December 23, 2010
This week's O.C. Bargainista will focus on last-minute gift ideas that still keep you from paying full price. Yes, the deals are out there — if you know where to look! Give the gift of plastic money Finding it difficult to evaluate all of the gift card bonus offerings this season? Many restaurants and movie theatres are offering a bonus card with purchase; look for offers that give at least a $10 bonus card for every $50 purchased (a few will offer $15 for every $50)
December 8, 2010
A Christmas countdown of holiday gift drives is being held at Fashion Island on Saturdays to benefit three local charities. A toy drive was hosted by Becksrand Cancer Foundation on Saturday. The foundation's three youth auxiliaries — Four Pearls, Junior Pearls and Mini Pearls — collected 150 new, unwrapped gifts for children in their BELIEVE program, according to a news release. The drive had a massive increase compared with last year's net of 50 toys because of efforts put forth by a past program recipient, who spent numerous hours raising awareness in the community, said Kaerie Ray, director of development.
November 12, 2010
Want to spread some holiday cheer? Enjoy a burger — and for a good cause — by participating in Talk About Curing Autism's Adopt-A-Family fundraiser with Ruby's Diner. From Nov. 18 to 21, seven Ruby's locations in Orange County, including the Irvine Spectrum, Corona del Mar and South Coast Plaza diners, will be donating 20% of their proceeds to families in need. TACA chose Ruby's diners because of their appeal to families and the comfortable environment they would provide for the families TACA serves.
April 15, 2010
In time for National Administrative Assistants Day, which is Wednesday, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill in Costa Mesa is holding a “Super Secretaries Search” to reward under-appreciated administrative assistants. Z’Tejas is asking the public to nominate those who go above and beyond the call of duty. A panel of judges will hear the top five finalists’ stories, then select the winner during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The finalist will receive a $500 in restaurant gift cards.
December 17, 2009
Adams Elementary kids taught unsuspecting Target shoppers to “pay it forward” Thursday. The sixth-graders, members of the new Club Pay It Forward, spent several weeks collecting and recycling plastic bottles on campus. Then they used the $100 they raised to purchase four $25 gift cards to the store. On Thursday morning, they randomly picked four shoppers at the Costa Mesa Target and gave them the cards — with a request that the recipients do something nice for three people that day. “The idea is to pay it forward,” teacher Matt Broesamle said.
December 16, 2009
Fashion Island and Laura’s House will join up to hold a Holiday Gift Card Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Friday that will benefit the Spirit of Empowerment program at Laura’s House. The cards will be used to provide Christmas gifts to children and mothers residing at Laura’s House, a local shelter for battered women and their children. The organization’s gift card wish list includes grocery, pharmacy and gas cards; local chain restaurant and fast food gift cards; department and book store gift cards; and clothing and shoe store gift cards appropriate for a variety of ages.
November 27, 2009
Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders have launched their annual toy drive this year, but unlike past ones, this time they’re aiming specifically to help local families. The girls will be collecting toys and gift cards and donating them to needy families within the high school’s zone set up by the district. That means families with children at College Park, Davis, Killybrooke, Paularino and Sonora elementary schools will get assistance this year. Normally, donations are sent to the Childrens Hospital of Orange County, or the Boys & Girls Club of America.
August 29, 2009
The line of parents with grade-school-age children and teenagers in tow in front of the Westside Costa Mesa nonprofit Share Our Selves stretched for blocks down Superior Avenue on Saturday morning, slowly lurching forward as families left the center with new backpacks stuffed full of school supplies, gift cards for shoes, socks and belts. Share Our Selves gave away anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 new backpacks Saturday to low-income families who are struggling to pay for basic items like folders and new shoes for the coming school year.
May 4, 2009
by Jane Gillespie Fashion Island is having a special gift card promotion on Thursday, May 7 only, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Customers who purchase $250 or more on that day, in any store or restaurant at Fashion Island, can redeem their receipts to receive a complimentary $50 gift card to the center while supplies last. Customers can redeem same day receipts from any Fashion Island store or restaurant at the Guest Services desk in Atrium Court. There is a limit of one gift card per customer, while supplies last.
April 29, 2009
A couple of local restaurants are offering new Happy Hour deals. Britta’s Cafe in University Center in Irvine is offering half-off drinks and free snacks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Wednesdays you can really save money with the restaurant’s gourmet hamburgers with pomme frites and Caesar salad for $14. Britta’s Cafe is near Edwards Theater across from UC Irvine at 4237 Campus Drive. For details, call (949) 509-1211. Taco Rosa in Newport Hills shopping center, 2632 San Miguel Road, Newport Beach, is offering a marathon Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., except on holidays.