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San Diego: An Undiscovered Hot Spot for Theater Buffs

Over the years, San Diego theater has produced and sent more shows to Broadway than any other city in the nation. Yet, when most audiences think of top theater cities in the U.S., San Diego rarely makes the list.  Home of two Tony Award®-winning theaters, The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, and diverse theater companies around the region, San Diego is ready to step out from behind the theater curtain and receive its well-deserved recognition and applause. From major Broadway players to avant-garde indie playhouses, here are five San Diego theaters that are certain to bring audiences to their feet for outstanding performances. La Jolla Playhouse Set on the campus of the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, La Jolla Playhouse has created 26 productions that have transferred to Broadway, earning 35 Tony Awards® in total.  Since its first Broadway hit musical Big River in 1985, nationally recognizable productions include The Who’s Tommy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Peter and the Starcatchers and Hands on a Hardbody, just to name a few.  The original, rock-inspired new musical, Come From Away, which received its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse during its 2015-2016 Season, is slated for…

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SoCal’s Mini Therapy Horses

Mini Therapy Horses is a non-profit and all volunteer organization, providing equine assisted interactions with miniature therapy horses to individuals and groups who are in need of comfort, relief and positive connections during and after their struggles and traumatic events. Through various partnerships with law enforcement agencies as well as children’s and veteran’s organizations, they have helped the lives of many people and provided them with hope.   “Mini Therapy Horses is truly a life-changing organization providing a one-of-a-kind service to more than 45,000 people every year,” said Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, founder of Mini Therapy Horses. “After having just one meeting with a miniature therapy horse, individuals have been known to speak for the first time in years, smile and tell their stories of deepest pain and tragedy.”   Netanel and her minis and volunteers have been offering their unique and healing services to the community for 8 years. The organization’s four-core therapy programs include Ronald McDonald Houses, the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team as certified first responders.   The Mini Therapy Horses visit many other people in need and crisis outside of the core programming, such as patients…

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5 Reasons to Try Scuba Diving

An exhilarating, yet tranquil escape, it’s no wonder that, as summer approaches, scuba diving is gaining popularity. Scuba diving is not just a great activity for almost anyone; it is also an incredible experience that is sure to create some fantastic memories. Scuba diving has been glamorized in Hollywood film for years, and even in real life, celebrities including Jessica Alba, Tom Cruise, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock and Nina Dobrev have taken up the underwater sport to enjoy the world beneath the water’s surface. Here are five reasons everyone needs to try scuba diving this summer: Explore a new world: Scuba diving is an exploratory activity that helps people personally connect with the ocean and various undersea animals, including coral, sea turtles, fish and marine mammals. Experience tranquility and freedom: While underwater, the distractions, noise and stress from daily life float away. Slow, focused and deep breathing, similar to that of meditative breathing, can help induce a calm and relaxed state while divers enjoy freedom from restrictions such as gravity and weight. Safe and easy: With proper training, certification, equipment and planning, scuba diving is a safe and easy water sport to learn. Anyone aged 12 and up can become…

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Kayaking Tips for Beginners

With summer officially here, Southern Californians are heading out into the ocean, in search of adventure. Kayaking is a great way to stay cool in the summer, get a fantastic workout and, in many cases, catch a glimpse of the local sea life.   Hold your paddle correctly. It’s important to hold the paddle correctly, with hands shoulder-width apart (or wider), with an overhand grip. Keep arms fully extended away from the body and don’t T-Rex! There are two sides to the paddle–scoop and spine. When paddling forward, keep the scoop side of the paddle facing towards you. When paddling backwards, have the spine facing towards you.   Don’t just pull the paddle or you will quickly tire out your shoulders. When pulling the paddle side in the water towards you, focus also on pushing the paddle side out of the water away from your body. This will help ensure you are using multiple muscle groups instead of making your shoulders do all the work. When paddling, remember to twist your torso into the movement. This will help maintain your center of gravity, produce more efficient strokes and utilize more of your body.   Getting in and out of the kayak…

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5 Tips to Taking up Surfing

Just in time for International Surf Day on June 21, Duke Jarboe, brand manager at SoCal lifestyle and ocean adventure company Everyday California, has provided tips for taking up surfing.   Surfing can be a spiritual experience, offering an intense connection to the ocean. There’s nothing truly like it out there. It can be serene and peaceful, and is also a great way to stay active while enjoying the outdoors.  It is also important to understand that the ever-changing conditions of the ocean make surfing not only a demanding physical activity, but also a mental challenge in determining how, when and where to hit the surf.   If the ocean is calling your name this summer, and you’re looking to take up surfing, below are tips on getting started:   Try Before You Buy. Surfing can be an expensive sport. So,before you go out and spend a large chunk of change on a beautiful high-performance shortboard from Firewire, check out your local rental shops and rent a nice big foamy longboard that’s 9’6 or longer—which is an ideal size for beginners. Thebigger the board, the easier it is to surf.   Get the Essentials. If you’re lucky enough to begin your surfing journey in warm waters, then all you’ll need is a…

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3 Recipes for National Barbecue Month

May is National Barbecue Month! There’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than heading outdoors for a cookout with family and friends. Grilling is one of America’s favorite pastimes during the summer months, with a recent survey showing that 75% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and that they prefer cooking out over eating out to save money (71%).   To celebrate National Barbecue Month, here are some cookout-ready recipes courtesy of Sparkling Ice – a lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverage featuring bold flavors, perfect for incorporating into summer cooking and cocktailing.               Coconut Pineapple Skewers Ingredients: 1 bottle Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice ½ cup olive oil + extra to brush pineapple 2 teaspoons harissa paste or other spicy chili sauce (like Siracha) ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ – 1 ½ lbs. chicken tenders 1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cut into 1½” chunks 2 cups cooked rice Toasted coconut for garnish, optional Cilantro for garnish, optional Special Equipment: 16 Wooden skewers for grilling Instructions: In large shallow baking dish combine Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice, olive oil, harissa, salt and stir to combine. Reserve 1/3 cup marinade for basting Add chicken tenders, turning to coat. Cover and let…

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