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‘90210’ star Jessica Lowndes coming to H&M on Lincoln Road


If you love H&M and 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes, this one’s for you: The hip chain from Sweden (short for Hennes & Mauritz) is launching its second eco-friendly Exclusive Conscious collection in stores Thursday. Good news: You’re invited.

To celebrate, select locations — like the one at 541 Lincoln Road — are throwing parties. The Canadian actress will do the honors in at the Miami event, which goes from 5-8 p.m.

Fashion-industry DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen will provide entertainment, and there will be organic passed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The first 75 people who buy an item from the Conscious Exclusive collection will have the chance to meet, greet and take a photo with Lowndes, who has starred in such scary movies as Altitude and The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Customers who donate their used clothing will receive an additional 25 percent off.

On pointe

Is Dancing with the Stars next? On May 3, Mike Piazza will make his ballet debut at the Ziff Ballet Opera House when he appears as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

But Piazza won’t be doing any pas de deux or even catching ballerinas. According to a ballet rep, he’ll be “throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive with dazzling dance routines, a gorgeous Strip Tease Girl, a tap-dancing Hoofer and the colorful Ladies of the Ballet.”

So how’d the former baseball star score this gig? Piazza’s daughter Nicoletta, 6, is a student at the Miami City Ballet School and conspired with artistic director Lourdes Lopez to get him involved.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the reaction of my two little girls,” said Piazza. “My oldest daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School, and for her to have the opportunity to see Daddy on stage is my little gift. I’m looking forward to it.” Rehearsals start April 14.

Big, fat book

Fell in love with Nia Vardalos after seeing her character get the hot guy in 2002’s breakout movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Sure you did. And for the record, Vardalos’ Toula was never really fat, just big-boned.

If you want to hear about what she’s been up to lately, the Canadian-born actress/writer, 50, is coming to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 815 NE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 1-4 p.m. Sunday to chat about her book , Instant Mom. In it, Vardalos, who is married to actor Ian Gomez, chronicles her infertility issues (she went through 13 rounds of IVF) and eventualadoption of their daughter in 2008. Ilaria is now 7. Vardalos opened up on Today Tuesday: “I’m very persevering and tenacious to the point where I call myself a fearless idiot, but at that point, where you do one [in vitro fertilization treatment] after another, it’s because you’re so in the pursuit of being a mother.”

General admission: $35 includes book, signing and light refreshments.

Call 954-257-5744 for details. Website:

Organizers say the church has capacity to seat around 250 people and they are slightly short of that goal so expect a standing-room situation.

Madeleine Marr, Lesley Abravanel & Maria Tettamanti

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