updated 9/28/2010 12:46:05 PM ET 2010-09-28T16:46:05

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holiday shopping is made easy at The Christmas Company, the largest annual fundraiser of the Junior League of Orange County, Calif., Inc., (JLOCC). More than 90 vendors from Orange County and across the United States will be featured November 11-14 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.  

The array of high quality items includes something for everyone, ranging from gourmet food to unique home decor and garden accessories; men's, women's and children's clothing and jewelry -- gifts for all ages and even for pets.  "Kitchen items from A Store for Cooks, imported linens from Lavender Blue, and clever party ensembles from Posh Party Box can be found at the event," says overall chair Jaynine Warner.  "Unique personalized and commemorative ceramics from Timree are very popular. Party clothing from Designer Details and children's books from Whale of a Tale are just a part of our huge selection." 

Vendors who return year after year are also among the favorites:  Cookie Lee, Lu Ping Pearls, Ronelle, Little Miss Bling Bling, Addington Confections, Frontier Soups, Terry's Pet Supplies, Cherchies, Model Metalworks, Just Me! Music, Paco Soler, Andrea Paris Collection, and Big City Hand Bags are just a few.  Please visit www.jlocc.org for The Christmas Company complete exhibitor list. 

At the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.), restaurants including Blue Water Grill, Five Crowns, Melting Pot and Newport Rib Company, among others, will provide small plate dining for the evening.  Wines and signature cocktails will be provided by Gallo Family Vineyards. Entertainment and Live and Silent Auctions will also be part of this event priced at $75 per person. The Christmas Company will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center located at Fair Drive and the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa. 

A Preferred Shopping Breakfast held 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 ($35), will start the overall event.  Guests will enjoy a glass of champagne and breakfast while enjoying their exclusive two hour VIP shopping experience.  No baby strollers are allowed at the Preferred Breakfast.   A Luncheon with Olympic Medalist Janet Evans and evening Culinary Class with Zov Karamardian of Zov's Bistro who will autograph her second book, will be held Friday, Nov. 12. Mother-daughter tea parties featuring the "Fancy Nancy" series of children's books on Sun., Nov. 14, are sure to sell out quickly.

The Christmas Company general admission is $10 per person, which includes entrance to the shopping extravaganza.  Parking at the OC Fair & Event Center is $5. General admission hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12; 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. , Saturday, Nov. 13; and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. , Sunday, Nov. 14. General admission tickets good for multi-day entry will be available at the door and online at www.jlocc.org . Tickets for the special events also will be available for purchase online or by calling (949) 263-3785. 

Sponsors for the event to-date include REO World, Dacor, Gallo Family Vineyards, Jill FM, Enterprise Counsel Group, Direct Carpet, and Orange Coast Magazine. Funds raised annually by the JLOCC directly impact the community through collaborative projects with partner organizations and support JLOCC's mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community.  This year's projects include the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program, Crittenton Services Connect Program, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Reading Program, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Emancipated Youth Program, Kinship Support Services Program, Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities Program, and Impact Orange County, which conducts done-in-a-day volunteer opportunities.

About the Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  JLOCC has helped found organizations such as Orangewood Children's Home and the Volunteer Center of Orange County.  As a solely educational and charitable organization, the JLOCC's trained volunteers actively support the community through collaboration with organizations that promote and support the health, safety and education of all individuals in Orange County.  A 501(c)(3) organization, the JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins.  Originally founded in 1956 as the Newport Harbor Service League, the JLOCC is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.  To learn more about the JLOCC, call (949) 261-0823 or visit www.jlocc.org .

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