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6 ways to help businesses in your community thrive Small business owners faced the challenges of the past couple of years head-on. Nearly all re-evaluated their operations to accommodate new ways of doing business amid changing safety standards and local protocols, and many plan to make these changes permanent. Choose to Shop Local and Small Small businesses are ingrained in many local communities. When you choose to purchase from a small business, you’re directly supporting neighbors, friends and the people in your community. This support isn’t taken for granted by entrepreneurs; small business owners noted the importance of community support amid the pandemic. Also consider leaving a generous tip when you receive exceptional service – it can make a big difference for small business staff. Gift Local Keep the impact that your support could have on local community businesses in mind when shopping for gifts, whether they’re for loved ones near or far. For locals, a gift card to a nearby eatery or business such as a spa, salon or recreation center makes for a welcome gift that keeps your money local. When gifting those who live farther away, you can still benefit small businesses in your community by purchasing…

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Lake Life in Lake ArrowheadFeatured

Lake Arrowhead offers a nature-inspired vacation tucked away in the San Bernardino Mountains. Located just 90 miles from Los Angeles, 70 miles from Orange County and 90 miles from Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead offers the ideal weekend escape for SoCal natives that don’t want to travel (too) far. From hotels to vacation rentals, there are plenty of places to lodge in Lake Arrowhead. While renting a cabin with friends and family may be fun, sometimes a quiet getaway is a must. One of our favorite spots to stay is Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. The resort is centrally located in the heart of Lake Arrowhead village and walking distance to quaint shops and local eateries. From their rooms, guests are able to enjoy lavish lake and mountain views. The rustic retreat is furnished like a cabin would be, making it warm and inviting. It feels just like home. The resort also offers private balconies in select rooms. No need to change out of your jammies to take in the fresh air and gorgeous scenery from your own private patio. Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa hosts numerous events, with weddings being a hot commodity. The Lakeside Dock makes for one incredible…

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Surf and Rescue: George Freeth and the Waterwoman Tradition in California Beach CultureFeatured

George Freeth (1883-1919) created the foundation of California beach culture by pioneering its two major activities: surfing and lifeguarding. His Native Hawaiian heritage and upbringing made him more progressive than most in the Progressive Era. At a time when women were not encouraged to compete seriously in sporting events, George Freeth taught them how to swim, row, dive, and surf. He entered them in state and regional tournaments even though their accomplishments were not officially recognized because the Amateur Athletic Union didn’t sanction women’s events until 1914. Freeth’s sense of beach culture always included women. He trained them hard and promoted their achievements. Although Freeth taught writer Jack London how to surf at Waikīkī in the summer of 1907, his work with women in many ways represents a counter-narrative to London’s hypermasculine stories of mastery and dominance in the surf. With some exceptions, Freeth’s egalitarian sense of wave riding — traditionally practiced by both sexes in Hawai‘I — was not the path that California surfers chose to follow in the decades after Freeth’s death. But it could have been. Freeth started coaching women soon after arriving in Venice in 1907. On Labor Day, 1908, two young swimmers known as the…

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Shifting Wellness Attitudes Shape 2022 Fitness TrendsFeatured

In adjusting to the constraints of the pandemic, many Americans had to improvise where and how they work out. After months of adapting to a “gym anywhere” mentality and learning to accommodate more flexible workout schedules, this new fitness mindset is inspiring some larger trends for healthier living. “We’ve learned that wellness is not one-size fits all, and that it’s achieved by small habits like regular hydration that can really impact how you feel throughout the day,” said celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak, MsC. “Collectively, nourishing both body and mind together as one makes holistic health a sustainable lifestyle.” Pasternak and the experts at Propel Fitness Water are forecasting five fitness and wellness trends to watch for in 2022: Accountability Buddies When gym closures ran rampant, folks leaned on others for inspiration to get moving, so it’s no surprise working out in pairs (or more) is a continued way to focus on fitness. Feelings of burnout may be common heading into 2022, so having a partner who gives you a healthy sense of camaraderie and competition can help push you to show up on days when you’d rather rest and stay committed to your goals. It also provides a sounding board when you need suggestions for…

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Holiday Travels In CaliforniaFeatured

On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson learns about a few jolly ways to enjoy the h On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson learns about a few jolly ways to enjoy the holidays in the Golden State, from embracing the snowy vibes of the High Sierra to taking in the sparkling lights—and sparkling wines—of Sonoma County. First, Johnson talks to Sonoma Magazine Dining Editor Heather Irwin, who highlights four distinctive towns that boast all sorts of holiday fun. In Santa Rosa, for instance, visitors can skate on Snoopy’s Home Ice and then nosh on a seasonal favorite: tamales. Healdsburg, on the other hand, is a fantastic place to shop for hard-to-please people on your list and Petaluma is a Mayberry-like city that features abundant craft fairs and festive decorations. Next, Johnson connects with Vincenzo Giammanco, who is bringing actual snow—and more than one million twinkling lights—to Ventura and Del Mar. The producer of the Snow n Glow Holiday Festival says 70-degree temps and sunshine won’t melt the fun, so visitors can enjoy traditional winter activities like snow tubing and sledding, and they can even reserve a private igloo. Finally, Johnson chats with Brendan…

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An Immersive Holiday Musical ExperienceFeatured

This holiday season, hospitality and Hollywood align at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills courtesy of an enchanting and exclusive partnership with LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the critically acclaimed multimedia theatrical experience that celebrates the beloved holiday film in a uniquely Los Angeles fashion. Debuting in tandem with LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE’s triumphant return to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, guests of L’Ermitage and theatregoers alike can enjoy this immersive holiday experience from stage to suite, including a festive overnight package, culinary creations inspired by the film, thematic, showstopping holiday décor, and more.  “Following a year when many have not been able to spend the holidays with loved ones, we were inspired to create something truly special that can only be unwrapped and experienced at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. In collaborating with the team at FOR THE RECORD LIVE, we are celebrating not just the spirit of the season but also the return of live entertainment and the joy that their best-selling show brings to people during the holidays. To quote the film, ‘Christmas is the time to be with the people you love’ and we look forward to bringing people together to make new holiday memories at L’Ermitage,” says Scott Berger, General…

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