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What You're Doing This Week: Dec. 30

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As 2013 becomes 2014, take your pick from the myriad of great activities this week has to offer. From swank Gatsby beach parties at the Deck to "Chill" at the Queen Mary as well as inspired fitness at GRIT yoga, this week is sure to bring excitement. Hungry? Visit the new Fig & Olive for some great healthy dishes at the latest OC location.

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Monday, December 30

Grit Yoga
2700 W. Coast Highway
Located in the Mariners Mile Center
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 705-7878

Get a jump on healthy resolutions and embrace the New Year with an Olympian Yoga and Pilates Karma Class led by fitness expert and Olympic Medalist, Jaime Komer. Enjoy this 90-minute athletic and goal-infused flow by contributing a new or gently used yoga mat or monetary equivalent to go towards Athlete.Yogi.Traveler's not-for-profit "Mat Movement"— a program that shares yoga to inspire global positivity— and receive this yoga class complimentary. It's a unique opportunity to work with Jaime at the state-of-the-art yoga studio everyone is talking about - GRIT Yoga. In addition to the Olympian yoga and pilates class, you're invited to learn about the four-day Beaming cleanse and receive special New Year's cleanse pricing and samples during the class.

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Tuesday, December 31

The Deck's "Roaring Affaire NYE 2014"
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6700

Welcome the New Year with beach-Gatsby style. It's "A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014," a Gatsby-inspired event at The Deck and The Bungalows on Laguna Beach. The celebration includes a Progressive Cocktail Party, Tasting Dinner, and Late Night Soiree beginning at 7pm on Tuesday, December 31 through 1:30am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The PCocktail Party, Tasting Dinner, & Late Night Soiree is a value at $299 Per Person whereas the Late Night Soiree is $150 Per Person. Great Gatsby attire is encouraged. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information on the New Year's Eve celebrations at The Deck, visit

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Wednesday, January 1

OC Parks Bird Walk
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
30952 Oso Parkway
Coto de Caza, CA 92679
(949) 923–2265

Ease into the New Year with a bit of nature. Join Naturalist Mike Clayton 8 – 11am on this bimonthly bird walk at Riley Wilderness Park. All levels of birders welcome. As a wildlife sanctuary, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park is a home to an abundant number of native plants and old groves of Western Sycamores and Coast Live Oaks which border the park's two seasonally flowing creeks. The remaining land features rolling hills and canyons of Coastal Sage Scrub and grasslands. Come prepared for a morning of exploring this delightful park and its abundant bird life. Bring your binoculars and wear shoes with good traction, some of the trails are steep. Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle.

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Thursday, January 2

Chill at Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

It's your last chance to catch Chill at the Queen Mary. The giant dome - once home to the legendary Spruce Goose - is frozen over and transformed into a giant igloo and home to The Ice Kingdom – an awe-inspiring exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations that towers over 2.5 stories tall and used more than two million pounds of ice. This holiday season, The Ice Kingdom allows you to be a part of The Nutcracker story. But don't forget to grab a parka and gloves – temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees in our igloo. 

In addition to the enchantment of The Ice Kingdom, CHILL will also feature Ice Tubing, an outdoor Ice Skating rink, guests will enjoy the World's Largest Snowman Bouncy and the World's Largest Rocking Horse. Open through January 5th.

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Friday, January 3

Fig & Olive
151 Newport center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Check out the all-new Fig & Olive in Newport Beach at Fashion Island. Inspired by the Mougins region in the south of France, FIG & OLIVE captures the essence and taste of the Mediterranean. FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors, and cuisine from the Riviera & Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy, and Spain. Their large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal. With locations in Newport Beach and New York, FIG & OLIVE brings the best of the Riviera to you.

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Saturday, January 4

Porcelain Hair Studio and Spa
611 6th Street
Huntington Beach, California 92648
(714) 969-8722

Relax and have some champagne with your salon and spa treatments. Enjoy a New Year rejuvenate treatment for just $39 for 30min of microdermabrasion or $70 for a 75-min. facial with microdermabrasion. Add a relaxing massage for only $59 for a 60-min. massage. Get ready for the New Year with Porcelain Hair Studio's one-stop beauty shop: hair, nails, spray tan, facials, waxing and massage.

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Sunday, January 5

Knott's Merry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200

Treat the kids to one last day of fun before it's back to school. It's the last day to catch Knott's Merry Farm. The park invites you to wrap the season with fun attractions, live entertainment, a crafts fair, festive food, lavish holiday decorations and more. Be sure to take a stroll through Camp Snoopy after dark and experience the wonder of "Snoopy's Magical Nights of Lights" before the season ends. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling white and multicolored lights merrily light up the nighttime sky accompanied by a lively soundtrack.

Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer who covers events and travel for CBS Los Angeles. Keep up with her at Twitter or
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