Join the 22nd annual SPIN gala, Bella Notte, a gourmet food and wine event at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel & Resort in Huntington Beach, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Two award-winning chefs, Executive Chef Jeff Littlefield of Shades Restaurant at the Hilton and Chef Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessi, will prepare a delicious Italian wine dinner. The evening starts with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner and dancing. Dress in your favorite black and white cocktail attire.

The evening benefits SPIN, which provides meals to the homeless and working poor living in Orange County. Tickets cost $175. For event information, call (888) 552.1900, or visit


Get half off at Nordstrom

When it comes to sales, nobody does it better than Nordstrom. Its famed Half-Yearly Sale for women and kids is back.

Ladies can stock up on fall merchandise reduced up to 50%. It's a great time to start shopping for holiday gifts. The prices are the lowest of the season, so take advantage of finding the right looks for holiday parties and seasonal gatherings.

Fashion favorite brands on sale include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Cole Haan, Diane von Furstenberg, J Brand, Kate Spade New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs, M Missoni, Mini Boden, Nike, Steve Madden, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch and Vince. Brands will vary by store.

Orange County boasts seven Nordstrom stores. For more information, please contact Nordstrom South Coast Plaza at (714) 549-8300, Nordstrom Brea Mall at (714) 529-0123, Nordstrom Santa Ana at (714) 972-2020, Nordstrom Mission Viejo at (949) 347-2710, Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum at (949) 255-2800, Nordstrom Fashion Island at (949) 610-0700 or visit the online store at


CHOC Auditions

Here's your chance to perform live on stage while raising funds for Children's Hospital of Orange County. Auditions for CHOC Follies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

CHOC Follies XV, an original musical that will raise money for CHOC, is called "Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set."

It's a comedic and modern spoof on the classic fairy tale. Since its inception in 1997, CHOC Follies has netted more than $5 million for the hospital.

Cast members don't have to have singing and dancing experience. The auditions follow a group format; however, if you feel like you would like to audition for singing or dancing roles, solo auditions will follow the group auditions — no more than a minute long. Just bring sheet music or a background tape.

Auditions will be held at The Island Hotel (free valet parking), at 690 Newport Center Drive. For more information, visit


Laguna locals get discount

Let's face it, Monday's can be overwhelming, but now you start your week off right by treating yourself to dinner and drinks while saving 50% off your bill, at Katsuya by S+ARCK in Laguna Beach.

Monday nights is Local's Night at the sleek, contemporary yet comfortable restaurant known for its indoor-outdoor, family-friendly dining and traditional Japanese robata selections prepared over an open flame, signature cocktails, and an incredible kid's menu.