Time to enjoy the outdoors, is your wardrobe ready?

I went for a hike on Irvine’s Shady Canyon trail the other day (“hike” is an exaggeration, but “walk” sounds like what you do when you wander around Costco). Wildflowers were blooming, the hills were green from all the rain, the sky was a bright blue with fluffy white clouds, and I was greeted by many cheerful fellow hikers with friendly dogs. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors enjoying our spring weather. If you haven’t tried this trail, it’s an easy walk that goes gradually uphill (even an out-of-shape person like me can do it). It winds around houses and the Strawberry Farms golf course, but at times you feel like you’re out in the wilderness, seeing an untouched California landscape.

Now that it’s spring, we will all be getting outside more. The thrift shop is the place to buy tops, pants, or shorts for local trail hikes or beach walks. You’ll need a hat and sunglasses, too, so look for those. Or if your idea of being outdoors is dining al fresco on the patio of that hot new restaurant, we’ve got outfits for glam spring dining covered, too.

Spring won’t last forever, so readers – stop reading this and go outside! (With the help of the ALI thrift shop, of course!)

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14 amazing hammocks you need to nap in…

Summer is well on its way and the warm outside is calling your name. Hammocks are a relaxing way to chill and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Pick up a book, play some music, put your feet up and fall back into these hammock ideas. Happy resting!

 Click here for more Hammock inspiration. All photos via PINTEREST

It’s Just Coffee

You’ve probably seen ads for a local matchmaking service called “It’s Just Lunch.” Prospective matches meet for lunch at a local restaurant and hopefully, get to know each other enough to see if they’d like to go on another date. It’s informal, convenient, inexpensive, and doesn’t take up the whole day – it’s just lunch!

ALI would like to be matched up with some new people, too! We KNOW there are many of you out there who would love to get to know us better and perhaps join our chapter. To keep things even simpler than a lunch date, we’re sponsoring “COFFEE AND A TOUR” on Saturday, March 7.

JOIN US AT 10 AM at our Community Outreach Center/Thrift Shop, 2452 Alton Parkway in Irvine (between Von Karman and Jamboree) for coffee and a presentation about our philanthropic activities. Learn how Assistance League of Irvine turns second-hand treasures from our Thrift & Gift Shop into community giving, through scholarships, clothing and school supplies for Irvine students, and much, much more. You’ll have a chance to meet some of our members, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, take a tour of our Thrift Shop, and even do some shopping!

For more information, RSVP by March 1 to: 949-798-5020, or email: membership@irvine.assistanceleague.org. We’ll see you then – and bring a friend!

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Spring is here! Spring means prom . .  graduations . . . and weddings. Prom, graduations, and weddings mean . . .  photos! Photos mean . . .  picture frames!

Yes, we all have hundreds of photos on our phones and computers, plus digital scrapbooks somewhere off in the cloud.  But memories like your  high-school prom, graduation, and weddings need to be expressed in something other than pixels.  These are shining moments in our lives that deserve a tangible presence: a printed photo in a special frame.  Think about it – what happens when you visit someone’s home for the first time? You’re immediately drawn to the photographs that are displayed around the house.  Why? Because those are the moments and the people that mean the most to them.

The next few weeks will bring many moments you’ll want to remember.  And the thrift shop ALWAYS has a selection of picture frames  in many styles and sizes.  Classic, casual, elegant or whimsical, portrait or collage-style – we may have the perfect frame to match your photo.

And while we’re on the subject of pictures – check out this link to our VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE THRIFT SHOP http://bit.ly/Q9PghZ

 See our sign and our entrance, and get an up-close look at our merchandising layout.  This is a great way to show your family and friends the shop where you find all those bargains.  (And if you’re having thrift shop-withdrawal symptoms when we’re closed between Sunday and Tuesday, you can take the virtual tour to satisfy your cravings.)