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Celebrate the waning days of summer — and catch up on your reading — during the August Sale at Beaucoup Books (3951 Magazine St., 895-26634; Everything is 15 percent off, including merchandise that's already on sale, special orders, magazines, audio rentals, and things purchased during author events.

Receive substantial discounts during a back-to-school sale through Sept. 30 at David Art Center (3828 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3630). The sale includes everything from cutting mats, markers and straightedges to portfolios and drawing board and chair sets. Pre-stretched canvas is always marked 40 percent off regular retail prices.

The Garden Gate (2036 Magazine St., 522-6599) is hosting a Tales of the Cocktail block party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visitors to the store can enjoy 20 kinds of specialty cocktails as well as food and music.

Receive 40 to 75 percent off selected styles of shoes and buy one pair, get another of equal or lesser value free at the annual 2-for-1 sale through August at Juanita's Shoes, Handbags and Accessories (721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-9511).

Buy a drink at Loa (221 Camp St., International House Hotel, 553-9550) between 5 p.m. and midnight Saturday, Aug. 20, and you can register on a cocktail napkin for a chance to buy a loose diamond of almost a half-carat in size from Robert Norman jeweler. Every time you buy a drink, you can register for another chance to win. The drawing will be held at midnight.

Dine In Marisol Early — or D.I.M.E. Dinners — at Marisol (437 Esplanade Ave., 943-1912). The bistro serves diners a three-course dinner until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for $20.10.

Oliveaux (5422 Magazine St., 899-8120) is introducing new Queen B Soap products, including a two-soap gift pack, bath salts and French lavender sachets. Owner Beth James recommends that people place holiday orders for the gift packs soon. New Louisiana-inspired scents for bath salts include night-blooming jasmine, grapefruit and Basin woods.


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