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OC BBQ Festival!


A barbecue cook-off, considered on of the state’s biggest BBQ contests, is coming to the Orange Country Fairgrounds Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taste award-winning BBQ including chicken, ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and tri-tip as well as like smoked macaroni and cheese, moink balls, pig-candy, smoked cobblers and more. You can vote for your favorite BBQ, enjoy beer from local breweries, and enter a rib eating contest. Family fun includes a car show, a Mr. BBQ Beauty Pageant, a kid’s zone, live music, entertainment, and more!

The OC BBQ Festival benefits Kristie’s Foundation, a local nonprofit providing support to families dealing with the monumental difficulty of having a terminally ill child.

Tickets cost $10 each. OC Fair & Events Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, call 714.408.9781.

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Fendi Made For You


Fendi at South Coast Plaza is celebrating a rare made-to-measure fur event Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit Beckstrand Cancer Foundation.

You’ll have the chance to customize an item, plus see an exclusive showing of the Fall/Winter ready to wear collection. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit Beckstrand Cancer Foundation that’s bettering the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

Level 1, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. 714.751.1111.

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Wooden Floor in OC!


Don your baby-blue and gold pride Saturday at the Wooden Athletic Fund's 5th Annual Orange County Celebration Dinner. The star-studded event will include Los Angeles Lakers player Matt Barnes, as well as Head Football Coach Rick Neuheisel and Head Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland

The Wooden Athletic Fund strives to provide academic and athletic opportunities for some of UCLA's more than 650 student-athletes and plays a pivotal role in offsetting the rising costs of collegiate athletics.

Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach residence of bruin alum Barry Saywitz, attendees will enjoy an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, all-you-can-eat prime rib, live music by Flashback Heart Attack, dancing, and priceless auction items.

Tickets are $150 per person and will provide financial support to assist in covering program expenses such as scholarships, academic services, life-skills development, team travel, operational costs, and recruiting efforts.

Other guests include: Rafer Johnson (Olympic Gold Medalist for Track & Field); Cade McNown (NFL Quarterback); DeShawn Foster (NFL Running Back); Toby Bailey (NBA player); Tyus Edney (NBA player); Kai Forbath (UCLA Football Kicker); Ryan McGuire (MLB player); Eric Byrnes (MLB Outfielder); Sinjin Smith (professional beach volleyball player); Ann Meyer Drysdale (NBA player and 1st woman to be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988); Danny Farmer (NFL Wide Reciever); Ed and Charles O’Bannon (NBA basketball players); Jason Kapono (NBA basketball player); and Marques Johnson (NBA basketball player).

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Scott Wandzilak at 310.206.3302.

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Save Music with Denim!


Celebrity denim designer Mychael Darwin is doing his part to support VH1’s "Save The Music Foundation."

The OC-based designer kicked off his career making high-end leather themed tour jackets for musicians and concert world tours—including the Michael Jackson Dangerous Tour.

You can bid on an exclusive VIP Denim Experience package from Mychael Darwin Custom Made Jeans worth $1,500. If you win, you’ll be in for a fashion extravagance: custom-made jeans hand-sewn to your exact body measurements from the premium denim fabrics made at his studio in La Habra.

The "Save the Music" auction includes other signature pieces from high-fashion icons such as Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alberta Ferretti. The first phase of the auction continues through today. The second auction kicks up again on Thursday.

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