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You can camp for free at the scenic Cuyamaca Rancho State Park if you’re willing to help clear vegetation and do trail maintenance from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sat. May 20. This is a beautiful park in San Diego County that I think is highly underrated. You must preregister to Michele.Hernandez@parks.ca.gov. Teens 14 and up are welcome with guardian. This is part of the Park Champions program run by the state parks foundation. Learn more: Calparks.org/help/park-champions/.
Like music? You can get free tickets to three different Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra season finale shows May 20-21 concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, but you must order tickets online. These always go fast, so plan ahead. To reserve, call 714-755-5799 or go to PacificSymphony.org, where you can also learn more about the programs. Note that parking costs $10, though some people park at the South Coast Plaza and walk over, which is frowned upon.
From now until the end of the ski season, lift tickets for kids 12 and under are free at Mammoth Mountain, which will be open at least for two more months – through July 4 – and possibly longer. Seriously, my friends were just up there for spring break and it snowed! Warmer spring temps make it a perfect opportunity to get the little ones going. No cold fingers and toes, no lift lines, a much more laid back vibe and plenty of additional discounts on rentals/ lodging etc. No other purchase necessary, just visit a ticket window to obtain a free ticket for chairlift access!
Are you a Costco member? Use their online service and shop for mom without tromping around that massive warehouse. Did you know you can even order flowers or fruit baskets for delivery?. Learn more here: Costco.com/mothers-day.html
Get 2-for-1 Dodgers tickets, just for buying gas at participating Southern California 76 stations. If you fill up with at least eight gallons of 76 gas and get a promo card from inside the station, you can take it to the website at Dodgers.com/76 and buy two tickets for the price of one. Just follow the instructions, enter the access code, choose the home game date you wish from the list of available ones and buy the tickets. You can only get the promo cards until June 30, 2017. You must redeem all promo cards by Sept. 21. Not all games are available for this special offer.
JOIN THE CLUB
If you love the cool-but-pricey Restoration Hardware, maybe you should consider forking out $100 to join their loyalty club. Yes, it’s pricey, but….you get 25 percent off all regularly priced merchandise, special advance notice of clearance sales, extra 20 percent off on sale items, free interior design services and concierge service on your orders. No, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds cool. Learn more here: restorationhardware.com
GIFT CARD DEAL
If you like P.F. Chang’s, you’ll like this: Buy at least $50 in gift cards between now and June 18, and they’ll give you a $10 bonus card. Spend the $50 cards on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any day at all, and then use the bonus card between June 19 and July 31. Learn more here: pfchangs.com/info/bonuscardoffer
If you’re as stunned as I was at the price of prom dresses, check out the Windsor stores in your local mall. They have a wide selection in all sizes this time of year, they’re affordable, and the girls like them. Some of the dresses don’t even look like Vegas lounge singers would wear them. Accessories are inexpensive, too. There are Windsor stores all over, probably on the moon. You can also buy online, if you dare. I bought both of my daughter’s prom dresses there for under $100, and she loved them. Learn more: windsorstore.com
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