Fashion Island, 941 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; and The District, 2883 Park Ave., Tustin. Information: pinkberry.com.

Easy A: High school students planning to take the SAT are invited to a free practice test at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the central branch of the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Plan to spend about four hours at the session; results will be emailed within two weeks. Advance registration is required at newportbeachlibrary.org.

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Cupid's bounty: Fear not, fair lovers. We've compiled options for Valentine's Day that range from bargain to luxe, whatever your intended's predilections.

For the home chef: Join chef Andrew Gruel of Huntington Beach's popular Slapfish Restaurant for a $20-per-person chance to learn his seafood recipes and understand seasonable and sustainable cuisine. Meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Newport Beach Public Library's central branch, 1000 Avocado Ave. Register at newportbeachlibrary.org.

For the orchid-obsessed: Stop by the Westminster Mall from Friday through Sunday to see the Newport Harbor Orchid Society's 13th annual orchid expo, "Orchid Paradise." Enjoy thousands of orchids, some rare, from more than 20 nurseries, as well as displays by local hobbyists, in the largest winter orchid show in Southern California. Repotting workshops are slated for 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $5 fee includes supplies and an orchid to take home. Information: nhosinfo.org.

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