Join our favorite eclectic fashion boutique, Paula Hanson in Newport Beach, for a holiday bazaar on Friday and Saturday.

Paula Hanson is stocking up with refreshments and unique holiday gifts. These include Moroccan pouf bags and accessories by Woodroots, Evlove perfume, vintage holiday décor and French accouterments, sweet treats, ethnic home goods and apparel that you can't find anywhere else.

The boutique carries an array of international designer apparel in sizes XS to XL. Stop in also to support Jack and Milly's education in Kenya by purchasing a $1 Jack and Milly gingerbread man decoration. With your help, Hanson is supporting two young Kenyans in Nairobi to receive a life-changing university education.

Paula Hanson is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is at 1827 Westcliff Drive. The phone number is (949) 515-3811 or visit



Check out the weekly swap meet

On a recent visit to the Orange County Market Place we were in awe of the incredible values of merchandise, delicious foods and the range of vendors available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday at the O.C. Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Be forewarned: You'll leave disappointed in yourself for paying top dollar for the same merchandise at other retailers. The OC Market Place gives life to entrepreneurial businesses and it's a treasure for shoppers.

Start or finish your holiday shopping at the swap meet — not only will you be saving money, but you'll find great gifts. Right now, you can find surf/skate and snow apparel at bargain prices at Jack's Surfboards.

You can also buy furniture, bicycles, overstock deals on top name-brand merchandise, 1,000-thread count sheets, salon-grade shampoos, beautiful succulents and cacti at incredible prices, and designer denim. You can even get a great haircut, purchase a car, and find vintage designer purses such as Louis Vuitton.

Bring the entire family; you'll find something for everyone. Live entertainment changes weekly on stage across from Carlo's Cantina, and get free photo ops with Santa Claus this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There's also an artisans' and crafters' corner, and fun activities for the kids.


Mike and cookies show

Active Rideshop is hosting its second Milk and Cookies children's art show from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The benefit also features children's apparel featuring art deigned by children from Mini & Maximus (MIMA); an art auction, arts and crafts tables, musical guest Son of Heatwave, live art, and milk and cookies.

MIMA is bringing pieces made by renowned MIMA artists and their children to be auctioned with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The address is 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949)494-2535.


Box Tops for education

We just received a heartfelt letter from the third-grade students in Room 28 at Carrillo Elementary School in Westminster.