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Greer's OC: A new sweet treat shop

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The new 33Degrees Gelato | Frozen Yogurt in Huntington Beach is offering you a special Friday through Sunday. Just mention Greer's OC when you buy a frozen yogurt or Italian gelato, and get the second one of equal or lesser value for free. 33Degrees, formerly YoYumYum Frozen Yogurt, offers a new menu that includes fresh handmade crepes (maple cured bacon, creamy peanut butter, banana and shaved dark chocolate), smoothies and 18 freshly made Italian gelatos.

The new shop created by the design talents of Rick Thompson of Keir Interior Design in Newport Beach is a sort of mid-mod (Eames chairs, Bridget Riley inspired OpArt, and great Nelson Bubble lamps) with a big dash of traditional rich colors and finish. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 10061 Adams Ave., Suite No. 101. For more information, call (714) 965-6600.

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Walk for Alzheimer care

Raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs by participating in the Alzheimer's Assn. 2010 Memory Walk at Cal State Fullerton at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and along the boardwalk in Huntington Beach at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. Participation is free, but entrants are encouraged to raise funds through pledge donations.

For more information, visit http://www.alzoc.org or call Andrea McDonald at (949) 757-3708.

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Tour homes customized to owners' needs

You can tour seven incredible homes that best reflect Corona del Mar's lifestyle at the 37th annual Corona del Mar Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The tour includes breakfast, a gourmet lunch and a closing reception. The event — always a sellout — is the only fundraiser for the Corona del Mar Middle and High School PTA. Proceeds benefit school's activities, from the arts to special academic programs.

The homes reflect the owners' individual styles. There's a home built for its owners' hypoallergenic needs with green materials; one that that represents the owner's Italian heritage; a beach lifestyle; and one with peaceful, modern decors. The morning starts with a light breakfast at Cafe Beau Soleil in Fashion Island from 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch is catered by Pascal's at Sherman Library & Gardens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and following is a reception with drinks and snacks at Bliss Home and Design in Corona del Mar from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $65.

Limos for small groups are available for $40 per person. Tickets are partially tax deductible. Tickets can be bought online or at various local merchants. For more information, call the tour hotline at (949) 721-8220 or visit http://www.cdmhometour.com.

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Pumpkins and pancakes for kids

Celebrate the 19th annual Pumpkins & Pancakes, a children's Halloween extravaganza, from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at in the Crate and Barrel/Macy's Home Store Wing of South Coast Plaza. It's a fun-filled morning of music and entertainment that benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) that trains volunteers to serve as powerful mentors and advocates for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Kids can wear their favorite costume and enjoy a gourmet pancake breakfast, live entertainment, balloon artists, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, face painting, cartoon characters, dancing, opportunity prizes, a silent auction, a costume contest and more. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for groups of 10 or more, and $35 per person at the door. Children 2 and younger get in for free. Call (714) 619-5158 or go to http://www.southcoastplaza.com/pumpkins.

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Ritz hosts spooky, scary night

Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, for its Creatures of the Night event in celebration of Halloween. It's offered from 6 to 9 nightly Oct. 27 through Oct. 30. Guests can participate in a treat for their five senses. Activities include a game of identifying shadows, a Halloween aroma test; verifying scary and spooking songs and animal noises; guessing items through touching; and a candy bar taste test.

The evening costs $65 per person and is full of tricks and treats, including a prize for best costume. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point. For more information, call (949) 240-5088 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com.

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Wear support around your finger

In an ongoing effort to fight against breast cancer, Newport Jewelers, 2633 W. Coast Hwy., in Newport Beach, will be donating 10% to Breast Cancer Research for a Cure, of every ring bought throughout the year. Rings to show your support are also available in pink or white. The rings are $100 each. For more information, call (949) 515-5858.

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Drink for a cure

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness with a newly created cocktail, the Stoli bombshell, which is $6 and 99 calories. Through October, 100% of the sales for each Stoli bombshell will benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade in support of finding a cure, and access for care for all, regardless of one's ability to pay. The Drink Pink for the Cause is available from 5 to 7 nightly at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949)720-9633.

GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at greer@greersoc.com.

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