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In the 21st century, real fashionistas recycle. In other words, when you’re tearing apart your closet this weekend, casting off last year’s beautiful spring rags to make room for the new ones, be sure and put your best hand-me-downs aside and head on over to this Sunday’s Free Boutique Spring Donation Extravaganza. The boutique, which will actually proffer gently used high-end togs for free when it opens next week in an antique mall in Lakewood (more on that coming up next week in the April 10 Night & Day section of Westword), is collecting “Pastel Paradise” clothing donations with a Miami Vice vibe to stock their seasonal racks at a community celebration that starts with a tea party at 3 p.m. April 6 and revs up with live music later in the evening. Give a little: It all takes place at Brooks Center Arts, 1400 Williams Street; get in free with three or more donation items or pay up a $5 cover (It ain’t easy being free: Free Boutique is happy to accept cash donations, as well, to help cover operation costs). For all the haps and info go to myspace.com/thefreeboutique.
And now is the time to plan ahead and make your reservations for Spa Week, when more than 400 spas across the U.S. offer special introductory $50 spa treatments, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting Cancer and Careers. If you’re shy and haven’t tried spa treatments before or have ever just wondered what the spa experience is all about, now’s your chance to find out: Go here for a listing of participating spas in your area. - Susan Froyd