Join the Alzheimer's Assn., Orange County in celebrating caregivers at the Fourth Annual Visionary Women Luncheon with special guest Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will honor outstanding caregivers in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. Shop at an exclusive, luxury boutique during the luncheon and enjoy delicious desserts afterward in the boutique. Tax-deductible tickets cost $100 per person. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the essential services and programs that are delivered to local families at no cost.

The Hilton is at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. For more information, visit http://www.alzoc.org or call (949) 955-9000 or (714) 845-8000.

 

Komen for the Cure

 

The Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is coming up Sunday at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. In a special appearance, Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker will be at the Race to speak to attendees about the promise that started it all. The annual walk is celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle with the disease. The early 5K run/walk steps off at 7:30 a.m.; the survivor tribute is at 9 a.m. and the second run/walk starts at 9:45 a.m.

Participants who register for "In the Pink" VIP status will enjoy various perks on Race day, including exclusive access to the VIP area. Pre-registration is recommended; to register and for more information, visit http://www.komenoc.org.

Funds raised support the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of funds raised will provide breast health services in Orange County, and 25% will fund groundbreaking breast cancer research. All registered participants receive a Race for the Cure shirt; breast cancer survivors receive a special pink Race shirt. The event starts at 700 Newport Center Drive in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, call (714) 957-9157.

Seven days of premier dining

Orange County Restaurant Week is launching Sunday, giving you an opportunity to dine at top restaurants (Sunday through Oct. 2) at great prices. More than 100 restaurants in Orange County will participate in this highly anticipated culinary event.

Celebrate with a fun and free kick-off party at Prego Ristorante in Irvine from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

You can taste Prego's famous Italian cuisine by sampling tray-passed fare, and signature cocktails from Tres Agaves tequila, Sobieski Vodka and 4 Orange Premium. A complimentary wine-tasting by Francis Ford Coppola Winery will allow you to experience some of the finest wines Prego has to offer. Those wanting more food and drinks can order from the Happy Hour menu or stay for dinner and enjoy Prego's $30 Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu, which includes a glass of house wine.

For more information, visit http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/Prego_Ristorante.html. Space is limited, so you must RSVP.

At most restaurants, you'll be able to enjoy a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $10, $15 and $20 per person, and dinner costs $20 to $40.

It's a great time to try new additions to the restaurant lineup, including Canyon Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar in Anaheim Hills, Raya at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, The Lido Deck in Newport Beach, Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza, The Catch in Anaheim and many more.

You can make reservations online or by calling participating restaurants directly. And you can search for a restaurant at the Orange County Restaurant Week website by cuisine, location and price point. For more information, visit http://www.OrangeCountyRestaurantWeek.com.

Wine, Sinatra, Sunday

NapaStyle Costa Mesa is exclusively partnering with the Sinatra family for an afternoon of wine tasting Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. You can meet Frank Sinatra's granddaughter, Amanda Erlinger, listen to classic Frank Sinatra tunes and taste vintages of Sinatra Family Estates 2008 "Nothing But the Best" Cabernet Sauvignon and "La Voce" Super Tuscan 2008. Cost is $15 per person, RSVP required as space is limited. Purchase a magnum of their inaugural release at the event, and you will receive Frank Sinatra's original recording CD "Nothing But the Best" signed by Sinatra family members. The event is on Level 2, outside Crate & Barrel at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 825-0445 or visit http://www.napastyle.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=Stores

Don't settle for less with brass upholstery

Laguna Beach-based Diamond Head Upholstery Tack is reinventing and raising the standard of common brass upholstery nails on furniture. Its tacks feature crystals or stones that add sparkle, dimension and shine to lounge chairs, dining chairs, headboards, sofas, chaise lounges and wall paneling. At Diamond Head, creator Bree Cox offers upholstery nail heads made with a genuine crystal from the Czech Republic or glass cabochons. You can choose from 11 stones, in five sizes and three metal finishes, for custom looks on all furniture. Diamond Heads are also interchangeable and can be switched out according to taste or season. Sold exclusively through the design trade, Diamond Heads are available through interior designers and select retailers such as Neiman Marcus. You can also find them at Harsey & Harsey at Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel; Kenneth McDonald at the Stonemill Design Center in Costa Mesa; Bliss Linens in Corona del Mar; and Room Service at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

For more information, visit http://www.diamondheadut.com or call (949) 285-2191.

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.