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First Female Gondolier

Gondola Adventures®, Inc. is proud to welcome our first female gondolier in Newport Beach/Orange County! For the first time in over 100 years, there will be a female sailing the waters of Newport Beach Harbor.  Joelle Dueck recently rowed her first cruise out with Gondola Adventures with 5 passengers.  Dueck says “I have always been passionate about female empowerment so this job makes sense for me. I am just stoked to have a fun job honestly! And let me tell you, it meets the requirement.”  Aside from being a gondolier, Dueck is also a graphic designer and avid surfer.  Specializing in making magical moments happen, Gondola Adventures caters to passengers for all occasions. From a simple night out to a 3-course-meal brought directly to your boat, their vision upholds a long history of client satisfaction and dreams come true. Gondola Adventures currently operates 12 gondolas in Newport Beach and 12 gondolas in Irving, Texas.

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Winter Wonderland

From skating under the twinkling palms to Ferris wheel and carousel rides, the holidays are magical at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Guests will also enjoy storytelling by Santa and friends around a festive 25-foot tree with fireside s’mores in hand. There will be traditional refreshments in the Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden. Celebrate the splendor of the season and create new traditions together at Winter Wonderland. ·       Ice Skating Rink with Performances ·       Frozen Slide for Sledding ·       Carousel and Ferris Wheel Rides ·       S’mores Roasting Around Fire Pits ·       Holiday Character Storytime and Appearances ·       Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden and Festive Refreshments ·       The Grand 25-Foot Christmas Tree ·       Holiday Shopping ·       Christmas Carolers – select dates The event is open to all.

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Family Comes First at These SoCal Wineries

By Maria del Cisne Vital Whether you prefer crisp Pinot Grigio, dry Chianti, or summer Rosé, California is the destination for any and every type of wine. The iconic Napa and Sonoma Valleys of NorCal are the titans of tannins. Meanwhile, SoCal can take pride in Temecula, Malibu and more growing wineries and vineyards. One feat that is hard to beat is the inviting and warm energy provided at SoCal’s family-owned wineries. With intimate settings and exclusive wines, check out these spots to feel right at home with a glass in hand. Carhartt Vineyard For three generations, the Carhartt family has grown with Rancho Santa Ynez and transformed it into what it is today— 22 acres of land meant for farming grapes and creating craft wines. Their “ground to glass” approach is what allows this Santa Barbara spot to distribute high quality and sustainable products. Stop by the Carhartt Cabin, a tasting room that has 20 different wines to try throughout the year (they only close on Christmas Day). The Carhartt family insists on keeping their business and customers close, so their wines are only distributed online or in their tasting room. 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-693-5100, carharttvineyard.com. Wilson…

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Splash Around at These SoCal Waterparks

By Maria del Cisne Vital Beat the heat and grab the kids—it’s time to make a splash at these local waterparks. They have all the fun of a classic amusement park, with a twist that involves water slides, lazy rivers, and more refreshing and adventurous family fun. Put on your sunscreen, and dive in! Great Wolf Lodge This unique spot is a great place to play and stay with the whole family. It’s a luxury resort and a waterpark all in one. If you just want to splash around for the day, you can purchase single-day passes to the waterpark online. Some fun attractions include the Howlin’ Tornado (a funnel that sends you on a six-story spiral into a pool), the Wolf Tail (a launch pod that takes you on an adrenaline-pumping free fall), and many more slides and tubes that get your heart racing. While the kids are riled up with energy, you can relax in a poolside cabana.

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Farm Day

Over 20 Ventura County farms, ranches, nurseries and other agricultural operations, from organic to conventional, row crops to orchards, will open their doors to the public during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. On Saturday, November 9, visitors will experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free to attend. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm Day visitors can go online to select three or four agricultural operations (some require reservations) and then drive themselves to each location. Every stop is unique, but all farms feature a number of activities such as educational tours and free produce sampling. Farm Day will officially kick off Thursday, November 7 with a “Farm-to-Table” barbecue at Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the public can enjoy live music and a farm-fresh barbeque and pig roast catered by Craft Woodfired Catering. The menu features meat and vegetarian options, artisanal cheeses, locally-sourced marmalades and an Old Creek Ranch wine flight. Ventura County Farm Day is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural…

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VIVOBAREFOOT Launches New Plant-Based Shoe

This week, VIVOBAREFOOT launched The Primus Lite II Bio. The new plant-based shoe is made with corn, algae and other natural materials. Making The Primus Lite II Bio better for both you and the environment. Fun The Primus Lite II Bio Facts: The Primus Lite II Bio is VIVOBAREFOOT’s most innovative sustainable shoe to-date and one of the world’s first plant-based performance shoes. The new vegan shoe is designed with over 30 percent renewable plant-based materials, including Bio TPU made from yellow dent field corn, natural rubber and harvested algae called Bloom, instead of single-use petroleum materials. The award-winning design weighs on average an estimated 10 percent less than today’s standard performance shoes. VIVOBAREFOOT’s sustainability ethos is uniquely different from other footwear brands in the industry, as it is rooted in design, wellness and social impact, along with utilizing eco-friendly materials. By 2020, the company aims to use 90 percent sustainable materials across their entire range, and 100 percent by 2021. More than 20 billion pairs of shoes are made annually, most from petrochemicals, which have a harmful impact on the environment, contributing to the already serious effects of climate change. The plant-based materials in the Primus Lite II Bio shoe are sourced…

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