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Thasos Greek Island Grille, a fast casual restaurant offering fresh artisan Greek and Mediterranean cuisine just opened at Fashion Island’s Atrium Court. (It’s also at in South Coast Metro in Costa Mesa.) Thasos at Fashion Island is offering Greer’s OC readers a free house made hummus with pita appetizer, or a piece of baklava—just mention Greer’s Thasos special tomorrow through Saturday!

The extensive menu includes snacks and appetizers like Greek island fries, freshly made hummus with pita, family recipes, homemade soups, fresh cut green salads, and much more. Choose from traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka (lasagna-style layers of grilled eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and savory meat sauce), pasticcio (large tube pasta layers with savory meat sauce, baked with bechamel and topped with fresh tomato sauce and crumbled feta), and a Mediterranean vegan feast (falafel patties and rice and herb dolmades topped with fresh tomato sauce, sauteed seasonal veggies and hummus or melitzanosalata, (the Greek version of baba ganoush.). Desserts are all made in house and include baklava, tiramisu and Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts.

Thasos Greek Island Grille is in Fashion Island’s Atrium Court in Newport Beach. 949.717.7600

From Gross to Great Garden

You’ll never look at trash the same way again. The Ecology Center is offering a workshop Saturday at 1 to 3 p.m. where you can learn two methods of turning trash you’re your garden’s best friend: traditional and vermicomposting (that’d be with worms). With this lesson, you can take home a vermicomposting bin complete with 1 lb. of red worms! If you’re San Juan Capistrano resident and you decide composting with worms is not for you, you’ll receive a $45 rebate for purchasing a traditional composting bin after taking this class.

Cost: $25 tuition, plus $20 materials fee. Register here.

32701 Alipaz Street in San Juan Capistrano. 949.443.4223.

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